We are now firmly into January 2013 and I have been thinking a little about what I want to achieve this year and set myself, not resolutions as such, but some guidelines and goals.
I pretty much plan to do things every year, and I tend to fail miserably most of the time, but I'm quite determined this time, and I think I've set myself achievable goals that will help my year flow smoothly as well.
This year I want to work quite a way through my stash - and plan to make as many projects as I can using stash fabrics. I am not banning shopping for new fabric, but I am telling myself that I need to check in my stash for suitable alternatives first.
Scrappy trips was a great start. I cut into a huge stack (72 different prints) of my favourite and therefore treasured fabrics.
Spinning stars of leopard is a neglected WIP from last year, and that will be pieced and at the quilter's by the end of this month. I even cut into my beloved Anna Maria Horner bohemian stash to spur me on. It seems that using precious fabrics is key to happy sewing - scrappy trips took just 3 days to piece, and I was desperate to get it finished.
The spinning stars top is assembled but my points are so catastrophic that I'm thinking I should applique a little hexie or circle or something over the middle of each block to disguise it before I call it finished. (thanks to Chris for that suggestion!) I'm waiting on some leopard print velveteen to arrive for the back, and if I can eek out enough for 9 little hexagons I'll use that for the applique. If not I'll probably use some more of the regular leopard. Velveteen would add a lovely bit of texture though...
2013 is the year for me. That's projects for me, not just for obligation (I will still do plenty of obligation sewing, but more of what I do will be for the heck of it). I enjoy blog tours and making projects for promotion, but I am going to try and work more of what I want to do into those. That will also mean I'll say no more. I try that every year, but this year I will learn to use the NO word more often than the yes word.
I will teach more. At least once a month would be nice. I love it, so if I can get more teaching work that would be fantastic. It also means I have more pocket money for myself, which helps the whole family overall. Last year I taught at the Festival of Quilts for Sizzix and I had an amazing time - so many different faces every day, and to pass on some new ideas and have some fun with them was a real treat. I hope to do more of that with Sizzix this year (if they'll have me back).
I have some classes planned at Patch in Lowestoft and the Skep in Rodley, near Leeds, so that will keep me busy too!
The class I held at my house last year for english paper piecing was great fun, so if you are local to me (West Yorkshire, in between Wakefield, Huddersfield and Barnsley - about 25 minutes south of Leeds) and would like to either have one on one sessions, or (very small) group sessions then send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can sort something out.
What are your plans for this year? Have you made any resolutions?
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