Saturday, January 07, 2017

100 Day Challenge Goals

As part of getting back into the swing of things on this blog, I'm joining Jen's 100 Day Challenge.

The challenge is pretty straightforward: choose three quilting/crafting goals to be accomplished in the  first 100 days of 2017.   Here are mine.

Scrap Baskets
1.  Make 100 of these little 4 1/2-inch basket blocks

I love basket blocks but have yet to make a basket block quilt for myself.  For a bed-quilt, I'll need 400 of these small baskets, but 100 would be a good start and I hope motivate me to continue.  

This will also be one of my Rainbow Scraps Challenge project this year–I found five purple fabrics for five of these blocks in my scrap bin.

The outside edge of the basket handles have not yet been stitched down. That's my plan for Slow Sunday Stitching tomorrow.

2.  Create 20 blog posts

I want to get back to more regular blogging, but am having a hard time finding my way back. This goal translates to one post every 5 days (or 1 or 2 each week).  One down (this one) ... 19 to go.

3. Finish this very old Block Lotto sampler quilt.

The sampler-in-progressThis old project has since had borders added, but still remains unquilted, despite two efforts in the past.

Most of the 10-inch blocks in this quilt were lotto blocks in 2005-2006 ... yes, it's THAT old. It's a scrap quilt, made from fabrics that I thought would give this quilt a 1940's feel.  My plan has always been to quilt it with Baptist Fans. I tried first on someone's longarm that was having problems–and I had to rip it all out, then thought I'd hand quilt it ... which never happened.  Now I'm going to try it via free motion quilting.

FYI, all the block patterns in this quilt can be found on the Quilter's Cache website.

First, though, I have to FIND it ... it was packed away for my move last fall and I think it's in storage.

To push myself to get busy on this one, I'm making it my OMG (one monthly goal) for January.

Laura inspired me last year with her year of turning blocks she'd won on Blocklotto.com into quilt tops--one each month. I hope to make some forward progress with some of my block lotto projects this year ... beginning with this one.  If you want to be inspired by Laura's productive last year, she blogged about it here:

Recap of My 2016 Block Lotto Challenge

25 comments:

The Joyful Quilter said...

Those little baskets are ADORABLE!!! I'm looking forward to seeing your Block Lotto Sampler become a completed quilt. Happy 100 days (of quilting and sewing!!)

Quiltdivajulie said...

Good to see you posting!! (as far as FMQ your baptist fans, have you tried Barb's Giant BF stencil? I am pretty new to FMQ and using pounce with Barb's stencil has given me some terrific finishes). Here's to the first 100 days and beyond!

Nann said...

I made similar basket blocks for a group quilt last fall. Your post reminds me that I said at the time I'd like to make more for myself!
I think your 100-day target makes sense. Year-long goals can be derailed (sometimes for good, legitimate reasons) or they can become pressure points to achieve in December. I hope for your sake that this year is better for you-job-wise, dwelling-wise--and thus a great quilting year, too.

Laurina said...

Good luck with your goals. I especially like the one about posting more on your blog - I always enjoy reading about your creative process and am looking forward to reading what you are up to.

Edith said...

Love these challenges (events) they sure help me to keep on track and get projects completed, I'm participating in the RSC as well.

Kathy S. said...

Yeah! Glad you'll be back to regular blogging... 'cause I'm a regular follower! I need to check out that challenge instead of joining a quiltalong! Sounds like fun. Thanks!

gayle said...

I always look forward to your posts, so that every five days sounds good to me! 8)
Love those little basket blocks! I've got several basket quilts on my wish list, but I've yet to make one. Maybe making some little cuties like yours will get me started!

canuckquilter said...

Your little baskets are so cute! I could see these becoming addictive. I really like your block lotto top as well. Good luck quilting it. I hope you have a finish there soon!

scraphappy said...

Those baskets are just adorable. Stitching 100 sounds like a great plan. Time to get that sampler finished up! Lots of great block designs there

QuiltSwissy said...

Welcome back! I have always found inspiration in your blog. And I think I will probably need you again as I uncover what I still have left after the flood. I look forward to that with fear and delight! I can't imagine what is there and what is gone. I hope to get a lot accomplished. In 2017 after I get my quilt room built out again. I am soooo ready!

Cathy said...

Welcome back, Sophie! Good luck on your 2017 goals. I love those baskets, by the way!

Patty D from NC said...

That block lotto quilt is fun. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.

Deb A said...

Little baskets! Love them... they are on my list for next year. I really must resist this year but will have fun watching yours grow. Good luck with your goal. Looking forward to seeing the quilting on your block lotto quilt - love the irish chain setting for the alternate blocks.

joe tulips said...

Good plan! The baskets are so cute! I love seeing what you are working on. Always an inspiration!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Love the baskets! I started appliqueing some baskets a month or so ago and decided to go ahead and use the color of the month going forward for them and another project

Celtic Thistle said...

Love the little baskets, 100 of them sounds like a lot of piecing :) Good luck with the challenge!

Quilter Kathy said...

As with all the other commenters, I just adore your basket blocks! It will be a fabulous RSC and Slow Sunday Stitching project!

Laura said...

I also love the little baskets! What a cute project! Have fun with your goals...you can do it!

Linda said...

I have little baskets started too. Mine are just scrappy, I LOVE THE IDEA OF THE RAINBOW BASKETS.

Angie in SoCal said...

Love your baskets! Actually, I like all your projects.

Karen's Korner said...

Pretty baskets and good luck with the blogging.

Mama Spark said...

Sounds like some pretty attainable goals! I am happy to see everyone working on making new goals. Seems like we should all revisit this in June and have a Happy Half New Year, right??

Newbie Jen said...

100 tiny basket blocks! Wow, Sophie, you really know how to join a challenge! I know you will do great!

desertskyquilts said...

Welcome back! You never do anything in a small way. LOL Love the baskets, love the OMG for January. Those green setting blocks are SO appealing to me. As for the posting, I know you'll make that goal.

Christa said...

I am always happy when I see there is a blog from you. You always inspire me. Thanks!

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