As the end of the year draws near, I’m still reflecting on what I’ve done in the last year and looking ahead to what I would like to do. Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a linky planning party on her blog so I thought I would get in on the action and get some goals down in writing in the hopes that it gives me the push to keep up with them!

First a final look at 2017

In Quilty stuff:


  • I started and completed my first quilt following the Sew Fresh Quilts Have a Jolly Little Christmas quilt along
  • I also participated in the Honey Pot Bee hosted by the glittering Molli Sparkles
  • I have yet to complete my Honey Pot Bee quilt as I need to construct the top, but all the blocks are sewn and awaiting my attention
  • Through the Honey Pot Bee I have developed a bit of a thing about paper piecing, but both quilt alongs have taught me tonnes about what I’m good at and what I need to work on (accurate seam allowances mostly 😀)

In bag type stuff:

  • I’ve made quite a number of purses and bags, small and large, but accumulated even more patterns (almost 80 at last count 😳)
  • I’ve branched out materials wise, and tried my hand at faux leather, vinyl, Kraftex, oilcloth, glitter fabric and cork on top of the usual cotton.

In clothes:

  • Despite saying not that long ago that I had no interest in making clothes, I dived in and gave it a go
  • I have made 8 items of clothing for myself and one each for my two sons, mostly from two pattern companies, Patterns for Pirates and Made for Mermaids. I love their style, and the sizing and fit is perfect for me
  • I invested in my first overlocker, which is currently scaring the life out of me 😂

But the important part of this planning party is setting out what I’m going to do in 2018, so here goes!

In Quilty Stuff:img_4107

  • Finish the Honey Pot Bee Quilt – need to complete the construction of the top, sandwich, quilt and bind
  • Use up orphan blocks from Honey Pot Bee – some block tutorials produced more that one block and I know that some of the larger duplicates won’t make it into the final quilt as they might throw my colour balance. I would like to use these up, even if it’s only for an odd cushion cover or a panel in a bag
  • I received the fabulous Animal Quilts book by Juliet van der Heijden (aka the Tartan Kiwi) for Christmas and I want to complete one project from the book – and I mean complete and turn into something, not just make the animal block!
  • The town I live in has an annual Horticultural and Craft show, so I would like to complete the patchwork cushion cover I started this year and actually enter it in to the competition for 2018!

In bag type stuff:

I would like to further develop my bag making skills (but also make a couple of useful things for myself) with the following patterns being top of my list

Little Moo Turnabout Pouch

Little Moo Craftinator Project Pouch

Swoon Annette

Blue Calla Lotus

Emkie Designs Midsummers Night Traveller

Emmaline Bags Retreat Bag

  • I want to use the FIMO polymer clay that I also got for Christmas to make some cute beads for zipper pulls on my bags

In clothes:

  • I want to make at least another 6 items of clothing, including one pair of trousers and one dress

So 6 bags and 6 items of clothing plus my quilts to start/finish adds up to a minimum of one project per month – achievable, right!?! To keep me on track I have some beautiful swanky new notebooks for my bullet journal adventures and I can’t wait to get started!

See you in the New Year!

Love Mrs B x


3 thoughts on “#2018PlanningParty

  1. Thank you so much for linking up. How awesome that you found an affinity for paper piecing through the Honey Pot Bee. I am really looking forward to seeing all the creative ways people construct their quilt tops. I hope you have a wonderful 2018!


    • I figured it was best to set achievable targets that I can exceed if the mood takes me, rather than be disappointed in myself if I get sidetracked! This way, even if I have a month when I just can’t get to anything, like when the kids are on school holidays or whatever, I can catch myself up. Varied interests is great though, means when something is frustrating you, you can just move on and put it in the naughty corner 😂😀


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