Friday, January 2, 2015

#75 Challenges and New Years Plans and Lists

Saying Good-bye to 2014

It is so hard to believe that another year has flown by! I was thinking I should do a recap of what happened this year, but decided to skip that and just look forward, and scatter the post with pictures of my favourite finishes of 2014 instead.
 We finished 2014 with our youngest son turning 20. It's hard to believe I was his age when I got married. I can't imagine him getting married right now, lol. So now we are officially a home with no teenagers. Not to be out done, 2015 will bring some great celebrations too. In a month I will celebrate my 50th and in July my husband and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, so here's to a great year!!

Playing Cards from Modern Bee-a Christmas gift for my nephew
Onto the UpStairs HobbyRoom Challenges....

My First Challenge for this year:
I decided to cut back on my fabric purchases and "sew my stash", not sure if I will do any better on a fabric diet then I do on any other diet, but time will tell, lol

I have joined in with "Sew My Stash 2015" being lead by and challenge myself to 50-100% of my sewing this year will be from my stash. There are a few projects where I know right now I will need to purchase fabric because I don't seem to hoard home dec weight and canvas fabrics like I do quilting fabric!! (being flexible in this challenge is a good thing, right?!! lol)

RJR Fabric Cotton Supreme Challenge - Pick Up Stixz

My Second Challenge:
is to complete all of my WIPs/UFOs. I need to clean up all the now old projects before I can start any new shiny and enticing projects that are just calling out my name........this is not going to be easy because the list is long and I'm a sucker for a good BOM.....
Craftsy BOM 2012, total cheat to add this picture, it still needs to be bond

To Complete List

Blocks to Piece (blocks not finished)

  • (3)Triple Star Blocks
  • Playing Cards (Bee Blocks)
  • (?) Scrappy Trip Around the World Blocks 
  • Fusion Quilt
  • Flower Patch Quilt
  • Lattice Bones Quilt
  • Colouring Box Quilt
  • Sew Kitchy Paper Pieced BOM (one more block, Miss Betty)
  • Craftsy BOM 2013

Quilt Tops to Sew Together (blocks are complete)

  • Sugar Block Club 2013
  • Sugar Block Club 2014
  • Block Rock'n
  • Classic Meets Modern
  • Aurifil Designer of the Month 2014
  • Globe Trotting BOM
  • Layer Cake Challenge
  • Come Together (Bee Blocks)

Quilt Tops to Quilt

  • City Sampler
  • Churn Dash QAL
  • Nested Churn Dash
  • Parade (tester pattern)
  • Square Deal
  • Trifle Dish Moda QAL
  • Modern Blocks QAL
  • Virtual Quilting Bee
  • Triangle QAL
  • Globe Trotting BOM

Quilts to Bind (that's all I have to do, you would think I would just get it done)

  • Bloom Bloom Pow
  • Craftsy BOM 2012
  • Mystery Quilt
Noodle Head's Divided Basket - The original size is the center one

My husbands 50th birthday quilt

New Projects to Do this Year:

  1. 15-30 adult size bibs for special needs children at an orphanage in the Philippines (church missions trip in April) (the number turned out to be 21-just need to bind them!!)
  2. Design 2 original projects and write up the patterns ( I am excited about this challenge) more info on this in the future
  3. 2 quilts (one niece/one nephew )
  4. Set of Placemats (12)
  5. 4 mini Sew Together Bags
  6. 4 Regular Sew Together Bags
  7. 6 Duffle Bags
  8. 6-11 purses, yup not kidding, I join the Bag of the Month again this year over at Sew Sweetness and last year of the six I only made one of the bags. This year I am determined to complete them all.
  9. New Christmas Stockings (8)
  10. Christmas Tree Skirt
  11. Misc sewing of pouches, because there is always a need for a simple pouch or 10, lol.

Diamond Tread - and Churn Dash on the flip side  For my daughter and son-in-law for Christmas 2014
That's it, and I'm exhasuted!! ;)

Wishing you all the Best in 2015!!!


  1. I'm exhausted reading about all your To Do Projects. But not as exhausting as going over my own. 2015 should be a great year for diving in and finishing/starting projects I fell in love with in 2014. Or 2013. Happy New Year!

  2. What a great bunch of finishes - I love the diamond tread quilt. Good luck on your sewing diet - I'm giving it a try too!

  3. What lists you have there!!! I just checked out the Sew My Stash 2015 page you listed, and I think I may join you! I've only been quilting since May 2014 and have acquired enough stash to last me a lifetime already. Lol. I wish you all the best in your challenges, and have faith that you will be able to accomplish what you set out to do! LOVE the quilting in your Playing Cards quilt too!!! Absolutely stunning!

    ~ Jess ~
    Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

  4. Your quilting is gorgeous! Love what you did on that Craftsy BOM!

  5. What a fun year of quilting - wow, you were busy. Thanks for showing all of these beauties.


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