Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

The new year is always an exciting time…looking ahead to what is possible! Right now, I think I will just look ahead to the month of January.

I’ve started following along with the 2017 365 Challenge with Kathryn Kerr. Because she is located in Australia, and I’m in the US, I actually get the block a day early. So yesterday I completed the January 1 block:

One down, 364 more to go! I received the block instructions for January 2 this morning, so I hope to get to that today. I have no idea if I will be able to keep up with this every day. The blocks are either 3” or 6” (finished), so they are very small and do-able in a day. But there are days I don’t make it down to the sewing room, so I’m hoping to keep up with it 2-3 times per week.

I’m still planning on joining in on the One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts in 2017. For January I plan on finishing the quilting I didn’t finish in December, which was a Christmas present – shame on me! 😞I made “Suki Goes Camping” for my husband for Christmas (Suki is our dog and she loves camping). A week before Christmas I had it all stitched in the ditches, and I could have spent that week quilting it; but I decided to spend that week with my family instead. So, hubby got his quilt wrapped in a pillow case with a promise I would finish it soon. So, quilting and binding Suki’s quilt will be my OMG for January.

Over at Patchwork Times, Judy is helping us to get our UFOs done (or at least work on them!) For January, she selected UFO #3 on our lists. For me, that is Vintage Kitchen. Here is what I have so far…

I have all of the blocks embroidered…now I need to put the top together. I want to find some coordinating fabric to sash this, so today I will look through my stash to see what I can find. If I can’t find anything, I may need to take my quilt shop gift certificate that I got for Christmas and head to the store.

I told myself I wasn’t going to select a new project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year; I was just going to focus on finishing projects I’ve started for the RSC. But…that has gone by the wayside! I really love this pattern…

I have several yards of some grey fabric that I can use for the background and I have plenty of fabric in my stash, so I think I will try to get a few cats made each month to play along. The color for January is purple, so I rummaged through my shelves to see what I have, then I started cutting…

I now have pieces cut for 2 kitten blocks, plus some extra background pieces. If I don’t get it done, then it’s no big deal. But I have wanted to start this quilt for a while, so this will be a step in that direction.

My Work in Progress (WiP) for January will be a Halloween quilt. I have all of the fabric needed and I have the fabric sorted out for wonky 9-patch blocks. I think this will be a fun quilt and hope to get to work on it this month.

I do need to get my long arm back up and going. I have to sort through the room it’s in, since it became the depository for all my daughter’s “stuff” when she moved out of her apartment in August and went off to school again. Maybe January will be the month I get it in order and find the long arm!

A couple of other items I would like to work on are trying a project or technique from one of my (many) quilting and crafting books, and working on a project or technique from one of my (many) Craftsy classes. I think I will start working on my Stitch Book of the decorative stitches on my machine (from the Stitch & Slash class). This will probably take me quite a while to do, so hopefully it will be a finished project by the end of the year. I’m also hoping to work on the doodle stitching/quilting from Lori Kennedy’s class on Craftsy. I just need to make the time for it all!

Today, I will be working on my needlepoint cats for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy at Kathy’s Quilts. I really hope to finish this up in January. I have a little more to do on the cats.

That’s enough for today. I know it's a big list, but the projects seem small. We will see how it all works out on January 31! I hope you check out all of the linky parties and see the wonderful projects out in cyber-land. Have a great day and a great 2017!


  1. Good luck with your 365 quilt, I'm nearing the end of the Splendid Sampler quilt which was 2 a week, even that has been a challenge at times to keep up!! Love your cat tapestry :-)

  2. Oh my many fiber fun projects! Good luck!

  3. You have some interesting projects happening there. Good luck with reaching your goal.

  4. I love the cat needlepoint picture. I'm sure you're having a lot of fun doing it. I haven't ever done the Rainbow Scrap Challenge but I've seen some of the blocks from it. It looks like fun with that cat pattern. It's going to be a cute cute quilt when you're done.

  5. Good luck finishing your quilt. Thanks for thinking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal. Good luck with your goal!

  6. You have a lot going on already! Love the kittens, and I think I have them all from the QAL she did originally. So many things I'd like to make and so little time to do them all! Best of luck with your finish for your husband, and for keeping up with the 365.

  7. You are working on lots of fun projects and I look forward to seeing your husband's quilt all finished up. :)

  8. Such a fun list of projects. The kitties for this year's RSC challenge are going to be so fun. Good luck with your goals for the month.

  9. Hope you enjoyed stitching more on the cats project... so cute!
    And I love the RSC pattern you have chosen this year!