Sunday, December 31, 2017


When I first saw Yvonne/Quilting JETgirl's post about planning for 2018, I was knee-deep in making gift-bags and wrapping presents, still debating if I was going to write a Christmas letter (I did not), and hoping against hope that I could get some Christmas baking done (I did). 2018 was not something I was thinking about.

Now that I am sitting down to actually write this post, it feels like 2018 planned itself for me. Of course, that's not totally true, as I did have some say in most of it, but I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed both with the w.i.p.s all around me (and some of their respective deadlines) as well as the groups and events I'll be involved in. All good stuff, but it kind of feels like they are all piled up in front of me, barring me from moving forward, where in fact, what I need to do is step on over them as a group, and start facing them one by one. Maybe getting them down on paper, here, for you, would help me do that.

The thing is, when I went to write my list, it felt like soooo many words. After my Best of 2017 and Another Look posts, I feel like there's been alot of writing and reading. So a list I will write, but succinct it will be. And I'll share more as projects and events unfold.
  1. w.i.p.s - finish them! 
  2. gifts - give generously
  3. QuiltCon - get ready 
  4. organize - 'nuf said 
  5. community - keep involved 
  6. social media - more of the same 
  7. commonality* 
  8. brand* 
  9. write - possibilities 
  10. explore - COTYs, waxed cotton, improvisation 
So I bet you can get the gist of most of those, right? But the two '*' items need some explanation. As far as commonality goes, I'm mulling over incorporating a common element in all my quilts this year. Is that crazy? No promise but the thought intrigues me. We'll see.

And in regards to brand - I need new business cards, address labels, and would like some postcards, preferably with envelopes. If you have a source you'd recommend, please do tell.

So expect to see my Finish-A-Long finishes and new list for 2018 coming soon, and hopefully a couple of new finishes. Time to start on a new issue of The Scrap Basket, make a gift to be gifted soon, and ship off a quilt for QuiltCon. Once that's all done, hopefully I can settle into the new year and explore it as it comes. That's the hope!

Linking up with the #2018PlanningParty! Here we go!


  1. Thank you for sharing and linking up, Debbie. I look forward to seeing what you create in 2018 (with or without any additional theme)! As for source... I really like the high quality of business cards (and amount of customization) I get from

  2. I'm intrigued by your idea of a commonality to your quilts. anxious to see where this goes. as for business cards, etc, I've always used vista print, they're reasonably priced & prompt. but I'm interested in what others say! Here's to a happy and creative 2018!

  3. I have thoroughly enjoyed the quilted journey you've taken me on this year. Your inspiration helped me to step out of my comfort zone to try something new. May 2018 be a happy, healthy, very creative year for you. I look forward to following along!

  4. Debbie, I like your list. Not to detailed, but enough for you to know where you are going. I'm interested to see if and how your commonality works out in 2018.

  5. Oh the commonality thing sounds really interesting, challenging and fun! Can’t wait to see where you decide to take it!

  6. Wherever 2018 takes you, your projects will be beautiful and inspiring as always. I look forward to reading more of your newsletters this year. Best to you in 2018--

  7. Seems like your list is commonality among all quilters! Will be watching for wherever your direction and inspiration takes you, certain that it will also inspire me!

  8. Hi Debbie,
    I am looking forward to your newsletters and to your next quilts, quilt Alongs and whatever you plan to do.And I am totally excited that you are going to QuiltCon and since I will also be there I might have the chance to finally meet you in person. That would be perfect.
    Have a Happy New Year. Greetings from Germany

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