Twenty-five Days Behind Everyone Else
In 2013, I finished 22 small quilts and weaving projects, but in 2014, I only finished 17, and 3 of those were just tiny practice pieces. In a way that was okay, because I took the last months of the year to just play around with techniques that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time.
But I think with a little structure, I can accomplish more this year. I saw a planning idea I liked from Laura at Made in Oxford ( I was led there by Nana Cathy) and I am adopting that for goal-setting this year. It’s fun to see what plans different people fit into this format. Here’s my list:
15 in 2015
- 15 fused applique blocks – just blocks that I will join together into one quilt at some time in the future.
- 14 finished-up fabrics,and scrap bags. I say this every year, but this year I have pulled the ones that I want to bid adieu, and I am going to work with them first.
- 13 technique try-outs. This will be continuing my foray into the miles and piles of articles I have saved. I am going to join in with the Love Your Library challenge group hosted by Emily at Snapdragon Crafts (and I was led there by Laura, above). Emily even has monthly themes for working through your library. Unfortunately I cannot figure out how to get her cute banner as a widget in my side bar, so I will just have to link to her periodically. (I did not add “become more technologically ept” anywhere in my list of goals for this year.)
- 12 mini practice quiltlets.
- 11 video segments viewed. I have some Craftsy classes and Quilting Arts videos and I never watch them!
- 10 materials try-outs. These are materials I have on hand, mostly for surface design or embellishment.
- 9 new dye plants. In 2013, I sampled about a dozen plants from my yard. Last year I looked at how colorfast they turned out to be, but I didn’t throw even one more plant in a pot! This year, I need to sample more, especially the fall plants.
- 8 small quilts – crib quilts and lap quilts. I already have one done!
- “7 layers of design” cloth. This is a concept I learned from Jane Dunnewold and I want to make some practice pieces.
- 6 activities to share textile skills, like giving weaving lessons, speaking to an afterschool group, or volunteering at a quilt show. I already have 3 of these scheduled.
- 5 fiber field trips
- 4 warps
- 3 tops (the kind to wear, not quilt tops). I have the fabric, I have the patterns, I just need to make them!
- 2 larger quilts – large for me is twin-size and up.
- 1 show entry! In each of the past two years, I have taken on one thing that is a challenge for me. One year I joined an online quilt show, and one year I submitted an idea to a magazine for their reader’s challenge. This one is less challenging than it sounds, because a local church is having its first quilt show, and they will take all entries with no fee and no jurying. 🙂
Laura points out that this equals 120 total goals! But most of mine are small, and things I normally spend time on. I may not achieve all of them, but I think this structure will help me achieve more than I did last year.