Happy New Year!!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for 2018.

I’m not a big one for New Year’s resolutions.  Mainly ‘cos I never seem to keep up with them.  I say ‘them’ – I usually have just one!  For many years I have resolved to finish the year with fewer UFOs than I started with.  Then I count the UFOs – always distressing – and feel bad about working on new projects!  I’m always slightly envious of those who finish every project they start – I just don’t seem to have that in me.  Ah well, one day (maybe).

So I’m not making any resolutions this year.  There are one or two projects that I would like to do this year – some quilting, and others not.  For example, I need to make a Roman Blind for my kitchen.  I have the fabric, I have the kit – just not actually made it yet.  Everyone keeps telling me how easy it is but I think I need a clear day – and a clear table – before I tackle it!

How about you?  Do you make resolutions?  Any crafting ones?  There are a few interesting looking challenges out in the on-line quilting world if you would like any inspiration.

All People Quilt has a UFO Challenge for 2018.  I like this one as there is no pressure to finish – they are just encouraging progress.  You choose 12 projects you would like to work on over the year.  These can be UFOs, kits or just fabric you’ve had for a while and would like to use.  Each one is numbered, they draw a number each month and that’s the project you work on that month.  There’s even a downloadable list for you to keep track of your projects.  I’ll be following their hashtag #apqresolution on Instagram ‘cos even if I can’t finish my UFOs, I like to see other people do so!

Lots of sites host a block of the month challenge – often these are patchwork based, but Jessica at Quilty Habit has one that’s a little bit different.  Lots of us would like to be better at Free Motion Quilting and she’s encouraging just that with her Modern FMQ Quilt Along.  Each month she’s going to post a theme and some ideas for quilters at different skill levels.

My final suggestion is to think about entering a quilt into a show or competition this year – this is a great way to challenge yourself.  I love to look at the themed categories as I really enjoy working this way.  Quilters’ Guild members can enter a quilt into the AGM Challenges; the YQ challenge is Castles and the adults’ challenge is Castles, Coast and Countryside.  See the Conference and AGM brochure for more information.  The Festival of Quilts theme – Stitch(ing) Through Time – is the same for YQs (5 – 18 year olds) as well as adult quilters.   Maybe look at one of your local shows as well.

All the best for the year ahead – I can’t wait to see what we make!

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