What are your quilt wishes for 2017?

Alice Blyth Throwing Shapes quilting detail

We don’t know about you, but our quilting wish list is forever expanding! From the techniques we want to nail to that unfinished quilt top that’s been languishing in our ‘Work in Progress’ drawer for months. So today we’re sharing our top 3 quilty wishes for the new year! If we say them out loud then they’ll definitely happen, right?

3 things we want to achieve in 2017

1. Develop demon freehand quilting skills

We spend many a happy hour perfectly piecing our quilt tops, but once we’ve basted and spread out our work for quilting, we’ve been known to ‘go rogue’ and not plan out our actual quilting with as much thought. After ogling Alice Blyth’s super-snazzy geometric quilting on her Throwing Shapes quilt in issue 42, we’re resolving to get some new quilting designs under our belt in the new year.

2. Book ourselves a quilty minibreak

It’s official. We’ve spent too long lusting after Stitchtopia quilt trips this year: we’re booking one for the new year! Top of our wish list is the Madeiran Quilting Escape in February – seven heavenly nights of nothing but blue skies, browsing the local markets and quilting. Quilt pro Karin Hellaby is leading the 7 night getaway to Madeiran capital Funchal, with 4 days of quilting workshops. The trip takes place from 1-8 February 2017 – if you fancy it too, find out more at www.stitchtopia.co.uk or call 01473 660 800.

3. Finish our English Paper Piecing projects.

Here on the LPQ team, hand sewing a few hexies of an evening is officially our team definition of the perfect night in. Trouble is, the hand sewing is so much fun, we’re less focused on the results! At home, our quilt tables, cupboards and sofas (in our Digital Editor Zoe’s case) are filled with ready-to-baste shapes and half finished quilt tops that are just so much fun to sew, we can’t see ourselves ever stopping! So we’re calling it here and now: 2017 is the year we’ll turn our EPP handiwork into quilts, cushions… or pretty much anything we can sew to show off our love of EPP in finished project! We’ll let you know how we get on…

What are you quilt wishes? Tell us about them using the hashtag #lovequiltingmag

English Paper Pieced hexagons