Happy New Year! Thank you for visiting!
New year, new goals. With the busy holiday season behind us, it's a great time to set some goals for 2107. I feel a little like I could just move all my 2016 goals to my new list. It seems that 2016 didn't really go as planned. It was an emotionally hard year for a variety of reasons. I think I let a lot of things go in my life in favor of sewing. But I did sew a lot. In addition to bee blocks and progress on new and existing projects I think I finished twenty-one quilts (most of those mini quilts or baby quilts), including those I helped my kiddos finish. That also includes my daughter's first two quilts. We're now a family of three quilters. :-) I've spent a lot of time thinking about my intentions as 2016 came to a close: for my quilting, my blog, and my life.
On the blog, 2017 will be for...
Finishes. I started a lot of quilts this year. This includes the numerous quilts started in QuiltCon classes in February. I've made progress on many of my WIPS (full update later this week when I post my Q1 Goals). I've purged a couple projects that were low priority. And I think I'll be opting for some hired long arm quilting to help with moving projects into the finished column. One way that I'm focusing on existing projects is by participating in the All People Quilt UFO Challenge for the first time. I picked 12 of my WIPs that I love and would like to finish. These are on my numbered list and each month APQ will tell us which number to finish. This month it's #6, for me that's my Color Strata quilt from a class with Rob Appell last January. (photo above)
Patterns. My first pattern is getting its finishing touches to be ready this month. It will be available for free to newsletter subscribers. What? Newsletter? Yeah, that's happening too, later in January. More on that soon. I have a variety of other patterns in the design stages.
Tips and Tutorials. I'd like to work on the education angle of my blog. I was a teacher for eleven years before having kids. People often ask me if I miss teaching. There are certainly aspects I miss about the job, but there are so many ways that I teach on a regular basis. (My kids are four and six... plenty of teaching opportunities there.) I see pattern writing and my blog as ways I can still use those teaching skills coupled with my passion for quilting (and math!).