My tradition is to post my goals for the new year on December 31. Plans... Goals... Resolutions... I seem to be in good company with people who are feeling like planning is hard to do at the moment. I seriously considered a blank post here. Hats off to you much more ambitious folks.
Okay, here are some thoughts. They aren't grandiose. In many ways they are continuing status quo.
- Walk daily.
- Read daily. (I read 33 books this year which was awesome!)
- Watercolor and other creative pursuits multiple times a week.
- Board games 5-7 days a week with the family.
- Finish some quilts.
- Start some quilts.
- Use pretty fabric.
- Give quilts as gifts.
Blog and Newsletter
- Continue the Show Me Something monthly quilt linkup (of current and past finishes). These will generally be posted the 1st of the month. Or maybe the 2nd or 3rd. ;-)
- Blog multiple times a month.
- Get back to a more regularly scheduled newsletter.
- Update my quilt galleries. (Stretch goal.)
For My Business
In reality, I'll probably set short term goals as time and life allows. Like my current 100 Day Project. It works well for me to have a 15-minute a day sewing goal.
I'm linking up with Yvonne's 2021 Planning Party and this is my final post for Cheryl's 31-Day Blog Writing Challenge.
I had three overarching goals for 2020. I know I'm in really good company about how the Covid Pandemic really upended any plans for this year. It's amazing to me that the last time I went anywhere fun was March. I'm thankful to have my family to spend time with and technology for connecting with friends and extended family.
Mostly, I'll be re-evaluating those goals that fell by the wayside and perhaps rolling them forward. (Or maybe not?) This year has mostly taught me to try not to sweat the small stuff. And to focus on the positive, even when it's so easy to dwell on the negative. So here's the biggest positive of those 2020 Goals.
Connecting with the Quilting Community
While this may not have looked exactly like I expected, it played out well. My teaching engagements that had been scheduled for in-person events mostly pivoted to Zoom lectures and workshops. I've stayed involved with my local guilds, Bay Area Modern Quilting and Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association, as well as my Local Connections group of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and my local small quilt group through regular Zoom meetings. I've blogged semi-regularly (though my newsletter took an unplanned hiatus -- one coming later this week!) and have enjoyed staying engaged with the quilting community on Instagram.
Most months I ran my Show Me Something quilt linkup. I will continue this in 2021. What were your favorite themes from Show Me Something in 2020? You can find links to all of them in the sidebar at the right, or scroll down to the bottom if you're on mobile. There's still a couple days to Show Me Something That's a Gift! for December's linkup. (Apologies to participants that my follow-through on posting a wrap-up post each month was lacking. I'm thinking about how to improv that in 2021.)
And come back here Thursday to see my 2021 Goals. ;-) It's my tradition to post my goals on New Year's Eve and linkup to Yvonne's Planning Party.
Just two more days left in the 31-Day Blog Writing Challenge with Cheryl. Thanks for visiting!
With the new year I filled out a new American Patchwork and Quilting UFO challenge form on January 1st. I have participated in the past, but I skipped 2019. I have way more than 12 WIPs, so I filled in 12 of them and then looked to see what had been chosen for January. It was #2. My most dreaded and probably oldest WIP. I don't even want to look to see when I started it. *checking* This is a true OMG (the other kind)... over 4 years ago.
I never should have quilted this twin sized quilt on my own. My machine has a 7" throat. Current me really wishes that past me would have let go of the control and shelled out the money to have it longarmed for my five year old son. Now, I'm not sure my 9 1/2 year old son even wants it (but at least it's just blue on the back). For the record, the kid has other quilts and commandeers lap/throw quilts for use on his bed. But he's never had a bed quilt that I made for him. And also, his younger sister does have one, because he made it for her (and we sent it to a longarm quilter -- thanks Tami!). So, this project is full of shame, and regret, and dread. But it's also the one on the list that I need the biggest kick in the pants to get done, so in that sense I'm thankful that it is the January project. His half birthday is mid-month. But I may need the whole month to finish it. Wish me luck!
I'm free motion quilting square spirals with circular spirals in the center it's very organic. It's underway, but without getting the project out I'd say it might be 20% quilted. Maybe less.
I'm choosing this project as my One Monthly Goal and linking up with Patty at Elm Street Quilts.