Design Wall Monday 01-04-16

This is the first Design Wall Monday of 2016, but before I start on that I want to do a quick recap of last year.  I only had a few 2015 quilting goals.

  1.  Use more than 125 yards of fabric – The total was 116.25 yards used in 23 quilt tops.  It is my highest used since I started tracking, but I did fall short of my goal.
  2.   Machine quilt 16 tops – I finished 22 quilts, so this one exceeded expectations.
  3.   No UFOs – My definition of UFO is a project started, boxed up and packed away.  The blocks for three projects that are pinned to my design wall do not count since they weren’t packed away.  All three of these quilts are on my list for 2016.
  4.   Track fabric purchases – I threw this goal out the window the first quarter of 2015.  I discovered that I really don’t care and it diminishes the pleasure of buying new fabric.

I am going a different route for my quilting goals this year – a list of quilts to make, UFOs to finish and techniques to try.  It is an ambitious list of 35 items – I don’t expect to get them all done, but the list helps me focus and keep organized.  Besides it is so much fun to cross an item off of the list.

So after all of that, here is my current leader & ender project on my design wall.

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This quilt doesn’t have a name – maybe Dancing 4 Patches – or a pattern because I made it up as I went along.  Each block contains a combination of 4 patches (3 1/2″), bulls-eye patches and 3 1/2″ squares.

010416A (1024x944)   My current hand work project is finishing up this wool applique UFO.

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As you may suspect, my wall hanging is a bit different from the pattern.

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I found a different saying for the bottom border and a wonderful daughter stitched it for me on her embroidery machine.  I also decided to put some smaller wool applique flowers around the border although the stems and leaves will be embroidered on by hand.  This project became a UFO until I could make a decision about the borders.  Most of my UFO projects are waiting on a decision or two, so I need to get busy and finish them up.

The new technique for 2016 is learning to hand quilt, so I need to make a small sampler quilt for practice.

Check out everyone’s 2016 quilting goals at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


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