One of the things I love about Instagram is how it feeds creativity and inspiration. I love seeing what everyone else is up to and what they’re making.
In 2012 I really loved seeing people pulling out their seasonal quilts. I fell in love with the idea of having special quilts to mark the passing of time and to act as place-markers for the big events in their lives. I started dreaming of quilts that we could have in our lives to help us define our year.
With the new year beginning I thought it was a great time to sit down and put together an action plan for making my dream a reality. My goal is to make a quilt top (so not necessarily have the whole quilt finished, but I’d like to) every month. Then in 2014 we too should be able to have quilts to help us celebrate our year.
I’ve pulled together the list as it stands at the moment:
Image source: Quiltsalad on Flickr
January – Jelly Roll 1600 Quilt
I’m making this quilt for a @Alivicwil and @TripleJoe‘s wedding in early January. I had hoped to have it finished and wrapped for them to give to them at their wedding, but with the moving, looking after a baby and festive season I’m just going to settle for having it done by the end of January. (If I’m lucky it might be done by the time they return from their honeymoon!)
I actually heard about this quilt pattern/technique at the Canberra Quilting Guild Modern Quilters meeting. I didn’t really understand the concept as it was explained to me at the time but watching the youtube tutorial made it sink in. It should be a fast quilt that comes together with minimal fuss but has a striking affect.
Image source: Twin Fibers
February – Swoon Quilt
I wrote about wanting to make this quilt back in August 2012 and I’ve only gotten as far as pulling out the fabrics for it. I’m thinking that February (the month for lovers) would be the perfect time to make this quilt. I just need to decide on the fabric selections…
Image source: Anna Maria Horner
I can’t stop thinking about this quilt. I just adore it. It’s been a sleeper quilt in my mind – I saw a few people making it on IG and then it popped up on some of the blogs I read and before I knew it I wanted to make it.
It will be the first quilt that I have ever tried with this kind of block making. I must admit that the blocks kind of scare me, but I’m so up for the challenge.
You can get the free quilt pattern here.
Image source: I’m a Ginger Monkey
May – Scrap Vomit Quilt
It’s my birthday month and so I’m going to make a quilt that’s just for me. I did a scrap vomit swap back in 2012 and it was a screaming success so I’m going planning to run a few more in 2013 to help me get all the fabric I need to make this quilt up.
Who knows I might even make more of these types of quilts through out the years, I just love their scrappy goodness.
July - Giant Star Quilt
I can’t remember how it came to pass (I probably made a comment on Twitter or Instagram) but Katy (from I’m a Ginger Monkey) generously shared the link to this tutorial by Jeni (from In Color Order) on making this giant star quilt.
I love stars and I think this just screams Christmas. I think I might use my Winterkist fabrics to make this one…
I love the idea of this quilt coming out as the decorations come out on the 1 December. I thought I would have a crack at making the Christmas quilt in July so that we can possible use it for Christmas 2013.
August – Halloween Quilt
This is the quilt that really got me thinking about making seasonal quilts. It was this super sized swoon quilt by Montse Cose Cose that started my brain ticking. This is another quilt that I’m not sure what pattern I’ll be using, but I just know it will be filled with ghosts, bats, skeletons and things that are better left dead.
Image source: Pleasant Home
October - Great Granny Squares Quilt
Another quilt that I wrote about wanting to make back in August 2012 it’s quite handy that this quilt takes the same size squares as the Scrap Vomit Quilt, it means I should be able to dip into my scrap collection and pull fabric to help make this quilt.
November – Wonky Stars
Back in September 2012 I wrote about wanting to make a wonky star quilt. Well November is my month to get this made. I’m not sure exactly how it’s going to come together, but I’m going to give it the good old college try and see what I come up with.
So that’s my list, there’s a few months unaccounted for and I’m going to be putting my thinking cap on and seeing what I can find on the internet. I want to leave at least 2 months spare for any quilt-alongs that pop up through out the year.
I have more than enough to get started on come the 1st of January. My plan is to document my progress here on the blog so that should keep me motivated and honest. I can’t wait to get started!
Are you planning any quilting project for 2013? I’d love to see what other people are doing!
Have you got any quilt suggestions for my list? Are there any projects we could do together?