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?


  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.

  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.)

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

  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.

  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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