Although I am entering into Sandy’s Resolution contest over on her site, I wanted to expand a bit on the ideas she’s asking about over here. I’ll talk about these on the next episode, which will be a bit of a “year in review” episode.
Looking Back at 2012
The things I am happiest about doing in my sewing this year are organizing my scraps into usable sizes, learning a good applique technique, and making some good looking king-size quilts. Without the applique technique, I never could have made the Star Wars quilts like I wanted.
The king sized quilts mean that I get to sleep under a quilt I made, FINALLY. I’m looking forward to making a king-size Christmas quilt next year. Well, two, honestly- one for me, and one for my in-laws.
And without that scrap organization (and subsequent leaders and enders), I wouldn’t have made nearly as many quilts for Project Linus as I did. I believe my final tally is 8 quilts for Project Linus (baby size), and 3 for Good Mews (lap size or larger).
Looking Forward to 2013
In 2012 I spent of lot of time focused on numbers. Number of quilts made, yardage used, etc. This part of my personality isn’t going to change all that much, despite whatever I might want to decree about “taking things slow” and “enjoying the process”. I’m built to accomplish and finish things, and it’s true what they say in business school: you manage what you measure. However, I do want to feel like I’m enjoying what I’m working on most of the time, so I’m going to try to shift my philosophy a bit.
What I Want to Accomplish
- My McKenna Ryan Beachwalk Quilt. I bought the kit for this over a year ago and haven’t touched it since. I’d like to make the quilt by the time we go to the beach in May.
- Launch my pattern business. I’m doing this with a partner, and we really just need to get off our duffs to make this happen.
- Christmas quilts for my daughter, me, and my in-laws. Technically this is three things all on its own, but since they are all Christmas quilts, I’m lumping them together.
What I Want to Learn
I pretty well know how to do most things I want to do in my quilting right now, so I want to learn to be a better teacher. I am HORRIBLE at teaching other people, because I feel like if I just show you how to do it, you should be able to and if you don’t clearly there is something wrong with you because it couldn’t possibly be my fault. You can imagine how awesome this approach to teaching is for my kids. So, since my daughter is getting a sewing machine for Christmas (from my parents – spoiler alert!), I figure I should get better at this. And it will help my podcast and benefit my guild, too.
What I Want to Experience Through Quilting
Delight. I felt so many times this year that I wasn’t necessarily enjoying the process of making quilts as I was joyfully entering numbers in a spreadsheet. I want to be de-goddamn-lighted by what I’m sewing. Granted, if I have to repair a pair of pants, I can’t imagine how delightful that will be, but I want to avoid the trap of feeling like I have to beat this year’s numbers. I don’t have to, and in fact my only yardage goal for 2013 is to be net negative in usage so I have more going out than coming in.
My Guiding Word