My 2020 Project List

Posted on January 3, 2020 by prairiemoonquilts in Lists

My yearly list of 12 things. Last year, I was super overly ambitious. I knew it was at the time, and you all warned me, but I was pie-in-the-sky hopeful about it. Here’s what it was:

I did finish my 36-Patch quilt:

I made 16 pillowcases, and still have umpteen more cut out, so I will continue to sew them up as time allows (which evidently it doesn’t allow, or I’d have gotten 25 finished). Uff!

I donated 10 quilts to charity through both of my guilds and privately, and also gave away 5 others as gifts. I’m running out of quilt storage space, so that helps a bit!

I did not finish my Yo-Yo quilt yet again. I sat down to do some figuring, and realized I don’t even have near enough yo-yos cut out, so even tho I worked on it, it still has a long way to go, and I’m not even carrying it over to this year’s list. And I don’t have my guild mystery quilt finished, but it’s not being carried forward because I’m not sure when I’ll get it done. I am, however, carrying my Morning Glory quilt over, because it is still my oldest UFO, and still not complete, and hell or high water, I WILL quilt at least one of my own quilts this year! So there. I hope it’s the Morning Glory quilt.

The only knitting project I finished was a pair of fingerless mitts for my sister, and everything else is still in process. Some of them got closer to done, but I didn’t do a lot of knitting this year.

I didn’t work specifically on any one embroidery project because I couldn’t ever choose THE one, and even tho I did various embroidery things, none of them was a chosen project for this purpose, and I can’t even remember what embroidery things I finished. I hope to choose a dedicated one to work on this year.

I failed miserably at the guild UFO challenge, but I’m already doing much better at this year’s challenge, so I’m adding it back on to my 2020 list because I think there may actually be hope this year!

I wanted to finish 25 scrap quilts this past year, but I only managed 12. Mainly because I ran out of time to quilt quilts for myself, as usual. You can see six of them HERE. I finished several more tops, but that only made my to-be-quilted pile grow to 58. Ridiculous! And I don’t know how to remedy that as long as I’m still quilting for hire with so many deadlines.

I did design the Sew Sweet Block-of-the-Month and made those quilts and wrote the pattern, and I will be doing it again this year, so that’s definitely on my list because I know it will get done. See? Things with definite deadlines are the things I get done (and nearly the only things I get done).

The floors in my studio are far from clear, but I hope to keep chipping away at that until they are. To that end, I’ll still be issuing more Studio Organizing Challenges throughout this year. And it’s back on my 2020 list. As is finishing up the remodel on the one last room upstairs that isn’t finished. That will make my entire studio complete, and then maybe that will help with the organization problems as well.

And here’s my new list for this year:

I hope it’s a bit more realistic than last year’s list, and as I finish anything from it, I’ll be shouting it from the rooftops, so you’ll know about it, for sure!

I’ve once again made my list form a free download if you’d like it. You can download it here: 2020ProjectList.

What’s on YOUR list?

14 responses to “My 2020 Project List”

  1. Christopher Thomas says:

    just printed out my form and going to fill it in this afternoon.

    Been busy taking the outside Christmas down and have one tree left in the house to take down.

    Moved all the fabric to shelves and will be ready to sew this evening. Have to keep up on making blocks to report in at the end of the month

  2. Paula M says:

    I love your 36 patch quilt, I may start one this year!
    My list – clean and organize my craft/sewing area. That will hold #1-4. 5. 100 day 100 blocks 6. Stargazer BOM 7. Design medallion quilt 8. Free motion granddaughters scrappy appliqué projects 9. Seek help with “Wolf Abstractions quilt 10. QAYG T-shirt quilt (Xmas gift) 11. Baby quilt 12. Improve at machine sewing on bindings! All the while keeping up with my online groups!

  3. Paula Hedges says:

    Wow! That is some list! Mine may be just as daunting when I write it out. Perhaps you and I are in that special time zone where there are not 24 hours in a day and we really don’t have 12 months (I think the missing days are between Thanksgiving and Christmas – LOL)! And then there is the energy level not being what it was say 20 years ago. I do pillowcases each year for the children’s hospital nearby. If you have a serger, they go together much faster. To get more of my UFOs done, patterns designed and made, and keep up with my blog and ecommerce store, I have vowed to not take on any BOMs or challenges in 2020 and work strictly from my stash which is plentiful and there really shouldn’t be any reason why I can’t. Welcome 2020, the year I challenge myself!

  4. Sharon Gratz says:

    Thank you, Shelly. This will help me to get the year planned properly! I love making lists! lol

  5. Patricia says:

    I started my list but will use your form now. This is the first last I have made except for grocery lists. I feel good about and it will help me stay on track. Thank you!

  6. Randy Menninghaus says:

    yup I got the list down loaded 12 is realistic. I have four 7 more things I forgot for my first list lol…

  7. Edith Csokmay says:

    I have my lists, just not posted yet. This weekend. In the meantime, i am working on clearing my sewing table. I think your list is very doable.

  8. Peggy says:

    I made a long list of 23 quilting projects I need to complete or hope to start. I used @patchworkandpoodles “Projects In the Works” form available for free, but added 2 more columns. After finishing binding the small table topper I’ve been walking foot quilting, I will start quilting blocks in those piles I mentioned.

  9. Marlene says:

    How did you quilt your Jelly Roll Race quilt? I have several I need to get quilted, but have no inspiration on how I should/could quilt them! BTW, these little quilts are really addictive. I love to see how they turn out when I exert no control of how the strips come off the roll (or however they are packaged). Also, they are perfect baby quilt size. I’ve even used left over strips from other projects to make one and it also turned out to be very appealing.

  10. mimisdarlins says:

    Nice project list! Love your 36-patch quilt. I can’t remember when I last updated my list, think I’ll do one for 2020. I do have mini project lists tacked around the sewing room, and every so often I actually check something off. Mostly I forget about them…they just become wall art after awhile 🙂

  11. Amanda M. says:

    I ended up making 2 lists of UFO’s that I want to finish and it basically ended up with one list being charity quilts and the other list being quilts for family and friends with only a few of my older projects on there. My oldest UFO isn’t listed because I don’t want to deal with my horrible hand sewing from when I was learning that at the age of 9, I think. One UFO on the list is overly ambitious as it’s all hand piecing and I am no way near done cutting as I still have no idea how big I want it. But, I am thankful for the inspiration from reading everyone else’s struggles and successes.

  12. Shasta says:

    Your 36 patch quilt is beautiful! I have that quilt on my list of quilts to make, and am still cutting patches for it. (Mine will be scrappy with one constant fabric per block. I have spent this week making yo-yos and am amazed at how beautiful and even yours are. I have been using a yo-yo maker and maybe I should try to make them without it. It would certainly speed up the process!

  13. Darlene says:

    Hi Shelly,
    You did make a dent in your list. I am going to follow suit and download sheet. I would need a separate sheet for my knitting ufo’s😃.
    Thank you for the cleaning up inspiration to start the new year on a good foot.
    Looking forward to block count for 2020!

  14. Marie Millershaski says: is closing their emails and we ha to get new ones I hope I can get you on my new email.

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