I had an amazingly busy weekend and yet seemed to accomplish a lot more than usual. First of all my parents were visiting so on Friday we had a bit of a sewing bee followed by a family dinner. I don't think we started sewing until 1 pm and then I was playing hostess, and tidying up after a house full of people (my sister and her family also came over). Saturday was lots of gardening, LOTS of gardening. We ripped out 2 trailer loads of weeds and ugly plants from the garden along side the house. Then in the evening I had planned to sew again after a BBQ dinner but my eldest son, was unwell - high fevers and complaining of sore tummy and head. We could find no reason for his temperature other than some insect bites on his arms. My sweet Boy reacts horribly to insect bites and those nasty bugs just seem to think he is delicious (can't blame them!). The doctor seems to think it was unlikely the bites that caused the fever, so it was put down to just one of those things. He is back to his energetic gorgeous self this week and enjoying his second full week of big school.
Boy back to his happy and healthy self.
Needless to say Saturday night involved worry and very little sleep. Sunday morning was a write off as we all slept in and then I began the cleaning up part all over again. Not sure how it happened but this weekend just seemed to have extra hours. I usually lose time, for example October and November from last year are still unaccounted for. However this weekend I started AND completed one quilt top and started another from my must-make list. And that is what this post is all about. My quilts to make in 2013!
When I first thought about blogging I thought of doing something to challenge my self. I thought: What about a quilt a week? (yeah right!) then 24 quilts in 12 months (possible??). I never got around to coming up with my challenge though. There are so many gorgeous quilts in blog world that I would just love to make. I love the idea of linking up to others in the on-line quilting community who are making the same quilt and comparing choice of colours. I spend hours a week (OK, more like hours a day) looking at pics on Flickr
. Errr, that might explain why I don't always achieve my to-to-list for the day. At least now I have to do the school run I am out of my PJs before hubby gets home.
After reading a blog post by GnomeAngel about making 12 quilts in a year, I was inspired.
I love the idea of marking special occasions and times of the year with a quilt. I was interested to see that many of the must-make quilts on my list were also on hers. It's probably not surprising that Gnome Angel and I have quilts we'd like to make in common. The internet and sociial media means a quilt pattern can be embraced by so many people at the same time. I guess it shows you have got the design just right for current tastes when on-line quilt-alongs explode with hundreds of enthusiastic quilters making your pattern. What a thrill that must be for the designer? I hope one day it happens to me.
So with out further ado, this is my list for the first half of 2013 (I reserve the rights to change them if I so desire)
January - Groove by Carolina Patchworks
I have actually completed this top (that's fortunate as it is obviously February). I made it with solid fabrics I had in my stash. I am not in love with these colours but I am looking forward to quilting it. I can imagine all sorts of different patterns in each colour stripe. Have a look at the original here
I think I'd like it better, in orange, green, pinks, grey and white. Might have to do it again in 2014!
February - Scrappy trip around the world
This is so much fun to make and so quick. The blocks take about 15-20 minutes. Instructions are here
. I think I'll make this one for my Boy.
March - Swoon
Check out more examples on flickr
April - Dancing Stars by Amy Ellis
Paper piecing. Free pattern
on Craftsy.com. How nice it this? Just have to decide between using my stash of repro fabrics or going modern. This one might be for Boog's bed.
May - Granny Squares
If you love a crocheted afghan...check out the quilted versions here
. There are also pics of Dancing Stars quilts and blocks on the same link
Not sure if this is where the pattern originated from but there is a great tutorial at http://blueelephantstitches.blogspot.com.au
June - Feather Bed Quilt
This is seriously gorgeous. I have been admiring this for ages. This one will be for me!
The Pattern is free on Anna Maria Horners Make webpage.
Well, it seems like I have enough to be getting on with. Starting with sleep!
Have fun and try and do a little of what you love each day!