Friday, December 16, 2016

Quilty Dreams for 2017

I started quilting in early 2016 (total newbie!!!) so I completely missed purchasing the 2016 Quilter's Planner. Thankfully this summer I was lucky enough to win one for 2017 as part of the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Sewcial Network hosted by Yvonne AKA Quilting Jet Girl and graciously donated by Stephanie AKA Late Night Quilter owner of The Quilter's Planner. I was so excited to win and grateful for such an amazing prize!


My planner arrived a few weeks ago but I haven't had much time to look at it since I am feverishly working to finish up holiday gifts for my family and friends. Still, I can’t help thinking ahead to what I will sew in the new year. Thankfully Yvonne AKA Quilting Jet Girl is hosting the 2017 Planning Party, which gave me one more excuse to dream a little more deliberately!

2017 Planning Party

As a new quilter I really have one goal: keep making and learn as I go. I really just want to piece, quilt, and connect with and be inspired by other makers. There just isn't enough time and I admittedly overcommitted to quilt alongs and samplers in 2016. I vowed to be less of a joiner in 2017. But I'm already on board with more than I probably should be. And it's okay, I'll do as much as I can manage and have fun as I go!

I just signed up for The Bee Hive Quilts hosted by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts. This is my first ever sewing bee/swap. It just seemed like a fun way to ease into exchanging blocks with other quilters and the choice of blocks was just irresistible. I'm just now meeting my swarm and I think it is going to be a lot of fun!

The Bee Hive

And speaking of Blossom Heart Quilts, she also just announced her 2017 Sampler Quilt Along and it involves paper piecing, which I absolutely I love!!! So I might just need to do that one too. 

Milky Way Sampler at Blossom Heart Quilts


And Molli Sparkles is hosting The Honey Pot Bee where a group of wonderfully talented makers will be Queens and help people like me, a Princess, discover block tutorials and patterns. Molli said everyone gets a tiara, so I'm definitely in!

And last, but certainly not least, the 52 Weeks with the Quilter's Planner hosted by Gnome Angel. After completing the 100 Days 100 Blocks she hosted I'm hoping I can handle one block per week. And have you seen the blocks in the Quilter's Planner. They look amazing!

If that wasn't enough to keep me busy for awhile, my Mom has a birthday coming up and of course I want to make a quilt for her. And I want to continue and finish my 100 Days 100 Blocks Quilt. And finish the Summer Sampler. And keep sewing on my Modern Makers Club blocks. Along with a few (dozen) other quilts I have started, dreamed of starting, bought fabric for, etc. And I'm sure there are a bazillion other things I have yet to discover that I want to do. I am not even going to mention the dress/skirt/pants patterns I have and want to try. There will NEVER be enough time, but at least I will always have something to keep me busy!

And one more goal. I want to blog more. Maybe throw my name in for the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers? Guess we'll see....



What are your creative plans for 2017? I'd love to hear about them. Thanks for stopping by!

19 comments:

  1. Wow you certainly are busy, joining so many quilt alongs. i might be doing the honey pot along with you and others. it should be a lot of fun. Good luck meeting your goals.

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    1. I know it's too much but I can't help myself! The Honey Pot does look fun, hope to see you there. Thank you so much for the encouragement!

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  2. Talk about being on a pink cloud, the new found joy of quilting is inside you, big time. I am wondering how you have time to sleep or use the lady's room in between blocks? Wow! I looked at your links, and am temporarily overwhelmed. Right now, my goal is to finish writing my measurable New Year's Resolutions and link up to quilting jet girl. And I'd like to finish my holiday sewing this weekend and get the last packages mailed to 2 of my daughters. Happy Sewing, and I'll be interested to watch your blog.

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    1. You are so right Jane, pink cloud no doubt. If you could see my house you would know that I have given up many household tasks for sewing :) Good luck getting our holiday sewing finished (going to start working on mine right now!). Will look forward to following along with your goals this year too! Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Look at you go!!! You have a lot of fun things planned!!

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    1. Well I do have a tendency to dive into new things I love, and I do love quilting. I do think it will be a fun year, thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Carrie, wow - and you are telling us you only started quilting in 2016? Amazing! I also now wonder how many things you had joined last year if this list is the toned down version already =) I think you will love 'The Bee Hive' experience. I certainly did this year and never get enough of browsing all the possible interpretations on Instagram #thebeehivequilts Looking forward to seeing more of your work in 2017

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    1. Yes, this list is a little toned down from last year LOL. Still too much, but oh well!!! I am excited about the bee hive and have loved looking at what everyone has made on IG. So many fun options!!! Looking forward to more creating in 2017.

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  5. Enjoy all the wonderful projects you have listed! They sound amazing!

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    1. Thank you Sharon, there are always so many fun things to sew!

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  6. I really encourage you to sign up for the New Quilt Bloggers group next year! How awesome that you have grown so much in quilting in less than a year, abd you have some fun projects and goals in store for next year. I hope you have a wonderful 2017 and thank you so much for linking up!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement Yvonne!!! Knowing that there might be opportunities like the New Quilt Bloggers group helps give me the extra nudge I need to keep writing. And look at all of the new quilt bloggers I have found through this link up. Thanks so much for hosting!

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  7. What a list! I am doing my first bee this year too. I am really excited for it. I highly recommend joining the New Quilt Bloggers group! I did it last year and it was a super amazing experience and I met so many wonderful quilters & bloggers.

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    1. Hope your bee experience is wonderful, and thanks for the feedback on the New Quilt Bloggers. Best of luck for 2017!

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  8. First let me say welcome to the quilting world!! Yes don't forget to enjoy the journey;) A great list and I wish you well in succeeding in all areas!

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    1. Thank you Vicki, I am definitely enjoying it and appreciate the encouragement!

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  9. I am a relative newbie too with just a year and half under my belt.
    Popped by from the hop.
    http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tami, I look forward to checking out your goals too.

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  10. You have made wonderful progress as a quilter! I highly recommend the New Quilters Blog Hop, I think that it is a very worthwhile hop.

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