Plans for the New Year … and EXCITING NEWS!!!

My husband says every new year, “My New Year’s Resolution is to not make any resolutions.” I sort of feel the same way, but I do have quilty goals in mind and I’ll share them with you.

Island Batik Ambassador

I was again chosen to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2022! I was beyond excited when I found out! If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you KNOW how much I love Island Batik fabric!

There will be monthly challenges and projects to make! I can’t wait to show you all the fabulous fabric and goodies from the industry partners!

New to Me

This is new to me, but it’s been around for awhile. I have watched other bloggers do this block of the month and thought I’d join in on the fun this year! Check out Jen’s blog post for more details and to get the pattern for this month’s block. Doesn’t “Spicy” sound fantastic???

January’s spice is Saffron. This is the 12 1/2″ block that I made:

I used 2 different oranges from Island Batik. I didn’t have enough of the dark orange, so I pieced the bottom left square.

Here are this month’s bloggers that are highlighting this Spicey month!

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

Last year I managed to sew 97% of the days. What will this year bring?

  • January 1-2 – 2 / 2
  • Total: 2 / 2
  • Percentage =100% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks! However, I am human and I do break down and buy fabric!

I love this meme that I saw recently (but can’t find the source) …

  • Fabric Used this week      0   yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        0 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      0 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                  0 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week.

I had 2 weeks to work on my previous To Do list … let’s see how I did …

The To Do list last week:

  1. Finish A&A’s Quilt  √   DONE
  2. Bind the guild Fall Mystery Quilt  √   DONE
  3. Prepare the PHD in 2022 blog post.  √   DONE
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS √   DONE
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes   √   DONE  

This week’s list:

  1. Trim & bind “Any Which Way” Mystery
  2. Finish Round 3 & 4 of SAHRR (yes, I want to work ahead)
  3. Work on Polar Bear Plunge
  4. Work on Tickled Pink
  5. Work on January’s Island Batik project
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

There are a few things on my Design Wall and there is NOTHING I can show you … yet!

#1 SAHRR is in progress … You can read about it HERE.

#2 Polar Bear Plunge: This is for a blog hop in January … it should be fun! Of course, I can’t show you until the blog hop!

#3 Tickled Pink: This is for a blog hop in February … and again, I can’t show you until then!

#4 … January’s Island Batik project and it will remain a secret for now! But, I will show you the stack of fabric that I’m working with! Tantalizing Teals! Aren’t they absolutely BEAUTIFUL? !!!


Nothing is being quilted at the moment!

However, my Any Which Way mystery quilt needs to be trimmed and bound.

My January Island Batik project is started … no finishes

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

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30 thoughts on “Plans for the New Year … and EXCITING NEWS!!!

  1. I’m all for non-resolutions, intentions works much better for me. Congrats on being tapped again as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2022. That has to be a lot of work, but the fabric lines are always so cool. Happy stitching in 2022, with lots of finishes and great stash management.

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  2. Congrats! Looks like you have a lot planned for 2022. 2021 was not a great year, and I will be playing along with PHD this year. ha ha ha ha

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    • Yes, Anja, there is a LOT planned for 2022 – and I was hoping to take it easy this year! That’s a laugh – right?
      Good luck with your PHD in 2022! You never know – this might be YOUR year! 🙂


  3. Hi Gail! What a newsy note. You’ve got a lot on your plate and all of it sounds fun. Great job on your latest to-do list. You can’t do any better than checking them ALL off. Monday’s SAHRR launch will be here before you know it, and I am looking forward to it. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  4. Congratulations on your IB reappointment Gail – how exciting! I looked at their application, but it was a bit overwhelming, and I wasn’t sure I had what it takes – lol! I’ll be watching you and Brenda this year to see what I can learn about the IB program. I love those teals!! What a pretty block you made for MCC – love that you pieced one of the pieces. I’ve done that before, and I think it just adds to the goodness of a quilt. Your mystery quilt is gorgeous.
    Thank you for linking up with To Do Tuesday!

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  5. Gail I’m so happy to know you are returning as an IB Ambassador. I always enjoy seeing the projects you make with their gorgeous fabrics. Another great list and such intriguing hints. Love your husband’s idea… resolutions. 😉

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  6. Congratulations on another ambassador year with IB! I always enjoy seeing what you are creating with that gorgeous fabric. You will enjoy Jen’s MCC challenge. I’ve taken a year off, so I will watch your blocks grow (while I try to finish my last two years’ quilts!) You have some great goals for the week!

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    • Hi Sandy,
      When I learned to quilt, I learned to fudge to make things work. Piecing fabric to get a large enough piece is just part of the process! I’m glad to hear that I’m not alone!
      Happy Quilting! 🙂


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