Earlier this week I was catching up with my quilting podcasts, when I came across Sandy’s: Quilting for the Rest of Us.
As I’ve mentioned before, Sandy’s podcast is an old favorite of mine, and in this particular episode from December 29, 2015, she talks about her 2015 Quilting Resolutions challenge and the challege for the upcoming year. This is a tradition she has kept up amongst her listeners since, pretty much, the beginning of her podcasting days.
Unfortunately, the date to enter in the challenge has already passed, but I decided immediately that I still wanted to participate, even if it didn’t mean that I would have a chance at the giveaway.
I know how important it is to set achievable goals and I know that this is something I need to apply also to my quilting life.
Listening to Sandy, report on her quilty goals and resolutions, and her progress towards achieving them was extremely interesting and really got me thinking about what I most needed to do. When she read out select listeners words of the year, I immediately was drawn to the word LEARN. Feeling the need to make that the focus of my quilting in 2016.
As for the goals themselves that was a bit more complicated.
Sandy’s challenge is as follows:
Part 1) “What are the three things you are going to do to ‘clean house’ in your quilty life, mentally or physically?”
That is…”Are there three things you need to do to straighten up/ organize/ get rid of / or whatever you need to do in order for you to feel like you can move ahead mentally or physically”
Part 2) Quilty Resolution Word of the Year
After taking time to reflect over my 2015 quilty year I realized I had some major accomplishments that I was very proud of:
- Completed my hand quilted Red Currant Quilt
- Started and finished my hand quilted Granny Squares Quilt
- Started my first sampler quilt the Back Home Quilt AKA Yves’ Quilt
- In the Spring I started attending my first quilt guild meetings with the Halden Quilters in St. Gallen.
- I learnt how to English Paper Piece making hexagons, see my Flickr album here.
- I learnt how to Foundation Paper Piece making a Christmas Tree see here in Flickr
- I learnt the following blocks: The Granny Square, Churn Dash, House, Square in a Square, Sawtooth Star
All in all it looks like quite a lot. However, I know I could have accomplished a lot more, had I been more focused in what I was trying to achieve and set goals and deadlines. With those in mind, I realized I needed something a little more specific than the word learn and that one of my quilt goals needed adjusting.
I finally arrived at the following, for my quilty resolution and goals for 2016:
- Move all quilting and sewing supplies into the newly renovated basement room and set up a more professional sewing space.
- NSO- Return ‘not started object’ to owner by end of February.
- Quilt Guild Responsibilities: entries for quilt show and heart shaped pillows for breast cancer patients.
My Quilty Resolution Word of the Year for 2016 is FLOURISH.
Before I expain, and make this post far too long, I am going to stop here. In my next blog entry I plan to tell you the details about why I have chosen the above goals and resolution and how I plan on achieving these goals.
But before I go, I would like to ask you if you have any quilty goals or resolutions and if you are participating in Sandy’s challenge or another similar quilting challenge this year. Or perhaps you have participated in such a challenge in the past. How did it go? Were there any issues in achieving these goals?
So until next time, I wish you all a great weekend and lots of time for all your creative projects this weekend.