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Sewing Goals for 2020

Hello and welcome back friends. I hope you all had a lovely Holiday season and are ready to get stuck into 2020

To start the year off I have been thinking about what I would like to achieve for the year and today I am going to share more about what I am hoping to make this year.

Works In Progress.

The first thing on my list to begin to tackle my pile of WIP’s. The last few years have seen me get excited about and start many projects but I haven’t finished most of them. I downloaded a form from Patchwork and Poodles and filled it out listing all my projects I still have to finish – there were 26!

Patchwork and Poodles Works In Progress list

My Plan is to chip away at these throughout the year and I made one rule – that I need to clear a project from this list before I start a new project. That should see me get most of these off my plate over the next 12 months.

The excitement of new projects is intoxicating but lately the list of things I want to make and the number of projects I have yet to finish has been weighing me down. I want to get these projects finished and out of the way so that I can feel free to create whatever I want without the guilt that I should be finishing something else instead.

Quilts To Make

We have a couple of big birthdays coming up this year in our family and I like to give quilts for special occaisions like that. I would also like to give my little family a quilt or other handmade item for their birthdays this year. That means I need to have 3 quilts made (and finished) by easter this year.

Some of the quilts on my radar to make this year include the Bartow Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander

Bartow Quilt by Carolyn Friedlander

The Lucy Quilt by Cottoneer and Wren Collective and

Lucy Quilt by Cottoneer and Wren Collective

The Day Trip Quilt by Modernly Morgan.

Day Trip Quilt by Modernly Morgan

Sew Alongs

I really enjoy sew alongs. Sewing is so often an isolating hobby but sharing projects on Instagram and joining in with sew alongs creates community and belonging and excitement. This year I would like to participate in more sew alongs.

Starting today is the Scrappy Trip Along hosted by Woodberry Way. I am looking forward to joining in with this one. As usual I already have a recipient in mind which is great because I have a deadline. This one needs to be finished by Easter. I am going to be using two jelly rolls of Tula Pink fabrics, Spirit Animal and All Stars for my version.

Scrappy Trip Quilt by Woodberry Way

Then Came June is going to be hosing her second annual Meadowland quilt along starting 3 February. I had so much fun participating in last years event that I am planning on participating again this year. Luckily I still have some time before it starts so I can work out what I want to do with it. My initial thought was that I would like to make a bright version full of pinks for Georgie Girl, then I considered making a simillar one to last year for Hugo J for when he and Bertie Boy share a room. Then I thought about making a Christmas version for one of them. In the end it will come down to what i have in my stash as I am trying to avoid spending more money on fabric until my stash is used up a bit.

Douglas Meadowland Quilt Top

Quilty Love has also announced that she has a new pattern coming out on 16 January and that there will be a sew along starting on 20 January. I love the Quilty Love patterns so I will be joining in with this one for sure.

Bags

Last year I made an overnight bag for Georgie Girl using the Stacks on Duffle pattern by Little Moo Designs. I would like to make both Bertie Boy and Hugo J a bag as well using this pattern.

Stacks On Duffle Original by Little Moo Designs

I also have everything in my stash to make myself an overnight bag using the Sleepover Bag pattern by Melly and Me. My goal is to make this for myself for my birthday in March.

Sleepover Bag original by Melly & Me Designs

Garments

2020 Is also the year that I would like to get back to making my own clothes. Making my own clothes is how I first learnt to sew. I’m not really sure why I ever stopped, but this is the year to get back to me made clothes. I am excited to work towards a wardrobe that is predominantly made by me using natural fibres to keep me cool in the hot weather we have in rural Queensland.

To this end I have signed up for a Fit To Flatter class with Sew To Grow in February at Precious Time Fabric and Quilts in Toowoomba. I am thinking that I will make myself the Fremantle Dress at the class.

Fremantle Dress mady by Voodoo Rabbit using Sew To Grow pattern

I also have the Bondi Top pattern by Sew To Grow for both me and Georgie Girl. so I would like to make us both some tops to wear next summer as I am sure she will have grown out of most of her t-shirts by then.

Bondi Top made by Keera Job Designs using Sew To Grow pattern

So there you have it, my basic list of things I would like to sew over the course of 2020. I will be very busy for the first few months it seems participating in classes and sew alongs and getting bags and quilts ready by easter. No doubt some of the projects will change and more will be added over the coming months. But thats the fun with being creative right?

I would love to know what everyone else is looking forward to creating this year. Comment below to fill me in. Maybe we can keep each other accountable throughout the year.

Until next time.

Linda xx

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