It is starting to seem a little more real and less like science fiction that in about a week and a half, the Year 2020 will be upon us! I am joining the #2020Planning Party hosted by Yvonne@ Quilting Jetgirl. I’ve participated in these Planning Parties hosted by Yvonne for the past four years. (See my 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 posts for previous quilting-related goals).
I will not be participating in an online quilting bee this coming year but am so thankful that I participated in another Bee Hive swarm this year called the IGHoneybees2019 because I faced my fear of curved piecing and made Fizzy blocks for three different Queen Bees. Below are the two Fizzy blocks I made for Kathy in September.
I also learned to sew two other curved blocks in 2019: Blue Onion and Metro Medallion blocks. I plan to finish quilts with both of these blocks in 2020. I also hope to make a Fizzy block quilt next year as well and some Drunkard’s Path Sunflower placemats/table runner.
I am such a fan of Rebecca of Bryan House Quilts and have learned so much about color and quilt design from being part of her Playful Color Quilt Guild. Rebecca is a master of both color gradation and modern triangles—two of my favorite things in the world! I started her 2019 Stargazer Block of the Month (which is an awesome modern triangle quilt where I have used some of my favorite Kona solids ) and just have the last couple months to finish before that quilt is complete. It’s very similar to one that Rebecca shows in her 2019 Finished Quilts post though I have substituted some purple solids where she used green solids. I truly want to make Rebecca’s absolutely gorgeous Murmuration quilt, but first I am going to make some Murmuration pillow shams for my bed. I hope to finish my Stargazer quilt and make these pillow shams early in 2020. And in January Rebecca’s Solstice 2020 Block of the Month (another beautiful triangle quilt) is going to start, and I am totally on board! I will be making the Solstice Monochromatic version, but shockingly NOT in the teal colorway shown in Rebecca’s mock-up. I feel that I need more blue in my Christmas decor to add some depth and balance, and I’m going to add in some metallic silver to amp up the Christmas glitz!
Donation Blocks and Quilts
One of the things that I love about the quilting community is how generous and supportive quilters are, and I’m happy to make my own small contributions. In 2020 I plan to make more blocks for Kat & Cat Quilts Covered in Love project. I would also like to donate another Mercyful quilt to benefit the Mercy Hospital Hospice program.
More Mini Quilts/Pillows
I love the precision and interesting angles that can be created through paper-piecing, but it can be very time consuming and at times extremely fiddly especially when joining sections together. That said, there are some small projects I hope to accomplish in 2020 including Quilting Jetgirl’s Sparkler Mini Quilt and a rainbow mini, and possibly a squirrel or bird mini.
Less Fiddly/More Bang for my Buck
I definitely want to add some projects to my 2020 quilting projects that aren’t super fiddly and come together relatively quickly. One such project is a high school graduation quilt for my great-nephew, Hayden, where the piecing will be simple but the fabrics and quilting motif will be the essential components of the quilt. More on that in months to come! Another fairly easy quilt to make will be the Halloween Tic Tac Cat Quilt by Polkadot Chair. I was even able to track down that cool (but creepy) wide border fabric. I think that Halloween throw will look great in my office!
I definitely want to make more Christmas quilts. Some possibilities are Gingiber’s Merriment and Merrily quilts and a Christmas Ripples Quilt using an adorable Winter Woodland charm pack.
Linking up to Quilting Jetgirl’s 2020 Planning Party.