Embroidery, Quilt Musings, Stash, UFO's

New Year’s Resolutions

Well it’s that time of the year again – and I hope I do better this year than last.

I retired last December 31 and was sure that I would be able to make a significant dent in my UFO’s will all the extra time that I would have – Wrong!  I also vowed that I would not start anything new until I had made a good dent in the collection.

I didn’t even get through New Year’s eve before my resolve vanished with a call from my daughter with great news.  She and her boyfriend would tie the knot in 2009.  We couldn’t have been happier.  That was all it took for me to focus on looking for planning a quilt for them.  I bought the fabric while we were wintering in Florida, got together with a couple of friends to start the quilt in March and finished it in plenty of time for the wedding in July.  They were ecstatic – and I was pleased that they liked it so much.

I did get to finish a few projects along with a few new ones also.  Two table runners (Rainforest  Rings and Red & Green) have been quilted and are in the finishing stages of being bound.  I completed my son’s king-size Adirondack Quilt in time for giving this Christmas.  New projects included two octagon table toppers from the mystery challenge at Watson Homestead.  I finished one and gave it to my daughter for Christmas and have one for myself that only needs binding.  In addition there were two Operation Kid Comfort quilts for children of newly deployed servicemen and women.

UFO projects slated to be completed this year are:

  • Watson mystery 2007 and 2009 quilts- binding
  • Seasons wall hanging
  • Autumn Pennies table topper from a class by Kim Diehl
  • and probably the most important project of all – organize my stash!

I plan to learn one or two new techniques this year also and I’ll probably sign up for an online classes and take at least one or two classes at our local quilt shops.  I took a Scrap Therapy from Joan Ford last year and would really like to finish a quilt using the technique.  Also I’ve checked out the Fons and Porter Master Class series and am planning on trying out one of the classes online.

I know that I will not be able to limit myself to “just” completing UFO’s and organizing, but I’ hoping that I can at least get these completed along with the normal shop hops,  guild activities including our biennial quilt show and raffle quilt for 2011 and at least one or two new projects that I just can’t resist!

There is always time to quilt!
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  • Reply Ann Flaherty January 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm


    As founder of Operation Kid Comfort, I am delighted to read about the many quilters, new and experienced, who give their time and expertise to support military families.

    Its been six years since we launched the program at Fort Bragg, with thousands of ‘America’s Littlest Heroes’, the children of our deployed service men and women, served.

    Please send my gratitude on to your guild. And join me in my prayers that all our service members will be home with their families soon.

    Kindest Regards,
    Ann Flaherty

    • Reply Lucia January 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm

      I’ve passed your comment to the person who has been organizing the project in our guild. I’m sure she will want to share it with our members.

      Making these quilts is a small way we can support our troops. I understand firsthand just what they are going through. My children were 3 and 1 when my husband served in Vietnam in the late 60’s. I wish a program like this had been in place for them!

      Our continued prayers for the safe return of our service people.

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