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2020 Long List of To Dos

Lists – UFOs Now Identified!

2020 started with a long list of “to dos” beginning with identifying my UFOs.  First, I separated Christmas from non-Christmas in boxes, listing each item and what still needs to be done.  The plan is to work on non-Christmas until July.  In July, I’ll begin to focus on Christmas and fall.

Kits Get Two Lists

Two lists are devoted to quilt kits. One list identifies my purchases as a kit. This means the fabric and pattern come packaged as a complete kit minus backing fabric.  A kit can be a terrific way to purchase a project to look just like the pattern.  For me, kits for Jinny Beyer quilts are the way to go.  If I like something she does in a particular colorway, I know to buy the kit.  Of course, I shop sales all the time!  I was fortunate to score some great buys from two different quilters downsizing their stash.  I felt a moral obligation to help them out – LOL!

A second list of kits was written of the ones I put together. I pull fabrics from my stash that would look nice together in “something” results in lots of zip lock bags of no pattern kits. I have tons of patterns I can choose from.  The stash kits of fabric are great candidates for my creativity and EQ7 – a computer quilt design program.

Planning with Panels on a List of Their Own

Panels needed to be listed so I could begin planning how to turn them into usable quilts.  I’ve become fascinated with building blocks and borders surrounding them.  Lots of math is involved initially.  I do two drafts – one using finished dimensions and the second with cut dimensions.  I love it when all the numbers add up!  Then, I have a cutting plan to get the most out of my yardage.

Quilt Tops – 2020 is Your Year

One list remained for me to write.  How many tops need quilted?  I guessed between 12 and 20.  It turns out there are fifteen.  My intentions to do many if not all in 2019 were dashed when I severely injured my left ankle and foot in a fall Dec. 2018.  Since I needed the entire year to get back on my feet, quilting tops should be a priority in the 2020 long list of “to dos”.

What Else I Did This Week

  • I appliqued a Christmas table runner.  All left is a quick stitch in the ditch to quilt it and a fold over binding.
  • Evening embroidery continued on the Noah Ark animal blocks for a baby quilt.
  • Attended a class sponsored by Sulky on Piecing and Quilting.  Got a great inspiration on writing pattern directions for blocks that don’t follow traditional piecing.
  • Enjoyed some sewing/quilting/knitting You Tube Videos while doing handwork.

At the time I wrote this post, the west coast of Washington State is experiencing wind gusts and rain, with snow flurries soon to begin.  Power flickered on and off a few times this morning, but I have my treadle and the knowledge I can always sew!

If you are curious how the year went, check out /accomplishments-of-2020/.