Friday, January 2, 2015

Quilty Goals

The holidays are over and as much as I look forward to them,  I am happy they are over.  Lots of family time and then throw in a 18th birthday for my youngest as well and I am ready to get back to a routine.  I did love having lots of time off the last two weeks.

As I think about 2015 I looked back at 2014 and I was really happy with what I did accomplish. I finished 14 projects.  4 of those were charity quilts, 1 Riley Blake Challenge, 6 gifts and then a few things that I am using or saving for when I need something. All of my finishes are under the finish tabs at the top.  I was happy that I used just over 90 yards of fabric. I didn't really count what came in but I did use more than I bought.

I have been thinking about what things I would like to do and accomplish in 2015 and there is a link up over on Quilting JetGirl.  I love a list to see what I want to do and I love to cross things off as well.  Not sure if I will hit 15 but here they go:

1.  Sew my stash- this is more about cutting into the newer bundles or yardage.  I have sewn a lot of scrap quilts the last year or year and half now I want to sew up those bundles and collections that I seem to never get to.  This is not even close to all but just stuff sitting out that I would like to use and one of the solids bins.  This is the start of sewing my stash.


2.  Sew charity quilts.  I would like to do 4 again this year.  I can't possible use all the quilts I make so it is nice to give them to others. Here are the 4 that I made this year.



3.  Use the quilt books, patterns that I have bought.  I need to make quilts from them instead of buying more.

4.  Sew a bag!  I really want that weekender but maybe start off with something smaller/easier.

5.  Sew some clothes.  I really want to try this again.  It has been at 20 years but would love to see how that would go.

6.  Declutter and reduce possessions.  I have been seriously purging for six months and want to get my basement ready for an overhaul.  That translates to a bigger sewing area after that youngest goes to college.

7.  Try something new.  I have yet to make a paper pieced quilt, curves, bags.  Whatever seems interesting a few of those things seem to scarce me away.  I need the challenge to keep things interesting.

8.  Find balance to work less than I have been so I can work out, practice yoga, get back to eating clean.  I have more energy when I do those things than when I don't and then of course more sewing time during the week.

9.  Try an Instagram swap.  I was really close to doing one and missed the cut off time.  It is a little nerve wracking thinking about making something for someone you don't know now there is another one and I just need to take the plunge.  

10.  Continue with the Finish Alongs.  This keeps me more focused to accomplish the quilts that I have started and am working on otherwise I think I may just keep starting things and have a large stack of WIP's.

11,  Track what I bought against what I used.  I know I used 90 yards but not sure how much I bought. I was on the fabric diet for the first 6 months and the only fabric I bought was the 7 yards on vacation at the quilt show in Paducah.  I didn't track anything after that.  I am fascinated how I really don't notice when I use up fabric. 

Okay that is all I have and am excited to see what new things I create in 2015.  If you made it to the end, thank you for reading.  Is anyone else making any goals for the new year?

6 comments:

  1. Such great goals, Beth. I look forward to seeing what you create in 2015. I also appreciated your encouragement to keep track of my stash in and out. It was fun to do.

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  2. Those solids are gorgeous! I'm excited to see what you'll make with them. I also did the quilting goals for 2015. I got all the way up to 15 but now I'll need to add a 16th. Tracking is a great idea. I'll be tracking everything coming in and going out for my business. (Not personal or charity sewing.) www.quiltartbymegan.com

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  3. Sounds like you have got yourself on track for 2015. Looking forward to seeing your work!

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  4. Thank you so much for linking up! Those are really great goals for the year, and I hope you have a lot of success in meeting them.

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  5. Excellent goals. I track everything on an extensive spreadsheet that makes me accountable. I am happy to share if it will help you track your stash in and out.

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  6. I hope you have a lot of success in meeting them.

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