Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year! 2016 was a big year for me, in a crafty sense. I got my sewing room put together in February, and since then, I've been absolutely addicted to and wholly obsessed with quilting. First I pieced several quilts and quilted lines on them, which I did really enjoy, but when I learned how to do free-motion, there was no turning back. Quilting has become my passion, my sanity keeper, my creative outlet.

Here are some of my resolutions soft goals for 2017. I'm not sure how much I can accomplish, but it's good to have something to strive for.

1) Love It, Use It

I have a tendency to hoard my favorite fabrics because a little part of me thinks I'll never find something I love that much again. It's not true, otherwise I wouldn't have the urge to click the "Add to cart" button so often! I should always use my favorite (as long as it's appropriate) fabric to make my next quilt.

2) Stash Judiciously

There's several parts to this goal. First, I need to be more careful about shopping, especially precuts. I think fat quarters and jelly rolls are all I should buy next year, and definitely no more charm packs. Also, I need to curb my enthusiasm at conventions. It's not easy, with all the fabric fumes in the air, but I end up taking things home I normally wouldn't if it was a regular day, and then I feel bad with it sitting in my sewing room.

3) Go 3D

While I won't be getting into garment sewing anytime soon, I'm pretty interested in sewing bags and wallets and such. After all, that's so useful, and they make great gifts, not to mention are much faster than quilts. I already paid for several of these classes on Craftsy ... I just have to take them and work through them, and hopefully make something pretty and useful. (I already started on this resolution.)

4) Learn EQ7

I purchased EQ7 a few months ago but I was kind of chicken to learn it fully. I can do some simple stuff, but I haven't even begun to tap into its full potential. My fear is kind of ironic considering that I was a software engineer, surely I can figure out how to use a piece of software, right? Hopefully I can design something of my own that is more than just applique.

5) Attend a Guild Meeting

This is a really scary one ... probably the scariest one on the list! It's a no-brainer for most people, probably, especially since quilting is considered a "social activity", but I've not really liked joining groups. However, I plan to try it ... at least once. There are 2 promising-looking guilds within 30 minutes of my house. (The guild I most want to join, unfortunately, meets on Sundays at noon.)


After looking and looking and dreaming for at least 2 months, I caved and bought the Quilter's Planner 2017 as a New Year's present to myself. I've been looking forward to using it, and now I can.

Here's to a great 2017!

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