2020 Quilting PhD & Goals

I am no stranger to UFOs. Witness the above list. You can see there have been many a finished project, but a few have languished. So in 3 years of tracking, I did nearly one a month – not too bad. If you were to go back to my lists for 2018, I don’t think I knew I was going to be an Island Batik Ambassador when I made 2018’ s list.

So, I decided to work play along with Quilting Gail’s PhD in 2020.  I am pretty excited as I really want to finish that box of goads in my closet.  Without further ado, here is my list.

Now there are 3 projects in italics, those are hand-piecing projects. This year at least one is getting finished, but maybe I can get two done this year. I will only commit to one of them, however, I will hope for finishing 2! I’d like to sew in the summer on those – on the porch – and finish in the fall. I’m working on deciding which to concentrate on – the oldest (indigo), the fastest (Kaffe), or the most fun (la passacaglia).

And, and there is one more further requirement. Anything project that doesn’t extend into 2021 but is started in 2020 needs to be finished. Gail is one tough Academic Dean! I am liking the size of this list. We know some things will creep onto this list, but I do have a full year already.

I am going to visit mentally my happy place, a lovely ocean scene, before I get to crazed about the list I have. Actually, I do feel better now that I know what is ahead.

Coming Up: 
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8 (1/22)
Swap Mob Bag (1/15)
The Winter Blues (1/20)
2020 Monthly Color Blo

Linking Up:
Quilting Gail

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  1. January 8, 2020 / 7:05 AM

    Hi Kathleen! HAHA – no stranger to UFOs. No you are not, my friend. Ahh, those hand sewing projects, working on them on the porch . . . doesn’t that sound fabulous right about now??! A little breeze whisping by, a beverage nearby, a footstool available if you want but not necessary because you’re enjoying a rocking chair. Did I set the scene correctly for you? That would be my ideal setting – obviously a nice blue sky with the sun shining, and no construction noise either (I have a house being built right next door). Ahh, can’t wait. And I can’t wait to hear which one won out – oldest, fastest, or fun?! ~smile~ Roseanne

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 9:27 AM

      Always a toss up – go for the can do win or entertain oneself, or get rid of the long standing project. Love the porch sewing and we do have things being built all the time around us (or rennovated). The cacophony of lawnmowers is enough to send anyone to the looney bin!

  2. January 8, 2020 / 8:00 AM

    This is REALLY ambitious and I hope you can do it!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 9:34 AM

      Thanks, Alison. Without Island Batik, I should be fine. I do worry about continuing some projects I design, but I may just have to add that into my monthly goals (yikes)!

  3. January 8, 2020 / 8:37 AM

    My favorite part of this whole post is the final photo! I want to be soaking up sun there!!! Have a great time, Kathleen, at the awesome ocean!!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 9:35 AM

      Bermuda…what’s not to love. Wish I was there, but it was a great place to mentally visit after all that list making.

  4. Amanda Garvin
    January 8, 2020 / 9:36 AM

    Now I want to know if you have kids and how old. Lol. I have over 70 UFOs and am happy that I finished 4 this year. I do need to give myself a break though as I did have a baby in March who is now 9 months old. That is going to be my finish goal again this year or maybe 6 finishes. I only started one new one this past year so I was proud of that. On the bright side I have my quilt room and stash pretty well stocked for the next few years when I can’t afford anything.

    You should be very proud of those finishes no matter what else you have going on in your life. Great job!!! You are so close!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 9:47 AM

      Good question! I have a son who is 26 and lives on his own. Every 2 weeks he comes for laundry, a doggie visit and a medical shot. I am semi retired and catching up from all the projects I started while working in a quilt store! Its a good life, and I am liking spending more time doing what I want rather than what other people want me to do.

  5. January 8, 2020 / 10:03 AM

    You got this — I’ll be cheering you on from here! Will be fun to see your progress through the year!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 10:13 AM

      Happy for all cheering – I hope to get through this pretty quickly (except for the tshirt/hand work). We’ll see.

  6. January 8, 2020 / 11:32 AM

    I wrote down all my UFOs for Tish’s party last year… I should revisit that post… Or maybe not! You and I probably have a very similar length of one. 2020 looks very doable and with 12 IB quilts out of the mix I bet you will have much success!

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 9:31 PM

      I am looking forward to slaying this dragon! With you cheering me on, how can I fail?

  7. thedarlingdogwood
    January 8, 2020 / 9:08 PM

    This is a great list and I’ll be cheering you on! My goal with hand sewing projects (I have two at the moment) is to have them to work on when I can’t have my machine, so I worry less about them as UFOs. Once the hand part is done, then they go on the UFO list.

    • kathleenquilts
      January 8, 2020 / 9:29 PM

      That is such a good point! I used to have waiting time that I did things like this…waiting to go pick up son, husband come home from work and that time has just disappeared. I will have to think about how and where to keep/do this!

  8. January 11, 2020 / 12:09 AM

    Looks like a busy year! I will be following your progress as we link up twice a month.

    • January 11, 2020 / 3:16 PM

      I better get crackcin – I’ll keep an eye on you too!

  9. January 11, 2020 / 6:55 PM

    Your organization amazes me…even your graphs….I am on the total opposite end of the spectrum from you…no organization at all. My husband makes list for the store….I forget the list…haha

    • kathleenquilts
      January 11, 2020 / 9:06 PM

      I love being organized, in fact, I think that list really helped me today get two more blocks cut, next week and the last one in January. Can’t wait to see how yours is coming along!

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