I am going to see how to make a list on the side of my blog and cross them out and date them as they are completed. So far my 2009 list goes like this:
- Start my Queen Size Trapunto Quilt (can't wait to start Marsha)!!! My friend Marsha is also making one along with me.
- Complete my Crumb Quilt
- Make a Double Irish Chain quilt for Trevor's parents for their wedding anniversary this March
- New Zealand Scrap Quilt (I started it 2 years ago and never finished making the blocks)
- Layer and Quilt at least 2 of my Queen Size quilts for my bed
- Make up 2 quilts for my Spring Classes
- Make up 2 quilts for my Fall Classes
- Grandmother's Garden Quilt
- Learn to Free Motion Machine Quilt (to be attempted today)!!
- 2 sets of Placemats
- Complete Cross Stitching my Christmas Wreath Wallhanging
- Hand Quilt one of my quilts
- Complete at least 3 of my UFOs if not more
This list doesn't include all the things I want to make up and sell this year. This list also doesn't include the gifts I plan to make for next Christmas. But saying that I DO also make my list up in January of what gifts I will make throughout the year. That way I can start them early and won't be rushing in the end to complete them all! I have that list just about done. I still have to come up with 2 more ideas for 2 friends. But there is still time for that!
Today we are expecting a snow storm of about 15-20 cm of snow, complete with high winds. Hopefully it won't be as nasty as what PEI and Nova Scotia got recently. The poor souls even lost their power. I hope those of you over that way are restored again and shovelled out.
I have decided to start one of the things on my list and that is to teach myself Free Motion Machine Quilting. I have done trapunto before and it is the same idea, except this time it will be a full size quilt instead of the quilt as you go blocks that I do in Trapunto. I found this roll of quilting paper through www.connectingthreads.com
It seems with this paper, I can trace out my design once, layer the paper up to 15 layers thick, pin together and then needle punch on the machine through the stack with an unthreaded needle. I can pin the papers to the area I want to quilt and quilt the design. Once its quilted, I can just tear the paper away. I bought the roll back in November and just couldn't wait to try it out. Well today is the day!
Here is the quilt I am going to attempt! It is a lap size "Gentleman's Fancy" I figured I would start small.
I also picked up the special quilting gloves. Marsha swears by them and I have a few other students who use them and love them.
So off I go to do some free motion quilting! I have Josh Groban from my playlist here on my blog serenading me as I try this out! Wish me luck!