Free Fabric Friday

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Happy New Year!  I love a fresh start, don’t you?  My sewing machine grew dusty in 2008 with the arrival of the baby, but I’m hoping to get in some more stitching time in the new year.  I want to sew for me too–not just the kids and the people on my gift list.  Winter makes me want to hunker down with a new project!   If you’re feeling the itch to create, perhaps some of these new prints will inspire you.

Lizzy Dish by Elizabeth House

Robots by David Walker

Woodland Wonderland by Jay McCarroll

On Monday we’ll give away one yard of fabric to four people.  To enter to win, tell us about one of your sewing or crafting goals for 2009. 

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956 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. Renee says:

    My mother’s sewing machine was just handed down to me after her passing. I remember so many days sitting on the floor talking to her while she stiched away at this old relic. Now that it is mine, I want to work on it just as my mom did and begin to sew again. I love the fabrics you have and am looking forward to the excitement I feel about sewing again!

  2. Susan says:

    I got laid off from job and when I was working I really didn’t have time to do much with my sewing and crafts..I teach a craft
    class once a week and enjoy it very much and always looking for
    craft ideas and materials. I recently had a new grandson and looking forward to making things for him.

  3. Debbie Coe says:

    Wow, There’s no place around me for fun shopping either. I’d love to win this!

  4. Kathy Davis says:

    Our small town now has a small fabric shop. What a blessing! Another blessing… finding out about these wonderful blogs. My goal is to make some of the baby items that I have found patterns and free tutorials for on the blogs. No grandkids in my near future (Darn!) but several friends are expecting grandbabies. Bibs, burp cloths, shoes, blankets, soft toys, appliqued onsies, everyone has been so generous with their knowledge. I’ve already finished a rag quilt, so cute and so easy. Thanks for this opportunity.
    Kathy from the Missouri Ozarks

  5. Linda says:

    I am a new sewer and I am 54 years old. Through the many awsome sewing blogs on the internet I was inspired to try sewing even though I had some awful experences in school with it when I was younger. For Christmas I impressed my Daughter-in-law with co-ordinating aprons for her and our Grandaughter Audrey. I made some pincushions that I saw on ‘Hello, I am Heather’; I have made some great potholders and some
    My planned projects for this year are: Animal neck pillows for the Grandchildren, more aprons for others in my family and myself, oven mitts, pot holders, and hopefully learning to sew some dresses for my Grandaughter. I would eventually love to get into making quilts.

    This is the first time I have been to your site and I love your fabric. Thanks for the give-away. Linda

  6. Tara Dara says:

    I am starting to collect fabric for my new quilt I’m making for one of my sons …. and I WILL finish it by the end of the year!!! YEEEE HAWWWW

  7. Linda Barrett says:

    My sewing and crafting goal for 2009 is to do more of it! I have gotten away from crafting and sewing, other than quick hemming or emergency repairs, for many years. Now, i would like to refocus my life and increase my personal time. This personal time must include some activity that makes me happy and that means crafting, sewing and reading for pleasure, instead of only textbooks. Just saying more “me time” would be minimizing what I am attempting to do. Re-engineering my life would be more accurate and it is about time!!

  8. Starrena says:

    I just learned how to sew. My goals for the 2009 year is to broaden my craft and go beyond napkins and sock puppets. 🙂 I want to sew gifts for friends on time and create the little items for my kids that they will treasure for a lifetime. Learning how to sew is not just about personal satisfaction and scratching the creative itch I have. It’s more about the art of simple giving and hard work that I have come to learn through sewing and plan to show more of to my son this 2009 year.

  9. Kim Fenner says:

    Beautiful, fun prints! Please enter me.

  10. Sardana says:

    Sorry, forgot to mention, On My Desk 365 shows adventures of a sewing pupil (me) and my first steps at embroidery, patchwork, quilting, stamp carving, etc.

  11. Mary says:

    I plan on making little dolls that look like birds out of wood for my dollhouse. And then sewing them little outfits! Possibly vitctorian outfits…hmmm. I would also like to learn how to felt so that I could make them very small hats to go with their tiny outfits!

  12. ann_was_here says:

    2009 will be super hectic for me, i just switched schools and am taking a more than full time load, plus id like to work part time and still work on crafts/sewing. so despite being super busy i still enrolled in a sewing course where i’ll probably work on a couple articles of clothing (i think we do 2 shirts this term) and also at home i’d like to construct at least a few original dresses.

  13. Regina Moore says:

    Sewing goal for 2009…involves designing my own fabric and having it printed at Spoonflower and then with “my” fabric, making “stuff” – purses, wallets, wristlet, etc.

  14. chris swan says:

    MY sewing goal is to finish my quilt top I started about 4 months ago.

  15. Emma Niesl says:

    my sewing goal??? LEARN TO SEW! (on the new sewing machine I got for christmas this year.)

  16. Wendy says:

    I hope to make accessories for the house, clothes for my three year old daughter, and a quilt for my aunt who has breast cancer.

  17. Beth Cooper says:

    My goal is to create the perfect work bag with pockets for my empty travel mug, file folders, work shoes and book for the train. I have been researching patterns but think I will have to make up my own. I mostly sew for gifts so this is exciting to make something just for me!

  18. Adeline Lim says:

    My little princess just arrived in Dec so I’ll definitely be sewing cute little outfits for her! I also intend to sew myself a new retro bag and outfit. Hopefully, I’ll have time to sew some pretty dresses for my nieces too. It will be fabulous fun!

  19. Tracey Davis says:

    I entered my sewing goals on facebook. Does that enter me into the fff contest? Thanks

  20. cindy says:

    sewing goal – make a nursing top for myself and a quilt for each of my boys

  21. Nani says:

    My goal is to make some beautiful things to give away! And maybe a few to keep…

    I also want to finish my Hawaiian quilt…it’s huge & it’s my first…yikes!

  22. Anne says:

    I plan to decorate a tote for a contest at my local sewing shop, make a fabric doll house for my cute neice, sew a nursing cover, and make a quilt out of the moda jelly rolls!

  23. Marianne says:

    My husband and I just gave up our jobs and will be living in our new ‘home:’ a 25′ travel trailer as we tour the USA. We’re traveling from PA to Alaska. Until we leave in March, we’re renovating and remodeling our camper to make it more ‘homey.’ I want it to look more like ‘us’ rather than a regular camper. I LOVE that last set of woodsy fabrics. I can totally see it as our curtains, in our quilt, or as comfy pillows on the dinette. Can I have it, please!? 🙂 It’s adorable! And- I promise that if we get it, we’ll use it and blog like crazy about this website and the fact that we got it from you! 😉 Shameless, I know. But I really want it!

  24. Janelle says:

    make handmade christmas gift for my young cousins and neices/nephew (10 and younger) that live in australia.

  25. Pamela says:

    I hope to finish my neice’s quilt for her 21st birthday at the end of the month. Next, a lap quilt for my mom, for those moments when she is “just resting her eyes.”
    Happy New Year!

  26. Amy says:

    My sewing goals for this year include, learning all I can from my husband’s grandmother who is a master seamstress and machine knitter. I also want to sew some reusable gift bags (birthdays & Christmas) so we have the option of not using paper – more economical and green in the long run. I love the robot fabric and could see that as a reusable gift bag for my two-year-old son.

  27. Jessica says:

    I’m hoping to get my etsy shop hopping in 2009.
    I love the rocketship fabric in this set! 🙂

  28. isew says:

    I hope that I will need to sew some things for a baby of my own in 2009.

  29. HeidiMonkey says:

    I plan on finishing my first quilt in 2009!

  30. Irina says:

    We have a new addition to our family coming in May and I am hoping to get some sewing done before she arrives! thanks!!!

  31. Arynne says:

    I plan to do homemade gifts this year. I plan to do *something* for my cousin (I have no idea what as she has everything ready, an iPod holder for my grandmother who wants an iPod to get her in the groove while she exercises, a wedding quilt for my cousins’ wedding in February (encorporating pieces of her dress and the brides’maid dresses which will be removed with alterations…I’m really proud of this idea), to make sock monkeys and soft lovies for the new babies arriving this year and slings for their mommies (with some nice accent fabrics for pockets), and do to sock monkeys/animals for all the kids’ birthdays (I have 5 in proress right now). I also need to do some things for around the house (couch pillows are first on THAT to do list… Then there’s my son’s baby quilt (he’s 2) and scrapbooks that need tending to…hehehe…

  32. Maggie says:

    I would like to finish projects that have been on my list for a long time and finally make some things for myself!

  33. Viv says:

    A couple of spring and summer dresses/skirts for my ultra-feminine little five year-old princess. And a few more throw pillows for my house. I’m keeping it simple and that’s it!

  34. Swati says:

    My goals are to open an etsy store, learn how to quilt, and make my own dresses!

  35. Amy says:

    my goal is to catch up finally on my goals from 2008

    Amy White

  36. Tammy :) says:

    I plan to make a quilt for MY bed, instead of gift baby quilts. It will be my 4th one and my first queen-size one. I also hope to finish the stockings and tree skirt that I didn’t get to at Christmas. 🙂

  37. Mary says:

    My goal this year is to learn to free-motion quilt. I’ve done lots of straight quilting before but no free-motion!

  38. Nicole says:

    I’m a beginner, I’ve been sewing for about 2 months. This blog has given me so much inspiration to really get started! In the coming year, I just plan to practice. Right now, the only project I have in mind is a purse for my best friend. I’m also going to make some of my own cloth diapers for my son, but I haven’t begun planning those yet!

  39. Joy S says:

    I”m hoping to finish up as birthday gifts the things I didn’t get finished for Christmas!

    I had so many things almost done but then sick children happened and sewing fell
    by the wayside!

    I have a set of coasters to start, a happy purse to finish and I’m starting on some doll clothes for
    my youngest.

  40. mel says:

    i made my first amy butler bags this past december…i realized how much i have to re-learn when it comes to sewing. so this year i will go back to the basics and i want to make my 3 1/2 year old, 2 year old and 5 month old boys clothes.

  41. shannon says:

    I, too, am hoping on making my first quilt in 2009! I’m also going to set up my own ETSY account and hopefully start selling some of my projects.

  42. Sheila Roberts says:

    In 2009 I plan to learn how to use my nifty new sewing machine that my husband gave me. It’s an embroidery machine and I have yet to have had the time to sit down and figure out the cool gifts and items I can make with it…but that’s my goal in this coming year (really in the next month or so, hopefully 🙂

  43. Mindy Taylor says:

    5 quilts for my nieces and nephews. A quilt for my mom and dad, one for my brother and his wife and my wonderful in-laws. I have to get started for Christmas Now. Happy New year!

  44. Annie says:

    I am looking forward to finishing the apron I bought fabric for in AUGUST to give my friend for her birthday. Also, I really want to make a wool quilt similar to the one my parents have and we all grew up loving.

  45. Leanne says:

    My sewing goals are to make my very first skirt, make favours for my wedding (reusable tea bags!), and gifts for my bridesmaids!

  46. tina Chou says:

    i am gonna try to craft 365!

  47. Sandy says:

    I’m working on making some bags as our grocery store doesn’t provide bags anymore. Thanks for the give away

  48. Deidre' says:

    There are so many things I would love to accomplish this year. I have pulled out my sewing machine after a long time and have started working on a quilt. That will be my first project to complete this year. Then I would like to work on some spring and summer skirts for myself. I am just glad to be back at it after so long…

  49. Lauren says:

    I just received my first sewing machine for Christmas this year! I’m very much a beginner, but eager to learn!

  50. Amy Zimmer says:

    I hope that all of my friends and family members will be using my hand-made totes when they go shopping! I am having a blast making them. Oy, going back to work January 5th will be a challenge.

    Amy in Sebastopol, California

  51. Sara S says:

    I’ve discovered you can never have too many dresses for two little girls. Dresses, dresses, and more dresses.

  52. Jill C. says:

    I am signed up for sewing lessons so I can make adorable clothes for my most beautiful granddaughter! Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Jessica says:

    I am going to put a huge dent in my stash and hopefully eliminate all UFO’s. Of course I’ll have to replenish my stash a bit too :o)

  54. Kristin says:

    have very big goals for this year. Yesterday I found out my girls (3 and 1) can no longer come to work with me. They have both been there since 12 weeks old and I am so sad to have to take them to daycare. I am trying to save money to at least be a part time SAHM so I want to make my 3 year old’s next season’s clothes and whatever my 1 year old doesn’t have from hand-me-downs. I also want to master a button hole. It seemed so difficult but just read a great tutorial.

  55. Emily says:

    This year, I am planning on using the free time I have (ie being jobless) to make my first quilt and also to sew more with my children. My 8 year old daughter is a wonderful sewer and I am going to work with her to learn how to make clothes for the kids (and their various stuffed animals).

  56. Chelsea says:

    This year I am making a lap quilt for each of my eight neices and nephews.

  57. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I’ll be trying to make some burb cloths for my daughter who is due in April

  58. Astrid Lague says:

    I have a pile of To Do things in my sewing pile. I have some fabric ready to make some pajamas for the kids that I got last year. That’s my goal. Do more sewing.

  59. DJ says:

    I am also planning to make handmade gifts for birthdays. My other goals include designing and sewing some outfits for myself and start working on some projects from my sketches.

  60. Tina C. says:

    i’m going to make a binding and bind my 1st quilt, then make a slip-cover for a chair, maybe a few if all goes well.

  61. Megan says:

    My overarching goal is theoretically simple:

    Think first, sew second.

    We’ll see how that goes. There are some man quilts and a fabric dollhouse in the works, too.

  62. I am going to learn to buttonhole.

    Those dish/utensil fabrics would make the cutest aprons, or kitchen curtains!

  63. Sara says:

    I intend to start my Christmas gift making NOW for Christmas 09. We (me, hubby, and kids) made almost all handmade Christmas gifts this year. Which was fabulous but of course somewhat last minute (with a 6 day power outage) and with traveling 10 hours for the holiday, etc, etc.
    I plan on being prepared in 2009…starting with the gifts I didn’t finish in 2008. 🙂

  64. MaryL says:

    We’re relocating this summer….A new house will require a lot of sewing that I can only dream about now!

  65. Michelle Ryan says:

    I want to make the things for my home that I usually purchase (curtains, pillow and futon covers, table cloths and placemats). What a fun year it shall be!

  66. Stephanie says:

    I have several goals for 2009. The first is to get organized. The second finish up the projects I have started( only a few left). I have also started learning to crochet and I am going to try my hand at quilting. All the while finally saying yes to everyone that has been asking me to sell some of the outfits that I make my daughters. We’ll see how it goes.

  67. Anne says:

    To conquer the last two window seat cushions that have been waiting for over a year now!

  68. Liz says:

    my sewing goal is to get more precise about my quiltmaking, particularly the ability to make the top and bottom lie FLAT while i machine quilt! things just seem to get out of whack so easily.

  69. Jessica says:

    My sewing goals for this year are to make every gift we give. I plan on making all of my daughter’s clothes, and am going to try to make my boys school uniforms this year. I also want to make things to donate, but still need to find a place to donate to.

  70. Barb says:

    Ahhh…projects for 2009. My goal is to make all my presents for Birthdays…tea towel sets for my friends, pencil/crayon rolls for kids, bibs for babies. And I am going to make a Christmas Tree skirt. If I start now, will I finish for next Christmas?!?

  71. Becky says:

    I’m going to learn how to adjust and set up my sewing machine, thereby eliminating a huge source of frustration!

  72. Sara says:

    I hope to get comfortable enough with sewing that it is relaxing instead of a major endeavor! More specifically, I’d like to sew myself something to wear and make some home decorating type projects and tackle a quilt. There are so many great fabrics out there!

  73. Carol Bowen says:

    I have big plans for sewing in 2009. Besides finishing a quilt and sewing garments, my big goal is to make something I’ve never tried my hand at before, a nice tote. I happened to pick up a Simplicity flyer from JoAnn’s before the holidays because it had coupons on the back and there are several very nice bags in it. Some of them are gorgeous!

    So, that is what my next project for myself will be. I’d actually like to make several so I can give some as gifts to the special women in my life (mom and sisters).

  74. Lisa Hayes says:

    I seek a more modern retrofied look in my open living space. After finding the perfect backdrop, a blue from Glidden called Warm Breeze, I put together a collection of used mismatched furniture with clean lines and a definite retro feel although yellow plaid and harvest gold velvet are very cool indeed I aim to slipcover the sofa in a bargain priced chocolate brown twill and will cordinate accordingly from there for slipclovers for the other pieces. I have actually reupholstered some furniture and am more nervous about this undertaking. Wish me luck.

  75. JillO says:

    So many projects and a new Pfaff sewing machine from my husband for Christmas! Once I figure out to run it (my first project!) I will get to working on the baby blanket for my new neice or nephew coming in February followed by many eco-friendly shopping bags and some cute stuff for my daughter. I had never thought about making and donating a blanket before reading these comments…I think that is something to add to the list, towards the top!

  76. ikkinlala says:

    My goal is to actually finish my projects. I have quite a few that are mostly (but not quite) done.

  77. Tooty says:

    I plan on making a variety of pillowcases for the nieces and nephew! Individual fabric for their individual personalities!
    Thank You.

  78. Ashley F. says:

    It’s silly, but I need to make curtains for my entire house. We’ve lived there for more than a year now, and not a single window has a curtain. I refuse to buy them since they’d be easy to make, but I keep putting off the sewing since it’s one thing I’ve never made before. My poor baby’s room needs curtains!

  79. Kim says:

    I’m working on quilts for my son and daughter.

  80. Christina says:

    My goals are to finish up my many projects and learn how to do the Cathedral Window pattern for quilts!

  81. Brittany says:

    I am going to make Leapster bags for my boys and a quilt for each of their beds.

  82. Sandi says:

    I plan to actually sew up some of those patterns that I’ve been buying! And I plan to redecorate my sewing room so that I never want to leave it!

  83. Erin S. says:

    I have so many projects and ideas that it’s almost overwhelming, but I thought a realistic goal would be to finish one project a month. If I can do more, then all the better. Now if only the family will cooperate…
    Love the robot fabric! Perfect for my boys!

  84. Debbie says:

    My goal is to make more time to sew! I waste more time thinking about what I want to sew rather than just sitting down and doing it. I love making aprons so I plan on making many many more and have many ideas on what I want to do. I also plan on working more on my handbags that I’ve been dabbling in this past year. I just purchased a good amount of Patty Young, Alexander Henry, Amy Butler and Ann Maria Horner fabrics to keep me busy.

  85. sandy says:

    My goal to start 2009 was to clean up my quilting studio. It took 7 days/nights, yes count them 7 days/nights and I’m about 85% done. I have to stop now as it was becoming too depressing. Feb/Mar are slated for the final 15%.

    I also joined my HGTV Stashbusting group again for 2009. I have 12 charity quilts ready for quilting made late in 2008.

  86. Lisa says:

    Since I’m so new to sewing my goals are very modest. I want to learn to replace zippers and do button holes. I’d love to make myself a custom knitting bag – one with places for all my needles and the little stuff and big enough for 2 or 3 projects at a time. I’d also like to make a basic quilt for my sons.

  87. Elizabeth says:

    My oldest daughter is expecting her second child this year….the first little one did not make it out of the womb….so I am planning to make her an extra special baby quilt, as well as a crocheted blanket. Plus the stash needs to be sewn down, and I have jeans saved for a jean quilt for the other daughter. And with 3 other grandchildren to sew for, there is more than enough projects. Plus all those shirts my LONG armed brother WISHES I would finally get made for him too!! And my wardrobe could use some new things too!!

  88. Suzanne says:

    I really want to make myself a knitting bag out of a lovely but unflattering skirt I have, and then get back into sewing. My 16 year old daughter told me last night that we go in craft phases – that I start, and they follow! If I am sewing, they sew. If I am knitting, they knit. I have five kids and four are currently knitting at various stages of enthusiasm. Said 16 year old daughter has already knit a sweater (and this is the same one who partially shuns patterns and designs her own clothes)! She’s so amazing, and I didn’t realize I had such influence!

    Main goal: Must. Fix. Serger. Blade.

  89. Rebecca says:

    I have a baby coming in February, so no real goals after February… but until then, I plan to sew a few more maternity clothes, a baby sleep sack, a mei-tai-style baby carrier, and a diaper bag.

  90. Karen says:

    I’m planning to finally make a quilt for my four year old. If only I could choose the fabrics!

  91. Jeannie says:

    I would like to make my first quilt this year!

  92. margaret m. says:

    The cute print with the utensils would make a very cute apron. My wish for the new year is to take the time to try making my own clothes. I think I will start with a basic skirt and go from there.
    Happy 2009!!

  93. Jodie says:

    I have a goal to make 12 quilts in 2009. I’d like to make a twin-sized quilt (my largest attempt) and a Christmas quilt for the ’09 Holidays. I’d also like to donate another quilt to a good cause.

    Thank you for all of the inspiration SMS has provided this year – it’s really been impressive and amazing and VERY appreciated.

  94. Hannah says:

    My goals this year are to keep up with sewing for my son’s wardrobe, freelance more from home and keep remodling our house, plus any fun sewing projects that come my way!

  95. Tally says:

    I want to succeed on the project I just started:

    Anybody who wants to join me is more than welcome!

  96. Phyllis Gibson says:

    I am going to try to sew using only my stash … I have enough to keep me busy for years!

  97. JoAnn says:

    Let’s see my goals this year are summer dresses for my 3 little girls, cool room organizers for my older 2 girls, some bags for friends and a few of the cool scrappy belts shown in the gifts for teens blog. I found it too late to make it for Christmas. 😉 thanks for such an awesome blog!

  98. Sarah says:

    I plan on sewing more things for my nieces and nephew.

  99. Del says:

    I plan to finish a crib quilt from last summer, and start a queen-size quilt for my sister, among other things.

  100. Kate says:

    All the prolific people in my life are keeping me quite busy! Two baby quilts by February, twins for other friends arriving later in the year… I’m sure I’ll stay busy.

  101. One of my resolutions is to get back into the sewing bug. Those fabrics are so cute!!! I can’t wait to get started and share my projects!

  102. Jenni Warner says:

    Sooo excited to finally have my own sewing machine…and it’s great! I have been borrowing and no I don’t have to. I have a few quilts I want to finish this year…or week and some baby gifts for all of my friends. i would also like to make some cute dresses for my baby girl. Oh anything on the website makes me oogle. Pick me!

  103. Michelle Gillespie says:

    I am planning on making quilts for Christmas. I haven’t made one yet so I am quite ambicous.

  104. Christine says:

    My huge sewing goal for 2009 is to create a bedding set for my toddler. I’m so anti-character bedding and would love to create something cute for my little girl!

  105. Sheila Roan says:

    This will be definately a year of fresh starts: new house, new husband (after waiting for that perfect person for over 35 years) and now a new baby on the way this year. We have finally became pregnant and after always being the advid seamstress and craft-maker for friends and family, I am going to make my first baby quilt for my own son! He is due in April and I look forward to brightening his world with all the lovely home-made quality that I grew up with.

  106. Sonja says:

    For 2009, my sister and I decided to make craft items devied them up and sell them at end of the year craft year.

  107. Robbin Thomas says:

    This year I’d like to make some rag quilts, some levi quilts and some bags/totes/purses!

  108. Terri says:

    My sewing goal for this year is to finish two quilts that my mother started and didn’t finish before she died. One is an Ohio start and the other is a log cabin.

  109. Tracey says:

    I am going to FINISH many of the projects I started! Also, I would love to make a quilt for my bed. I have been searching for several years for a comforter I love and it just hasn’t happened. So time to pick out some fabrics I love and get to work on that.

  110. Diane says:

    to learn to quilt and make one for each of my daughters

  111. I want to finish my scrubs and make heaps more clothes. I also want to open an Etsy store and make custom handmade goods or clothes!

  112. One of my crafty goals this year is to make – instead of buying – all baby gifts. The first baby on my list is due this month…and I also have a colleague pregnant with twins…so my work is cut out for me. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  113. Linda says:

    My goal this year (once I cross off all the new baby gifts from my list) is for me to make clothing for myself…or at least using sewing to modify some of the clothing I have to make it more unique.

  114. dianad says:

    So many projects going at once and other ideas always popping into my head. I’m presently working on 4 different king-sized quilts. It’s been a passion of mine for MANY years. I tend to make scrap quilts and hunt down fabric wherever I can find it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  115. Sharon Hughson says:

    Well in order to enter the free Fri. fabric (like I need more), I’m going to put down my biggest goal. That is to get my quilting business off the brain and into reality. Last year I got my state license, but I’m really timid about starting a business. All that record keeping just blows my mind. I do think I am good enough to sew for profit, but the profit is secondary to the enjoyment of making things other might like. I know the profit will be small also, but I get a kick out of sewing. So that’s one of my goals and perhaps the biggesst one. I am building inventory right now. I don’t yet have enough to go to a craft show, but I’m working on it. I love quilting too. Sharon in NJ

  116. Agneta Ekholm SWEDEN says:

    My sewing goal is to try stash busting this year! My stash is overwhelming and I can’t bear to throw anything away just because it takes up space!

  117. Paula says:

    i reallly want to make a quilt out of all my girls baby blankets and clothes so I have room in my cupboards. I also want to finish the quilt i started for my son when i was pregnant with him.
    I also plan on making all my kids clothes for daycare from thrift shop finds. Would also love to actually make something for myself.

  118. Stine says:

    For Christmas this year I got my first sewing machine. I’m already addicted to quilting. I’ve already pieced 4 quilt tops…I’m trying to get brave enough to start quilting them. I’ve been reading many blogs to get inspiration and “how-to” advice as I’m teaching myself to quilt. My goal is to FINISH my first quilt and then make baby quilts for all of my friends by the end of the year.

  119. Ashley says:

    oh how cute! i have several sewing goals for 2009, but one is to try a new,easy way i found to make some curtains for my kitchen….what a great giveaway. thanks!

  120. nessa says:

    My goals this year areto improve my sewing skills and use some of my fabric stash.

  121. Rachel says:

    I want to make some hooded capes for my little girl, and a (first ever) quilt for our bed! Wish me luck.

  122. Ally says:

    I just received my first sewing machine for christmas. I cannot believe I have waited so long to discover sewing. In the two weeks since christmas, I have made a small quilt, made three pairs of boys shorts (on pair reversible) and made two tote bags. My goal for 2009 is to familirase myself more with my sewing machine and the art of sewing. BY the end of the year I hope to have made something from my own hands for most of the gifts I give to people – nothing says I care for you more than something home,hand and heart-made

  123. I plan to make my daughter a quilt from the baby clothes that don’t fit anymore! 🙂

  124. erin says:

    sleeves. because it’s so hard to make nice shirts without them. 🙂

  125. Cindy says:

    My three kids are growing up so fast. I want to make some clothes for them from some of the adorable patterns I have collected. I also want to make quilts from their baby clothes. I want to use the patterns and materials I have been collecting…because they have been collecting dust! 🙂

  126. essie says:

    i’m looking forward to learning how to make clothes (i’ll start with simple skirts and tunics, i htink), and to continue work on a couple of quilts.
    i think 2009 is going to be a good, creative year 🙂

  127. Jennifer says:

    I want to make both of my girls tops and nightgowns.
    Plus I want to make a small quilt for my oldest daughter(she requested a doll quilt).

  128. Lacy Myers says:

    I plan on starting my Christmas presents EARLY! Hopefully make a few things each month to put away as possible gifts. That way I won’t have that made dash to finish things. My first project though will be a new apron and oven mitts for my kitchen! 🙂

  129. Laura O. says:

    I want to make something I will proudly wear. I just got a machine and figure out how to use it today!

  130. Margaret says:

    My goal is to have less unfinished projects than finished projects!! I have lovely ideas to brighten my daughters room and I also want to make a quilt for my lounge room out of lovely Japanese Fabrics. In addition, I have friends having kids left right and center, so I want to make some lovely things for them.

  131. Alex says:

    I want to make a set of bean bags as a present for my toddler’s 2nd birthday. Right now I can’t sew while I’m watching her…and the machine wakes her up when she’s sleeping…so first I want to buy a new house! 🙂

  132. Aimee says:

    I’ve never made a quilt and actually quilted it before. I’ve made quilts, but always tied them. This year I’m going to make a quilt and quilt it. I’m so excited!

  133. ReneeH says:

    My plans for 2009 are to continue building my quilting skills, to make larger quilts, and expand my sewing horizons with other sewn household items. Oh! And I must build my stash since I’m still a beginner my stash is pitiful!

  134. Bea Gibson says:

    Right now I am working on 8 mini quilts. Five are thank you gifts and 3 are swap quilts. I just bought a huge stack of Moda twill to make expanding totes, today I worked on kitchen curtains and appliance covers. I am also making outfits for a Barbie for a little girl who will be having some major surgery in June and will need something to play with in bed.

    I am also making a CQ jewelry box for a thank you gift, CQ BB birds for next Christmas, redesigned my CQ russian doll ornie and I am planning on making a CQ machine cover.

    Quilting will start with the 5 quilts that need to be quilted.

  135. Janelle says:

    I learned to sew in 8th grade. I didn’t continue sewing until 16 years later. Besides the basic home economics course, I’m basically self taught (of course, with the help of my bf amy: My husband gave me an adjustable dress form for Christmas. I am so excited. This year, besides a handful of new aprons, my two sewing goal are to design and make my own formal dress (most likely for my company Christmas party) and to get an early start on Christmas presents for my family in Australia. I stumbled on your blog, and I am quite enjoying it.


  136. Melissa says:

    I’ve just learned to sew in the last year, and this year I want to learn to quilt. I’m thinking of starting with doll quilts for my kids. 🙂

  137. Jennifer says:

    My big sewing goal for 2009 is to get back to creating textile art. I love making things for us to wear and use, but it’s not my true passion!

  138. Dianna says:

    My plans are to create a big variety of felt food for my kids as well as making pants, skirts, and shirts for the kids. Shirts & jackets for my husband & a super cute retro apron for me!

  139. Amy says:

    You always have a wonderful blog that lifts my spirits.

  140. Tina says:

    I have two quilts that I would like to finish. One is a Christmas quilt that I would love to put to good use next Christmas! The other is one patriotic with many different types of squares. Both have been a joy to work on, but I haven’t had time with the new baby around. I’m just itchin’ to quilt!

  141. Karen Park says:

    So many plans….first of all, I finally started on the pashmina tops I’ve been planning. So by the end of this year I hope to have been selling them already!

  142. Lisa Bpuer says:

    I want to try some more modern fabrics and simpler patterns in which to showcase the larger prints. I’m stuck in a block rut and need to break out.

  143. Diana says:

    I plan to sew a plethora of tote bags, in honor of my Mother, who recently passed away. She gave me the gift of sewing as a young child, and I am aspiring to return that gift in like kind, by expressing her inspiration through me. Love you Mama!

  144. Dawn says:

    Wow! I have a lot of goals! I’m currently reworking my crafting space so hopefully it will help me to achieve all of my goals!
    1- I would like to work year-round on making handmade gifts for Christmas/Birthdays/Ect.
    2- I have several quilts from last year to complete
    3- My best friend is having a baby later this year which = quilt and other goodies!!!
    4- I would like to sew more for myself rather than only making gifts
    5- I just want to start projects and then actually finish them!!!
    Good luck to everyone in achieving their goals!!!

  145. Emily says:

    I just listed projects I will do this year on my blog (to keep track for myself), the 2 I’m most looking forward to are AB’s Weekender Bag and my first quilt. I plan on using the “Easy Lap Quilt” from Bend the Rules Sewing as a basis for a twin size quilt for my daughter. I’m hoping that the strips instead of quilt squares will make it a bit easier for my first time!

  146. Kammy says:

    My sewing goals include cute skirts for my daughter, cute aprons for me, and curtains and bulliten boards for my boys rooms! I love the new fabrics!

  147. Karen says:

    I have so many goals for this year! I want to make a quilt for my bed. My husband and I will be married ten years this spring, and I think it is about time I made something for us. He is a wonderful man. The love of my life! That is my biggest goal. Plus there are so many new projects that I want to try. Most of them are from the lists that you all had through the holidays. I love to sew, and finally am expanding to bags, headbands, bibs, and more! Now I just need to perfect pattern for our quilt on our bed. Any suggestions?

  148. jennifer crow says:

    I started quilting a year ago and will be taking a free motion machine quilting class next week. I plan to use what I learn to make a quilt to enter into my local quilt show in May.

  149. Nicole N. says:

    My goals include finally sewing the items my husband has requested, as well as cute baskets and basket covers to help coordinate the mish-mash of stuff we have right now!

  150. Elaine J. says:

    I want to sew everything on this site! So,
    I will sew as much as time allows!
    Thanks for this great resource!
    Happy sewing!

  151. Kim D. says:

    I’d like to continue sewing all my daughter’s clothes, but I hope to sew more clothes for my boys as well.

  152. Jessica says:

    I have a baby boy due in May so I plan on making lots of baby stuff- outfits, hats, booties, burp towels, diapers, wipes, etc!

  153. Shaz says:

    OMG, last year I discovered quilting, and now I have a pile of unfinished quilt tops, a number of other projects and projects and a toddler…:) My strategy this year will be “One At A Time.” One project. On the table. At a time. No piles. No guilt. I hope…

  154. I plan on finishing my first quilt, improving my sewing skills, and sewing my way to a more organized home- a place for every lego man, army man, and farm animal. Nothing hurts more than an army man to the kneecap!

    Thanks for a great resource – I heart Sew, Mama, Sew!


  155. Marci says:

    I will learn to sew using a sewing machine in 2009- thanks to my mother-in-law giving me a sewing machine and a beginner’s sewing kit for Christmas!

  156. Terry Candee says:

    I plan to attack the “repair me pile” that accumulated last year or maybe the last 2 years!

  157. Nichole says:

    My goal is to learn how to use the serger I got for a Christmas present from my thoughtful husband…I’ve never used one before and have to confess that I’m considerably intimidated !

  158. Christen says:

    I plan to keep up with my sewing- so that my machine doesn’t get too dusty!

  159. My goal for 2009 is to teach my 13 year old to sew on her machine she got for christmas. Wish me luck!

  160. Linda Kay says:

    My niece is expecting a baby and we just found out that she is having a baby girl! I am so excited. So I plan to make a quilt for this new member in our family.

  161. Sarah says:

    I have decided to make placemats and matching cloth napkins for the women on my Christmas list next year. I am determined to get started now so I won’t be working right up until Christmas (like I did this Christmas). Here’s to hoping!

  162. Carla says:

    I plan to sew a lot more 🙂

  163. Allison Race says:

    My sewing goal is to sew a straight line. I like everything I make but I cannot seem to draw, cut or sew in a straight line – even when using tools. It is like some strange subconscious revolt against the measured and patterned world. Crazy.

  164. Kathryn says:

    My goal is to sew something each month of 2009. (This month I still need to sew some late Christmas gifts!)

  165. Jessica says:

    I have a core group of friends back in SF that I want to make stuff for. Half are guys, should prove challenging!

  166. heather says:

    I plan to sew more clothes for myself. I make clothes for my kids and sew things for other people, but I have a hard time finding clothes I like (that I can afford) so one of my New Year’s sewing resolutions is to make a few things for me…and blog them.

    I also aim to finish a quilt that I started in 2007 and that wood print from Jay McCarroll would make a great addition to it. 😉

  167. Deb says:

    I plan on using two jelly rolls in my stash and creating Christmas quilts for both my daughters.

  168. Lisa says:

    My goal for the new year is to finish the stuffed nativity set I’ve been working on for about 4 years! I also would like to sew a few shirts and skirts for my daughters and some curtains for my playroom.

  169. Meggan says:

    My goals are mostly skills. I want to be able to put in sleeves.

  170. Hilda says:

    I am hoping to try my attempt at a dress for myself!

  171. Carrie Mol says:

    I plan to make wrap skirts for the summer! Oh and actually use the ancient sewing machine I was gifted to make them. 🙂 So it’s kind of two goals in one!

    Of course now that I see the robots line, I think I have to make something for my daughter too!

  172. Lora says:

    I want to make some more baby quilts this year as well as some aprons and purses. There are really so many things I want to learn how to sew this year! I also want to sew some cute little dolls for my 20 month old girl. So many projects, so little time! (I just had my fourth baby!) Lora

  173. Flibby says:

    I’m definitely going to make a lot of quilts in 2009. But first, I’m in desperate need of some curtains for my bedroom. I shall begin by sewing those. 😉

  174. Jennifer says:

    I shall attempt to make at least half of my daughters next-size-up wardrobe! I also want to overcome my fear of sewing with knits. Eep!

  175. Kelly says:

    I am starting my very first quilt!

  176. Heidi says:

    My 2009 sewing goal is new blinds for my kitchen. I just need to find the right fabric.

  177. sarah r says:

    Christmas eve we confirmed that we have a new little one on the way! i would love to sew little outfits for the baby and incorporate more sewing for my other kids as well which i did not do in the past. i am looking forward to recycling old things in new sewing projects and making things go a little further too.

  178. Leah says:

    I’ve been working on Cloth diapers. My daughter has just gone up a size so today I have cut out enough fabric to make 16 new diapers. Now I gotta find the time to sit and sew. Time is hard to find with 4 kids! 2 under 2. I would love some new cloth and I would use it to make a new quilt for my baby. I just love new cloth it always inspires me!

  179. Heather says:

    I am making flannel rag quilts for all of my children. Considering that I started this when my 4 year old was a newborn, I figure it is time to finish! I am off to the store right now for the last of the coordinating colids, then construction will begin!

    I am also trying to make as much of my daughter’s clothing as possible. My boys want NO part of my Mom Creations!

  180. Sue says:

    In 2009 I would like to finish some projects, especially a quilt I have started for my husband and myself. I would like to get back to making smocked dresses for my granddaughters and I would like to attempt to sell some of the things I make. Everyone always encourages me to try so I may try Etsy.

  181. Lorraine says:

    Hard to pick just one – more clothes, I think. And more original projects.

  182. Beth says:

    I have two major goals: I need to make more toys for my daughter. I had a blast making felt pizza and felt cookies for her kitchen and can’t wait to create more delicacies for her to “cook” for us. The second major sewing goal is that we’re having our second child in June; I need to hone in on and sew something for our new little wonder; I’m just not certain what yet. A blankie, for certain but more, I want to make more…

  183. Elizabeth James says:

    Inspired by the amazing and beautiful gifts made by my sister in law for my 5 month old daughter, my goal is to get back to sewing and hopefully with a lot of practice, learn to sew like her!

  184. monica says:

    lunch bags!!! with plastic liners.

  185. Kip says:

    My goal for the month of January is to complete a set of 1750s outerwear and finish up any UFOs I have laying about in the sewing room.

  186. Rebecca says:

    Sew many goals for 2009!
    1. cathedral window quilt
    2. make more quilts for charity
    3. cloth diapers
    4. learn to work with knit fabric
    5. make some clothes(besides PJ’s)

  187. Bean says:

    So Many!!
    I plan on taking a class next month to get myself started then conquer the many sewing projects in the many books books I have bought to motivate myself (of course the adorable fabrics above help with motivation too!!)

  188. Penny says:

    My goals are to make a list of B’days and come up w/ gifts ideas to make, make up new and exciting things to add to my Etsy store and find ways to use up my huge stash of scraps.

  189. jen w says:

    in 2009 i plan on sewing up some market bags for my kids plastic food collection, possibly making some awesome bean bags for little bodies to lounge in and having more sewing fun!!!!

  190. Ellen says:

    My goal is to try making some clothing again…Got frustrated with it a long time ago! I also need to finish my daughter’s quilt for college in the fall….And I want to spend at least 30 minutes in the evening after work and dinner creating in my sewing area…it’s a great way to de-stress!

  191. Chelsey says:

    I want to make a tiered skirt for my daughter. It’ll be the first major project I’ve done on my own… Thanks for the giveaway.

  192. jenn says:

    I plan on making some skirts for me for the summer. This is the first summer in 3 years that I won’t be pregnant, so I’m going to enjoy normal sized clothes! Need some cute fabric though 🙂

  193. Jody says:

    Quilts, quilts and more quilts! Not to mention things for my daughter and a knitting needle roll for myself!

  194. Angela says:

    I will finally sew the hippie patchwork dress I’ve been dreaming of making for two years now and wear it to a groovy music festival this year! 🙂

  195. PaGE says:

    Can you believe there are almost 800 comments??! Wow. My goals this year are to make a quilt, repair an antique quilt my great grandmother made, sew romantic tops for myself. I would also like to sew a coat for me and/or my daughters. Happy New Year everyone and God bless you all!

  196. Genevieve says:

    I’ve been really wanting to make a quilt so my goal is to make two. One for each of my kids. And I resolve to start making my Christmas gifts early this year so I actually get them done. Maybe I should start in March?

  197. Natasha says:

    Binding. I am bound and determined to bind 4 quilts whose only aspiration is to become full fledged sources of comfort and warmth. That is not too much to ask of me is it?

    Happy New Year!

  198. Rabecca G says:

    I plan to make dolls for children in shelters. I have so many scraps that would be great in dolls clothing.

  199. Kate says:

    Two of my 2009 goals are to create and to be creative. Specifically, I would like to make some progress on the quilt that I’m piecing by hand. That and a few million other things…

  200. My main goal is to not buy any more fabric until I complete all current projects, one of which is to make a quilt for my parents.

    On a side note, do you guys remember when there would be less than 300 comments for FFF??

  201. Jane says:

    My sewing goals are all swimming in my head! I can hardly wait to get started making more I Spy quilts/ taggies, coasters and gift items. The only thing back is that my craft area is all cleaned up and perfectly neat! My husband is a neat freak and I feel like he deserves at least a few days of neatness. Now, that is love!

  202. Emiko says:

    I only learned to sew last year, so there’s plenty for me to still learn!

    My goals for this year is to sew a bag, a home decor project like pillows or a table runner. I also want to make more aprons. I received a few sewing project ideas for Christmas so I can’t wait to tackle some more sewing projects!!!

  203. Tammy says:

    One of my sewing goals for the year is to make what I like and to finish it. Sounds strange, but sometimes I feel like I have to do something. If I don’t love it, it never gets finished… Or if I bought a fabric because it was on sale, but not because I loved it… it takes a while till it gets used.

  204. The Mommy says:

    I’m a little intimidated by it, but I really would like to reupholster my dining room chairs. They are such a mess right now, and really uncomfortable to sit on. I’m hoping to ebroider something pretty on them, or try out some screen printing maybe. Mostly, I’m looking forward to finding some awesome fabric to cover them with! I’m also hoping to finally finish a quilt that I started two years ago. It’s my first, and it’s also been on my intimidation list. Whew…everything sewing intimidates me! LOL

  205. Jan says:

    My goal for 2009 will be to teach my daughter a new quilt design per month. We’ve been studying the Little House on the Prairie series and we inherited an old singer sewing machine. My husband converted the machine to a hand-crank and she is off and running! It is good to see her trying to make her own gifts and quilts. Even now I am wearing a sweet red apron she made for me. Most of her inspiration comes from this site. Thanks for inspiring both of us. It’s one more thing we can share and enjoy together!

  206. WendyLou says:

    Our four kids all shared the same blankets when they were babies. Now that the youngest is too old for blankies 🙁 I am planning to cut them apart and make each of them a small quilt.

  207. rae says:

    oooh! i don’t know which one of those fab prints is my fave! my crafty goal is to craft more! i made a few of my kids christmas presents and i have been making things for my classroom and i remember how much i love making things!

  208. Carla says:

    My goal is to finish a UFO for each new project that I start. Most of the UFOs are tops that need be quilted so I guess that I’m going to have a lot of practice with machine quilting!

  209. My goal is to teach my 9 year old to sew this year!

  210. Robin in New Jersey says:

    I am starting off the New year by sewing for me! A skirt, an apron, and some pj’s.

  211. Melissa says:

    I want to use up the fabric that I have laying around, and then buy lots of new, exciting fabric! And I would love to do one major project per month. We’ll see…

  212. Robin says:

    Mmm… delicious fabrics! But wait. That is one of my goals. Buy less, use more stash. Lots of stash. So I’ll just have to look and admire from afar. 🙂 Hopefully, in stash reducing, I’ll also be able to complete a few quilts for charity. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t. So this year is going to be the year. 🙂

  213. liza says:

    in november my best friend and i achieved a lifelong goal of opening a shop to support our craft and the craft and talent of others. our dream was to showcase the diverse and wonderful talents of so many maine women. we have grown and grown and now we showcase the works of over 35 crafters! our little shop is busting at the seams with the most wonderful handmade goodness (you can see our unfinished site at we are so blessed in this new year to have found such a unique niche in support of women craftersa and our community, but have had little time to do much of our own crafting! what we’d really like to do in these slower retail months is design and create a line of simple, fun and functional kid’s clothing for that hard-to-buy-for group of sizes 8-12. we are both stay-home moms who have learned that even as a mom, the need to create is still very strong and if you persevere… you CAN have it all! we’d love to use some of the fun new prints to begin crafting our line and for inspiration. they’re great!

  214. Kate G. says:

    I’m making fabric baskets out of remnants from last year. When they’re done, the baskets will hold my linens.

  215. Teresa says:

    This past year I focused a lot on my business. With that going well, I want to focus much more on home projects. One of wich is a quilt for my room…I have never made a quilt for me!!!

    My mom, however, has much larger goals. She would like to complete one quilt every month this year! Wow is all I have to say!

  216. Regina says:

    The robots are AWESOME!!!

    My 2009 goals are a few quilts, quilted Christmas cards for next year, some placemats and table runners – and learning some new techniques – all while busting the stash – I hope!

  217. Lorajean says:

    I would love to finish the little quilt I started for e. and really just to sew!

  218. Terri says:

    My first project is to complete a laptop bag for my husband and myself. I’d also like to make some lunch bags, more coasters, aprons… well just about every time I see something on this site, I had the urge to go get the material and make it… so I have lots of material now,but somehow I never quite get to the sewing part… I did make lots of stuff for Christmas presents, but I want to get a head start this year!

  219. My goal? To sew some dresses and skirts for myself and my daughters this year, rather than buy them, and to finish my Christmas quilt!

  220. sandyandcosmo says:

    My son is getting married this year and I want to make a quilt for him and my new daughter-in-law, something that celebrates his Irish heritage and her Puerto Rican heritage.

  221. Jackie Davis says:

    One of my sewing goals for 2009: To finish my first twin size quilt for my first born, my 4 year old daughter. I have only made one baby quilt, a lap quilt, and one wall hanging from start to finish all custom too. Now I am venturing to my first bigger quilt.

    This quilt will be so special to me and hopefully my daughter, too. A lot of the material, mainly for the larger wings are from scraps that were recently donated to me by a generous guild in Texas! – THANK YOU!!! The ‘background’ yellow plaid was from my sister (my daughter loves yellow). Most of the purple smaller wings was material I had fom a lap quilt I made my late mom in 2005. So this quilt is possible by generous, giving people. The thread too was donated to me, and I am borrowing a friend’s machine! This same friend bought me quality pins too.

    Amazing huh!!! This is why I am a little EXTRA Excited about it all. If you want to see my blog/progress on it, go to:

    You made it tough to only talk about only ONE of our sewing goals for 2009! Thank you for the opportunity to enter your Free Fabric Friday! Love the Fabrics, very inspirational!
    Jackie Sue

  222. Jess says:

    I want to go back to making wigs and dreadlocks. I’ve been letting work take over my free time.

  223. elena says:

    First of all…. Happy New year to all of you!!
    A lot of projects are buzzing my head in this new year. I would like to make two bed quilts, one for my parents an the other one for my mother in law. I have to make a handbag for my sister-in-law and some wearables for me and a few things more. But, Will I have enough time to make all this projects? I don’t know but I will try it! And loose weight too! Uf!

  224. Melissa says:

    My goal is simply to sew in 2009. I am ashamed to say that my sewing machine has a thick layer of dust on it (due to neglect–both with the sewing and housekeeping). The housekeeping is a whole other story. I really could use some pretty new fabric.

  225. Suzanne says:

    I am sewing a tunic, slowly and carefully so that it comes out beautifully!

  226. Kathy says:

    I’m planning some small projects for this year, mostly for the home. I have a stash of thrifted fabric that needs to be purposed before it gets re-thrifted due to lack of space. I want to prettify my home.

  227. Amy says:

    I want to finish a quilt my grandmother didn’t finish before she died. Also I need to finish my daughter’s baby quilt, umm, she’ll be two this month. Oops!

  228. becky says:

    i am currently working on a new doll pattern. what a great start of the year if i can get it done this month!! the rest of the year?….sew, sew, sew. oh, and i should finish up some old projects waiting to get their own attention. 🙂

  229. Jennifer says:

    I want to try free motion quilting!

  230. Just Susan says:

    I am right now making a rag quilt from old jeans and flannel to cozy up on the couch under on cold winter nights. I hope to use up all the old jeans and amybe make cozy quilts for people on my gift list in 2009. I am hoping to make Xmas gifts all year long too but….well I was going to do that last year and, well, let’s not dwell on that!

  231. Janey Joop says:

    I am going to make a quilt for my bed. Plus I usually get involved in anything else my Mom is doing.

  232. Judi says:

    My biggest sewing goal for this year is to teach my 16 yr. old how to sew something new every month!! This month she’ll be making pj pants. Next month we’ll do an apron. My other big goal is to make a mei tai for my new baby that is due to arrive any day now.

  233. Grenae Thompson says:

    Great Blog! In 2009, one of my stitching goals is to finish several cross stitch projects as pillows and Christmas ornaments. I also want to finish an applique wall hanging I started last summer and make several more applique wall hangings & pillows. Thanks for asking.

  234. Michelle says:

    I want to make a few adorable quilts for people and a few beautiful dresses for my daughter. Mostly I just want to use some of the gorgeous fabric I have stacked around me.

  235. Anne says:

    My sewing goals this year are too make myself something (hopefully a cute skirt) and to slowly begin selling some homemade wears in baby shops locally.

  236. Ramona says:

    My goals for sewing this year are to set up a better place to sew so I can do it when I have time. I want to get that space organized. I want to finish my unfinished projects. I really want to learn to machine quilt. I am also seriously thinking of getting a new machine. Mine is thirty years old. Also I want to make a quilt for my bed. I really want to stop procrastinating and sew more!! I love your blog.

  237. Suzy says:

    This year I want to sew more clothes for myself and my family.

  238. B says:

    I have too many projects on my to do list right now and free fabric would make them so much better. I HAVE to make myself a killer purse. That’s first and foremost, because my priorities are in the right place.

  239. Lisa says:

    I have a lot of “plans” the thing is to sit down and make a realistic plan and then implement it. I’ve been ignoring my quilting and sewing way too much in the past couple of years and I’ve got a need to work with fabric again in a major way so I’ll be heading back to my machine for things around the house and my hand piecing for quilting. Then there are the already completed quilt tops that need to be quilted. Just thinking about the projects makes my head spin, but it’s all a good thing. Love your site, there’s tons of inspiration.

  240. Dorte says:

    Plans for 2009 –
    sewing fewer bags and more clothing for myself. Getting more used using to following patterns tin stead of just sewing as-I-go. Using the felted wool, I bought two winters ago ( I just accidentally shrunk my favourite woolen cardi… so it is time!!!). Spending a little less time online – and more time sewing… but that is such a hard one, there is too much goodness and inspiration and procrastination out there….!

  241. Charlene says:

    To finish my wips (works in progress) so I can begin more! My ideas seem to come faster than I can finish my projects. In summary, focus!

  242. Bunny says:

    I plan to begin sewing a lot more, to market my designs, and also just to make some pretty things for my home. I also plan on starting an advent calendar this year! I would love to sew my own.

  243. Kandra says:

    I’m really a novice sewer. I want to improve those skills this year – immensely. I will conquer button holes and sewing in a zipper!!!!

  244. Jiill says:

    My very first grandchild is due in May. I have plans to make a diaper bag, quilt, receiving blankets, clothes…. I’ve already made one quilt but I know more are coming, no such thing as too many quilts! Oh yes, it’s a BOY!

  245. Sherry says:

    My goals are to learn some new skills. I am a pretty new sewer and with every project I seem to learn something new. I can’t wait to try a bias tape maker. I’ll definitely be sewing a few shirts for me (maybe even with something other than cotton). I’m also going to make myself a winter handbag. My kids loved the projects I made them for chirstmas (all found on this blog!) so maybe I’ll make them a few more things too. LOVE the new fabric!

  246. Liz says:

    I am new to quilting and sewing…I just got a sewing machine for Christmas, so my goal is to finish my first quilt.

  247. Christine Bolin says:

    I love all of the three collections of fabrics. I want to make some simple blouses for my mother and me. And maybe a small quilt.

  248. Kris says:

    I can’t wait to try some of the easy girls clothing tutorials you have on your blog. My husband has several dress shirts that he no longer wears that are just taking up space in our closet. I know a couple of little girls who would love new dresses!

  249. Jamie says:

    To have a new design in our shop every month.

  250. Joy says:

    I want to sew curtians for every room in my house and maybe a few summer dresses for my baby.

  251. Lari says:

    I’m expecting baby #4 in March and I’m hoping to finish the quilt I’ve started for him and some of the cool baby toy ideas I’ve found through the site.

  252. In 2009 I plan to make more handmade gifts for my family. I also want to continue my illustrations for children’s books so I can be published. I also hope to win something wonderful

  253. kim says:

    My goals for quilting, to finish up 7 quilts before I need to start packing all this fabric up for a big move out of state. I figure the more fabric I use, the less I’ll have to pack. Problem is all the prety new fabric coming out all the time 🙂

  254. autumn says:

    Baby clothes are on my list. Dressing my 11 month girl is so fun with so much cute ideas out there. I just hope that my sewing skills improve enough to make clothes look tailored and not homemade dish rags. Practice…

  255. Cattie-Bree says:

    Ooh, I really dig the woodland ones, especially the middle one with the cool wood cross-sections. :*)

    I’m pretty much brand spanking new to sewing, lol, so I guess my sewing goals for 2009 would have to include, um, learning to sew. 🙂 I just got a new, sparkly sewing machine (ooh, ahh!) for Christmas, so that should speed things up a bit, because I’m used to hand stitching everything, and that takes forever! I took up sewing in the first place because I wanted to be able to mend things around the house and make my sock monsters, but also because I want to get good enough eventually to design and make some of my own clothes. I get sick of seeing something great on the rack, but having it not come in my size, or getting wonderful ideas for clothes that are never realized. So, I’m going to realize them! Before 2010, hopefully. :*)

  256. gina says:

    I’ve got a baby coming, so my goal is to sew a lot in the next 8 weeks, or I might not get to do it after that! There are a few things on my list, including a baby blanket, some cloth baby shoes, and “the perfect diaper bag,” if that even exists.

  257. kelli says:

    I really need to sew up the beautiful fabric I have been collecting. Specifically the many quilt squares from themed swaps that I’ve done.

  258. tara lichtensteiger says:

    I just received a new sewing machine for christmas!!!! I would love some new fabric to inspire me.

  259. Stephanie says:

    I have a few sewing goals. 1. finish what I start….I have a bad habit of getting distracted by new and exciting projects. 2. take my time on projects…. i often skip steps in order to finish the items and therefore I end up with projects that are not wearable. and 3. work on the fit of my garments… this goes in line with the 2nd goal.

  260. Leslie Spies says:

    I have always wanted to learn how to sew a quilt, the proper way!!!

  261. kim3timemom says:

    What cute fabric…my goals for the new year are to just create, create, create as much as possible 🙂 My DD is getting married in August and I have to find just the perfect quilt pattern yet..can’t wait to find it and then get started. Thanks so much for the chance to win.

  262. I plan to start making Christmas presents in January. If I make 1 per month I should have them all done by Christmas! yeah right! I’ll always come up with something new that someone needs that I have to make! lol I plan to do aprons for most of the ladies on my list. I want to make some with a little more originality and creativity. I also want to make some cute bags. I always have a hard time coming up with ideas of things to make for the men folk. I know 2 that will be getting manly aprons since they cook so much. lol

  263. I really want to make a quilt this year. I keep putting it off, but I’m finally going to tackle it.

  264. Joy says:

    Curtains for my kitchen with coordinating placemats and napkins.

  265. karen says:

    I plan on making more simple quilts and having fun with sewing….lots of gifty things!

  266. Tammy says:

    My first goal – I need to get my sewing machine in and fixed. Unfortunately, last year I took it in for routine maintenance, and they messed up the tension, and wouldn’t fix it. Grrrr (I won’t be taking it back to them!)

    My second goal – to sew more!

  267. Nykhe says:

    I’m always so worried about “messing up” when I sew that I never get anything finished. This year, I’d like to learn how to let go a little and actually complete something. So what if it’s not perfect? I’m still learning.

  268. Cheryl says:

    I plan on learning some new sewing/crafting techniques that I haven’t had time to try yet. Such as wool felting. I also plan on improving some of my rusty sewing skills, and getting past not making something because it involves something I’m not good at doing.

    Happy New Year to all!!

  269. Karly Foster says:

    My goal is to make matching summer dresses for my two girls (4 and 7 months) with a matching something for my boy (2) as well. Not sure how to work the boy in there, but we’ll see!

  270. Heather B says:

    I want to sew for my home this year. I want to complete my decorating with those personal touches – slipcover a chair, fabric boxes, fabric boards, etc.

  271. Rachael says:

    I want to conquer my fear of free motion quilting.

  272. mary says:

    I’d like to get a quilt done for my mom. I’ve done several for other family members, but this year is mom’s turn. I also have 3 tshirt memory quilts to get done for my kids and hubby for Christmas. I figure if i start on them now, I have a fighting chance of getting them done in 12 months. 🙂

  273. Anna says:

    The goal I’m working on right now is designing my Spring 2009 wardrobe. I’ve made most of what I wear for the past two years, but this is the first time I’ve tried putting everything together in a collection.

    Other goals are to get much better at knitting. And learn to make pants. And I would absolutely love to try surface design on fabric; that might not happen this year, but I can dream about it!

  274. shannon says:

    To make a quilt for MYSELF! 🙂 I’ll be renting time on a long-arm machine this year, so that should make the process a bit less daunting (I’d love to make a king size quilt for our bed). My DD has been asking for a fabric robot – those fabrics may be just the push I needed!

  275. Nicole says:

    I plan to finish a quilt I started ages ago!

  276. Dawn says:

    I’m with you! I want to make something for myself. I have spent all my time on gifts for Christmas or things for other people. But I have new grandson due in February so it won’t be until after that because now I’m busy making things for him!

  277. Lori says:

    I plan to sew matchhing sets of PJ’s for my 4-year-old and myself. (plenty of time to find just the right fabric). A vest and slacks for him. A birthday t-shirt, pillows, bags, sun hat and 2 baby blankets. I have also got a start on x-mas 09!!

  278. Diane pitman says:

    I’m making a baby quilt for the young man @ the feed store who loads my feed.His wife is having a girl.His first child.

  279. johanna says:

    I plan on making an item of clothing for myself that I am actually happy with – it hasn’t happened so far (too big, too small , too dodgy looking…) but I live in hope

  280. Melanie says:

    I’m hoping to finish something every month, whether it be a quilt or an oven mit so long as there are 12 things I can look back on I should be pleased.

  281. Kay says:

    Hmm… Apart from planning to make a lot of handbags I would also like to start quilting as I recently purchased some fabric that just screams out to me: Make me into a quilt! 😉
    Well, let’s wait and see =)

  282. H.S. says:

    To make finish a precious moments coaster! It’s cross stitch so i hope it wouldn’t take too long..

  283. Melody says:

    I would love to learn how to knit for the first time in my life! No idea how to but im gonna try by learning from friends and books! 🙂

  284. Jennifer says:

    My goal for this year is to use up half of my fabric stash. That doesn’t sound like much of a goal until you realize that I have about 20 large plastic containers crammed with fabric. Between quilts, table linens, clothes for the whole family, and any other projects I can think of, I have to start using it up! I am going to reward myself with NEW fabric for one project a month, just to keep me motivated.

  285. Fini says:

    Goals for this year is a Quilt for Kadin’s bed and Amai’s bed. Also curtains for the living room and Kids rooms.

  286. Kelly says:

    I have many sewing goals for 2009 but my main goal is to conquer my fear of sewing knit/stretch fabrics 🙂

  287. Viv says:

    I plan to make 4 pairs of Summer PJ’s for the kids, and finish the free motion quilt i started in June 2008. Here’s hoping 🙂

  288. this evening i purchased a pattern that involves a zipper. so now i guess i need to learn to sew a zipper!!

  289. Wendy says:

    Oh no, more goals. Well, I’m truly hoping to just sew more. I made the boys jammie pants for Christmas and they have kindly requested some shirts to go with. I just bought some new fabric for a couple of skirts. I’d also like to have a few aprons to use…pretty ones, fun ones. It’s just a matter of making it priority.

  290. My sewing goals for this year are to finally finally make a load of clothes for myself that I would actually wear; and to use up my stash before I go overseas. There is nothing more heartbreaking than saving fabric for just that one perfect project, and then never getting a chance to use it before you lose it. I am determined that it won’t happen yet again this time.

  291. Well apart from the long long long list of things to make (some for me, for home, for kids and friends – as well as the sewing for my new business), my main crafting goal this year is to have my own sewing room – which really requires a whole new house. So those are my biggest hopes for sewing and crafting this year – new house::new room!

  292. anary says:

    Stash busting and getting fabric that I love…not because is on sale hehe

  293. Jenerek says:

    I WILL venture out from making bags. Fabric dolls and toys are my love right now.

  294. Bonnie says:

    I have so many goals…One is sewing for the new grand baby coming in May. Number 3, yea! I could go on and on.
    Thanks for having this giveaway,

  295. Esther says:

    I’m hoping to learn how to quilt!

  296. Emilie says:

    I just got a sewing machine and I plan on figuring out all the cool things I can make with it this year!

  297. Sarah says:

    This year I am going to make the skirt I have been putting off all fall (for craft sale sewing). I am also going to learn how to sew with knits. With any luck, I will also make a dress and find the perfect coat pattern, but that is undoubtedly too high an expectation.

  298. Mare says:

    This holiday season I started sewing again. I haven’t sewed since I was a little girl. It brought back “SEW” many memories and rekindled a love. My mother was thrilled! My sewing goal for 2009 is to pass on the joy of sewing to someone else.

  299. Judy says:

    I plan to dig out the UFO’s and finish them up. I’ve found some great ideas for organizing my crafting area, so I want to do that too.

  300. Karla says:

    I plan to actually get to using my new sewing machine I got for my birthday last year. I’m a beginner, so I’ve been a little intimidated by it so far…

  301. Sarah says:

    My goal is to make something I will wear. That requires doing a good enough job to wear it in public. It’s going ot take a lot of practice I think!

  302. alison says:

    I received a serger for Christmas. So I want to learn how to use it correctly. I’ve played with it a bit but am having a hard time getting the tension set just right. Since using a serger is supposed to be faster, I have a list of of WIP and UFOs to get going on. I want to complete all of these before I start a new project.

  303. Susan says:

    I have only one real goal this year: to make crafting (including sewing) a part of my daily life again. Before I had kids, I used to sew for an hour almost every single day, no matter how busy I was, and I also did other crafts just about every day. I want to establish that habit again.

  304. Kitten says:

    I’d like to sew some actual garments for myself and for my new son! I have just got my machine last year and sewn my first items (some napkins, bibs, and aprons), but I’d like to do ‘real garments’ now.

  305. Oh, the robot series is awesome. I want to sew something for myself this year. I love to give things away, so I keep getting distracted by making things for other people. The rest of this winter, I’m putting MY wardrobe first 🙂

  306. Stacy says:

    I have a quilt I’m wanting to finish. I think I’ll give it to my sister for a wedding gift.

  307. Caitlin says:

    I am going to start working on a quilt for my grandmother that a woman began by doing hand applique over 50 years ago. The blocks have just been sitting in a bag all this time, and my grandma finally asked if I would take on the project of assembling it and then hand quilting it. I am also going to start thinking of Christmas gifts for this year because my family has taken on the challenge of having a handmade Christmas. It should be tons of fun!

  308. Jennifer says:

    My sewing goal is to learn to quilt and to start makeing clothes again.

  309. Collette says:

    My sewing goal for the year is to finish what I start. Sounds oh so simple, huh? 😉

  310. Kate says:

    I want to teach my mom how to sew a zipper in! So I guess it’s a goal for me and her…

  311. Saskia says:

    I would like to sew up my “utilitarian” fabric and reduce it by half so that I can justify getting some more “pretty” fabrics. Also I need to sew up some curtains for my “new” house that I have been in for almost a year.

  312. Kimberly says:

    I want to sew more things for my little girls, and hopefully for their little dolls as well.

  313. Tonya says:

    These fabrics are absolutely gorgeous. WOW.

    I have my 50 crafting goals for 2009 listed on the sidebar of my blog.

  314. I just plan on making all the projects that I didn’t get around to in 2008 – the list is long and I have a talent for procrastination, so I’ll probably still be saying that in 2010…

  315. stacie says:

    I am going to make pajamas for my 4 kids!! Well once I figure out how to work my pattern!

  316. Cara says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to make all the curtains for our new home! Ambitious, I know.

  317. Andrea says:

    I want to become a better quilter this year!

  318. Kelli says:

    This past Christmas I got a sewing machine! I am so excited! I hope to tackle a lot of projects in 2009. There is just so much I’ve wanted to do and this year, I intend on trying to do them. Everything from crafty stuff, to sewing clothes, bags, and other items. I’d love to take a stab at knitting and embroidery, too! Of course, my first projects will be small in comparison to others, but I’m hoping it’ll lead to confidence in making other things and to a lifetime hobby.

  319. Melanieshea says:

    I have a ton of goals this year…Baby blankie, quilts, burp clothes, shirts, towels, and much more…Happy new year

  320. Angie L says:

    I am just discovering sewing and have made my little one a couple of cute things. My goal is some jammies for her SOON and start on some cute summer dresses too.

  321. Michelle says:

    2009 Goals: sew more for me and my kids than for gifts that leave the house. DD’s totebag, the boys’ bedside organizers = priority #1!

  322. Katie says:

    I want to learn to free motion quilt and quilt my own quilts!

  323. amy says:

    committed to making skirts and dresses for my girls! (and maybe even a skirt for mama… 😉

  324. Kimberly says:

    That woodland deer fabric is fab! It would make such a cute skirt for me or my DD!

  325. Beth says:

    I plan to learn to quilt! Or at least do some patchwork! I also want to get better at embroidery and finally start making myslef some things instead of giving it all away!

  326. Shiloah says:

    I have many ambitious plans for 2009: Finish a cool Amy Butler-esque quilt for our babysitter, make some bags with Anna Maria Horner’s Drawing Room fabric, finish a quilt I started 6 years ago that just needs borders (!!!), and teach my 7 year old daughter how to sew with her beginner sewing machine. I want to face my fears of applique and garment construction. And my home has some mighty bare windows demanding spiffy treatments.

  327. missy says:

    I have lots of plans for the year. A baby quilt for a first time couple. It has to be perfect! I’ll have to pick the square and then veg on it for a while to chose the color scheme. It will come to me. I have some personal goals too. This WILL be the year I learn to put in a zipper. I saw the tutorial and can’t wait to put it into practice. I’ll continue to make some handmade crochet doilies for a few special people. Also, my family has been trying to adopt. It’s been 22 months of being logged in and waiting, another 8 months of preparing paperwork before we could even be logged in. I pray she will be with us by next new year but whenever she gets here I want her quilt, her curtains and her framed quilt squares waiting for her. I WILL make it happen this year. No more dawdling, it’s time to get busy! Hello 2009!

  328. Katie Phipps says:

    I want to set up a sewing studio in a small apartment on our property!!!!! I also am hoping to start a business!!!

  329. Heather says:

    We are moving to Germany in 2 weeks and I plan to make some cute dresses for both my little girls in order to save a little money since it is more expensive over there. I just got my first serger and can’t wait to use it once we get settled! Plus, I would love to make a quilt for my youngest daughter since I have already made one for my oldest. I just love to create and can’t wait to get started in the new year :o)

  330. Hana K. says:

    I like the new prints! I just started sewing (literally, I made something today for the first time with a sewing machine!) & I’d love to follow more patterns for bags, pouches, and anything else I can practice before bigger projects.

  331. juliecache says:

    My plan is to make my first crazy quilt — use all those lovely scraps that are too precious to throw away!

  332. lorchick says:

    I resolve to try and make most of my DD’s clothes! I blew my Wardrobe Refashion pledge out of the water on boxing week for her, but out of necessity b/c in a matter of two weeks she suddenly spurted up and all her 12mos shirts fit nicely except being waaay too short. In the dead cold of winter this did not work… but everything storebought fits funny cos she has narrow shoulders. So that should help encourage me to custom make everything for her anyways lol.


  333. Holly says:

    My sewing goals for 2009 are to tackle the things that scare me! A full sized quilt, a waldorf doll, sewing some clothes just for me from a pattern.

    Happy new Year to you! And many craft-filled days ahead, I hope!


  334. Dorrie says:

    My goals for 2009 is to branch out from quilt making to some children’s clothing and of course some of those “softies” from Melly & me.

  335. Jordan says:

    I plan to plan my projects better. Rather than waiting until the last minute, I resolve to think ahead and focus on making truly wonderful and fun creations for the people I love.

  336. Missy says:

    I always seem to sew things for my girls, so this year I’m making a conscious effort to sew things for my son. I think I’ll start with something easy like bow ties, but by the end of the year I want to sew him a jacket.

  337. Samantha says:

    I’d really like to learn to hand quilt this year.

  338. Laura says:

    I want to finish the faux suede trenchcoat I started but had to take a break from since my kitty India decided to pee on it (it washed out ok, but I was so disgruntled I haven’t touched it since).

  339. Anna says:

    my goal is to build a large enough handmade stash so that I’m not scrambling to finish my Christmas gifts!

  340. Jude says:

    As a beginner, my goals are to incorporate sewing into my crafting life. My “big” goal for the year is to make a patchwork duvet cover.

  341. Tricia says:

    oh I love the rockets.. Cute!!! I can’t believe it’s already Friday, I am not looking forward to going back to work next week.

  342. Rumpazel says:

    Since I just got my sewing machine at Christmas (and already cranked out one project), my goal is to make a gardening apron this week, a purse this month, and at least one sewing project each month (more some) with increasing difficulty. I would like to culminate by starting my first simple quilt in December.

  343. Emma Niesl says:

    I got a sewing machine as a christmas gift! So, I plan to LEARN to sew in 2009!

  344. goal for 2009: make myself something that fits and that I love. also to make my first quilt.

  345. Liz L says:

    I plan on starting an Etsy shop. Made 5 of the kidlet bags today to give as gifts, added 2 handles instead.
    I would also like to start making some aprons.

  346. erin says:

    My next goal is to make my first coat for my daughter!

  347. Angela C. says:

    I have many sewing goals, one is to make curtains for all of the windows in our house, which currently have none. Thanks for the chance to win.

    accoupons at gmail dot com

  348. Carm says:

    I would like to sew something wearable in 2009. Other than that I’m hoping to create some funky bags.

  349. Kelly says:

    I plan to sew enough to raise money for our next adoption.

  350. Lorene says:

    I’m hoping to do more sewing for my home, get through my huge fabric stash and buy less fabric!

  351. Betsie E says:

    My mother-in-law gave me a serger for my birthday years ago and I have never had time to learn how to use it. I would really like to learn because I am interested in making clothes for myself and my kiddos and for them to be finished and professional looking. I really like my kids clothing to look unique and I see so many fabrics here that I dream about making into clothes!

  352. Laura says:

    I want to make curtains for three more rooms in my house. I also have many flannel baby blankets to sew for presents and so many other things too! I also want to try to make myself a purse. So many projects and so little time!

  353. Jane says:

    One of my many goals for 2009 is to make a quilt for my high school graduate in May… yikes, how time flies! Best get crackin’ on this… thanks for reminding me of this very important goal.

  354. emily says:

    my goal for this year is to make a quilt for my grandma, to keep her warm…

  355. Georgia says:

    More quilting. I really only started last year, but it’s addictive and I want to do more this year. First up will be one for my little girl’s “big girl bed”.
    I’d also love to design my own doll/softie. I’ve got a couple of ideas. Finger’s crossed they will work out.

  356. Elizabeth says:

    I plan on learning how to use my sewing machine using Diana Rupp’s S.E.W book and I also plan on making next year’s Christmas a handmade Christmas. To accomplish this with my humble beginner’s skills, I will do what Victorian women used to do and begin making my gifts in July.

  357. Kathleen says:

    My goals for 2009? Since money is getting even tighter, I will be making all gifts throughout the year, hopefully burning through a good chunk of my fabric stash in the process. I will finally finish those curtains for my kitchen (I bought the fabric in 20o0 when we moved in). I would also like to find a way to turn my crafting passion into an income!

  358. KristenL says:

    Okay, so it’s a rocket collection. Same difference. 😉

  359. KristenL says:

    oh, those fabrics DO inspire! I especially love the space shuttle collection….

    My goal is to finish a quilt I began last year, but was unable to finish because I was working on handmade Christmas gifts! I can’t wait to give something to myself (Is that bad?!) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  360. Sharon says:

    My goal is to finish my works in progress (baby blanket for my son is primary).

  361. Thien-Kim says:

    I want to sew more for myself. I’d like to have my clothes fit better and my own style; not what the current fashion trends dictate.

  362. Kris says:

    My goal is to get organized. I keep looking through all the fabric I already have and trying to decide what projects I want to start, and it’s just so overwhelming sometimes. Also, during the week I get home when it’s already getting dark out, so it’s hard to decide on colors without natural light. So I’ve been thinking maybe I should try to make up some kits for myself, doing all the ironing and cutting in advance. Then I can just sew.

  363. Ann-Margret says:

    I have two goals: 1. Use my fabric stash without buying anything new! 2. Stock my Etsy shop and sell enough items that I can buy new fabric in 2010. 😀

  364. Victoria Riddle says:

    This year I need to set up a place where I can leave my sewing machine out. I love to use it but I haven’t made a point of making a designated sewing spot. My dining room table has been doing double duty. I know I would sew much more if I could get to my machine easier!

  365. Britney C. says:

    I want to get outside of my comfort zone and try new things! I also want to try and make most of the gifts that I give this year. I want to make some cool quilts this year too!

  366. Tabitha says:

    Free motion quilting and mastering my serger. I’m terrified of both even though millions of crafters appear to be able to do them without physically or mentally harming themselves. I also want to do a little less new product purchasing and more re-using/recycling.

  367. Amanda says:

    My oldest son will be turning three this year, and we’ve decided to gift him with a “big boy” room. This will include me tackling the huge project (for me) of making a queen size quilt and matching curtains. I’m really very excited! 🙂

  368. Sue says:

    My sewing goal is to keep a record in a journal of what I made and finish during 2009. So often I look back at the end of the year and do not remember what I have made. Keeping a record (also listing what bookss I’ve read) will help inspire me and make me realise I do achieve alot – even though I give nearly everything I make away.

  369. Christine says:

    I want to make panties for myself this year! I’ve been wanting to sew panties for a long time, and this year I’m going to do it 🙂

  370. Renee G says:

    This is the year that I make my first quilt.

  371. Jamie T. says:

    One of my sewing goals is to venture into the world of sewing clothing. To date I have taught myself how to sew items for the home, including quilts and shopping bags. Eventually, I would like to sew the clothes that I wear to work!

  372. KristinZ says:

    I got a dress form for Christmas this year, so my goal is to drape a pattern for a dress that I’ve had in my head for over a year and make it up in some fabric I have in my stash. I also plan to make up several of the patterns I’ve bought because they caught my eye and then never done anything with.

  373. Molly says:

    Oh my!!! This fabric is just beautiful!! My first sewing projects is to make a couple funky, fun aprons I’ve been thinking about. I also am signing up for a quilting class at a local fabric store and plan on making a quilt. I’ve made basic patchwork quilts but never got into anything too fancy.

  374. Katie says:

    I really want to work on some garments this year — that would have to be my main goal, although I have a bunch of bags I want to work on as well 🙂

  375. Bethany says:

    I hope to complete my first twin size quilt! My daughter has asked for one for her Birthday, so I am working to get it finished by March.

  376. Melissa says:

    After having a baby in the summer (and not being able to get close enough to the sewing machine with the big belly before!!) I look forward to actually doing more sewing, both decorating and clothes and other goodies. 2008 pretty much only saw me at the sewing machine when my Mom was in town, and I think she ended up finishing everything I started!

  377. Kris says:

    My son is feeling left out of the “crafts” so I’m hoping to find something to make for him – it might just be curtains for his room……I’m so thrilled that he WANTS me to make him something!

  378. Joy says:

    I want to make 52 projects this year – one per week!

  379. Christy says:

    I just moved and finally have a small space that is just for my sewing. I’ve never had any official training on what/how to sew, I’m just making it up as I go.

    I have tons of friends & family having babies this year so I have to start quilting, which I’m slowly teaching myself.

    I also need to get a jumpstart on making present for my nieces & nephews for birthdays/Xmas. This year I made them all sock monkeys. Trying to figure out what I can sew for this year.

  380. amy says:

    My sewing goal for this year is to just do it! I’ve tucked away ideas for quilts and bags and lots of other things that I’ve never gotten to. And teach my daughter to sew. I seriously love those Lizzy Dish fabrics!!

  381. I have only one goal for 2009. Costume the entire cast of Seussical for my daughter’s middle school. If I can get it all done, I can achieve anything.

  382. Emily says:

    Finally start that quilt for my 2-year-old daughter (while she’s still 2). I bought the fabric in September and it’s still sitting in neat piles waiting for me to use it. My problem: too many ideas from all the talented quilters in blogland!

  383. stacy says:

    I have several, but the one that I hope to accomplish is getting over my fear of cutting into my favorite fabrics. I’m reciting the mantra, there is always more fabric!

  384. Libby says:

    I would like to make a skirt/dress that is actually flattering to wear. Since I’m not happy with store bought items, I first need to figure what that style is and then find the right pattern/material.

  385. lesley gustafson says:

    my goal is to continue the sewing i got back into last year after a long time of not sewing. lesley

  386. Katherine says:

    My goal for 2009 is to make some super cute clothes for my new baby!!9 born 2 weeks ago), finish up some amigurumi for my older kids, and have a handmade christmas next year!

  387. Tonya says:

    My sewing goal is to get my sewing room under control!!!!

  388. Allison says:

    My first quilt, pj’s for all the nieces and nephews, bags, and aprons….better get busy!

  389. Andrea Methvin says:

    This is the year of the doll and the softie. I have never made any before-but I am really looking forward to the challenge. That LizzyDish fabric would make an adorable doll! I think my first try will be Alicia’s doll from Stitched in Time! Happy New Year to all!

  390. Elizabeth Freeman says:

    I’m completely committed to making a purse organizer insert for my hobo bags. I rarely change bags, because of the hassle of cleaning everything out!!! I also want to do some sewing for some assemblage projects I want to start AND FINISH this year. BTW I love the Lizzy Dish series…tooooooooooooo cooooooooooool!

    Happy sewing everyone.


  391. Ashley Ann says:

    My crafty goals this year are to expand my bag horizons. I’d like to come up with some new super cool patterns for bags to put in my shop.

  392. Cinnamon says:

    I have the fabric for my daughter’s new snuggly quilted top and courduroy pants outfit sitting next to my cutting mat, waiting to be cut and then sewn. It should happen soon since I only bought enough fabric for the 1 year old size and she is currently 14 months. I’m excited to start though!

  393. Leslie says:

    My son is eighteen months and I’ve yet to begin his “baby” quilt. I made baby quilts for my two girls so it’s imperative I get this quilt done before he’s definitely not a baby anymore. I’ve actually decided on colors and what pattern, now it’s just the execution of the plan!

  394. shelia says:

    now that i’ve seen that TOO cute utensil fabric…i’m going to think of something to make with that!

  395. Debbie says:

    I hope to continue to sew items for myself and to give as gifts. I just finished a simple baby quilt to donate to a local charity; I had so much fun sewing it and it brings me peace to know that someone will really enjoy this quilt. I plan to do more sewing for charity in 2009.

  396. Jessica says:

    I have lots, but the one that’s most intimidating (and therefore most exciting) is that I want to make a Jane-Austen style ball gown for my sister for her birthday. She found a local group that does Regency balls and she thinks a handmade dress for it would be so cool – and so do I!

  397. I plan on making a lot more of my daughter’s clothes this year. And I also hope t make matching outfits for her doll. She would love it!

  398. Lovie Ball says:

    My quilty goals are: do something with all the orphan blocks I have made in the last 25+ years. (You can only make so many potholders.) My second goal is to make at least one quilt a month, no as hard as it sounds, because I usually make crib and twin charity quilts. Not really a goal – I want to try the new bamboo batting.

  399. Donna says:

    This is the first time I have ever responded to a blog. I’m a newbie and learning to be “user friendly” LOL I want to make my first apron. Love the kitchen prints! I’m an empty nester and want to restart my craftiness. Love your blog!

  400. Rachel says:

    I am planning to make a quilt for our family room this winter. I need to make use of my time being kept inside by all this snow!

  401. Liz R. says:

    My sewing goals for 2009 are to sew once a week for a block of time, learn how to machine quilt, and finish a project a month( at least). I have so many ideas and projects that I need to actually DO them.

  402. Vera says:

    In 2008, I came across your site and I have been so inspired by the beautiful fabrics. For Christmas I decided to make all my gifts and sewed for the first time sock monkeys and stuffed animals for my nieces and nephew. I spent hours New Year’s Eve looking at your fabrics and creating a wish list and a list of what I would use the fabrics for in 2009. I just finished writing my goals for 2009 and included sewing as something I want to learn. I would like to start with some simple tops, skirts and bags. I also want to redecorate by recovering some pillows and lampshades with some cool fabrics. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to start my projects.

  403. Michelle says:

    One of my goals is to design my own purse and embroidery pattern. I love all the new fabrics!

  404. Katrina says:

    I would like to make a bag where I can carry a my Bible Study items.

  405. Tricia says:

    I am new at this sewing thing so my goals are small. Finish this stupid apron I’m working on! I WILL NOT let it beat me! :o)

  406. anja says:

    I want to make some cute and modest clothes for my just teenaged daughter, and come cute clothes for my boys.

  407. Stacy says:

    I also plan to do more sewing for myself. I have fabric and patterns piled up from last year’s shopping, but I never did take the time to sew for myself.

  408. Stacy says:

    I also plan to do more sewing for myself. I have fabric and patterns piled up from last year’s shopping, but I never did take the time to sew for myself.

  409. Casey says:

    my goal is to get one quilt finished. in reality I actually want to do at least 5 but I think starting with one is easier

  410. Maria says:

    I plan on learning to quilt. I want to make my daughter a quilt for her for when her daddy is deployed.

    I also want to get better at sewing in general. So im planning on making a bunch of easy projects. Aprons, Crayon Rolls, Baby Blankets, Stuff that has straight lines in it. To get me ready for quilting.

    I love some of the fabric you show. Its so much better then some of the stuff at my local craft store.

  411. sommer says:

    My 2009 craft goal is to simply craft more. I have purchased so many craft supplies, but haven’t made as much as i have spent. I hope to make all the crafts i have supplies for.

  412. Cindy R says:

    My goal for this year is to make some cute quilts for my kids.

  413. ellen says:

    In 2009 I would like to finish the quilt I started in 2008….and maybe start sewing all the great holiday handmade ideas now so that I am ready for the holidays this year!

  414. April says:

    All the fabric is beautiful! I have some projects started right now: baby shoes, and I am making three matching skirts for my daughter and nieces. I want to also make another bean bag, a few “I Spy” pillows and some clothes and a wallet for myself to name just a few. I also hope to be inspired this year to make more things. I would also like to take some sort of sewing class either quilting or otherwise.

  415. jacquie says:

    my sewing goal is to start a crafty business. i think i’m ready. i want to take my designs and turn them into patterns. i’m going to make lots of quilts this year!!!

  416. Paula in NH says:

    My sewing plans for 2009 are to expand my sewing from quilts into other types of sewing including making many baby items since my DS and DIL are expecting their first child.

  417. I absolutely love love love these fabrics. The woodland wonderland makes me feel cozy. I’m an “all kinds of craft”er, but one thing I”ve never done is quilting. This year I want to finish a christmas quilt. I scooped up about 10 different yards of Christmas fabric over the holiday and hoped to start working on it over Christmas vacation, but alas…laziness took over.

  418. Joanna Allison says:

    I’m just learning to sew. This would be great.

  419. elizabeth says:

    There are way too many things to list. lol. Most of which are to w.i.p. or ones already on my list. My goal is to finish those before I add any new ones.

  420. Pollyanna says:

    I just finished a baby quilt and I plan to use the scraps and pick up some more fabric to make a bigger quilt for my nephew.

    For the new year I am going to make more things for my boys;) The first thing I’m doing for them is I’m planning an Indiana Jones birthday party for my soon to be 3 year old. I’m looking for a pattern for a child sized fedora for the party favor for all the kids.

  421. Kathy says:

    I am resolved to work on more projects this year – from quilts, fabric baskets, clothes, coasters, anything that I can. A yard of fabric would be great! Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

  422. Erin says:

    I plan on quilting using new squares and patterns – and to figure out how my darning foot works

  423. aprons and skirts. lots of cool retro aprons and hip artsy skirts.

  424. Rachel says:

    In 2009, I would love to start selling items that I make. I would love to make several more quilts as well!

  425. Angie says:

    I am going to make a quilt this year. I have been intimiated and not made one previous years but am going to give it my best shot.

  426. alison says:

    Wow, love that Jay McCarroll fabric – too cool! My goal for 2009 is to get good enough to sew all the Oliver & S patterns. I managed to finish of 2008 by making the swingset tunic and I’m psyched to try more! Thanks for the inspiration!

  427. Michelle says:

    I’d like to make my first quilt and I’d like to make all my girls dresses for this summer.

  428. Stacey says:

    I’m looking forward to using my sewing machine more in 2009!

  429. Beatrix says:

    I am planning to make at least two new purses for myself and reversible summer tops for my two girls and my shop.

  430. Jessica says:

    My goal is to make my own scrubs. I will be starting my first job in the medical field working in the Emergency Room next month and will need a ton of new clothes. I hope to learn how to make my own as I know how expensive it can be. I am very inspired by this site and the tutorials are so helpful. This is one New Years Resolution I’ll be sticking with. Happy New Year!

  431. Happy New year….I want me be more creative with my appliques and make more clothes for my 2 year old…Thanks…PICK ME

  432. This year I am actually going to make the projects i bought patterns and fabric and scrapbooking supplies during 2008, so I can have something to show for it instead of shopping bags full of stuff sitting untouched

  433. Kimber says:

    I am starting a home-based sewing business! Hopefully I will be too busy to work on my other goals: curtains (argh!) for several rooms and quilts for the kids’ rooms. Oh, and a dog bed, and all handmade gifts this year. Wow, I should get off the computer and get to work.

  434. Rae says:

    I am going to sew for my grandson, being born on January 19,2009

  435. Becca says:

    Love that fabric! My main goal is to finish a t-shirt quilt I started. I have so many t-shirts that it will probably turn into 3 or 4 t-shirt quilts, but if I just finish one this year I’ll be thrilled! Also to finish hemming a stack of pants I have had sitting here for a year already!

  436. Rae says:

    I am sewing for my grandson who is to be born on Jnauary 19, 2009

  437. Megan S. says:

    I’m hoping to get better about actually *finishing* things. I do fine until I get to the last couple of steps, and then I lose interest. Here’s to turning things around in the new year…

  438. Barbara says:

    I loved reading everyones goals. I feel that handmade is a way to share yourself. I have two goals Рone is to finish the first appliqu̩ quilt that I have began and the second is to teach/share quilt making with five people.

  439. Samantha says:

    oh, do I have a list for 2009! We’re expecting our first baby (boy) soon and I’m planning to make a bed skirt, quilt, diaper stacker, fabric baskets, and curtains! We’ll see if it happens, but his room theme is space, rockets, and robots. I just LOVE the Robots Collection. That will fit in perfectly with Ollie’s room theme. I would also like to make some outfits, diaper covers, diaper bag. I have so many projects to work on in 2009!

  440. Shelley says:

    My first goal is to make a Emmeline Apron by Sew Liberated. I just ordered the pattern today. Now to find the perfect material!

  441. Jeannette says:

    My goals are to continue to pursue cute clothing designs for BOYS (specifically my own two cuties), to start an Etsy shop already, and to get better at making stuff for ME to wear.

  442. Valerie says:

    I just started the McCall’s Rhapsody quilt. My goal is to make it look like blue china and I need it in king size to use on my bed. Lets just say I’ve cut 200 triangles and I haven’t even made a dent yet. Looks like I’ll be on this project for a while…..

  443. gardenymph says:

    So many plans, so little time. I will learn how to sew some little girl clothes in 2009. :~)

  444. Caroline says:

    My goal is to finish the binding on my baby’s follow-the-lines quilt (he’s almost three weeks old now) and to try patchwork quilting for the first time. I’d also like to learn how to knit!

  445. holly says:

    my goal is to sew more for myself this year! oh, and to learn to crochet.

  446. Cara says:

    I want to finally repair the patchwork quilt I made as a child with my great-grandmother.

  447. N. says:

    I ADORE the robots fabric! My sewing goal is to get over my fear of the sewing machine. I made a quilt for the first time ever this year and did it all by hand. It was a great experience but I would prefer to do the piecing and binding with a machine.

  448. Denise says:

    I plan starting and completing my first quilt.

  449. Tammy says:

    I have so many UFO’s that I’m feeling guilty starting a new project even though I have a dozen in my head! My goal is to finish 1 UFO every month AND if I start a new project I must finish it completely. I make this resolution every year but this year I plan on keeping it. My guilt at having so many projects not completed makes any new project seem less desirable ( and we can’t have that). Good luck to us all!

  450. Amy says:

    As soon as we learn if we are expecting a baby boy or girl, I plan to begin sewing a wall quilt for the baby’s room and a twin quilt for his/her someday big kid bed, as well as curtains and a couple of storage bins. I also plan to sew him/her a Christmas stocking for next year and continue making my other kids clothes!

  451. Lisa Taylor says:

    I don’t have 1 project, I have many many projects! I just got me a sewing machine after being without for 20 years! So I have many ideals in my head and with all the great help on here and other sites I plan on using my sewing machine alot in 2009!
    Thanks, Lisa

  452. Shannon says:

    My goal for 2008 is to get my sewing room organized! I am working on it right now. I love that new robot fabric.

  453. Ms. Espenshade says:

    I am a Family and Consumer Science teacher, I teach my students to sew. I am always struggling where to find fabric for the many projects the students work on ( wheelchair quilts for the local hospital, monogram pillows, gadget pouches etc.) So your offer for free fabric is a blessing!

  454. Holli Plunkett says:

    For 2009 I plan to sew sleeping bags for all of my neices and nephews. I also plan on making curtains and pillows for my bedroom, a shower curtain for the guest bathroom, and a duvet cover for my son’s bed. =)

  455. Stephanie says:

    I want to be more honest about my sewing. I’m not perfect and my sewing is certainly FAR from perfect. I need to let some seams be a tad crooked and allow more room for creativity and artistry instead of planning and picking apart seams obsessively. I’m learning to admit that I have a lot more to learn!

  456. My 2009 Crafting goal is to make a dress form for myself and making 2 shirts!

  457. All8 says:

    I have a bunch of UFO’s that need to be finished, some aprons, corduroy dresses that I meant to have finished last fall for my girls, a couple of quilt tops that need to be quilted. To be honest, I used to sew, a lot, I’d like to get back into it and leave this creativity drought behind. I think that some of your, oh so cute, Robots fabric just might do the trick.

  458. pne of my crafting goals for 2009 is to learn how to crochet. I also want to try to sew some harder clothes than what I have been doing. I am hoping to make a pair of pants before the end of the year.

  459. Debra says:

    I have many sewing goals for 2009. My first is to make new slipcovers for my couch and living room chairs.

  460. Erin DuBroc says:

    I’m SEW excited as i’m taking my first two sewing classes this month and then plan on making my baby’s bedding! i hope to make quite a few fun baby projects this year including a bird mobile, pillows, burp cloths, shoes, etc. i’m very eager to get started!

  461. Gigi says:

    I have several sewing goals. One is to make more items for 3 of my grandchildren, 1girl age 6, 1- 3yo boy and a 22month old girl. I especially need to make more clothes for the girls since my youngest son will be married in late May and they will all be in the wedding. I’ve “volunteered” to make the girls dresses for them. I will also have to alter my future daughter in law’s wedding dress. Finally, I would like to make my own outfit for the wedding since I had done that for the last 2 kids. That, plus doing more handbags, crafts, etc, etc, and clearing out the stash – some of which came from my mother!!!

  462. Kathy says:

    I promised my husband I would make him a quilt, and then after that I would like to concentrate on making some skirts for me.

  463. Jessica B. says:

    I hope to make an apron this year.

  464. Kate says:

    Where to start? Shower curtains, toddler dresses, curtains, some sundresses for me…oh, I’d love to not have to buy any clothes for my daughter this spring and summer. Those are great fabrics…I just discovered your blog and it’s a good one for reminding me of why I’m learning to sew.

  465. allison says:

    I’ve got 2 big quilt tops that want some attention, but my real goal is to get pregnant and make things for the baby. I’ll find out January 15th if my husband even IS fertile, so maybe my sewing goal will change to “Make clothes for my friend’s adopted baby girl”, which will be fun, but….I’d rather be making them for my own baby 🙁
    Wish us luck!

  466. anna w says:

    Oh, my! What adorable prints! Well, I do have quite a few sewing goals for the new year. Right now I’m working on an ambitious toddler quilt (my first quilt ever, and a late birthday gift for my one-year-old daughter). I’d also like to finish the other set of curtains for my living room, and maybe a napkin set. :u)

  467. Kim says:

    I want to make a jacket for my daughter and maybe even one for myself. This is quite a task since I don’t sew alot of actual apparel. I’m more of a crafty seamstress. Well wish me luck. 🙂

  468. Annie says:

    I hope to make a quilt for my five year old– something appliqueed with space or birds or pirates (things he likes). I plan to make some play pants for the kids, and some fun cloth napkins for every day. I’d also like to make art bags for the kids drawing supplies when we hike or go to the art museum.

  469. Tammy says:

    My big sewing goal for this year is to learning how-to quilt (. . .and completeing @ least one quilt)!

  470. Sam says:

    This year I’m hoping to really learn how to sew. I can do the odd straight line, so I’m going to start with easy things – maybe a bag. But by the end of the year I hope to be starting to make and refashion my own clothes.
    After all the links to tutorials you’ve done in the last two months, I can’t think of a better place to start, lol.

  471. Patti says:

    I’d like to try my hand at dolls…and make each one a cute dress from beautiful fabric!

  472. Claudia says:

    My goal is to be more on top of my sewing projects so that I’m not always sewing right up to the last minute before an outfit, gift, etc. is due! My sewing time is limited (and with work and family, time and energy don’t seem to coincide often enough), but I think I can improve in this area. First test…get Valentine’s Day outfit for my daughter done by the end of January…. 🙂

  473. Mary Beth says:

    My sewing plans for 2009 are: make my dad a quilt (asap his bday is Feb. 3), make a tablecloth for my kitchen table from Heather Bailey fabric along with matching curtains, make my daughter’s big girl bedding, and hopefully make a duvet cover for our bed!

  474. Stefanie says:

    My sewing goals for 2009 are to make summer clothes for my son and to finish his Halloween costume in early October.

  475. Michelle says:

    I’d like to try to sew some sort of cover for my new stand mixer I got for Christmas. I have to store it on our pantry floor and I think it’s going to get dusty and crusty down there (it’s also right next to the dog food canister) so…..I’ll have to come up with something. I think it will be fun to try to figure it out. I’d also like to try to make more clothes for my little girl. Happy New Year!

  476. Carla w says:

    I plan on learning hoe to knit and crochet this year. A hobby I use to think was for “old ladies”. 😉
    I also plan on making my kids toys from fabric. Love all your ideas. Thanks!

  477. Anita says:

    I’d like to make my first quilt and teach my daughter how to sew in 2009.

  478. peggyann says:

    In 2009 I hope to start a sewing club for newbies. My friends, Paula, Sally and Sue all have sewing machines, and I want to share with them some of the skills I have. We’ll so some bags, and quilts and some other fun stuff. The other big project will be roman shades for two walls of windows for our cabin.

  479. Helen Conrad says:

    I am going to make a duvet for my daughter’s futon. It is a first. I have 2 yards of a bright print from ikea and I am searching for fabrics that coordinate with it. I am not sure about finishing it because I have never done button holes. Maybe velcro will work!

  480. marielle white says:

    also another first time quilt tacklers. I sew garments, crochet and knit but am askeered of quilts LOL.

  481. Pam says:

    Seriously devoting a couple of hours a day to sewing up my many projects. Must finish up some soon so I can purchase some of the great selections in the SMS store. 🙂

  482. Stacy T says:

    I am doing some FUN sewing this year.. and my goal is to post a new tutorial on my blog every month! YAY!

  483. I started my 2009 crafting to do list. Major things I need a nice fabric lunch box, maybe 2.

  484. Leah says:

    Big goal: learn how to properly sew in a zipper! Little goal: sew my daughter a crayon pouch 😉

  485. Bree says:

    this year i want to concentrate on making things for myself – clothes mainly. and learning how to use my first overlocker!

  486. Courtney says:

    I plan on making a jar quilt for my grandma (who taught me to sew) and a t-shirt memory quilt for my best friend! I hope to also squeeze in a few items for myself 😉

  487. Veronica says:

    This year is going to be the year of free motion quilting!

  488. mikawendy says:

    My immediate goals are to make a raffle quilt, a gift, and a few baby quilts, plus a sewn-postcard project that I’m doing via facebook. I also need to do some serious stashbusting–and one of my overall goals related to that is to make projects that use scraps and stash fabrics (as well as batting scraps).

  489. rebecca says:

    So many things planned for 2009. Including almost a full wordrobe for my 4 year old son and 5 year old daughter for this summer and next fall/winter! I think I better get started NOW! 🙂

  490. Kristin Deinert says:

    I plan to finish my first quilt, finish my first shirt, make a pair of pants, and sew a dress. Here’s to 2009!

  491. Sarah says:

    I want to get serious about learning how to sew clothes, clothes I can be proud of and look professional!

  492. Breanna says:

    2009 is going to be the year for making my house a home. I plan to make curtains, fabric baskets, table cloths with matching napkins, and other house hold items. I hope to make my home cozy and inviting.

  493. Elizabeth says:

    I want to sew more everything: dolls, tote bags, and fabric napkins.
    My goal is to use less throw-away papers like tissues and paper napkins. I want to sew my own napkins and handkerchiefs.

  494. I received my first sewing machine for Christmas so I’m really eager to learn the basics and make some of the inspiring things I’ve seen on this site!

  495. Vanna Snyder says:

    My goal is to build up my fabric stash so that I don’t have to run to the store each time I need something.

  496. meg says:

    I think my new resolution is to use all of these fabrics.

  497. Karalyn says:

    I plan to make clothes for me in 2009. I want more a more customized/individualistic look.

  498. Cara Dobrev says:

    I’m going to get brave with applique and make Amy Butler’s bathrobe.

  499. Natalie says:

    Well, I unfortunately am starting off 2009 as I resolved to do in 2008 and that is finish all my crafty projects that I have either already started or already bought everything for. I am sad to say that not everything got finished in 2008, which should tell you how addicted I get starting new projects. I only have three that went unfinished though so I am pretty confident that I will manage to finish them and buy some materials for many more 🙂

  500. Stacy says:

    I plan on using my new sewing machine and learning to sew. I thought maybe I’d start with either a a reusable grocery tote or something simple (not sure what yet).

  501. Devon says:

    I want to start and finish a baby quilt for my best friends 1st baby, I want to finish the three purses I have started and I would love to venture into making pillows and drapes/curtains for my house!

  502. Tracy says:

    First up for 2009 is sewing something fabulous for my mom, who so thoughtfully gave me a sewing machine this past September. I’ve been infatuated with sewing since. After a smashing gift for mi madre, I intend to grab a copy of Sew U and get crackin’ on fun new wardrobe additions for my friends (and me!).

  503. Kaz says:

    I just got a sewing machine for Christmas and plan to (once I feel a bit more comfortable) make my very first quilt. I’m very excited about this!

  504. Susan C says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to make 2 quilts for Christmas. Whew! I am already tired!

  505. Yetta says:

    I would love some make something for myself this year that actually fits. Maybe even attempt a jacket!

  506. Rachel says:

    My sewing goals for this year include getting to know my new machine. I currently have my mother’s Singer from 1952, but got an award at work where I picked a new Brother from a list of prizes (a la Price is Right). It’s nothing too fancy, but surpasses my current number of stitch types (1) by 50-fold apparently.

    Also, I’d like to sew a dress for my goddaughter. I bought the pattern last year and never got around to actually making it yet.

  507. Ms. Cleaver says:

    To sew my first pair of non-pj pants, a jacket and maybe a quilt! I’d also like to try drafting a pattern.

  508. Mrs. Pear says:

    My sewing goal for this year is to be a finisher. I have a shocking amount of UFO sewing projects and I want to start knocking them out.

    So this is the year I become a finisher.

  509. Debra says:

    My sewing goal is to finally make the roman blinds for my kitchen and family room…..and to finish the quilt I’m working on…….and to start and finish a few more quilts before 2010 gets here!

  510. Junglewife says:

    I want at least do the projects that I have started, instead of trying to do more and more and ending up with more and more unfinished!

  511. Sarah says:

    that lizzy dish fabric is fantastic! As for this year, I’m off to a good start… just finished an apron for my mom and a handbag for myself today. My goal is to dig deep into my stash of fabric and patterns this year and find some forgotten treasures!

  512. kerri says:

    2008 was a greedy, sew-for-myself kind of year. I want to sew more for my godkids & friends this year, and help others instead of indulge my rotten self! 🙂

  513. Melissa says:

    I am going to quit being afraid to cut my pretty stash of fabric and start using it!

  514. Somer says:

    I would like to use up more of my fabric stash. Really my goal is to find the time to finish the projects I plan in my head.

  515. Mary says:

    In 2009 I will finish a project. Any project!

  516. Jeni says:

    I will be making a first communion dress. Several grocery totes and some drawstring gift bags. Some friends and I will continue to sew burial gowns for the NICU. I will finish DD’s quilt and make homemade birthday gifts if at all possible. Oh and I need to make a quilt for my hubby.

  517. Michele says:

    I would like to sew a detailed bag or purse. Also I have plans for sewing things for around the house…especially the kitchen and livingroom!

  518. I want to make some bigger throw pillows for my couch, curtains for my house AND my sisters house, and my sister and I are both going to make our first quilt together (and give it as a gift to our mom). My other ‘crafty’ goal is to make my first cardigan for ME – which I’ve already started!

  519. Paige says:

    I would like to make quilts for each of my children using their old baby clothes. Also a new purse for me!

  520. April says:

    I would like to try and sew something from an actual pattern other than a tutorial
    I would like to get over my fear of zippers
    I would like to make something other than a tote!

  521. nicole says:

    My ultimate goal besides jsut sewing is to figure out my overlock sewing machine and find the time to use it. But I am srating with some penguin ornaments right now for some winter magic in the house after we put the xmas decorations down in a fewdays.

  522. brittany says:

    i am planning to make a quilted picnic blanket and matching bag!

  523. Mary Anna says:

    I have a Bernina upstairs that is just waiting for me to do something with it! This year, my goal is to learn one new craft skill each month, and I’m including sewing in that. In the past, I’ve done pillows and pillowcases – and that’s about it! So, I plan to learn to thread my machine and then to make some stuff for our home, for myself and for friends. I saw some adorable fabrics that would make a great patchwork baby blanket.

    So, I guess my sewing goals are just to sew!

  524. Stacey says:

    My sewing goals for 2009: Make a baby quilt for my sister who is due in May, finish the flannel quilt I’m making for myself (I splurged and bought wool batting), alter some of my clothes so they fit better, make a tea cozy, sew a tree skirt for the Christmas tree.

    With all of the great fabric options out there, who knows what else I’ll end up sewing!

  525. Zoe says:

    Make more stuff for me.

  526. Meg says:

    I hope to finish the quilt I have been working on forever!

  527. Shellyfish says:

    My goal is try new things! I’ve only been sewing for about 9 months, and have made little things but not my own clothes. I hope to do that soon!

  528. Amy Lynn says:

    I have a few goals this year. The most exciting (and frightening) is to design my own purse pattern. Something I can call my own! I also hope to make a quilt.

  529. felicitystreasure says:

    I am a fabric collector/hoarder, but haven’t used my machine all year. My first goal is to organize my fabric, and make a few Valentine sachets-for me!

  530. Mel says:

    I’m hoping to reduce my UFO stash.

  531. Selina says:

    Make more things to sell.

  532. Amanda Ryan says:

    Well, if I don’t manage to lose some weight and fit into my existing summer clothes I will have to make some more that DO fit! And I plan to make quillows for my nephew’s and nieces’ birthdays. And finish up all my WIPs. Will that do for starters?

  533. Jennifer says:

    I plan to make my first quilt and would like to start sewing garments – starting with jammie bottoms.

  534. Jessica H says:

    In 2009 I plan to dust off my serger and make some cute dresses for my daughter (who currently refuses to wear pants – ahhh 4 year olds!).

  535. Krystal says:

    My biggest goal for 2009 is to finish what I start. I have a million little projects in the works, but I never seem to get around to finishing them! Hopefully that will change in the coming year. 🙂

  536. Heather W says:

    2009 is my year of quilting. My goal is to learn new things and complete several quilts including my first king size quilt.

  537. carrie g says:

    I’m a new sewer so I am going to try and make doll clothes for my daughter and maybe a handbag for myself.

  538. shayla says:

    I want to learn how to machine quilt my own quilts this year so it is more affordable!

  539. My goal is to sew a dress for myself! I usually do small home decor projects or accessories, so an actual adult garment would be fabulous.

  540. ChrisC. says:

    This year, I learned to sew, which was awesome. I’ve been making purses and some simple clothes. My goal for ’09 is to learn how to quilt and make a quilt for my bed. Big project!

  541. Raellyn Hatter says:

    I want to make a photo memory quilt for my Mom and a couple of purses for myself this year.

  542. Debbie says:

    My daughter will receive her Ph. D in May, and I want to make her a quilt as a graduation gift.

  543. Mary S says:

    I hope to sew up children’s tote bags and burial outfits for preemies for Heavenly Angels in Need ( I also hope to teach my 4 daughters to sew better this year.

  544. Chelsea says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to complete one project a month. I know there will be months when a small project is all I can manage, but I hope that having this goal will keep me sewing regularly. When I sew regularly, I feel more inspired all the time.

  545. Tjlut says:

    I’m hoping to learn to quilt- free motion and piecing. I’m also planning some tote bags, pin cushions and baskets!

  546. nikko says:

    I have four quilts for my four boys in various stages of completion. Now that I got a walking foot for Christmas, I can go to work!

    Love the robots fabric!

  547. Hannah says:

    My twin girls are having their first birthday in a couple of months and I plan to make cloth party napkins and a cloth happy birthday banner that we can use year after year.

  548. karen b says:

    I have LOTS of home dec projects in store for my house….and I plan on making lots of little girl outfits for my granddaughters….and I want to make Lazy Girl purses for all my female family and friends! Lofty GOALS, I know!!!!

  549. Char says:

    My goal is to make a few more purchases of gifts so that, instead of making nothing but gifts, I get freed up to create just for the sake of creating. I want to follow my muse! I want to try more art quilts. And I want to try dying my own fabric, just to see what might happen… And I want to try some new things with free-motion quilting… Thanks for prompting me to think about this! (And thank you for doing the give away, too–the fabrics you posted look so fun!)

  550. Java Jane says:

    Because of the cold weather this past week, I thought that I should stitch my husband a pair of fleece socks. Easy and I need to do more of them, using mix and match bits of fleece for fun.

    I’m already thinking of what to stitch or knit for Valentine’s Day. Hoping for great ideas on this blog!


  551. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    My goal for 2009 is to make and SELL some items so I can afford to keep up this wonderful hobby! With Sew Mama Sew’s help I enjoyed a handmade holiday and am motivated by all the positive feedback I have received about the gifts. I can’t wait to see what fun new projects SMS will have for me this year.

  552. Erin says:

    This year I hope to learn how to sew clothes for my daughter! I’d really like to start quilting again as well.

  553. Valerie Kuan says:

    I plan to make my first baby blanket / quilt for my new arrival in 2009. I would love the rocket fabric!

  554. StephFM says:

    I plan to learn how to sew using a machine I got for Christmas, so I plan to start out simply, with a square pillow. If that goes all right, then I think I’ll try a vintage-inspired apron or a bag–something where I would learn how to use a pattern.

  555. Hollie Fike says:

    Just hoping to do some more clothing work. expand my skills and make more gifts for next christmas!!!

  556. Evangeline says:

    My main goal is to sew every gift I give in 2009. I will also put things away after I use them, so my studio doesn’t become pile central.

  557. Kama says:

    I am taking a quilting class in January. Even with a new baby, I’d love to make a few quilts and have something quilted for Christmas presents for my family members next year.

  558. Sara says:

    One of my goals is to make a couple of scrap quilt like rugs for my kitchen…I need a nice little rug in there…

  559. Wendy says:

    I plan to make several quilts this year.
    I’d also like to sew a few cotton skirts for summer.

  560. Katie Mitchell says:

    My goal for this year is to sew something worthy of selling.

  561. Celeste says:

    I have a baby on the way at the end of this month, so right now, all that is on my radar is finishing up some projects for her: a baptismal gown, a ring sling, and a pouch sling for my hubby.

  562. Lisa says:

    In 2009 I will quilt and bind all of my quilt tops, at LEAST one for each new project I finish. I will build on new skills, including applique and curved seams…and will complete my two lap quilts that are still in the works.

  563. Denise says:

    I would like to do more sewing in general. I have plans to make a few things for my daughters and granddaughter but I really want to try some Grand Revival purses. They are so beautiful!

  564. I plan to do so many things… but i guess the most important is a quilt i want to sew for my best friend, when she passes her law exam

  565. Megan says:

    This year, I am absolutely determined to finish three sewing projects…some of which have been started and are just lying around waiting for me.

  566. beth rivers says:

    Im a knitter by trade, but i love fibers of all kinds, i want to become better at sewing this year.

  567. Melinda says:

    Goals? I’ve got a ton of them! More quilts! More handmade clothes for my kids! More homemade gifts! More quilts! I really just want to find more time to not only sew more, but improve my sewing skills. =)

  568. Holly says:

    I want to make 50% of gifts given this year. At the top of the list are dolls for the many preschool birthdays and quilts for the many baby showers. I love this stage of life!

  569. annie says:

    I’m hoping to finish my first quilt this year (a disappearing 9-patch) and make my first dress. I have a sewing class to take this spring, too, where I’ll hopefully learn a lot of things I have been afraid to try- like invisible zippers and sleeves. I’m pretty sure that some throw pillows and table runners will make their way into the plans as well

  570. Tracy says:

    I’d like to get more use out of my sewing machine, learn how to do a buttonhole, and set up a craft area.

  571. Bobo says:

    Since I started to sew for real about three months ago my goals for 2009 are many and the most important is to learn something new for each created item. I want to buy less childrens clothes and make more my self. A duffel for my four-year-old son and a kimono for my six months daugther are two wishes I hope to make real.

  572. Myra says:

    I plan to make a new blue/brown quilt for my bed.

  573. Bailey says:

    There are three babies on the way in the next few months: my sister’s, my best friend’s, and my second! I just got a new sewing machine for xmas and I can’t wait to get started making layettes and soft toys and diaper bags and… maybe I’m a bit too ambitious. But yes, the wintery weather and the nesting effect are exagerating my sewing goals a bit. 🙂

  574. Jennifer D says:

    I just learned how to use a sewing machine last month! This month I’m going to try to make two simple baby quilts for friends that are expecting in spring.

  575. Kristena says:

    My goals are to get a better sewing station set up (where it is now is so cramped) as well as to learn to make myself some more types of clothes. I’d also like to learn to make a quilt. 🙂

  576. mojoandco says:

    I haven’t had time to think about my goals yet for this year, but one large one is to make most of my daughters clothes for this year. The other one I’m certain of is to learn needle felting.

  577. Kelly says:

    Oh, my goal is to have a place to sew. We moved from 2000 sf to 800 sf 5 months ago. My sewing machines have yet to see the light of day :_( . New state, new town, new schools, new people…no sewing. Oh, I miss it.

  578. melzie says:

    My goals this year are to make more time for ME to sew. I get bogged down a lot of times with ‘the house has to be just so’ or ‘this needs to be done first’ when I miss out on a ton of opportunities to get some sewing time in 🙂 xoxo melzie

  579. Jen the Mom says:

    I asked Santa for a sewing machine for Christmas and luckily the big guy pulled through. I read the manual and read about what a bobbin is and what a pressure foot is, which should show you how much of a newbie I am to sewing. I haven’t even bought my fabric yet since I’m still putting together my list of things to sew.

    I am going to make dress up clothes for my kids including scraves, ballet slippers, super hero capes and aprons with chefs hats. Speaking of aprons I want to make aprons for me, a tablecloth for my very large dining table with a matching tablecloth for my kids play table. I also want to make some floor pillows for the kids to lay on while they read their books in our library. (The library is really a corner in my family room)

    Those are my sewing goals for 2009. I’m sure I’m setting my sights a little high since I haven’t even tried making a straight stitch yet but I’m eager and willing to put the time into learning.

    I can’t wait to start creating!

  580. Leslie Newton says:

    I have 2 major sewing goals – 1) to finish a quilt for my daughter that I have been working on for several years. 2) Make money with my sewing. Your fabrics are incredible. What a joy!

  581. Debbie Goodrich says:

    I started sewing when I was big enough to reach the sewing machine pedal. I sewed until I was about 30. I sewed clothes for my husband,my daughter and myself. Two years ago,at 52, I pulled my sewing machine out from storage and started sewing again. I had forgotten how much I enjoy sewing. I am amazed how many beautiful fabrics are available on this site and on other online sites. The choices are unlimited. In 2009 I plan on making a quilt for my bed and lots of clothes for the grandkids.

  582. Breanne says:

    I’m going to sew a lot of baby things for our little girl due next month.

  583. Trish Baskett says:

    I need to finish sewing my daughter’s winter nightie that was started last February. I also would like to sew some dresses for her, as it’s getting hard to find clothes she likes in the stores.

  584. Mrs. H. says:

    I would like to make my first quilt/duvet cover this year, and sew more clothing for my two girls!

  585. Chassie says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is make a coordinating pink/chocolate colored comforters, curtains, pillows & walls decor for my little girls room and maybe do my sons room too our of black/grey fabrics with a rocker theme.

  586. Melody says:

    I have a few sewing goals –
    1- Organize all my sewing stuff (fabric, buttons, zippers, thread, etc…) so it’s easier to find what I need when I get inspired to make something.
    2- Try making some clothes.
    3- Finish all the projects I have started over the past few years!

  587. zoe says:

    my goal is to complete all of my unfinished projects!!! and there is a ton of em!

  588. Amy S. says:

    My sis has been looking all over Nashville for the Free Spirit Robot fabric! My mom is making a quilt for her 1yo grandson out of it! The fabric is so cute!

  589. Kristin L says:

    I love all those fabric collections! My goal for 2009 is to finish my UFOs and to not drag my feet on new projects so I can actually see them come to fruition!

  590. Typhany says:

    I plan to sew a slipcover and all new curtians. I really want to challenge my self and learn new skills. Your site is really inspiring, now I will never run out of new projects.

  591. Liz says:

    I am a teen sewer. I just learned this year. I have started using a babydoll dress pattern. and the use of elastic and zippers is not that easy for me. But I have tried it once, and did rather well (considering it was my first time using a pattern). So now I plan to try making it a few more times, until I perfect it. Then I am making a pencil skirt. I am also going to make a halter using this adorable eyelet I just bought.

    I will probably begin using more difficult fabrics and advanced patterns this year. I really want to let everyone know about what helped me (finally) understand working with patterns. I read S.E.W by Diana Rupp, founder of Make Workshop in NYC. She does amazing classes, and her book is easy to understand. It makes learning to sew fun! Go to

    If it could help me, it can help ANYBODY!

  592. Allysha says:

    My crafty goals for the year:
    -Make myself some new clothes for my upcoming trip instead of buying
    -Include at least one handmade gift with everyone’s birthday and Christmas gifts this year
    -Make a quilt for my bed
    I figure if I keep the list short it will seem less intimidating!

  593. Funda says:

    I’m hopping to have 75% of my girls’ wardrobes be handmade by the end of the year. I’ve really grown in my sewing in 2008 and hope that continues in the busy new year.

  594. Janell says:

    I am planning on making a baby blanket today. We are foster parents to infants and should be getting a new baby next week. I am also planning on making my first quilt in 2009!

  595. emmylizzy says:

    I’ve got my first baby coming around August 2nd, so I plan on doing lots and LOTS of baby sewing!

  596. beccy says:

    My goal is to make more and buy less. Too much is cheaply made to be readily disposable. I already make and recycle quite a lot, but this year I am planning on only buying the essentials, aka things I can’t make. So, my sewing goal is to take my (ashamedly hefty) stash and turn it into clothes, quilts, gifts, accessories, homewares….. Hopefully, I won’t have to buy any fabric items (except fabric, of course!) for the rest of the year 🙂

  597. Amanda L. says:

    I want to learn to sew to surprise everyone! I especially like sewing plush animals and want to learn to embroider this year. And those fabrics are so cute~!

  598. jacqueline silva says:

    Im planing on making more than two pair of lounge pants a week for our daughter who is autistic, which she just does not tolerate tight waist pants. so i will make more time to sew more costum fit items for her instead of washing the same ones two to three times a day. and best of all she will have more to choose from.

  599. Genevieve says:

    I goal this year is to teach crocheting and knitting to my niece who is turning 11 tomorrow. 11 is a right age to learn knitting. Her hands are stable enough to hold and release the yarn. I hope she learns a new hobby and continues to knit and crochet for fun.

  600. Jeannine says:

    My goal is to actually *reduce* my stash!

  601. Catherine says:

    Sewing goals 2009:
    1. Make beach totes for my girlfriends who are all going on a joint 40th birthday trip. At least we’re ALL old.
    2. Finish binding the quilt I started when baby #2 (now in kindergarten) was still in utero. In my defense, it is a king size, and I’ve done a couple dozen other quilts since then- just can’t start on that king.
    3. Make more cute clothes for the kids! Since I started with SMS I’ve made a few things and am intrigued by many more.

    happy new year all!

  602. Amy says:

    Robots! So cute! One of my sewing goals this year is to make myself some new yoga pants.

  603. Kristen says:

    I need to make some curtains for my house and I was thinking of making a gift or two. I am new at this though so just sitting at the machine and trying something will make 2009 a success.

  604. Tracy says:

    My goal is to decrease my stash. I keep adding to it, but I never seem to consume much of it. I have a tendency to put off sewing and quilting because I don’t have time. Well, I am going to make time and revamp my craft studio and spend a lot more time there. I realize I am much happier when I am making something.

  605. Scubagoose says:

    I have a couple babies in the family due this summer, sooo….quilts and clothes to bless the newcomers with! I also have some leftover x-mas gifts to make (whoops!) I also hope to make some clothes for the kids and I and finish a t-shirt quilt for my hubby while he is deployed.

  606. Terri Moran says:

    I am already excited to carry over my handmade Christmas theme to all of 2009. My first gift of the year is due January 29 and is already on the needles. My birthday gift this year just might have to be the addi click needles. Oh, to have every needle at my fingertips! What couldn’t I do?

  607. April says:

    I short term sewing goals are to make bright new throw pillows for the living room and to make some swags to perk up the curtains in the living room and dining room. In the long term, I’d really like to try my hand at a full size quilt.

  608. I’m calling this a year of finishing and I’m hoping to use up a lot of the supplies that I have stashed around here for projects that I never quite got to so I can have lots of room for new projects.

  609. Christina says:

    I am due with a baby girl in early March, and my goal is to make some cute outfits with vintage-y prints for her. My three year old son is into denim and camo, so my sewing for him has been limited. But I recently got the Amy Butler book of sewing for little ones, and have been newly inspired! There are so many cute patterns and fabrics for little girls.

  610. Bridget says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to challenge myself to do harder things, particularly with clothes sewing. I will not be put off by scary looking patterns!

  611. Sarah says:

    I am really hoping to start AND finish a quilt in less than a year. 🙂

  612. Marcel says:

    Wow… I am so surprised to receive the lovely little stick pin in the mail. Thank you so much for this nice item. I guess while I am here I should enter in this drawing.. so please place my name on the list. Thank you

  613. Beagoodmom says:

    I am going to make something for myself, for once. I am not sure yet what it is. But it will be a good one. I like making stuffed dolls and crayon rolls and tiny aprons for my kids….but I should make myself something for a change!

  614. Lori says:

    My really ambitious goal is to open an Etsy shop. My more realistic goal is to just keep sewing gifts and little things for me (baby #5 was born two weeks ago, so I don’t know how long it will take to have time!).

  615. Katheirne says:

    My main goal is to sew at least 4 items a week to add to my Online sites to sell :0) Along with finding the time to sew up some of the personal projects I’ve been wanting to do….Like my first quilt, clothing for my daughter, softie dolls, just to name a few! Happy Friday All!!

  616. Lorrie says:

    Sewing goals for 2009 – subject to change on a whim —

    1. finish some of my UFOs including a boiled wool jacket, black t-shirt top and grey wool dress.

    2. open an Etsy shop, selling handmade one – of – a – kind items

    3. sew some lap throws made from luxurious fabrics for my children

    4. create tutorials and post them to my blog

  617. Steph Lewis says:

    My hubby and I moved from California to Minnesota a year ago, and now our little boy is 16 months old. Our new house is wonderful, except that I haven’t done anything with our son’s room or the play room. They still look like an old lady should live there! I have been searching for wonderful ways to upgrade these rooms to encourage creativity and play. Since my husband is a geeky web developer, and I am an artist, I was thinking of something fun and cool that incorporated robots and geek culture with an urban monster kind of thing (it sounds strange, but it makes sense in my head!). I’ve never sewed window coverings, room accessories, or plush monsters before so this year is the year! My sketchbook is a wonderful mess with ideas.

  618. Amy R. says:

    I am hoping to make some baby quilts as well as a king-size quilt and a twin. We will see. I’d also like to make some bags, purses and other fun things this year and some toys.

  619. Alissa says:

    Finish my quilt… blocks are done, but pieced, quilted and bound. You know, REALLY done!

  620. molly says:

    I have the hugest stash, and most of it is not at all attractive. I think I will be making charity quilts this year to use it up.

  621. Donna says:

    I am echoing the first commenter – I’m making my first quilt this year – I plan on getting comfy with my xpznking new machine – !!

  622. Julia in MI says:

    The Lizzy Dish and Robots collections are awesome. I love them both. I want to make a quilt for my living room, a sewing machine cover and some piece of clothing for myself this year. I do a lot of sewing for my daughter and for others, and I would like to make a few things just for me, too.

  623. Lynne in NC says:

    Love the Robots fabric, too cute! All the bags I made this year were well received.
    Thanks for a great group of holiday ideas in 2008, looking forward to 2009.

  624. Stephanie says:

    I want to make clothes for me! I’ve spent a year making baby clothes (for friends) and I don’t even have a baby. My turn this year.

  625. Sonya says:

    breaking down the goals into manageable chunks is helping me right now, so January’s goals are to mend the 20 (!) things in the mending pile, finish three unfinished Christmas presents (okay notsomuch), & mend my son’s bed quilt.
    do I have a chance?

  626. Jill says:

    I am making some tote bags with matching small quilts for my boys for naptime at school. The a table runner for myself : )

  627. Melanie says:

    lots of things I’d love to make… but mostly I want to enjoy them and instill that enjoyment in my daughter. I’d love to teach her to crochet and knit this year.

  628. nettie says:

    I am hoping to use up A LOT of my stash. I really need to slow down on the buying fabric and start using it up!

  629. Karen says:

    I am working on baby gift projects for my, dare I say…Grand Nieces! Gosh, makes me feel so old. A few babes are expected to be welcomed into the family this year and they need to be swathed in blankets and bibs!

  630. aimee says:

    I am hoping to redo our kid’s bath and also the windows in my kitchen!

  631. Amanda says:

    My sewing goals for 2009? Maybe sew something for me! Like a to die for diaper bag big enough for both my guys. That and making more clothing for my daughter.

  632. Mollye says:

    My goal is to sew more regularly instead of procrastinating for months and then sewing until I’m blind and crazed and then procrastinating for months again.

  633. Cathie says:

    Oooh, so many plans, so little time! I plan on creating more crazy quilted items. I love the freedom of crazy quilting, especially since I am a bit of a fussbucket over my normal sewing projects–every seam must be perfect! But my goal with crazy quilting is to let go a bit, and get, well, Crazy!! I have to force myself to not focus on the perfection, but embrace the imperfections! and it will be nice to not have to rip out as many seams….so in a nutshell, I plan to get crazy crafty and make some useful crazy quilted projects! The other great thing about that is that I get to use a bunch of scraps I’ve been saving!
    These fabrics are great, btw. and this is my first visit to your blog!

  634. Katy says:

    my 2009 goal is to master free motion quilting. Heck, it’s more like to master quilting period!

  635. Amanda says:

    I started out sewing in 4-H when I was about 8, and used to make fabulous bags and accessories that friends at school begged me to make for them as well. Then I went off to college, no sewing machine in tow. Here I am now, newly graduated from college and newly married and looking to take up sewing again. All I asked for from my husband this Christmas was a sewing machine–and I got it! I am so excited to make my first apron (to cook him wonderful meals in, of course) and make a lovely weekend bag for an upcoming weekend getaway to Florida for a friend’s bridal shower. I would also like to try my hand at pet clothing, for my West Highland Terrier, Bailey!

  636. Steph W says:

    I want to learn to make button holes, and to make the fabulous purse in Bend the Rules sewing. 🙂 And lots of skirts.

  637. ericae says:

    in 2009 I want to add more color to my life. so i’m planning on making some new quilts for my family and try to get into making clothing for myself again (after other only semi-successful attempts).

  638. slowly getting confidence in my sewing and looking forward to trying projects I’ve found on blogs and in books I’ve bought (but so far only glanced at).

  639. Robyn says:

    Once my sewing machine is working again, (dropped it off at the shop this morning), I have lots of projects to work on… one for me is a quilt for the living room – by request of my husband!)

  640. My goal is to make a Denyse Schmidt – Single Girl quilt!

  641. katie says:

    I just started sewing last summer, so I am still learning. 2009 goals: finishing what i start – using what i have before buying new and making some things worthy of entering in the county fair in september, the judges like to see nicely finished details. projects in the plans: a new purse for me, some baby presents, pajama pants for my boys, a skirt or two, next years christmas presents(started way ahead of time this year). and maybe my first quilt.

  642. fiona mcgowan says:

    i love sewing and all your material is out of this world .for 2009 i am teaching my daughter to make her first item on a sewing machine and also make some curtains and matching bedding for the spring

  643. Carol in E TN says:

    This month I plan to finish the 4 small Christmas Quilts that I started in Aug. and was not able to finish. I want these finished so they will be ready for next Christmas and then I can begin a new project. I also have one quilt that needs to be sent to a longarm quilter.

  644. Sara Hemmeke says:

    I would like to make a dress for myself – one that I actually like and feel good in!

  645. Michelle says:

    UFO’s UFO’s UFO’s!!! I must get my quilts finished. I love the planning, designing, cutting and sewing, I must finish so I can get to the using and enjoying stage.

  646. Julia says:

    I’d love to start an online store selling some pillows, etc. that I make. Just need to get inspired!

  647. Kari says:

    i discovered crochet in 2008. my yarn work has left my sewing machine lonely:( My current goals/projects are: a toiletry bag for my bff’s bday, and apron’s for a few girls gettin’ hitched soon! Let the inspiration begin!

  648. Cami Paul says:

    I have two quilts started and would like to finish them before June. I really really want to make a red, black and white quilt, one for a baby gift and one for myself?

  649. Shelley says:

    My goals for 2009 include making my first quilt and knitting my first sweater.

  650. I’m making my gifts this year: starting with a simple wool blanket for my husband and wool slippers for my mom in January.

  651. michelle says:

    My goal for 2009 is to try and make my first quilt.

  652. Carol says:

    I plan to do my first craft show(s) in 2009! One in July and one in October. I will be making handbags, totes, and diaper bags. I would love some free fabric to start my ’09 production!


  653. Marilyn says:

    I have a quilt top finished but need to find backing to complete it and begin quilting. Ooooooo….I love fabric!

  654. Amber says:

    I want to make a quilt for our bed – queen size. Not sure if I’ll need to send it out to get quilted or attempt it myself.

  655. kristine hanson says:

    my sewing goals (all of my goals) for 2009 is to FINISH WHAT I START!

  656. elizabeth says:

    My goal is to finish my oldest son’s quilt and the tree skirt I didn’t get done for Christmas!

    I really like that new dish fabric you’ve shown! There are so many great prints nowadays.

  657. Carlie says:

    I learned how to sew one type of apron this year from a pattern! I have never used a pattern before, so I am quite proud of myself. I want to upgrade my sewing machine and branch out and make different kinds of aprons to give away as birthday gifts for friends and family. I also have twin girls, so I want to try making the little ones their own aprons. 🙂 Carlie

  658. Kelli says:

    I have a ton of goals for 2009 since I have really got back into sewing in the last year. I got a new serger for Chistmas, so one of my goals is of course to remember/learn how to use it. I also want to make a quilt for both my daughter and son’s rooms. (They’ll be my first full-sized quilts!) I also want to embroider some shirts for my husband, make a bunch of skirts/dresses for my girly daughter and finally get around to making something for me, too!

  659. Shanna says:

    I just got back into sewing after about a 20 year break. My goals are to sew more gifts this year and to construct something more complex than an a-line skirt.

  660. Louise says:

    I only have 40 more flying geese blocks left to complete from the 348 blocks needed for the quilt I am making that was shown on the cover of the BHG APQ Dec 2008 issue.

  661. Amy Hunter says:

    Wow I love those kitchen fabrics and the robots and space ships!

    My first project is to get enough stuff sewn to get my new website/shop up and going, I’m supposed to get that done before January is over.

  662. LisaB72 says:

    I want to get my daughter’s dresses and my outfits for work completed in the next couple of months. I also want to get some quilting done. Quilt blocks using as much of my few fat quarters as possible to start for my bed. I also would like to get a new sewing machine cover made as well as some sewing room accessories. Perhaps, this year, I can get some more sewing time in and complete projects.


  663. Roxanne says:

    I plan to sew aprons for a few friends of mine from church.

  664. Brendajos says:

    when i really started sewing i told myself i had no interest in quilting except for making bags that are quilted. well i am more and more drawn to it the more i go to the quilt shop for fabric. so i think i am shooting for completion of some quilting projects and trying to master free motion quilting (though this will likely mean i will have to finish Mom’s quilts if she catches on to this…lol

  665. Natalija says:

    My goals:
    # 1: start sewing
    # 2: try to make at least 1 quilt
    # 3: make more handmade gifts for my family & friends

  666. Candace says:

    My goal is to try sewing more clothing for my family.

  667. sarah says:

    My goal is to keep my kids outfitted in home-mades (vs store boughts) for all of 2009.

  668. ultrasonics says:

    My goal is to learn with the new sewing machine I got for Xmas and use some of the cool fabric I bought in japan:kawai and vintage kimono bits

    I also want to learn embroidery and improve my knitting making cool projects (like another knit robot!)

  669. Rebecca says:

    I plan on making quilts from quilt tops that are at least 100 years old that we just found in the family. Its daunting!

  670. I want to improve in knowledge and skill on my machine. I have bought various attachments and feet and I am hoping to learn the various features and decorative stitches that my machine has.

  671. Kristin says:

    I want to make a birthday outfit for my daughter (turning 5) with coordinating purse. Another goal is to make a set of two coordinating dresses to donate to her preschool charity auction.

  672. Alisa says:

    I like the robots line. Very nice. My goals?? Have a baby, my 5th actually. For some reason that seems to be a pretty big one all on it’s own. I’d like to make a quilt for baby and my sisters and I would like to make a big kind-size quilt for my parents’ 35th anniversary. A few weeks a go I made a lined coat for my oldest daughter and I’d like to make another one for my middle daughter. I’d like to win a free yard of fabric from Sew Mama Sew too! 🙂

  673. Natalie says:

    I started making dolls last Spring and really fell in love with the process. I had to put a couple of projects on hold since we had to move and I ended up spending the entire summer fixing up the new place and tending the garden. I’m hoping to find some time this winter to go back to my handmade dolls, but with the arrival of seed catalogues in the mail, I’m being distracted with planning next year’s garden (read taming the weeds)…I’ve got to make some time for my dolls!

  674. Jenni says:

    I am looking forward to making more children’s toys- both sewn and felted- for my daughter and her friends. Looking to replace all the plastic toys that do not foster real imagination!

  675. Emily says:

    Projects for the home: curtains, a new ironing board cover, a skirt for the bathroom sink. I just got a new (to me anyway) sewing machine.

  676. Jane says:

    I plan on making all my shower and birthday gifts this year!

  677. Mel says:

    This year I want to really sew for me! Now that I almost have the post baby body that I want, I am ready to put some time, money, and effort into my clothes!

    I would also like to sew up several of the great vintage patterns I have been collecting for years.

  678. Sally says:

    My sewing goal this year is to get braver and try to take on some clothing. Clothing (beyond the super basic skirt and lounge pants) is so intimidating to me…

  679. janice says:

    I plan on FINALLY finishing a quilt I started 3 years ago!

  680. Jacqui says:

    I’m really hoping to actually make something for myself this year! It used to be me me me all the time and then I started making things for babies, and then I had one myself and somehow between those things I haven’t sewed anything for myself in at least a couple years. And quilt, I’d like to learn to quilt this year too.

  681. Elizabeth says:

    I am planning on making a bunch of baby items for our baby (due in June)! I’m already working on a diaper bag and planning on making all of the bedding once we find out if it’s a boy or a girl! I can’t wait to begin browsing fabric for the bedding!

  682. martha says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to make a picnic quilt, and really to keep improving my sewing skills in general.

  683. Kelly says:

    I will sew for those I love.
    I will make items to help me live more green.
    I will not get frustrated with my machine (ahem, is this possible?).
    I will keep my sewing room organized.
    I will teach my oldest daughter a bit about sewing.
    I will find joy in the ability to create.

  684. Lisa says:

    My goal is to make a stash of gifts – aprons, bags, purses, pincushions, toys – so that I always have something handmade to share.

  685. Alex says:

    I want to use some of the beautiful Amy Butler fabric I got for Christmas. I also want to design and complete a baby quilt for my baby boy before he arrives in two months – crazy, but I’ll try!

  686. Kate says:

    I can’t wait to make a few projects from Anna Maria Horner’s Seams to Me!

  687. Tiffany says:

    My goal this year is to sew more practical items…aka potholders, table mats, curtains, coasters, etc.

  688. Sweet Em says:

    This year my goal is 3 hours a week of sewing. This will likely be on Sunday afternoons and count as “me” time. I can’t wait!

  689. Kim says:

    My goal is to be more patirent with my machine. I hope we can come to an understanding that it needs to work all the time, not just when it feels like it. But really I want to learn how to read patterns better.

  690. Terriaw says:

    Yay, I am happy to see you are carrying Jay McCarroll’s new fabrics! One craft goal I am working on this year is to donate some of the craft supplies I don’t use and won’t use, not only because they are taking up space but especially because they are distracting! I am hoping to plan ahead better for each holiday/season by making a table runner or tablescape in advance.

  691. Michelle says:

    I’m one of those people who are at a place in their lives where they realize they’ve been doing a lot of “what they should” instead of “what they want”. I recently realized that I let a small part of me die through the years without realizing it. When I think about what makes me happy…besides my family which is the obvious first in line…it is working with my hands. I remember sitting next to my grandmother as a child watching her crochet and following alone with my little scraps. I remember watching her sew and gathering up her leftovers so that I could put something together later when she gave me some time on the machine.

    My favorite gift this year was a sewing machine. Just looking at it brought back to life that person inside of me that I am dying to get to know again. I remember her….now I just want to know her…and let her be happy again 🙂

  692. Teresa says:

    My goal is to make something for our home or kids each month. I would also like to start making birthday gifts for family.

  693. Sarah S says:

    Finish knitting a blanket for my baby. More quilts!

  694. Missie says:

    This year I really hope to start early with ALL handmade Christmas gifts. There were so many neat ideas I found on here that I wanted to do for this Christmas and just wasn’t able to. I hope Christmas 2009 is much more home-made than ’08!

  695. Erica says:

    2009 will be the year of the quilt for me. My goal is one lap quilt (in progress) for the living room, one for our bedroom and one for our daughter.

  696. Christy says:

    2008 was the year I finally put my hand-me-down machine to work and taught myself to sew. This year I plan on becoming a sewing dynamo! I hope to increase the number of homemade gifts I give..maybe even get a few home furnishings done as well!

  697. Liz says:

    I have so many sewing goals but the one that I am most excited about is making something for me to wear each month.

  698. Moonbeam says:

    I plan to make a purse for myself, and several pin cushions 🙂

  699. Carrie in KC says:

    I would like to start learning how to knit. I’m also hoping to get better at sewing. I have a few projects in mind, so am excited to see what the new year brings!

  700. Emily says:

    My goal is to learn to do applique.

  701. Andrea S. says:

    This year I would like to finish Child #2’s quilt, so that I can start on Child #3’s quilt 🙂 Does anyone know where I could buy some time? LOL

  702. Shelly says:

    I’m hoping to decorate our living room handmade-style: quilted rug, new pillows, the works. Hopefully I can do it!

  703. alison says:

    I plan to make one crafty thing a week – not too high a goal but I am due baby no3 in march so time maybe limited!
    I also got a lovely shiny new sewing machine at Christmas but so far haven’t so much as threaded it because I’m so intimidated by it!!! So I guess that I should plan to learn how to use and not just look at it!

  704. Tricia says:

    To sew for a fundraiser for our synagogue’s parents and tots program. Lots and lots of kippot!

  705. Holly says:

    Back in 1989 I learned to smock and smocked many outfits for my five children. I have been busy with life and once the youngest was 2 (he is now 9) I put crafting and sewing aside to try to hang on and just get laundry done and food made daily, don’t know why they eat every day! Well, since the youngest is now 9 I am finally in the mood to craft and sew again. I just made a sewing area in our bedroom. I plan to make a birthday purses and aprons for the women in my life this year. I want to make myself and daughters skirts, dresses, purses and tops using Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler fabric. I need to sew curtains for my bed and bathroom and pillows for the family room. I want to make a patchwork sewing machine cover using scraps. I also want to make some holiday things each season. I would really like to make my first quilt. I have 3 nieces and nephews that are under two years old and I want to smock them each an outfit.

  706. Jessica says:

    I’d love to take a quilting class in 2009, spend some time at the side of my best teacher, my Mom, and complete a quilt top for my bed!
    The new fabrics are just lovely.

  707. Erica says:

    I hope to plan more homemade gifts for next year. I’d like to get my stash under control and learn some new techniques too.

  708. One of my goals is to finish my daughter’s quilt which I started when she was in lower school. Now she almost finished High School and I really really want it to be finished when she goes to university!!!

  709. Keli says:

    After years of not sewing, I had an absolute blast making gifts for 9 nieces, 2 nephews, 2 brothers and 2 sis-in-law for Christmas this year. I got a little stuck and they ended up being late so my goal this year is to plan sooner and again make gifts for the families we have, only two nieces and two nephews plus four adults this go round. I greatly appreciate all the ideas I was able to glean from all the tutorials you put together this past year and for 2007. They were awesome!!
    Oh, and I am in the process of making a hip bag for my camera lens and filters, a small thing to make it easier to have them on hand.

  710. Kari says:

    I planning to sew all sorts of little things for our baby that’s arriving in the next few weeks! The Woodland Wonderland fabrics are fabulous!

  711. Simona says:

    My goal is to have all my Christmas presents for 2009 sewn and quilted by June! No more last minute quilting marathons in December . . . .

  712. Sophia says:

    my goal for 2009..hmm…i’ve just begun to sew and craft and have found it to be such a goal is to spend time every day creating something, and learning how to craft…by this time next year i hope to be able to confidently create whats swirling around in my imagination!!! And to have my two wonderful little girls take part and experience this crazy crafting world.

  713. Lucy Bowler says:

    I’m actually blogging my resolutions this year – . Resolution 002 is to learn how to sew clothes for myself and my children. I’m particularly keen to make myself skirts and a wrap dress. Once I know the principles of dress-making, I want to learn how to re-fashion some of my old clothes. Resolution 012 is to master one of my creative tools per month. I have my own business (see ) and I already sew cushions and small kangaroos, so I can use all the basic settings on my machine, but I want to learn it all! Putting zips in, making button holes – this is my year of finally learning how to sew everything! I think this will be so important in 2009, particularly with the global economic slowdown – we all need to get back to basics!

  714. Ginger says:

    My sewing goals for 2009 are to sew some clothes for my baby girl and some things for around the house (pillows, table topper, chair cover, applaince covers, etc………whew, I better get started

  715. Lorien says:

    I have a fairly large collection of vintage patterns, and none of them are in my size. My goal this year is to learn how to alter and/or redraft patterns (new and old) so I can put my collection to some use!

  716. sarah says:

    My goal is to make something for myself this year. Mama needs new clothes!

  717. Stacey says:

    My sewing goals for ’09 are to not spend all of my creative energy making things for customers. I will be making more for me and my family in the coming months… because I want to keep the creative endeavors fresh, I love sewing, I love us, and we deserve it 🙂

  718. I have to do some sewing to cover two ugly task chairs. I’ve been procrastinating to the point where I do not even feel like quilting or going near my machine…YIKES! That is not like me. So my immediate goal is to push on through, do those two chair covers and get it over with so I can get on to new, fun, things! New fabric could give me a boost, whaddayathink? LOL

    Include me in the FreeFest!

  719. Nicole says:

    I plan to make more time for sewing – it’s great stress reduction and feeds my creative soul.

  720. Grand dad says:

    Need to finish 4 charity quilts/1 for burn victim soldiers/3 for project Linus/ the robots fabric would be nifty on those. thanks

  721. Mary says:

    My goal is to spend some time each week sewing with my 10 yo daughter… she got her very first sewing machine (a little Singer!) for Christmas & is eager to learn. Those Woodland Wonderland prints are right up her alley!!

  722. andrea says:

    I just got a new sewing machine for Christmas and my goal is to learn how to use it well!

  723. Mama Urchin says:

    I really want to get better at sewing with knits.

  724. Jane says:

    I really want to get busy and use up my stash and also make some clothes for my DGD.

  725. Tif says:

    This year I am going to learn how to make quilts. I’ve been sewing since I was seven, but only clothes. I made one quilt and learned that it is it’s own art form. I want to learn all the tricks of that trade.

  726. Jeanne says:

    I’m aiming for at least one finish per month. That sounds easy enough. 🙂

  727. Betty says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to get over it and try quilting. I’m so intimidated by the thought of it but I would really love to learn how.

  728. kelly jo says:

    One of my sewing goals is to find good ways to use up some of my stash (both knitting and sewing). Not that I have a huge stash of either, but I just want to find innovative ways to use fabric and yarn I loved so much I had to buy.

  729. Stephanie says:

    My most immediate goal is to finish projects that I’ve started. I bought a few patterns for some projects like purses or bags when I was in middle school and high school that I never finished – I would usually get as far as cutting out the pieces, then I would be too intimidated to finish it, and so they sat for years untouched (I’m 23 now). I am going to finish everything I’ve started, even if it’s something I don’t even want – for example, I just finished a knapsack I started probably in middle school, using the tiger print fabric I bought at the time. Right now I’m finishing a sock monkey I started for a school photography project in high school. After that I have another purse I want to finish (another pattern/fabric combo I started in middle school or high school).

    Finishing these projects that intimidated me for so long (even if they are silly schoolgirl projects) has given me a good boost of confidence and accomplishment. I feel more capable of facing the sewing machine and learning new things. 🙂

  730. Beth says:

    I love all of these prints!

    I plan on finishing all of the five r six quilts I have partially finished. And it better be fast because I have loads more ideas!

  731. Katy says:

    My main sewing goal for this year is to improve my skills at heirloom construction. I’d love to start the Artisan certification program that Smocking Artist Guild offers. I also really need to learn how to use all the sewing machine feet that my husband got me for Christmas!

  732. Jennie says:

    Funny, I just wrote about this on my blog! I’ve “known” how to sew for a long time, but never done much with it. I guess I’ve always thought I should sew clothing. But the toaster cover tutorial here on SMS made me realize that there are so many things I can sew for my home… so I made one. And then I made a cover for my sewing machine, and now I’m going to make a cover for every other small appliance in the house.

    I resolved that in 2009 I would sew at least 30 minutes per day, so that I can finish lots of confidence-boosting small projects and make my home much prettier in the process.

    And I have to say, the woodland fabric is adorable!

  733. Stockton says:

    My goals for this year: start making clothes for myself (first project: Built By Wendy shirt), make a quilt for our spare room, sew Christmas presents (and start early!).

  734. min says:

    My sewing goal is to organize my sewing room! I actually didn’t know it would be a sewing room, but once I started doing more and more projects last year, the spare bedroom slowly became a craft/sewing room. But I never had it set up well. And since I thought I’d only be there for that one project and then I’d clean up….it’s a giant disaster.

    I hope my 10 year old doesn’t mind sharing with his little sister for a couple more rooms, because that’s the room I’m dealing with. 🙂

  735. Doris says:

    I have a schedule I created for finishing up my many ufo’s and usp’s (Un-started projects!). I am trying to finish up projects that I’ve had the fabric lying around for for a long time!

  736. Anja says:

    I would really like to make a matching smoch dresses for my girls and myself.
    And it would be great to be able to sew all summer clothes my girls will need this summer.

  737. Marie Greene says:

    Good golly! This year I want to finish making the quilt I started for my middle son two years ago, perhaps finish the hand-quilting on my hubby’s lap quilt, and if any other half-finished projects make it to completion that would be great, too. :o) Feels like a good year for finishing what I started!

  738. marie beck says:

    I started my first real knitting project yesterday, a ribbed scarf 🙂 I’m very excited about this. I’d also like to get some sublime stitcheries and get good with emboridery. Then I plan on making my grandma a quilt for mothers day too… and if that approaches too quickly then I’ll just shoot for next Christmas ;0) lol

  739. Megan says:

    Cut and sew more! I plan on making lots of apron, kits and finally publishing my patterns – yeah!!! Bring on 2009! I”m ready!!!! 🙂

  740. Mary says:

    My goal this year is to try 12 new projects that I have never done. Also (and this trumps all) to have my Christmas gift making done before the 1st of December (2009)

  741. Kara says:

    I will make my first quilt in 2009, and I’m hoping to perfect my jacket tailoring skills!

  742. Megan Saillant says:

    1.) baby quilt for boy who’s almost 18 months!
    2.) corduroy skirt just for me!
    3.) master my first Amy Butler clutch!

  743. Gina says:

    My goal is to finish one UFO each month in 2009 (while starting a few new ones also)!

  744. In 2008, I bought a sewing maching and learned to sew. By October, I had my own online store and now sell handmade toys at local markets. I’ve been quite lucky so far. I’ve love to move into making “collections”. Toys designed to specific themes, marketed slightly higher end.

    I’m loving LizzyDish. I saw the range a few weeks ago on her website and can see some great fabrics there to inspire.


  745. Pamela Oakes says:

    I’d like to make a few quilts. I’ve only ever made one and it took me three long years, start to finish. I’m thinking a quilt for my soon to be 8yo, and a couple lap quilts for use around the house is a reasonable goal now that I have a designated sewing area.

  746. Ginger says:

    I want to make an apron or 2 for giveaways on my blog. I also want to sew for me and for gifts and of course for my 4 children. Maybe cut into the coveted bamboo velour for something yummy

  747. Kim says:

    I want to try to do some part of a craft every day so I can improve my skills and confidence!

  748. Erinn says:

    My sewing goals are to finish the 12 unfinished objects (quilts) and start and finish the 5 quilts I want (and need) to make this year. Wish me luck!

  749. Keilah says:

    I am planning on making duvet covers for my kids beds, sassy shopping bags, a couple of quilted wallets and hopefully get my etsy shop going too. I am a little ambitious. 🙂

  750. Samantha says:

    I have some unfinished dresses that I started for my older daughter that I hope to finish for her little sister to wear. I want my ufo bin to be cleared out. Either finish it or get rid of it!

  751. val says:

    I need to get started and finish my Christmas Too gifts. I am making a stash bag for a close friend and a charging basket for my best friends mom. I have all of the tools I need to make these gifts, I just haven’t got started yet. I think I’ll start cutting out now!

  752. Kelsey says:

    I have goals of making many more things for my family this year. Some clothes, new stocking for Hubby and I (BEFORE next December : ) ). A few baby blankets for expecting momma’s. I want to learn to sew better this year, which probably means a new sewing machine that does a few more things mine is basic, basic, basic. I want to make some doll clothes for my little girl, maybe some library bags for the kids to keep their books in. I also want to make a few produce bags to go with my green bags.

  753. Tara T. says:

    First thing on the list….make the Taxi Tote from Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner. I made one with my friend as a gift for her cousin and now I want one for myself! Then the rest of the list includes finishing my first quilt and making another, placemats to match the newly covered kitchen chairs and pillows for the bare blue couch in our living room.

    Oh and maybe I’ll start a blog…?!!

  754. Malinda says:

    I love the Lizzy Dish fabric! thanks so much for offering a give away!

    My creative and crafty goals this year are:

    1) make a complete coordinating set of repeat patterns
    2) take 1 design class (at least)
    3) make an article of clothing in crochet, other than a scarf, that I will wear
    4) sew an article of clothing
    5) complete at least 1 shoot with my photo expert husband

    pheeewwww! that’s more resolutions that I normally have, but I’m REALLY striving to be more creative and stretch myself this year.

  755. Diane says:

    I’m with you — now that handmade xmas is done, I want to make some stuff for ME!

    And my daughter just said, “Mama, will you make me a book bag? For the library?” So, you know, I would love a free yard of something… : )

  756. lia says:

    In addition to finishing old projects I’d love to finally make that Amy Butler Sling I’ve wanted.

  757. Hannah says:

    Hahah I got so excited about the fabric I forgot to finish my post. I plan to make some pillows, I would like to try and make some quilt blocks….this scares me. I have never been able to fully get the hang of it. I would really like to make an apron. I am planning on installing more zippers! They are a lot of fun. I also want to make some napkins and more banners! They are so cute!

  758. Maggie Collins says:

    decorate my home: new curtains and pillows! (hopefully some baby items too!!) decorate my life: with handmade gifts for birthdays all this year. -m

  759. I plan on sewing every birthday gift for a year!

  760. I plan to make my first skirt – I received Sew Skirts for Christmas and would love to have a few skirts for the Spring/Summer. I also want to finish my Yo-Yp puppy for one of my boys – I found the container of half needed yo yo’s in my closet and have started making some while watching tv each night. At the rate I am going, it’s possible to even have it finished by the end of the month! Great new fabrics!

  761. Wendy says:

    I am going to attempt my first quilt. I will be on the site a lot getting help and ideas as I have no clue even where to start.

  762. Hannah says:

    I LOVE the lizzy dish!! That is so pretty.. hmm the ideas I have for that fabric! Happy friday!!

  763. Donnell says:

    I hope to actually FINISH one of the quilts that I have started.

  764. Leah says:

    My goals this year are to finish up some existing projects, make a couple of cute dresses for my 2 year old, and find an adorable Christmas gift idea that I can starting making BEFORE December! We’ll see if that is accomplished…
    PS–I LOVE Lizzy Dish, and wan to make all kinds of aprons out of it.

  765. Stefanie says:

    I hope to have a handmade Christmas next year! My goals include sewing handmade books, a handmade rocket ship, a fabric garage for my nephew, and much more!

  766. Lisa W says:

    I would like to make Christmas stockings for everyone in my family by Christmas 2009.

  767. Rina says:

    I’ve been sewing for about a year, and 2009 is going to be the year of my first quilt!

  768. Lynsay says:

    My biggest crafting/sewing goal for 2009 is to come up with my signature “line” of items to sell. I’ve been pattern testing and tweaking for the past few months and hope to actually do more than just prototypes in the coming months. My other (smaller) sewing goal is to sew a slipcover for our sofa and update the chair slipcovers.

  769. Christine says:

    My goal is to sew a garment for myself this year. I’m very new to sewing and everything I’ve made so far has been for other people. This year I want to make myself an outfit! I have the pattern and material, all I need is the time! 😀

  770. Rita says:

    2009, oh the possibilities. I am looking into getting a dress form soon, so some clothes for me might be a little more likely, oh and my neice’s prom dress. If all I finish this year is one successful prom dress, that will be accomplishment enough.

    –oh, and how I love kitchen prints!

    oh, and I want to open an etsy shop by next year’s holiday shopping season…

  771. Sam says:

    I have a very dear friend having a baby this spring. I can’t wait to get started on all sorts of projects for him, the big oone being a quilt! I’m lovin those robots.

  772. Joanna says:

    I need to finish some home projects, including a box cushion for a chair that I’ve had for over a year. Then I want to start on Christmas presents for next year, so I’m not scrambling again!

  773. audra says:

    I have begun the new year with putting off all other tasks and responsibilities in order to sew. Finally, sewing comes first! So far, I’ve finished making a stuffed fleece dinosaur (soo cute! His name is Spke), three pairs of fleece lounge pants for my mom, pregnant sister-in-law, and boyfriend, three throw pillows for the couch using fabric from IKEA (gorgeous!), and an adorable 4-piece mini-pouch set (to hold things like tissue packet, sunglasses, tampons, etc.) made from on sale fat quarter fabric for a friend, and four grocery totes for my mom. Whew! My plan is to sew myself into exhaustion until I beg to go back to work…we’ll see if this plan works.
    Additional goals include: finish crocheting a scarf, reupholster a rocking chair, sew two blouses (first time sewing jersey knit fabric), make a set of baby things for an expecting cousin, and new curtains for a friends’ new kitchen.
    Can you tell I am avoiding reading for my doctoral candidacy exams? 🙂

  774. Melanie says:

    I received a lot of fun new sewing books for Christmas this year, with new projects abounding. I’d like to attempt making a quilt, and also try to start using knits to sew. I can’t wait to get started!!

  775. Janelle says:

    One of my goals is to learn free motion quilting and to make a quilt using it! I’m a little intimidated, but maybe I can get my mom to help me.

  776. jen says:

    I’d like to make a quilt for my husband and I that suits our style 🙂

  777. Juliana says:

    OMGsh, My sweing goals for 2009? to get my impending babys crib bedding, diaperbag, basic clothing and accessories finished in 3 months, as well as a few good nuring tops. Beyond that,Id love to sew 52 new projects this year, one a week, and design my own pattern.

  778. Diane says:

    I would love to learn to knit and/or crochet this year. I have beautifully crafted crochet items my mom did for me. I appreciate them more now that she is gone and wish I had taken an interest in the craft when she was here to guide me. I would also like to try more small quilting projects and even get back to sewing clothes for myself! I used to make everything. This blog is a great inspiration!

  779. Sunny says:

    “Dear Lord, please let me win some Robot fabric. Thanks. Sunny.”

    Okay, my goals… well my New Years Resolution is to spend less time on the internet. So, I will be more productive this year. My main goal for 2009 is to understand how to use an actual pattern, rather than just following tutorials on the internet. Any tips? I have never used a pattern before… eek.

  780. Rosie says:

    My Mum gave me a sewing machine for Christmas. I am so excited. I have wanted one for as long as I can remember. I am planning to start making my very first patchwork quilt. I am thrilled and scared all at the same time!

  781. MelissaB says:

    My first goal is to sew up a few UFOs (unfinished objects) that are lurking in my studio. I also want to make sure I’m making smart choices when I buy new fabrics and patterns, that I’m buying quality items that I am going to use, not just on a whim. Happy New Year!

  782. Bean Paulson says:

    Have confidence in my potential. 🙂

  783. Anne says:

    I just started sewing last week! I’ve had a machine for years, but finally got it up and running last week – or should I say, I got ME up and running.

    I plan to learn the basics this year, and make a few pieces of simple clothing for myself (primarily skirts). And Christmas gifts for my family by the end of the year!


  784. Jill says:

    Happy 2009! My goal for the year is to make enough stock to hopefully open an etsy store. 🙂

  785. Mal says:

    I, too, will be attempting to make my first quilt this year. Previously, I always had my Granny to hold my hand and work with me on these projects, so I’ve never had to do one by myself. In her honor and memory, I am launching into a post-Granny quilt project this year which will hopefully be finished by 12/31/09. (I’m extra excited because for Christmas I got a new sewing machine — have been using the same old Elnita with buggy tension since I was 13 years old!)

  786. aSprinkling says:

    I just want to make some more things that are nice, functional, cost effective, not too “crafty” looking, etc.

  787. Erin says:

    One of my sewing goals to make an item of clothing! I am thinking about starting something simple for a toddler….Somehow I am thinking that smaller = easier??

  788. Janna says:

    I am teaching my 12 year old daughter to sew this year. Using the scraps from totes made for nieces and nephews this Christmas, we will be making 9 patch pillows for her cousins for next Christmas. My big projects are a Christmas quilt for my mother with a picture of her dog that has passed away last year with a Santa hat appliqued on and I am making a baby quilt for my new niece or nephew that is due in June. I am thinking about the disappearing 9 patch, so my daughter can participate.

  789. Amanda H says:

    Goals: Make more lap quilts and start working on my stash!

  790. naomig says:

    I have over 100 yards of fabric sitting around here, which is rediculous, but hey. I love it. My sewing goals for 2009? Finish as many projects as possible. Make the flower girl dresses for my sisters wedding for my daughters, with huge petticoats. (That will clean up a lot of the fabric…) Learn to make cute stylish hats for me and my girls. (That will also clean up some of the fabric!) Sew most of my girls summer clothes. (This will help, but I might have to buy a tad more–this is where free fabric would come in SO handy!! :-)) Make a quilt for me and hubby’s bed. (I have almost all this fabric.) Basically, I need more time. Can you give some of that away!? Happy New Year!

  791. Kassy says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to learn how to sew a straight line. Now I know that sounds silly but I grew up in a house with 3 boys and my mother wasn’t much of a crafty woman. Anyway, now I’m a mom to 3 girls and I want to pass things along to them so sewing is one thing that all girls (well most) love and crafting. I’ve started a little shop on Etsy but I don’t know how well that’s going to do so I’d like to try my hand at sewing. I work at a hospital as a phlebotomist so sewing my own scrubs is my 2nd goal after learning to sew a straight line and when I say that I mean I truly sew everything crooked it’s sad really.

  792. Lorna says:

    Until just before Christmas, I hadn’t sewn since junior high home-ec class. Inspired by my cousin and sister’s craftiness, I dusted off my machine and created many handmade gifts..many from ideas seen here in Handmade Holidays at Sew, Mama, Sew. I have many ideas in my head and a growing fabric stash. My first projects will be a handbag for myself, some sweet summer dresses for my daughter and a puppet theatre for her birthday.

  793. Nancy says:

    Until a month ago when we found out that our new grandbaby is a grandson, I’d held myself back in sewing for him. But now that the holidays have past, I have been set free!!!
    I hope to sew up a storm of baby things this winter and spring. Then I’ll sew more in the summer and fall!! Can’t wait for him to be born!

  794. Natalie B says:

    I got anna maria’s book for christmas and my goal is to learn techniques, tools, and how to follow a pattern.

  795. Jennifer says:

    the woodlands prints are adorable and awesome. i’m going to have to get some of those…

    for 2009, my goals are more than my time and i’ve started on a few of them already:

    i’m already working on the baby quilt for my newest nephew/neice-to-be, i have a quilt for my son that i’ve been promising him for too long and will get started on this week, i have been knitting 2 projects (shawl and scarf) so i have to finish those, plus a retro-y teepee for my 6 year old to play in. i’m also determined to make at least one, if not more, Quilts of Valor for the wounded servicemen and women fighting to protect our country. plus, i finished collecting fabrics for 2 more quilts i want to make – finally something for me to keep and of course, lots of new dresses and skirts. oh! and some cute birds for my sister to use in a mobile.

  796. Lisa says:

    I’m going to get all my quilt tops quilted and finished!

  797. Kristin says:

    I want to stop being a lazy seamstress and learn to actually sew buttonholes and zippers well. And also finally make an Amy Butler bag.

  798. Anya says:

    I plan on finally finishing the quilts I’m making for my two boys– I keep getting side-tracked by making cute little (read: much faster) projects for my daughter, like little skirts or purses. 🙂

  799. Meredith says:

    My sewing projects for 2009, to finish the baby quilt I started just before the holidays.
    To figure out how to sew sun dresses for my daughter and simple shorts for my son.

  800. Lisa says:

    We have done some remodeling so I plan to make new window treatments for several rooms in our house. Make dogbeds for friends, continue making handbags and figuring out new shapes and styles, baby bibs, and baby blankets!
    Great fabric!!!!

  801. Alice S says:

    A few of my goals: make a quilt for our guest bed, finish the quilt for my son’s twin bed, (I’ve never made a bed size quilt!), make the Amy Butler weekender bag, which I find intimidating but really want. Also, I need to use up fabric scraps I have on hand, which is incredibly hard with so many awesome fabrics coming out each month. Finally, I want to make more charity quilts, which will be a great way to use up those scraps.

  802. Lisa says:

    I need to organize my sewing room (it’s a guest room with a sewing machine stuck in one corner). That’ll involve getting rid of some of the junk currently in there. I especially need to find a more organized method of storing fabric and patterns.

  803. Margaret says:

    I decided over the holidays that I really want to make myself an apron. I actually used the sewing machine for something other than sewing hems when I whipped out a Halloween costume for myself this fall, so I’m looking forward to continuing to use it!

  804. Michelle Jadaa says:

    well want to make more things for me and be more adventurous with prints and colours.basicly i need to spend more time sewing this year.hubby bought me a serger and thats certainly making things easier.

  805. Mandi says:

    I got a beginner’s sewing machine for Christmas, so I plan to learn to sew this year.

    I hope to at least start on my first quilt this year too. Something simple and big that it won’t matter if I make tons of mistakes on, because we are going to use it for picnics anyway. 🙂

  806. Brandi says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to learn to sew! I got a sewing machine for Christmas and am anxious to figure it out.

  807. I would love to make a dress and a shirt this year. Not just make and stick it my closet, but wear it out and be proud of it! 🙂

  808. LucienneS says:

    Iron and put away/organize all my fabric– no really all of it. I’d like to finish more projects than I start. Get to know this new blogging world. Take some classes. Start a catalog of all my projects.

  809. Robin says:

    I want to sew enough for my daughter and myself to not have to buy most clothes rtw. Now if only there were more hours in the day… =)

  810. Kristine says:

    I’m hoping to make some stuff for myself (haven’t done so in awhile) and also to improve my quilting skills!

  811. erica says:

    I plan to sew my first dress in 2009!

  812. Katiebelle says:

    My sewing goals are to not get so frustrated when something doesn’t come out right the first time; to realize that my seam ripper is my friend and not my enemy and to keep expanding my comfort zone with sewing!

  813. Amy Gray says:

    I made a lovely wool coat for my daughter in 2008. This year I want to make coats for myself and my husband- now that I’ve had the practice with a smaller size. I already have a pattern picked out for William. Now to decide on one for me…

  814. Teresa says:

    Gasp! Did not realize Lizzy Dish was out already! My sewing goals are to finish everything I have set aside in my “To Sew” pile, including: some AB Gumdrop pillows, several aprons, a poodle skirt for Halloween, and a couple of rag quilts.

  815. Melissa says:

    My goal is to sew more. I have spent the past year knitting most of the time, but I really need to start sewing some more for my children. I would also like to find my cross stitch quilt blocks and finish them and make my first quilt for my daughter.

  816. Josiane says:

    This year, I’d like to *really* learn how to sew, and maybe also weave some yardage that I’d be able to use for sewing.

  817. naomi says:

    i plan to learn to cross stitch and tackle some of the projects in my new amy butler book!

  818. Joanna says:

    Well my big goal for the year was to take a stitch in something every single day. Well I have failed miserably so far, but will get it done, even if my goal has to end Jan 2nd 2010!

  819. kathi says:

    I would like to sell something that I make this year.

  820. LadySnow says:

    I plan on making a coverlet for my daughter, dresses for my daughter, and clothes for me as soon as I loose a few pounds. 🙂

  821. Courtney says:

    My *only* crafting goal this year … is to craft year-round for the holidays so I don’t have a November/December panic. Sounds so delightfully easy right now : )

  822. katy says:

    I’m starting a “SCRAP DOWN” on my blog next week. It’s a commitment to use all of my scraps – to do away with the bags and bags that I’ve been holding on to for far too long. All fellow “purgers” are welcome to join. We’ll do a series of simple projects that must all be done with scraps. I’m really excited. It should be super fun. And, as usual, the more the merrier it will be.

    Thanks for the give away – those stumps are calling my name. If I don’t win ’em. I’ll definitely buy them at the end of the scrap-down!

  823. Erin says:

    My goals are to finish all my WIP’s … and not start too many more until they’re done! 😉 Keep building my fabric stash, go for quality not quantity, and remember my mantra it doesn’t have to be PERFECT to be WONDERFUL!

  824. Lauren says:

    i want to sew those adorable gift wrap alternatives I saw on here last month in time for next christmas.

  825. erika says:

    I have many plans for this year besides finishing some UFO’s i have I want to make some quilts and table runners and some of the project Ideas you show in your blog

  826. Rachel says:

    I want to sew a trousseau complete with a quilt, bedroom linens, kitchen linens, holiday decorations, and some nighties in time for my wedding!

  827. My goal is to create (sew, knit, scrapbook, etc.) every gift in 2009!

  828. Sherri says:

    My goal is to complete what I start!

  829. Melinda Johnson says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to unearth my sewing machine and finish all the partially complete projects I started in 2008, lol. I have lunch bags to sew, clothing to mend, clothing to make, purses to make, crafty cute things to sew 🙂 Wish me luck!

  830. I’m intending to use my fabrics for designing my new bedroom which hopefully we’ll have pics to show you in February. Love the new designs I’m seeing Jay McCarroll’s stuff is so sweet!!

  831. Michele C says:

    I love the kitchen and robot prints. Such great colors! I really need to learn to use the quilting features on my sewing machine. I have that all-over, free-motion button that I can use, but I haven’t really gotten to know it yet. Here’s hoping ….

  832. LisaW says:

    My primary sewing goal is to tackle the pile of clothes alterations/mending by my sewing machine. I think it’s been building up since last Christmas!

  833. Jennifer says:

    I have a long list of items to sew for 2009! I just started sewing again after an 8-year break. My biggest goal is to make some gifts for friends who are having their first babies in 2009. I can’t wait to get started!

  834. Anya T. says:

    I hope to finish all the center blocks of my Dear Jane quilt. Thanks for the chance to win fabric!

  835. Jo says:

    I, too, would like to do a little sewing for meself this year. The only problem? I keep finding fun projects to do for other people! I just can’t help myself. 🙂

  836. Jessie says:

    I hope to finish a quilt for my son, as well as make all of his pajamas for this summer and winter. And of course a myriad of projects for myself and other people.

  837. megan says:

    I have a lot of sewing goals for the new year. None of them will happen, though, unless I can get the first thing on the list accomplished – clean up the sewing room! We had a new baby in 2008 and since that room was not likely to be used very much, it quickly became the catch-all for everything that didn’t have its own home. I’m starting to work on it today!

  838. Darci says:

    My goal is to try to sew something every month if not more than that. I am hoping to get lots of quilts and clothes made for my daughter. I can’t wait.

  839. Sarah says:

    I’de like to make a quilt for the first time and knit one hat per month for charity and one gift a month for Christmas 09. I’de also like to make a few things for me seeing as I rarely ever get to craft for myself.

  840. jodie says:

    I want to complete all my unfinished projects before starting something new.

  841. minnie says:

    O, I love these prints! my sewing goal for 2009 is to make clothing for myself and my son. and maybe my husband, if he’s good.

  842. Jen says:

    First up in ’09 is to set up my sewing space properly. I’ve been working at the kitchen table but finally got a desk to set up permanently. I can’t wait to have everything organized & be able to put a few quick stitches in here & there without setting up my machine each time.

    In projects, I have a couple of quilts forming in my head. I’d like to make one and actually keep it for myself or my son. The Robots collection would be so much fun for a boy’s quilt. I’d also like to learn more freehand quilting techniques & hone my skills.

    I finished my first garment last night at 11pm! Whew. I’ll keep at that for my son & maybe graduate to a few skirts for myself.

  843. Jenni says:

    My goal is to make things that look handmade but not homemade.

  844. Alison says:

    I just started sewing in 2008. I finished one quilt and lots of other projects and I am looking forward to finishing more quilts in 09.

  845. Chris says:

    I plan to finish hand quilting my king sized bed quilt by March. Finish hand piecing my tumbling blocks quilt this winter and dye lots of fabric in January.

  846. Katie says:

    Hello! The new fabric looks fantastic, you guys carry such great stuff! I made my first trip to IKEA and got a new desk for my sewing room. I’m going to be making a fun cover for my machine and recover my ironing board. I’m also going to make my first article of clothing for myself. I’m going to be setting up a little kids table in my sewing room so my little ones can work on their projects while I’m working on mine so I should be able to get lots of crafting done this year. I’m quite excited.

  847. Whistlepea says:

    I am totally in love with the kitchen prints!
    I want to finish a quilt I started in 2004 out of old clothes.

  848. Annette says:

    2008 finished up too quickly and I was unable to try my hand at making an apron. That is my goal for the early part of ’09. I am a novice sewer and bought an apron pattern from Sew Liberated. I want to learn to make clothes (easy stuff first) and then move to quilts.
    Yeah 2009!

  849. Missie says:

    I plan to make a lot more bags & purses and actually get them sold. I also have 2 friends having babies this year, so I’d like to get some things made for them, as well as for my own kids. Basically my plan is just to sew!

  850. Vicki says:

    So many things, now that I’m not pregnant and have energy again. I am going to make lots of cute baby clothes. I want to make pillows and a table runner for my living room. Diapers for the baby. And quilts. I only made one tiny wall quilt last year and this year I’m going to do more quilting. I need to finish my niece’s baby quilt, make one or two quilts for my baby girl, and do another quilt for my SIL. I’m also making a couple quilts from scraps just to use them up.

  851. Southern Gal says:

    I would like to begin to learn to quilt in 2009. My youngest is in first grade (homeschooled) so I do have some time. Maybe cut back on surfing my favorite blogs just a bit??

  852. floribunda says:

    My first goal is to get the Handiquilter set up again (took it down months ago so that my sis could use the guest room, and somehow it never got put back up…) and then quilt several kid-tops I’ve accumulated for relatives and charity.

  853. jenny says:

    my goal for 2009 is to be more creative and innovative in my color choices. I tend to choose colors that match or “go together” but lately have been wanting to step outside of this to try more unconventional combinations in my quilts – like navy, kelly green, and orange or mustard, aqua, and brown instead of pink and yellow or green and blue.

  854. SPUNKGRL says:

    I have two goals already set up and I am sure more will pop up. My two major undertakings will be to do 2 twin size quilts for my neices. I have honed my skilled with treeskirts and quilted bags and I am ready for the full quilt in 2009. I am looking forward to my fabric shopping at your store for my b*day coming up in 2wks. Told my husband fabric was only thing i wanted …little does he know how much fabric i want!! this is a great site and please keep it up. I love seeing all of the ideas.

  855. alisha says:

    I’m planning on sewing more, but more specifically I want to attempt my first quilt in 2009.

  856. Nichole says:

    i just want to get some sewing done! i spent half of last year planning my wedding and then the second half decorating our house. this will be the year to do some quilting. 🙂

  857. Helena says:

    Love the fabric. My goals include learning to sew clothes. My girls always ask for cute dresses and skirts. Happy New Years.

  858. Katie says:

    I’m hoping to learn how to embroider in 2009 so that I can embellish the projects that I learned how to sew in 2008!

  859. Shannon says:

    I’m also on the “sew more for me and not for everybody else” boat. I’d love to make a family tree wallhanging, too.

  860. danna osen says:

    My goal is to make a turning twenty quilt from some Katie Jump Rope fat quarters, finish up binding on several quilts and put together a sampler quilt from my quilt shop that we should finish in 2/09.

  861. Shawna says:

    I am going to try to make dresses for my girls out of an adorable polka dot bedsheet without a pattern! I also would like to make quilts for the girls’ beds!

  862. dangermom says:

    This year one of my goals is to learn smocking! I have tons of projects lined up–a pioneer dress for my 8yo, doll clothes for the girls’ AG dolls (first up: Felicity’s ball gown and a Chinese outfit), a quilt top to finish and 3 quilts to sandwich…

  863. Marsel says:

    2009 sewing goals…sew more clothing for my kids. Make two quilts. Re-do my daughter’s room, which will include a quilt for her bed, new curtains, and a canopy of some description.

    My husband wants me to make a quilt for our king-sized bed, but I don’t know if I’m up for that challenge this year!!!

  864. Lena says:

    I’m so excited to finally have my first sewing machine…my main goal is to learn some quilting skills…but there are lots of other little projects I have in mind, too.

  865. Ellena says:

    In 2009 I want to learn more about garment construction and be able to make clothing for myself and others. My other goal would be to make every gift given by me this year, no retail, birthdays, new babes and just because gifts, love those.

  866. Dayna Smith says:

    I hope to try my hand at some clothes for myself this year. Also thinking about starting an etsy shop for some of my other projects.

  867. Charity says:

    I would love to be able to sell some of my projects this year. That means I’d better do more sewing! 🙂

  868. Collins says:

    I plan on making myself more skirts for summer. I also want to make the Amy Butler weekender.

  869. Grace says:

    Funny what you said about crafting for yourself – after a whizz-bang sewing month of holiday gift sewing, I am ready to make myself a skirt. Or a coaster. Anything, really. Great new fabrics! Love those robots.

  870. Kelly says:

    I set myself a fabric budget this year, and want to finish the projects I start. I also want to make one item of clothing for myself a month, and work on repairing the languishing drawer-full of thrift store finds that are ill-fitting. All while getting straight A’s in grad school. Hey, a girl can dream, right?

  871. Christine says:

    to finally make a quilt that i get to keep for myself. 🙂

  872. diyod says:

    I’m fairly new to sewing, so I hope to work on that quite a bit this year. Here’s my list of crafting resolutions for this year:
    1. Learn to magic loop.
    2. Swatch for every new project.
    3. Work on my sock knitting skills.
    4. Sew some of my own clothes.
    5. Make some home decor for my apartment.
    6. Learn to do fair isle knitting.
    7. Learn embroidery.
    8. Learn to knit the continental method.

  873. Meredith says:

    I *love* that Lizzy Dish
    I’ve actually got a lot of sewing goals for 2009.
    #1 is to actually put the stuff I make that I’m sewing, just for the heck of it (I get a lot of ideas like that) up for sale on my etsy shop. It’s ridiculous to keep it around getting dusty just to crow over once in a while LMAO!!
    #2 Buy less material and USE MY STASH! If I *do* buy material, I’ve got to sew something with it right off the bat. No buying stuff just because my brain says ‘OOOOh shiny!’
    #3 Try purses and diaper bags this year. I don’t know why I’m so scared of them!
    #4 I’ve got the pants, dresses and skirts down! It’s time to try shirts darnnitall!

  874. Barbara says:

    After the blur of sewing for others for Christmas, I’d love to get something done for myself soon. I have the bark cloth fabric for a new Hawaiian quilt for our bed and I think that will be high on my list.

  875. Jessica says:

    to save up for an embroidery machine and use it like crazy!

  876. amy says:

    Right now I just hope to find some time to sew again–my baby is 2 months old. I’d like to make a quilt for her. I guess those are my two main sewing goals for 2009!

  877. Eunice says:

    I’m working on my first wedding dress quilt this year! Lots of working with salvaged lace…

  878. Meg says:

    My sewing goals are to simply stop buying any clothing but jeans and make the rest! If I see a tunic top I like, I better find a similar pattern or I’m out of luck!
    My never ending goal is to finish every project I start and to continue learning new techniques.

  879. Alana says:

    I plan to get my machine up and running again, then I’m really excited to make some cute clothes for myself and our newest baby coming in February!

  880. mommymae says:

    my goal is to finish 4 quilts this year and to start holidays now instead of november!

  881. Dawn says:

    We just did some remodeling to make a room for my son. I want to make curtains for his room. I also want to make birthday presents this year whenever the girls are invited to a birthday party.

  882. Tanya says:

    My sewing goals are to finish the kimonos that I started for my 2 daughters and to make some throw pillows and curtains for my house.

  883. Christy says:

    I need to make curtains for my new house!

  884. Aimee says:

    My sewing goals include only keeping those things that are beautiful and/or useful to me. I would say that i’m only going to sew things that fall into this category, but that would preclude my other goal – trying new techniques and designs. I also plan to sew more for others – my siblings are setting up homes now and could use nice made-with-love things for their familes. As always, paring down the stash is a good goal – I would love to make room for more!

  885. Celia says:

    A couple bags, some clothes, and cute things for my baby coming in August!

  886. Sarah says:

    My goal this year is to make more of my clothes, and even more importantly, more clothes for my husband! (I already make the bulk of our daughter’s wardrobe). Finding appropriate fabric (and good patterns) for men is so much harder than I thought it would be!

  887. Sabrina says:

    I will continue to improve my sewing skills.

  888. Stephanie says:

    I plan to make the quilt for my bed that I’ve been wanting…Dresden plate made with the gorgeous Flea Market Fancy fabric I’ve been hoarding. And use some of the charm packs I bought in 2008! Great projects ahead.

  889. I hope to finish all the WIP I have stored up… I also want to make quilts for Christmas gifts this year. I received a BEAUTIFUL quilt from my dearest freind for Christmas and would like to share the same feelings with my family and other friends

  890. Kathie says:

    I hope to complete many of my ufo’s before starting too many new projects this year!!! Kathie

  891. Rebecca Miler says:

    This year, I hope to sew more efficiently and actually finish things before they become lost in the depths of the sewing room. I also hope to start a business in 2009, probably through etsy. We’ll see!

  892. Jennifer N. says:

    My plan is to sew some of the things I’ve collected patterns for . . . patterns that are cut out, waiting to be pinned to fabric, cut and sewn; patterns that my kids and I decided would be fun to have on hand and share with our friends (chefs hats anybody? . . .

  893. Amanda says:

    As always I have a lot of goals for 2009….but in the crafting/sewing world: Make my first quilt, try to sew for at least 30 minutes a day, update my Etsy shop more, make more handmade gifts for everyone, make myself some tops, and learn how to use patterns correctly! 🙂

  894. DebbieKL says:

    Oooh – I like all the fabrics! I’d like to take a quilting class in ’09 and then make my son a quilt. Maybe I’ll even make something for myself this year!

  895. Nancey says:

    I’m pregnant with a girl in May, so I am taking on my first baby quilt for her. It’ll be 4×4″ squares, simple, but just right.

  896. Lindsey says:

    On new years eve I just finished the binding on my first big quilt. I’m looking forward to making a bunch more.

  897. Monica Gee says:

    Just a sewing goal? I’ve really done a lot more sewing in 2008 than ever before, and I hope to keep that up. I’d really like to expand my knitting skills too!

  898. RachelMM says:

    First I need to finish a Christmas project for my mother-in-law. I only finished 2 of her 6 place-mats for the actual day.

    This year I would like to incorporate more embroidery art in my sewing projects. I’m also making my daughter a Spring jacket from some Spoonflower fabric I designed. So, more of all of that!

  899. Nicki says:

    My goal is to stop buying clothes and emblish/modify the ones I do have but I am bored with.

  900. Natalie says:

    My sewing goal is to keep moving forward… embracing my love of making! Quilts to finish, and embroidery to add and skirts to sew… still finding projects from your many collections of ideas. Happy New Year!

  901. Rachel says:

    I only have one sewing goal for the year …. to start and finish my halloween quilt, which will be bed size and include embroidery blocks. It will be a big undertaking, but I want to do it!!


  902. Heather says:

    I have never been “crafty” before, and I don’t really even know how to sew, but I am determined to learn and be a handmade lovely like the wonderful ladies on this site. I recently purchased a sewing machine, and have started cutting squares to make my first quilt – a simple denim/cotton calico rag quilt (I’m a beginner, remember!). So my goal is to learn how to sew pretty well, and finish at least 3 quilts this year. Woohoo!

  903. Kristin says:

    I plan on making stuff for ME this year…, that is. I signed up for Wardrobe Refashion for four months, so no buying new clothing for me during that time.

  904. My sewing goal for 2009 is to sew a dress for my one year old daughter and to learn to use the embroidery piece of my machine. I love the fabrics!!!

  905. Sarah O. says:

    This month I am planning to make a quilted wall hanging (my first ever!) to go over my bed.

  906. Brooke Brandt says:

    I am looking forward to getting my sewing machine off the shelf. Somehow getting pregnant and having a baby last year squashed any idea of sewing I had. I hope all the creative juices come back to me this year!

  907. rebecca says:

    i just moved away from family and this will be the beginning of many firsts.i am going to make valentine’s day outfits for my girls. i have never cut my own fabric out. i have never followed a pattern by myself. i have always been too scared of a mistake.

  908. Erin says:

    what’s big in 2009 is that i have decided to seriously sewing something for my family and i have ordered bernina bernette 82e for myself – and i bought some fabrics from many online stores to start my fabric collections – also some patterns. and on my list for this year are; (1) comfy quilts for everyone (myself, hubby, 3 sons & 1 little girl) (2) little dress/gown for my little girl + soft shoes ( i made 1 hand-stitched-soft-shoes last month, will be making more this year!) – best wishes to all sew-mama out there through out the year!

  909. Terri says:

    I plan on making a twin quilt for my grandson this year and a baby quilt for my granddaughter.

  910. Mandalei says:

    Sigh. After a horribly sick-with-some-stomach-thing toddler on New Year’s Day, I have forgotten most of what I wanted to accomplish. Wait… my list is here somewhere! Oh right, “start new project on New Year’s Day”. Pardon me while I laugh and laugh and my husband looks at me funny and offers something soothing to drink.
    In all seriousness, though, I want to be more personally creative. I have made so many things using other people’s patterns and tutorials, and hope to nurture the kind of creativity where I come up with my own stuff (like an arty quilt for our bed) on my own.

  911. Kara says:

    another quilt for another year. perhaps in a little less time than last. and lots of embroidered tea towels

  912. Carolyn says:

    I hope to establish a shop online and create small gifts for sale.

  913. Vickii Terpstra says:

    I already have so many aspirations of things I want to do this year and if I only finish half of them I’ll be happy with myself. At the top of my list are some little coats/shirts for my sons dogs who need them to stay warm since they are such small dogs and here in the winter it’s cold. They just moved from FL and aren’t quite sure about this white stuff on the ground. LOL After that I have a number of dresses I want to get finished for my granddaughter. I also have some other special things I’m deciding upon for a special couple who will be getting married this July so I need to figure out which of my ideas I want to do and get moving on that. Just as Christmas always gets here sooner than planned with unfinished projects, July will be here just as quickly if I let that procrastination thing settle in.

    Mostly though, I don’t care what the project is, BUT, I have resolved that this year I WILL finish a project no matter what it is at least twice each month.


  914. Mariesa says:

    I want to make a quilt, dust ruffle and matching window treatments for my little girls room. I also want to make an Easter dress for my little girl, and another quilt for my mom for her birthday. I’m thinking I might also do a denim blanket for picnics and camping. Hmm, that’s all I can think of for now, but when I get those projects done I’m sure I’ll have a whole nother list!

  915. Deanne says:

    My goals for this year concerning sewing and crafting:
    1) learn to machine quilt so I can finish a small quilt top I’ve had done for 2 years
    2) knit a pair of socks
    3) create with my children, not just for them

  916. Margie says:

    For the new year I really want to make a quilt & want to make more kids clothes. I’ve made basic tops & shorts but really want to make something beautiful for my almost 7 yr old daaughter to wear!!
    I love the robot line of fabric!!

  917. brenda says:

    I want to start selling purses on etsy.

  918. kangaroo says:

    okay, i know i just won a yard and that might exclude me, but i just received it today and it is even more darling than your picture. for the coming year, my goals are two bunk bed quilts, a king-sized quilt, a craft bag for myself, a christmas tree skirt, pants for the littlun, and some sort of sewn gift for christmas. LOVE the new fabrics.

  919. lena says:

    We plan on moving into a new house in the next few months, so my 2009 goal is to outfit it with home made goodies. Curtains, quilts, cushions… I feel like I get a fresh canvas to create on!

  920. froghair says:

    after making quilts for so many friends and family, it’s high time I made one for husband and myself! it’s even on my list of resolutions!

  921. Bree says:

    What I really want to do this year is make a bunch of cloth napkins to use in our kitchen.

    But my biggest project this year is my wedding dress. I’m going to start on it this summer for my October wedding!

  922. Bethany says:

    My goal for January (I am making monthly goals) is to finish my daughter’s baby bedding! I’m excited to finally have a timeline for getting this done!!

  923. sherral says:

    I only set craft reolutions this year! I’m looking forward to a 2009 full of creating!

  924. I plan on sewing with my daughters at least once a week – teaching them how to use thier machines, read patterns, and have fun creating!

  925. Tara says:

    I plan to go through all of my fabric and really examine it all. 2009 is my year of “If I don’t love it, toss it!” And then I’m going to sew on at least one of my 2 days off a week.

  926. nanann says:

    The main sewing goals I have are both for my 2nd daughter, Julia. I have *yet* to do her baby quilt, and she just turned a year old! !! I haven’t chosen anything for it yet — waiting to be inspired I s’pose. And I also have a signature quilt from her baptism that I need to do. right now I just have the signatures. I totally know what I plan on doing, just need to sit down and do it!

  927. My goal? To clean up my craft/sewing area this month so I can craft efficiently! Knowing what I have and then using it before purchasing much new.

  928. Ashley says:

    One of my goals is to finally quilt at least one of the 2 queen sized quilts I made during 2008. So far, I’ve been reluctant to try – perhaps 2009 will be the year!

  929. Jessica says:

    Hi! I love your blog. I’ve been reading for a while, but this is my first comment.

    For 2009, I hope to really start sewing fun things. I’m hoping that at some point through the year, I can get enough of an “inventory” of cool things to have a shop on etsy. So, my immediate goal is to make some cool stuff and see where that takes me.

  930. Leigh says:

    This year I plan to REALLY learn to sew! I’ve been dabbling for a while, but I am starting a class in a few weeks and I can’t wait to get more confident in my abilities and try out new things!

  931. Heidi says:

    I’m going to start sewing a few pieces of clothing for my daughter this year (to date I’ve only made diapers for her) and I want to try quilting this year!!

  932. amanda says:

    Love the Lizzy dish — that would make such cute kitchen accessories! I’m going to make my first real quilt this year; I have the fabric, pattern, and everything & just need to get started! I hope it will be the beginning of a grand new hobby.

  933. Janna says:

    I want to make a beautiful quilt this year and more handmade gifts for friends and family.

  934. Christy says:

    My goal is to use up a good portion of my stash so I can buy more fabric without feeling too guilty! But seriously, my stash isn’t that bad if you ask me, ask my DH and you’ll get a different answer – LOL!

  935. Ngoc says:

    I’m planning on making some presents for Valentine’s Day.

  936. Ngoc says:

    I’m planning some Valentine’s Day presents for my girlfriends 🙂

  937. Judy D. says:

    make baby quilts for all of my friends having babies this year!

  938. anna says:

    this year I resolve to actually sew more, not just think about sewing more {which is what usually happens}

    actually, right now I’m about to sew some little rice bags to throw in the microwave to keep my cute little self warm… but look at me already taking a blogging break–this is why I never end up finishing my projects! 🙂

  939. Tanya says:

    My sewing goal for 2009 is to work on projects for MY home! I have made quilted pillows and curtains for several family members, but to look at my house, you would never know that I actually sewed. By the end of the year, I want quilted pillows and appliqued table runners. 🙂

  940. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    My sewing goals for 2009 is to expand into more varieties of fabric and patterns, complete my gifts more timely and take at least one class per quarter.
    I could certainly be inspired with some LIzzy Dish fabric.

  941. Wendy Van Hove says:

    Santa brought me a new sewing machine for Christmas . . . so I’m bursting with project “to do’s”. I think that my first one will be fabric buckets (which me luck on the corners) : )

  942. Crissy says:

    I plan to get an early start on my handmade Christmas gifts for next year by working on the according to my family members’ birth months and that means two this month! The gifts range from crocheted slippers to my first quilt. Wish me luck!!

  943. Hi!
    My crafting goal for 2009 is to sew a dress for me. I never did this before but I really really like to do this 🙂
    Great blog, I like your tutorials so much ^^

  944. Sara McClure says:

    Just one goal?!? I have several…make curtains for all of my bare windows, make a comfy quilt, actually use all of the patterns and fabric I keep buying! Oh the possibilities!

  945. Katie says:

    First off, that Lizzy dish is so cute and so retro! I’m in love with it! Sewing wise, I just really want to do the same, hunker down and get sewing! The other day I sorted through all of my patterns and picked out the ones that I can do realistically in the next 6 months and then sorted through my collection of fabric. To keep myself somewhat organized, when I found a pattern and fabric that I would put together, I cut a small square of the fabric and stapled it to the pattern so I could remember for the next time I picked up the pattern!! I just need to get Christmas packed up and then I’m ready to go!

  946. melanie says:

    In the next few days, I’m having a baby, so my goal will be to keep on sewing once in a while. Perhaps come up with my own patterns.

  947. Amanda says:

    Ah, I have more goals than time, I fear. A few things on my list are: hand make all gifts, lap quilt, door draft stopper, custom bath mats, lots of clothes for the kiddos, felt play food, learn to knit….

    So much to do!

  948. Asdis Omarsdottir says:

    I’ve just begun to use my sewing machine for other than sewing on buttons that have popped off clothes…. and in 2009 I plan to make clothes for my children as well as myself. I also want to try out making purses and bags from scratch 🙂

  949. Heather says:

    Some fabric buckets to hold projects, like the ones at Maya Made. ~H

  950. Vanessa Byers says:

    I want to make a beautiful quilt this year and become stronger in my skillz!

  951. Laura says:

    First one to comment! 🙂 In 2009 my sewing goals are to use up some of my staff, finish my UFOs and sew a quilt complete with binding. Yay 2009!

  952. Katie B. says:

    So many things I want to make…

    I suppose one specific goal is that I want to make some pretty summer dresses for my baby girl.

  953. alice says:

    I aim to make four things for me to waer this month 🙂

  954. therese says:

    In that vacuum space that comes after the holiday creativeness stops all too suddenly on christmas eve, I decided that during the remains of the winter, I will make a big bed spread quilt. We just reorganized our living- and sleeping rooms, so we both need the spread and I need to do some serious cutting into fabric stash.. But I’m pretty sure that some woodland fabrics would NOT ruin my plan 🙂

  955. Amy Hodge says:

    So many things for the New Year it’s hard to know where to start! I just got Sew U and Liberated Quiltmaking, so I’m dying to make myself some new clothes and try my hand at a variety of small quilts to test out liberated quilting techniques. But I have also had my eye on the traditional Drunkard’s Path for quite some time, so learning how to do curves is on the list. Oh — and I need a bag for my new yoga mat! And that’s just the top of the list!

  956. Jessica says:

    I plan on making my first quilt in 2009!

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