Thursday, January 17, 2019

2019 Finish-A-Long: Q1 Goals

I started 2019 with a lot of projects on my to-do list, probably enough to get me through the entire year. The sheer number of them convinced me to commit to two goal-setting programs.

I started by choosing my One Monthly Goal for January: to make two Cargo Duffle Bags. Now I am signing up for the Finish-A-Long, hosted by a group of bloggers. This is a quarterly program and the first finishes linky opens in April, so I can dream a little bigger.

This is what I’ll be focusing on for the FAL ...

Jane Market Bags

I need to make 11 Jane Market Bags for my kids’ teachers’ end-of-school gifts, and I don’t want to be scurrying around in June trying to finish them. I have 6 done, 5 more to go. I have made this pattern many, many times before, so it’s really just a matter of finding the time to sew these up. (Type “Jane” into the search box on the right to read more about my past versions, including the one pictured above.)

Garden Plots Quilt

I finished my Garden Plot flimsy back in November. It’s one of those projects that is not urgent; there’s no intended recipient. But for it to get finished, I have to make it a priority at some point. I plan on splurging and buying mint-colored fabric for the back, and then I’ll to rent the longarm at my LQS to quilt an allover pantograph on it.

No LatitudeLongitude Quilt

My No Latitude Longitude Quilt, started at a workshop with Latifah Saafir in November 2017, is my oldest WIP. The main reason this has lingered so long is that I don’t have enough of the background fabric and my attempts to come up with an alternative have fallen flat. But first quarter 2019 is this project’s day in the sun! I’ve even already decided to quilt it with straight lines on my Janome 1600P-QC. (It’s been a few months since “the other man” and I have quilted a big project together.)

Valentine Quilt

A friend recently moved into a new place. I offered to make her a quilt, and she expressed a fondness for blues and greens. I homed in on Elizabeth Hartman’s Valentine pattern, from her book The Practical Guide to Patchwork, and started culling through my scraps and stash. This is another quilt I have decided to longarm with a pantograph, making it more feasible that I’ll meet the April FAL deadline.

Oh, dear. Now that that’s all written and up for public consumption it seems like a lot of goals for a little chunk of time. Thanks, in advance, for rooting me on!

What do the next few months look like for you? Share a goal or two in the comment below.

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  1. I'm more than happy to root you on as you work on these beautiful projects. :)

  2. Both linkups are a great way to stay on top of projects. Good luck.

  3. The great thing about the FAL is that it is motivating, but if you don't finish you can just add it to the next quarter! Nice projects, I love the fabric for the Valentine quilt.

  4. Good luck! With your first duffle finished, you're on track =). That Valentine quilt looks like scrappy fun =). I am making the Gypsy Wife quilt and contemplating a few other long term projects. January seems to do that to you!

  5. I'm rooting you on. Now I want to check out the valentine to the bookshelf i go.

  6. Sounds doable - of course depending on how much sewing time you can manage to get in.

    My mind directly wanted to break it further down. But you have an odd number of quilts... arghh... Otherwise one each month and some bags inbetween... And then there is the second duffle... See, that is why too much planning stops me in my tracks. So I hope you find whatever motivates you. We are here for you if you need a (motivation) kick! xo

  7. I always have such a hard time narrowing things down, so I'm impressed that you have. I decided that I'm going to start small and work up from there. I always seem to do better when I actually accomplish something. Seeing all the projects everyone is posting is motivating too.

  8. I just love that Garden Plots quilt! I hope prioritizing for the longer term of the FAL helps get your projects up and off the list!!! Thanks so much for joining up this quarter!!!

  9. I think this a good list and quite doable, especially given your quickness for completing those market bags. Thanks to this post, you reminded me that I never posted any Q1 goals.


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