So the answer for 2016 is to do BOMs, and sampler type quilts.
Splendid sampler is coming along, it is a challenge with a limited palette of cotton and steel's Bluebird....but fun trying to interpret each block in a style of my own
Today made March BOM for Pat Sloan's secret garden, I plan to use up my huge solid stash with only 2 prints/block
But my biggest challenge will be having a go at recreating the 1718 coverlet
isn't it adorable? its the earliest dated english patchwork surviving
made from silks , the silks of the day were hand woven and were in fact a tighter weave than today's silks which fray more.The blocks were paper pieced, mainly repurposed silks, with a little velvet and wool fabric. No batting, just backed...hence it is named ' coverlet'
The quilt guild made a lovely reproduction to show the original colours better
There is a wonderful book about this, and patterns to make the blocks, by Susan Briscoe
So much to do........and I've got 4 days off, whoo hoo!!