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It's that time of year... at least it is for some of us.  Maybe not me... but some of us.  From planners and journals to making lists for WIPs-UFOs, things to clean-clear out, etc.  Do you do any of that?

(Google Images - Bullet Journals.)

I have been working on to-do lists for work and personal - and no, these are not to be confused with New Year's resolutions, these are actual tasks that need to be done.  Kind of like grocery lists - "eat healthier" is a resolution, "buy carrots, cream cheese and crushed pineapple" is a to-do list.  (Carrot Cake?  Definitely not "eat healthier.")

"Make more time to sew and stitch" is a resolution... "finish Blockheads quilt" is a to-do list thing.

These are a couple of the lists I've been working on...

Only eight WIPs?  I thought there were more too.

Quilts I want to make this year - I always need a list for that.  This is the only list that might be "resolution-like" as what I write down is often the bit unrealistic.  But I am going to make a new Christmas quilt this year!  And I will start it before December.

And I will use one of these new Holiday collections.

Top row - The North Pole by Stacy Iest Hsu - Hearthside Holiday by Deb Strain - Overnight Delivery by Sweetwater

Bottom Row - Winter Village by BasicGreyWhite Christmas Metallic by Zen Chic - Christmas Figs by Fig Tree & Co.

Or Good Tidings.  SnoWintertideHolly Woods.  William Morris Metallic.

That's after I finish Vintage Holiday and Swell Christmas quilts.

One of the things I want to improve this year is my embroidery.  I used to do more but I've "fallen out of practice" recently.  Luckily we're going to start having regular "lunch hour" projects and embroidery is first-up.

Lunch Hour Embroidery from the folks at Martingale is where the idea came from.  The book is full of illustrations by Adrienne Smitke, all of which are easily transferred and stitched.  I also love Modern Folk Embroidery by Nancy Nicholson and Krause.  (Joyful Daily Stitching by Valerie Bothell and C&T is about to join this stack - it's a complete guide to 500 embroidery-stitch combinations... it says so on the cover.)

Just so you know, these two books do not come with spiral-binding.  I had that done for a few dollars at the local office store.  It's time and money well-spent.

The embroidery thread is Lecien's Cosmo 6-strand Embroidery Floss.

I'll be sure to let you know it all goes.

I'm also working on schedules and calendars for the year - what's coming, where I might be going, are there new patterns coming, etc.

February is QuiltCon in Pasadena, California and Moda will be there.  The Modern Quilt Guild has a beautiful new "coffee table" style book - Modern Quilts.

Written and compiled by Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton and Heather Grant of The Modern Quilt Guild, the book shares a brief history of the emergence of today's modern quilt and two-hundred modern quilts created in the past ten years.  It's a terrific perspective on what defines a "modern quilt".

But all this leads me to a couple of questions, starting with - what is it that you'd like to see on The Cutting Table this year?

My list is long, but it's not complete.  Are there techniques you'd like to know more about?  Tools?  Notions?

Are there things you'd like to know about the designers?

So what do you want to add to my to-do list for 2018?

That's it for today.  Can you believe the first week of 2018 is already over?

With as fast as this year is going already, I'd better get busy on those Christmas quilts!