Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

I have found the perfect diet, simply bite off more than you can chew!

It seems that I have said “yes” to a number of new sew-a-long and other projects for 2019.

Here is my list to date:

My current “monthly mini” challenge - which anyone is welcome to join in on any given month. No rules!

Monthly project form Pam Buda’s, “Vintage Patchwork” book. There are 12 little projects in this sweet book and I invite you to pick up a copy (here) and join in the fun. (Or, if you are lucky enough to live in Maine you can pick one up at Busy Thimble in Litchfield.)

Pam Buda’s C1880 Quilt. I’ve been secretly sewing (along with Janet and Cyndi) on another Pam Buda project for quite a while and I will do a separate post on this one after the “c1880Club” begins in January. I am so excited about this new project and I hope many of you will want to join in the fun. Her new fussy cut templates make assembly and trimming a breeze. You won’t want to miss this one!

Barbara Brackman’s (Civil War Quilts) 2019 challenge “Hospital Sketches”. I haven’t followed one of Barbara’s for a while and this one is right up my alley. Only 9 blocks and ALL applique – woohoo!

Lori’s (Humble Quilts) string piece blocks. This will be an easy (and fun) one as I can use it as a feeder project while working on other things.

Bea and Cecile’s quilt-a-long theme this year is flowers. How could I resist? This is doable as well, since it is only January and February with a 16 block minimum.

Maine Bicentennial Quilt Project. Maine will be celebrating her 200th birthday in 2020 and I am looking forward to helping with a “potholder” quilt project that will include PTQG (Pine Tree Quilters Guild) members from around the state. We will also have a fabulous exhibition of quilts (in two parts) at our Maine State Museum under the guise of Laurie LaBar which is not to be missed!

I also plan to start a long term applique project of my own design that has been in the works for a long time. It will be something I pick away at in my spare time (tee-hee).

This list does not include my regular activities in the making of veterans and other charitable quilts (animal shelter, hospitals, etc.). Don’t worry, I’ll still fit them in too!

Apparently, I’m just a girl who can’t say no! Of course this extensive list means I will have less internet time, so please forgive me if my comments on your posts are shorter and later than usual! Obviously, I will not have time for cooking or eating, so I should end 2019 twenty pounds lighter and quite a few quilts richer!
I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with fun quilting projects. I hope a few of you will join me in some of my quilty antics!


  1. good luck on the quilt diet :) yes stay busy enough and you don't have time to cook much less eat much when you have fabric and pins in your hands!

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  2. Sounds like a lot of amazing and fun projects lined up for 2019!!!

  3. LOL....I think I am on the same diet. My list is almost the same as yours. Wishing you a Happy New Year. Hugs

  4. LOL....i've signed on for a couple of those but no are a better wo(man) than I gunga din!

  5. LOL !! You're just a busy quilter !! :))
    Happy new year friend !

  6. Haha, great diet strategy! Happy new year!

  7. What a phonominal list. It's the best 2019 diet I've seen. I'd better make my list longer!

  8. WOW! I'm impressed that you are even able to list all your upcoming projects! VERY ambitious!
    Happy New Year to you and Gordon and the kids, as well!
    Much love... and looking forward to seeing you this summer!

  9. If ANYONE can do all of this, and still look the vintage photos you shared, its' YOU! Best wishes for the New Year!

  10. I like that kind of diet, Wendy. What a wonderful array of projects for you in 2019!

  11. That has got to be the best diet ever! lol Nothing like starting your year out knowing exactly what you want to be working on! I will be cheering you on whenever you manage to pop up on the blog!

  12. Thank you for all the info Wendy. It's so hard not to get sucked into wanting to be involved in everything going! I love it, and for my part I am going along with Lori's string along!

  13. Wow! I can't wait to see the results of your new diet! I'll be stitching along with you on the Barbara Brackman Hospital Sketches, but I'm trying to resist more new temptations. Hahaha - we'll see how long that lasts!

  14. Just when a person thinks they have their own 2019 project list in order - you share with us more enticing things to tempt us!! The month of January makes it hard to keep our focus - so many new possibilities and it will be a lot of fun to follow what you do!! Happiest of New Years to you and yours.

  15. Oh, Wendy, your list makes me feel like such a slug! LOL
    I have been tempted by so many things that I am ready to throw up my hands and do none of them!
    I have pondered joining Lori's string-along, because I have a string project that has been in deep storage for almost a decade. It needs to see the light of day. And I will probably be doing a mini-a-month, just because that is who I am, but beyond that, I just don't know. Maybe I need to enlarge my blinders and move on. :)
    You will amaze us all with your many projects, I'm sure.

  16. Love your new quilt diet! If anyone can do it, it's you. So many fun projects! I'll be joining you making monthly minis, of course, and participating in Lori's SAL. Looks like 2019 is going to be great. Happy New Year, Wendy!

  17. Good luck to you on all those quilts! I tend to bite off more than I can chew, but I always manage to gain weight in the process!

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