We had such a nice holiday season that I’m sad it’s over even though I am excited about a new year and all the new projects that come with it. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year’s! Resolutions, goals, and dreams have all been on my mind lately and I’ve been working on a list of the quilts that I would like to make in 2010. I’m challenging myself to 1 quilt each month, which sounds like a lot but…I only started quilting last April – a short 8 months ago. In that time, I completed 11 quilts so I feel pretty good about going for one a month. I’m excited to get started. So here is the list:
1. Rocky Road to Kansas – I saw this quilt in one of my new books, Quilted Planet, and really loved the scrappiness of the pattern. It also seems like a good idea to start the year with a scrap-busting quilt.
2. Dotty for Dresden – from the book Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots. I’ve always wanted to try a Dresden plate block and this version uses a simplified technique. Plus, I love, love, love the polka dots. I will be closely mimicking their version so I can have one of my own.
3. Log Cabin – I love the versatility of log cabin blocks and I knew I had to make one when I saw this amazing 1800s wool and silk version at Quilt Festival in Houston.
4. Amish Inspired – Amish quilts are known for their saturated colors and simple designs that don’t use blocks. I’ve been collecting solids for a while now but I haven’t decided on a design for this quilt. I can see the colors in my head, just not the pattern.
5. Zigzag – I’d like to do a large-scale zigzag quilt, perhaps even an offset chevron pattern.
6. Bunch of Squares – This quilt is from Denyse Schmidt’s book. I’m very inspired by the fussy cut centers of this similar quilt. ( The colors are also amazing.)
7. Value Quilt – I figure I’ll be ready for another scrappy quilt halfway through the year and I love value quilts.
8. Washed Silk Quilt – The one shown above is from Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts. The texture of washed silk is just delicious. I’m going to hand quilt this one.
9. Improved Nine-Patch – Another pattern I found in an old quilting magazine. I like the classic nine-patch look but this version really appealed to me.
10. Roundabout Circles – I tried this one before with my own pattern pieces for some pillows. I’m ready for a whole quilt now (but I think I will find the original pattern from Freespirit. Mine were kinda wonky.)
11. Tessallations Quilt – These are those quilts that look impossible to make because the blocks are fitted together with no sashing or spaces. The American Jane pattern shown above caught my eye when I saw it hanging on a wall in my local quilt shop. (There is also a cool book you might want to check out if you like tessallations. I flipped through it at JoAnn’s and went straight home to put it on my Amazon wish list.)
12. Whirligig – I found this quilt in a magazine from the early 90s at my local Half Price Books. I don’t like what they did with the red border in the one above, but I love the happy 1930s whirls.
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