It was a pretty good year for projects! Though I made a lot more smaller quilts vs. the large ones of 2013, the smaller ones were more intricate and challenging for the most part.
Also this time last year:
- I signed up for a 6 month Fabric Diet (and included Craftsy classes in the diet too). I made it all the way to February before I broke down and ordered a bunch of fabric. Ironically, my Epic Fail post was one of my most popular posts. I guess the guilty-minded like company. I did much better avoiding buying new Craftsy classes. In fact, I think I went most of the year without adding any, until that last big sale, that is.
- I was not going to worry about finishing UFO's - if they got worked on, great! If they didn't, I wasn't going to feel guilty about it. Ironically, the first few months of the year, I finished more UFO's than I had in the entire previous year. My UFO busting did wear off in the middle of the year, and while I've made some progress on several, I haven't finished one in a while. But, I don't feel guilty, and I guess that was the point.
- I wanted to finish up all my Star of Africa bee blocks - once I decided to go out of order and just finish them as the ideas came to me, it was a breeze! Again, February was the lucky month when I could report those blocks were all done!
- I was going to work on things as it struck my fancy. I think initially, this was great. I finished a lot more items in the beginning of the year. I just sat down at my machine and asked myself, "What do you want to work on today?". It was lovely. I guess, the freshness wore off somewhere in the middle of the year as I started working on things with deadlines or because they were the items still sitting on my table.
- I wanted to connect and reconnect with friends I've made through these quilty-interwebs (without signing up for swaps, etc.). I noticed that I was getting a lot fewer comments, and was myself commenting less and less. The interaction was depleted. As with most resolutions, I started off the year well commenting on friends blogs and responding to all my comments, but somewhere in the middle I started getting lazy. Well, not really lazy so much as I didn't want to spend all my time in front of the computer and instead went down to sew. I also discovered that it wasn't really helping all that much. I got a lot more communication and interaction later in the year when I joined a bee and a couple of swaps. Instagram has also helped I think. I think that platform is just so easy to comment on or get a validation with a "like".
- I also was planning on rewarding myself if all my resolutions were going well. Yeah, I'm not so good at the holding back on rewards. I am the Queen of Rationalization. So another epic fail there.
- I also wanted to update the look of my blog. Well, as you can see, I just got around to doing that. What do you think? Are the pictures too big at the top? I need some feedback.
So some successes, and some failures. Par for the course, right? Now what to do for the upcoming year....I thought long and hard about what I wanted to resolve to do this year. I considered all the things I want to learn or get better at. I thought about the friendships I've made and how much fun it is to make new friends. I even paused to remember the UFO's, PHD's, and WIP's I have laying around. And you know what I came up with? I just want to sew as much as possible. So, that's what I'm going to do!
- Participation! I am probably overdoing it a bit, but I can't wait for some of these fun things to start!
- There is the Scrappy Log Cabin QAL on Instagram - so convenient since scrappy log cabins are something I wanted to do with a few of my scrap piles. This QAL has already started, and I haven't sewn a single block yet. But there is always tomorrow. And I did pull out the "piles" I was referring to - so that's a start.
- And the Sew My Stash 2015 year long support group, hosted by Project Leasa. Ironically, I just downloaded a Stash Report spreadsheet from Pam at Hip to Be a Square Podcast right after purchasing some Cotton & Steel basics. I clearly need help.
- The Arcadia QAL at Sassafras Lane - I already got my pattern in the mail! I saw this one and couldn't help myself. I need to decide if I am going to make the rainbow or another version. The rainbow is calling me, but there is another rainbow quilt on the horizon..
- I joined the 2015 Skill builder BOM at Pile o'Fabric. Alyssa has designed a stunning quilt, which of course is shown in a rainbow of color that may just have to be how I make it too.
- Then there is The Rainbow Mini Swap that is in progress
- There is also a Tula Pink mini swap I joined.
- And a Spring Fling Mini swap that I'm waiting to hear back on too.
- I'm still signed up for the We Bee With it Bee
- And just joined the Bee Hive Bee
- Lazy Bums, I haven't forgotten about you either!
- What's next?
- Well, later in the year - obviously, I will be busy for a while with these swaps - I do want to try my hand at making some kind of garment. I've got several patterns. I just need to pick one and go for it.
- I also want to get going with Inspirational Sunday's again. It's been a while since I've been to a quilt show to get any pics, but that will change shortly as I am off to Austin, TX for QuiltCon next month
- Beyond that?
- Who knows??
- Perhaps I will start my own swap or bee later in the year.
Have you signed up for anything interesting? What are your resolutions for 2015?
Thanks for reading,