Ali Wilkinson

New Year Resolutions

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Since I got back from Cuba I’ve been thinking of my projects for the year.My Quilter’s Planner had arrived while I was away and I’ve been using that to make lists and set goals. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big fan of lists and goal setting, even with my hobbies!

This year I would like to make a few big quilts (Queen size or bigger), develop my clothes-making skills, get instant gratification from a few pouch-style small projects, and participate in some ongoing monthly clubs/groups. I figure that mixes it up a bit.

I’m also pretty determined to use fabrics from my (huge) stash rather than buying new fabric. That might be easier said than done, although I have been largely indifferent to the recent fabric releases except for the Denim range from Art Gallery Fabrics. Have you seen it? Holy smokes, it’s delicious! And will be very fun for bags and pouches and maybe even clothes.

So, the bed-sized quilts. What ideas do I have for these? Well, I intend to complete the In-flight Quilt started last year. So far I have made the blocks in the photo at the start of this post and that makes me half way there as there are several blank blocks in between using just the navy Oval Elements fabric. I’d also like to make a medallion quilt using largely solids or tone on tone patterns, and am inspired by this oneScreen Shot 2015-10-03 at 08.08.38

I found the quilt image here. It was quilted by Kathleen Riggins over at Kathleenquilts, and was pieced by Cristy Fincher (@cristycreates on Instagram). Isn’t it stunning? I have it in mind to make using these dusky solids Cirrus Solids by Cloud 9.

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I’ve signed up for Jen Kingwell’s block of the month quilt, which includes fabric. It’s called Long Time Gone and, unlike many of Jan’s previous patterns, it’s entirely machine-pieced. I have a plan to make two at the same time – the one using the fabric provided and another using Liberty fabric. Here’s a photo from Jen’s website:


At time of writing there are still places left in the BOM in round 2 – in the second round some fabrics will be substituted. Go here if you are interested.

So that’s the three big quilts sorted. I’d also like to make a smaller quilt using Alison Glass’s Handcrafted Indigo fabrics which I bought from Massdrop last year. I love their rich tones and tie-dye appearance and I have an idea to do a random fragmented patchwork with them, but the idea is still embryonic. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the fabric:

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I will be away from home and sewing machine a few times this year and so I have a hand sewing project to keep me occupied. It’s this Tula Pink Marquise quilt made from pre-cut honeycombs and is very similar to her previous Hex on the Beach kit I made a few years back. I’m looking forward to the slow gentle progress of a hand work project and the portability of this will be really useful.

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I’ve signed up for the Mighty Lucky quilt club too. Each month I will be sent a handout with info on a particular skill and then a project to use that skill. There are several big name quilts involved as each month is by a different one. January was Krista Fleckenstein who covered making and using bias tape. Future contributors are Alison Glass, Angela Waters, Sarah Fielke and Carolyn Feidnlander. They are the ones I know of already anyway! You can join anytime in the year and it’s pretty good value, in my humble opinion, and I am keen to have a new bit of inspiration as well as a chance to learn something each month.


So that’s pretty much my list. It might seem like a lot but when I consider what I have made in previous years I think it’s all do-able. And besides, I know that I will add a bunch of other things in there as they take my fancy during the year. I can’t help myself!

So what plans do you have for the year? Do they fit with your quilty bucket list?



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