Saturday, December 31, 2016

Plans For 2017 With Block Of The Month And A Solstice Challenge

I'm the worst at sticking to Block of the Month or quilt along type challenges.
I usually make one or two blocks and then my attention heads in a different direction.

With attention problems and love of shiny objects/fabrics/BOM's that distract me,
I decided I would limit or set goals on what I plan to jump into in 2017.
The words "limit" and "goals" aren't in my vocabulary so this will be interesting.

The In My Garden BOM is one of my few successes...I've sewn all the blocks so far!
The new blocks come out tomorrow so it will soon be time to sew it all together.
I've loved all the Riley Blake Designs fabric I used for it!

February will be a fun start with a new BOM at Sew Incredibly Crazy...Sun, Sand, and Sea.
The first day of each month will have a new block from different designers.
I'll be designing a couple of those blocks and will be sewing them all together for a fun quilt.

This is a fat quarter bundle I was lucky enough to rescue out of my sister's get-rid-of pile.
It's by Moda and it's called Renewal. I have no idea how long she had it, but the colors are nice.

I'll be using it to sew Pat's Sloan's 182 Day Solstice Challenge blocks.
I'm blaming Sharon of Vroomans Quilts for me doing this one. She blamed her friend, Barbara.
Somebody has to take the blame for me adding this to my list of things to sew.

I've made one block...yay! One more to sew and then I'm caught up.

I'm still staring at my Moda Color Daze batiks. I'm sure it will be a Storm At Sea design,
but I've not started cutting into it the batiks yet. Soon, though. Or maybe I'll find another BOM...

I'm excited to start another year with Therm O Web. Lots of ideas swimming in my head!
Because I love to applique, this is one of my favorite products.
The Heat n Bond EZ Print Lite printer sheets run through my inkjet printer so there's
no tracing and drawing the pattern pieces..easy and quick! I love easy!

What BOM, sew along, whatever are you jumping into in 2017?
If you tell me, I might have to blame you for making me start something new, but that's okay.


  1. Congrats on getting 'caught up'. What a way to end 2016.

  2. LOL. I've been toying with the Solstice blocks too. Do I really need a new project or do I need to catch up on old ones?

  3. Happy New Year Carol. Fun post. The Squirrel in me also loves new ideas and can easily get distracted, but for now I'm trying hard to focus on UFOs, with a new project being ok for 1 out of 3 projects. My only BOM QAL that I've planned so far is to stay focus and finish the current One World QAL hosted by Quilt Fusion and Chatterbox Quilts. I look forward to seeing you finish your BOM programs, as I'm sure they will all be beautiful.


  4. Shiney objects attract me, too. Ha - I got the blame this time, love ya! There will be so many distractions in the new year, I am sure of it.

  5. I am behind on my in our garden blocks, but I have all the applique pieces prepped, now to pick fabrics. I am going to have 2017 be my finish it up year.

  6. Happy New Year Carol, it's always fun to watch what you get into and how well you do what you do :)

  7. Nothing at all dear. You can still blame me though. May you have a Wonderful New Year and lots of Creative Bliss. Health, Peace annd JOY inn 2017. XO

  8. I am behind in my 2016 circle blocks and many UFOs that I need to finish up. I printed off Pat Sloans Stolstice blocks. yeah it was SHARON who made me do it too! LOL I am starting the farm girl vintage quilt with a few friends to keep each other on track. we will see how we do........2017 I am hoping to be the year of cleaning up UFOs my plan? one week Farmgirl, one week work on UFO and one week make a gift the other week in the month I kept open to use as needed.

  9. Love all the garden blocks and am looking forward to seeing them in quilt form. FYI.....the material you rescued from your sister was availalbe in quilt shops the month of February 2007, but we all have fabric older than that, just sitting around waiting to be chosen, fabric we couldn't live without at the time, screaming, choose me, please choose me...I'm so tired of laying here on my back waiting for you to pick me up.

    Happy New Year!!!

  10. Wow, now I am tempted to join in on this stitch along, I do have a stack of fabric waiting to be used. Hmmm, who will I blame if I do join in.

  11. Carol, I'm jumping into Judy's 2017 UFO Challenge. My goal is to finally learn to actually quilt my tops.
    Why don't you join us at Patchwork Times. It will be fun!

  12. Happy New Year Carol, I'm going to attempt to keep up with the Solstice challenge and that was so sweet of you to "rescue" those beautiful fabrics from your sister! Those Heat n Bond Lite sheet for your printer look like fun.

  13. I'm not starting any BOMs or quilt alongs either except for just one but I won't tell you which one so you can't blame me if you decide to join in on that one too.


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