Goals for 2018

I'm coming off a fairly successful 2017 - 30 finished quilts {16 t-shirt quilts, 14 of my own} and a longarm purchase - so it's tempting to repeat the same goals as 2017.

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Wildflower Log Cabin, made from scraps of a 2011 sampler

Focusing on UFOs helped me finish ten projects that were started from 2011-2016, and most of my small finishes were things that were hanging around for a year or more. But... It wasn't really fun to not really start anything new this year. Of the four new finished quilts, two were planned in 2016, and one was a commissioned quilt.

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The Best of the PacNW was really the only brand new project of 2017.

Which kind of sucks, creatively - I didn't spend very much time pulling fabrics and planning out patterns and that kind of thing. I wasn't able to join Meadow Mist Designs' Mystery Quilt even though I knew the design was gorgeous. {She has a sneak peek option, which is awesome!} 

So that's what I want to change in 2018, and I've already made some small steps toward adding new projects back into my rotation. First, I bugged Jennie until she designed some new patterns just for me.  {Okay, maybe also for the rest of you. And check out her Tulip QAL!}

I joined a private Bee on Instagram, so I get to pull a variety of fabrics and try a new block every month. Hosting BOMs Away helps excuse "adding" another project like that. I may have collected an actual full month of Block of the Months now!

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I'm going to do 18 in 2018, APQ's 12 UFOs, and Patchwork Times' 2018 UFO Challenge. But I'm lazy and there's no way I'm pulling down 12-18 boxes just to take a picture of each UFO. I'll add a monthly before/after picture. And I'm just going to work from the top down, rather than assigning a number and having to pull a box from the bottom just because it's number is up.

{My January OMG goal - definitely the Cars fabric box and a quilt for my nephew!}

I'm going to copy Confession of a Fabric Addict's Scrap Attack on the months that it interests me. {Double Wedding Ring does not. Using my bags of leftover HSTs does.} And again, I'm being lazy and not making my own plans.

I'm going to do 6&6 in 2018 - that way if something interests me throughout the year, I have an excuse to add it to the list. And since January is a "new project" month, I'm going to start Meadow Mist's mystery.

Not to mention the ever faithful t-shirt quilts, with two already waiting for the holiday season to finish up.

Oh, and I bought EQ to work on designing my own patterns. So THAT'S a pretty big goal!