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.
So pleased to have played a tiny part in your goal setting. A very impressive list! Good luck 🍀
I am an oldest child and I love making lists! Even if I don’t live up to them…:) I hope to get at least part of it done.
What kind of energy foods are you eating? Just reading your list made me tired!
Yeah, we’ve had a whole week of sunshine and it made me brave! Talk to me again in August when it’s too hot to think.
Wow, very ambitious. I love the format. Not sure I will mimic it but will at least try to draft a list. Thanks for the inspiration.
Yes, there’s something about this format that inspired me! I have made myself checklists on the computer and everything! 🙂
Hi. How big is a quiltlet ? You have a lot to do! Jane
The three that I made at the end of 2014 were about 14 inches by 17 inches – just little practice pieces. And you always do a lot, Miss Researcher Painter Poet!!! 🙂
I love the way this goal setting is arranged! I may try it for something much less specific (like not stuff about textiles). But I don’t think I’m looking forward to goal setting in 2050. 🙂
By 2050, my goals will be “50 minutes of exercise THIS ENTIRE YEAR” “remember what I came in here for 50 times this year,” etc. 🙂
This is both impressive and extremely productive! Potentially, anyway 😉 I love that you include outreach and sharing your skills in your goals.
And I didn’t even include more research on the Greeks and their textiles! But it is on my mind. I am not going on to any of the medieval and Viking textile books I have until I finish reading Pandora and Reading Greek Vases. And it is starting to drive me crazy that I can’t read Greek!
HA GOT ONE!! If you would just sign and notarize this statement of interest, I’ll go ahead and forward it to The Field; I expect my commission check will be cut shortly, as this is an open-and-shut case.
It is a really cool language… and their poetics make extensive use of weaving metaphors!
You deserve a huge commission.
I have to at least learn how to read the weaving terms, and of course anything they wrote about goats.
Nice! I did check out the other blogs and had been ‘introduced’ to one which encouraged us to spin for 15 min per day…that’s all 🙂 All doable without pressure hanging over you like Sisyphus and his Rock!! thanks.
I really need to get a spinning wheel, but I can’t let myself until I finish up some of my other projects!
That looks like a great set of goals. The nice thing about choosing things that you’d do anyway is that you can give yourself proper credit for them! I find those are the sorts of things that I forget about and end up feeling I haven’t done anything 🙂
Good luck, and look forward to seeing your progress!
They are things I would want to do anyway, but I’m thinking that having a structured list will help me accomplish more. Instead of meandering through my mental to-do list and just doing whatever strikes my fancy at the moment, I hope I will take more direct action and get more done. It’s working so far!
That’s quite a list! I got hung up on trying to sing it to the tune of the Twelve Days of Christmas . . . good luck and keep us posted!
I will have to try that. It will help me keep the list in mind instead of having to check my printed-out copy!
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