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2021 STOP Checklist – Resolutions Revisited January 3, 2021
I read a recent article about a Shop Checklist for the new year, but I inadvertently read it as a STOP checklist and it got me thinking about New Years Resolutions. Resolutions are often things we are going to start doing in the new year, with great aspirations and then by the middle of January you have not made progress. Why not? Because you have not gotten rid of something else to fit the resolution into your new routine. You need to STOP something else first. Hence, a STOP checklist.
Here’s an example. I really want to be more organized about my grocery shopping and not go 4 to 5 days a week. So my STOP checklist item is is STOP going to the grocery store so often. But how do I get there and still eat what I want when I want it. Start planning out the meals ahead of time and buy the ingredients in one or two trips per week. Keep a running list of staple items you have depleted. Buy them as you need them on the days you are going to the store, don’t go just to get one or two items. And don’t go to the store to buy things you won’t need till next time you make that dish 3 months from now. Before going to the store, double check if you need milk, orange juice, bread, or toilet paper. As we have all learned this past year, make sure you have enough toilet paper.
Here’s a more relevant example for you quilters. I go to the quilt shop to see what’s new and often buy something I have no idea what I am going to make with it. By the time I figure it out, the fabric is discontinued or out of stock and I need more for the quilt I envisioned. STOP going without a plan. Look through your stash. Look through your patterns or pattern books. Revisiting what you already have is kind of like shopping!
Plan your next projects before you go to the quilt shop. Bring some of your fabric stash with you to match to other fabrics. This way, you will feel the thrill of new purchases AND knowing what project they will complete. I’ll bet you even get started on that project sooner too – probably the same day. Don’t worry too much if your stash fabric isn’t right for the new quilt. You now have all the fabric you need to start your quilt and that stash fabric was just inspirational fabric you still have to work with again.
As an alternative or if you are new to quilting and don’t have a big fabric stash, if you do go to the quilt shop just to get inspired, buy enough of that special fabric to make the backing of a quilt. That way you will have enough for almost any project and the quilt store will be happy too. This is the STOP buying too little fabric checklist item. If you really love the fabric, it can go in multiple quilts and you will be happy. Make one to give away and make one to keep for yourself.
What’s on your STOP checklist for this year?
What size is your Queen size quilt? In quilt pattern design, sometimes the blocks just do not work out to the right size for a standard bed size. Adding borders to fit is usually the default fix, but often the extra borders can detract from the main quilt elements and just look “tacked on.”
Everyone’s preferences are different for how they want the quilt to look on their bed. Do you want it to hang just to the mattress? Do you want it to completely cover the mattress and box springs? Do you want it to go to the floor? In commercial bed covering language these are often termed comforter, coverlet and bedspread.
Then there is the pillow tuck. Do you want no pillow tuck (pillows or pillows shams on top of a quilt that goes to top edge of mattress), a short pillow tuck (usually add about 10 inches to length) or a full pillow tuck (usually add about 20 inches). Watch out for what this does to the look of the pattern in the quilt!
A queen mattress is 60 x 80 inches. A typical coverlet adds 12 inches to each of three sides for the “drop”. A typical Comforter adds about 16 inches to 3 sides. And a typical Bedspread adds about 21 inches to 3 sides. See the tables below for common dimensions of queen quilts with and without pillow tucks.
So, what is the right answer for you? You will need to ask your inner Goldilocks. And go measure your bed. Bed quilts and large lap quilts from Quilt Shop Quilts for sale at my Etsy shop here.
What is your “Just Right” quilt size?
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Happy Father’s Day June 16, 2019
Happy Father’s Day
It’s Father’s Day. How did you celebrate? I designed a new quilt pattern. It’s not quite ready for the big reveal yet, but stay tuned.
My Dad was the recipient of several special quilts.
“Giving it away!”
This is still one of my favorite quilts.
Best wishes to all the fathers out there on your special day.
Remember: Quilts are for Giving
My very first blog post June 11, 2019