2015 sewing goals – with a linky party giveaway

goals(you may copy the image above and link to this page if you want!)

Here are my top 5 things I want to achieve in my sewing next year…


1) Enter three items in the Quilt and Stitch Village Competition
One of them will be the Bear quilt (big reveal Christmas Day, a peek above) but I also want to make a patchwork dress maybe using the Francoise pattern and fusible fleece to still qualify as a three layer quilt (and obviously doing it in plenty of time to avoid the pitfalls of before) or perhaps as a pinafore style and also sew a quilt I’ve designed called Pancakes which brings us to…


2) Get good at curves
I’ve done the odd bit of Drunkard’s Path stitching before but it’s hit and miss. I’ve designed “Pancakes” that I want to make. Not sure if it will be two tone, or multi-tone yet, I’m thinking possibly an unlikely solid choice plucked off my new Kona Solids card coupled with my bundle of Priory Square that I’m itching to use.

Err I need to get better at stitching in the ditch too...

Err I need to get better at stitching in the ditch too…

3) Attempt Y Seams again
In a similar vein I’m BAD at Y-seams. Last time I used them was in my Left-a-Lone Star quilt (yes, yes I haven’t quilted it yet, shhh) and they were not at all good. Maybe a mini quilt is what I need to do to get more confident? Any pattern recommendations?

4) Write more on the quilting scene and market in general
Next year will see two of my articles- rather than projects- in Popular Patchwork magazine and I have another up my sleeve on the subject of Postmodern quilting, which I like to bang on about every now and then. I’d like to keep doing them, they’re quicker and strangely more satisfying than making an item for a magazine.

5) Quillows
I’m still not sure how to make a quillow- how is the pocket attached? What about sewing it on after quilting- does it need to be done by hand like a sleeve? If I do it before basting do I need to hand tie my quilt instead of quilting it? I have seen instructions on how to make one but they didn’t make a whole lot of sense and this is eating away at me- I really want to make one!


What are your five sewing goals for 2015? Why not link up here? I’ll pick someone at random out of the link-ups on 1st January 2015 to receive these cuts of fabric (some FQs, some a bit smaller but adequate pieces)!

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  1. Posted December 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    Goals? um…UFO’s (same as every year LOL).

  2. Sue
    Posted December 20, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    if you want to practice y seams lemony star is a good one. mark your seam allowance and mark the intersection point, I always put the bias edge on the fee dogs and the streight grain on top, that seems to help me.

  3. Sue
    Posted December 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    quiltbug.com has a good instruction on how to make a quillow

  4. Wendy
    Posted December 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    1 make something for Project Linus
    2 try free motion quilting for the first time
    3 improve accuracy..in both sewing and measuring
    4 join a local quilting group
    5 continue to enjoy it!
    And best wishes to everyone for completing their five objectives!

  5. Sonja mclane
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Quilt from an actual pattern, complete a hummingbird quilt for my mom so she quits hounding me lol, practice more free hand machine quilting, figure out my futura 420 xl that I am ready to throw out the window!!!!! And do more appliques so I can improve that skill I just starting doing. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

  6. Posted December 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    Nice goals. I love Pancakes! Really want to try that now. Y seams maybe some simple hexagons? Or like the Rose star but in mini version. Just don’t do what I did and teeny tiny bits!

    Quillows ask Liz Norris on pp 🙂 I think there’s been a fair few tutes in pp might have to dig some out… and oh yeah I think I can come up with some goals to link up soon.

  7. MicheleTimms
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    I promise myself to complete the following in 2015:
    1. Master bedroom quilt (Bear Paw in Batiks)
    2. Organize my sewing area (get rid of the clutter)
    3. Cathedral Window cushion cover
    4. Baby Quilts for 3 stork deliveries
    5. Lap Quilt to celebrate BIL’s birthday

    I am not sure how to link up this list, but I will try to link up the idea I have for #1

  8. amy
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m a beginner so I would like to
    Take classes at my local Quilt shop
    Learn how to make HST
    Practice with my new machine and learn all the things it can do.
    Find a local quilt guild
    I’d like to make a Quillow too!

  9. Quilting Tangent
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    1. Finish my 1st quilt.
    2. Feel comfortable doing free-motion.
    3. Sew pieces on a sewing machine and have the correct size when done.
    4. Finish a table runner.
    5. Start a new quilt.

  10. Charlotte
    Posted December 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    1. Make a bargello quilt.
    2. Make a quilt for my mom.
    3. Make quilts or quilted things for 3 of my 4 grandchildren. I made a wedding quilt for the 4th in 2014.
    4. Learn to free motion quilt.
    5.Spend more time sewing and less time on the internet reading about sewing.

  11. Posted December 21, 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I keep thinking I should write two lists – one of WIP’s and one of projects I really want to do in 2015 – this will be a great excuse to do it! Good luck with yours!

  12. Posted December 21, 2014 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    great goals! i’ll try to link summat up soon x

  13. jonquil
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    Mine aren’t nearly as ambitious as yours!
    1) Finish trim/backing on 4 Christmas stockings (for next year…honest!)
    2) 4 small quilts (not as difficult as it would be the same pattern, it would be the first time following a pattern)
    3)alter blouse pattern & finish one garment
    4)alter robe pattern & finish one
    5)alter skirt pattern & finish one

  14. Kathy E.
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Goals are always good to have! I’m glad you’re getting me to focus on them!
    1. Get better at FMQ.
    2. Keep up with a current BOM project I’m in.
    3. Finish the quilt-as-you-go double sized quilt I’m halfway done with.
    4. Find one good way to apply binding and stick with it!
    5. Design and sew a table runner for each major holiday through the year.

    OK! I am going to copy/paste this and hang it on my bulletin board in the sewing room!

  15. Sarah
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 3:02 am | Permalink

    My goals are to finish hand quilting 3 quilts for my children, and piece the top for a queen size for our bed. That also includes getting better at Y seams, as one of the quilts is a tumbling blocks pattern.

  16. Linda Brown
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 3:31 am | Permalink

    Don’t have any goals….well maybe a few….
    1. sew more
    2. try different patterns
    3. win a lot of giveaways

  17. Diane B
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Hey Kerry, Thank you for the fabrics giveaway…I see one of my faves already (Arizona collection) My five: Practice stitch in ditch to become more accurate, attempt Free Motion Quilting, Learn applique, paper piecing, accurate 1/4 seams.

  18. Ram
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Great goals! mine are kind of similar but practicing at it will make you batter at it!

  19. Chris
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    5 goals is too many for me I would not achieve them. I just go for one I know I will accomplish. I need to improve my free motion skills so each week or two I will practice. This I think I can do.

  20. Posted December 22, 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Great goals. You could try machine sewing hexies to practice Y seams. There’s some good tutorials for it. Quillows are what all my local quilt shops where teaching a couple of years ago … Somewhere I have a pattern!

  21. Posted December 23, 2014 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Wow – that’s quite a list! I would like to finish all my UFO’s (but secretly will be happy to simply reduce the pile!), ‘shop’ from my stash, put all the quilt designs floating around in my head down on paper, make a quilt for my own bed and tidy up my sewing space!

  22. Julie
    Posted December 24, 2014 at 2:14 am | Permalink

    I want to finsh more UFOs, and try some new rulers. Thanks

  23. lia elfira
    Posted December 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Hmm..my five goal is
    1. Learn to make a hexa bag
    2. My UFO
    3. Learn japanese hand quilting
    4. Learn hawaian quilt
    5. Learn to use waterproof fabric.
    Thats it

  24. Posted December 24, 2014 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Good luck with your goals! I’m afraid I can’t manage a blog post (I’ve only just finished my Christmas present sewing!) but you’ve got me thinking!

  25. Linda Webster
    Posted December 28, 2014 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    I want to make two advent calendars for the new additions to our family, finish my ufo’s, follow an online quilt-a-long, re-sort my fabric, and to stop procrastinating!

  26. Posted December 28, 2014 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    If you have a blind hem foot which has a sort of vertical ‘blade’ that may help stitch in the ditch accuracy…

  27. Posted December 29, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    What a neat idea, just added my link. Thank you for the chance to show our goals.

  28. Posted December 29, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Good luck with them! I’m refusing to do goals this next year, I think I need unstructured work for a while 🙂

    For the curves, get plastic templates to cut them (they come in different sizes). Paper templates inevitably get ‘trimmed’ and the inner and outer are not actually the same curve due to the seam allowance, so the plastic ones have done me well in accurate cutting and sewing.

  29. Posted January 8, 2015 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    i made a quillow but made it up, it’s ok but I’d love to know how to make it properly!!!!

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