Quilting Resolutions for 2016

As quilters we always make resolutions each year. We want to get all those UFOs completed, or start a new project we have been saving, or even make a quilt for a shelter or Head Start or Project Linus. We have such good intentions. We are often thwarted from those plans by life's little priorities which keep us from doing what we planned. This post is dedicated to finding time and resources to help you meet your 2016 quilting goals. One way is to refresh your skills (or gently remind yourself of what you may have forgotten) by watching some videos. Here are a few to get you started.

Learn about different kinds of quilts.

Learn about quilt fabric.

Learn to make that perfect 1/4" seam.

Next, you need to find some time in your busy schedule. Here are a few suggestions that other bloggers recommend.

  • give yourself 15 minutes a day to quilt.
  • keep your sewing space tidy so when you have a few minutes to sew you can spend it sewing and not cleaning up your space.
  • if you have favorite shows you like to watch on TV, turn them on while at your machine, or doing handwork you want to complete so you can watch and sew at the same time.
  • plan regular sew days with friends, your local quilt shop, your small group or bee. Sometimes just a few hours of concentrated sew time is all you needed to complete a project.
  • plan to attend a quilt retreat. Guilds and shops offer them at reasonable prices. Look on the internet to find other opportunities. I get more done at a 3-day retreat than a month at home.

Finally here are some great projects to help you get organized, to make the most of your sewing or retreat time. Every quilter ought to have one (or more) of these handy thread catchers. Make a second one to keep in your travel bag or to give as a gift to someone you you sew with. They will thanks you like crazy.


Thread Catcher Plus Pattern MD-CT31 $8.50

Keep yourself organized while working at your sewing machine. The thread catcher plus not only keeps the sewing area free of pesky threads, but has a spot for every notion you need while you create an heirloon quilt. A fun little quilt pattern that can be done in just a few hours. Skill Level: Advanced Beginner Designed by: Marlous Designs - Marlous Carter. If you need something to carry your machine to class or retreat here is a great project to get you organized. Make a tote to carry your machine. 


Sewing Machine & Extension Table Tote Pattern ABQ-168 On sale for $6.50

Show off your amazing sewing skills and your organizational skills all at the same time! Carry your portable sewing machine to classes and retreats in style. Pack the multiple pockets with your foot pedal, cords, books, fabric, notions and sewing tools. Open the drop pocket to easily access everything. You can even pack your sewing machine extension table in this unique new bag. Finished Size: Your bag will carry a machine up to 19"(L) x 13"(H)x 9" (D). Pack an extension table measuring up to 19" x 13" with folding or removable feet. It snaps into place right behind your sewing machine. Skill Level: Advanced Beginner Pattern Designed by Brenda Miller for Among Brenda's Quilts Here is a great way to get organized: with a Rollie Pollie Organizer. These will hold all your tools at home or at class. 


Rollie Pollie Organizer Pattern CND-119 $9.00

The Rollie Pollie is an all-purpose organizer featuring 4 detachable, zipped pouches that all roll up into a secure little package. Hang it up using your choice of a d-ring or grommet and fold it flat for compact storage when not in use. Hook and loop strips hold the pouches and flap securely in place. A convenient side handle makes for easy carrying. Perfect for cosmetics, sewing and craft supplies, jewelry, toys, and gift giving. The pattern has computer generated illustrations and metric as well as imperial measurements. Pattern includes instructions for 3 sizes. Finished Sizes: Small: 8" x 4 3/4" x 5" Medium: 9" x 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" Large: 10" x 5 3/4" x 6 1/2" Skill Level: Intermediate Designed by: CND - Cozy Nest Designs - Sarah Gido. Here is a great project to take with you when you are shopping for fabric or project materials. 


Clipboard Organizer Pattern NDD-141 $9.00

A big pocket for all the flyers you pick up and places for everything you need to take notes and exchange business cards. Optional shoulder strap. Use the Quick Fabric Tube Turner for this pattern. Finished Size: 9 1/2" x 13" Skill Level: Advanced Beginner Pattern designed by Nancy Dill for And how about a tool apron to keep everything within reach wherever you wander. Longarm quilters will want one of these. And what a great way to use orphan blocks! 


Tool Apron Pattern BS2-278 $9.00

Did you ever say to yourself, "Where did I put my scissors now?" or "Where is my seam ripper?" Well now you can be organized with this great apron pattern and have everything right at your fingertips. Throw in a tape measure, some mints, your phone, and your MP3 player and you're ready to work! Finished Size: One size fits all Skill Level: Advanced Beginner Pattern designed by Barb Sackel of Rose Cottage Quilting. Want more great projects to get you organized. had lots of them. CLICK HERE to view more great ideas, or type ORGANIZE into the Search box to get started on your journey to make this the best quilting year ever! Good luck.
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