The main piecing, other than the pieces around the edges, is done. I’ve started adding the edge pieces along one side so know it won’t take long to finish adding them and then it will be complete. I have a piece of flannel that’s perfect for the backing and there’s batting on hand, so this won’t take long now to finish and have ready. The only thing I’ll be waiting for is what the baby’s name is once it’s born and I can add that to the label.
I’ve been contemplating what, if any, quilting goals I have for 2011. I am not making resolutions because I know I’d break them. But goals? Goals is another matter. I have a few. I’d like to try making a small quilt in solids. I’ve never worked with just solids and am not sure how much I’ll enjoy that, but I want to give it a try.
My second goal, and probably the biggest one, is to try to limit myself to making small quilts when I start anything new this year. I have many UFOs that are going to be large quilts on the go as it is, all of which I want to spend time on, and hopefully complete, this year. Summer Picnic Dish, the Harpsichord quilt, my POTC blocks, the Pickled Ladies, the clamshell diamonds in Kaffe fabrics, the Christmas Feathered Star quilt (and probably some others I’ve forgotten at the moment) are quilts I want to finish sooner rather than later.
I also know that when I get ideas, some of which are in the ideas book already, I want to be able to play with fabric. Playing with designs on the computer, while it is a good way to get an idea about how something might work, just doesn’t seem to be the best way for me. I want to see what it looks like in fabric. So small quilts is the answer. Then, if something I’ve made as a small quilt top really appeals, I can set it aside to make as a larger quilt.
A third goal is to make sure I have one thing added to the Christmas box every month. 2010 taught me a very good lesson; that I can’t count on having all the time to do things for Christmas in the last 4 or 5 weeks of the year.
Saturday was an incredibly mild day. We broke records and had temperatures in the 52 Fahrenheit range. It was lovely to think it was that mild on January 1. Only a dozen weeks or so and we’ll be starting to get spring weather. I’m already counting the days until we go back to Daylight Savings Time. Along with the mild weather on Saturday, we had fog.
Smudge seemed to be looking at a quilt book as he reclined on the couch.
Lester posed for the camera Sunday night.