2015 sewing goals – with a linky party giveaway

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Here are my top 5 things I want to achieve in my sewing next year…

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1) Enter three items in the Quilt and Stitch Village Competition
One of them will be the Bear quilt (big reveal Christmas Day, a peek above) but I also want to make a patchwork dress maybe using the Francoise pattern and fusible fleece to still qualify as a three layer quilt (and obviously doing it in plenty of time to avoid the pitfalls of before) or perhaps as a pinafore style and also sew a quilt I’ve designed called Pancakes which brings us to…

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2) Get good at curves
I’ve done the odd bit of Drunkard’s Path stitching before but it’s hit and miss. I’ve designed “Pancakes” that I want to make. Not sure if it will be two tone, or multi-tone yet, I’m thinking possibly an unlikely solid choice plucked off my new Kona Solids card coupled with my bundle of Priory Square that I’m itching to use.

Err I need to get better at stitching in the ditch too...

Err I need to get better at stitching in the ditch too…

3) Attempt Y Seams again
In a similar vein I’m BAD at Y-seams. Last time I used them was in my Left-a-Lone Star quilt (yes, yes I haven’t quilted it yet, shhh) and they were not at all good. Maybe a mini quilt is what I need to do to get more confident? Any pattern recommendations?

4) Write more on the quilting scene and market in general
Next year will see two of my articles- rather than projects- in Popular Patchwork magazine and I have another up my sleeve on the subject of Postmodern quilting, which I like to bang on about every now and then. I’d like to keep doing them, they’re quicker and strangely more satisfying than making an item for a magazine.

5) Quillows
I’m still not sure how to make a quillow- how is the pocket attached? What about sewing it on after quilting- does it need to be done by hand like a sleeve? If I do it before basting do I need to hand tie my quilt instead of quilting it? I have seen instructions on how to make one but they didn’t make a whole lot of sense and this is eating away at me- I really want to make one!

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What are your five sewing goals for 2015? Why not link up here? I’ll pick someone at random out of the link-ups on 1st January 2015 to receive these cuts of fabric (some FQs, some a bit smaller but adequate pieces)!

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