Friday, 11 January 2013

looking forward

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.

scrappy trips

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.

looking forward

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...

spinning stars of leopard

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 katyejones@hotmail.com and we can sort something out.

What are your plans for this year? Have you made any resolutions?







33 comments:

CathyK said...

I am going to try very hard to complete a good portion of the kits I bought in 2012. I shall not say how many there are as I don't want you to end up on the floor...

Audrie said...

I don't normally make resolutions but I did have a think about what I want from the year ahead, and they're similar to yours. More of doing what I want, and more of saying no to things I don't wish to be burdened with. And not feeling bad about it.

cat and vee xoxo said...

oh my, your sentence "using precious fabrics is the key to happy sewing" has nailed it. I've just spent the day sewing QAYG placemats using only Melody Miller fabrics and I have LOVED it. I really struggle sewing when I am not totally loving the fabrics. ALL the fabrics.

2013 for me too, without having made a specific resolution, is all about more me-sewing too - sewing for home, for my kids, for gifts, sewing that I WANT to do rather than I feel like I HAVE to do. I've joined my first-ever bee too, which I'm so excited about, as I love to sew for other people who really "get" the whole fabric-sewing-love thing.

I've just finished sewing for the day and sat down for some blog-reading, and yours is the first post I read - perfect words and perfect timing. thanks so much. Here's to your 2013 being what you hope it will be. And I wish I DID live near West Yorkshire ... Brisbane, Australia is a little far away! Catherine x

Jess said...

Very similar goals here too - sewing from stash, sewing what I want more and learning to say no. And funnily enough, I'm in the bee with Catherine (and excited for the same reasons!) Best of luck with your goals :o)

Trudi said...

Catch up on UFOs, quilt lots more, see where the rest takes me :)

linda said...

we have just moved to Upton and that is a hop and a skip from Wakefield or maybe just a hop.....and i want to improve my quilting ,also get to know like minded people around here as where we moved from zilch :))))

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Dianne Neale said...

I am going to say no more often, although I don't say yes as often as you! Oh how I wish I could join one of your classes.

Isisjem said...

My plans are very similar to yours. Shopping from stash - only buying fabric if I need it to finish something I've started from stash. Saying 'No' more often. I'm over the whole need to join swaps, although wouldn't rule out a one to one swap. Doing more sewing for me. I don't have a plan to teach anyone anything mainly because I'm not sure anyone would want to know what I know :-)

Auntie Pami said...

I want to have fun. I really do. Thank you for sharing. I don't have a cool stash. Yet. Been working on it. Keep up the good work!

Sarah said...

Great goals, I'll be trying the stash thing too... I did far too much listening to you telling me to buy stuff last year ;-) lol

Jilly said...

good for you with saying no - its no fun doing something you love for work if you're not actually loving it.

I'm going to try opening an etsy store full of funky tea cozies and coasters and I'm not sure what else yet. Wish me luck!

Kara @me_and_elna said...

Those are great goals! I decided to pick a word for the year in lieu of goals and it is SIMPLIFY. I'm not really sure how that's going to work out, but we'll see. ;) I'm also going to try MY STINKING DARNDEST not to buy a load of new fabric this year... except this weekend when I'm meeting some blog lovies for shopping and lunch in the lovely town of Waynesville, Ohio this weekend (hello, Fabric Shack!). Maybe that little no fabric shopping plan will start next week... :)

Annabella said...

I love your plans and good for you for learning toi say 'no'. I plan to use more of what I have and be better at actually finishing things rather than just making quilt tops!

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Sounds like an excellent plan -- and (selfishly) I am excited to see what you make for yourself, without obligation to anyone or anything else!! I had tried to work exclusively from my stash over the past several months and failed miserably (buying things here & there proved to be too much fun), but I refuse to feel guilt about it. So there it is: guilt-free sewing, wherever it leads me, that's my goal :)

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

Sounds like an excellent plan -- and (selfishly) I am excited to see what you make for yourself, without obligation to anyone or anything else!! I had tried to work exclusively from my stash over the past several months and failed miserably (buying things here & there proved to be too much fun), but I refuse to feel guilt about it. So there it is: guilt-free sewing, wherever it leads me, that's my goal :)

Kristy said...

I think ALOT of people are feeling similiarly, as I've been reading alot on different blogs about how people are looking to step back and reassess their WIP, fabric stash, etc.

I had even written a similiar blog post a few days back saying how while I'm sure I'll jump on a few bandwagons this year, I do also hope to be on the sidelines waving to others.

Good Luck with your "Goals"!

mascanlon said...

Sigh...yes I am determined to use more of my stash this year. And to work on the things I have "kitted" fabric and pattern already planned. The Scrappytripalong was a perfect start to the year and I am loving seeing some of my favorite fabrics in the top. I would head to you classes in a minute but its a long drive from SoCA. ( I may have to break down though and find that velveteen leopard, so not me but I have been coveting it since I first heard you talk of it)

diane said...

Using stash is always a challenge for me. I will be watching for your inspiration.

heart of charnwood said...

It's funny you should say that about using up stash and incorporating more you projects this year, they also featured highly in my goals for 2013. Being a bit smarter with the things i already have, instead of always looking to buy more! : )

Archie the wonder dog said...

A wonderful post! I'm going to aim (or try to aim!) to get my hexy quilt top pieced and ready for layering and tacking. And (finally) start a Christmas quilt so that when November rolls round I can quilt it...and save on the heating bill!

Elisabeth said...

Good luck with your goals. Saying 'no' is quite difficult but very liberating.

This year I would like to sew some clothes for myself and to do that I "need" an overlocker. So I'm saving up by not buying any fabric but instead cutting into my favourites. It's wonderful to actually see them in use.

Heidi Staples said...

I'm right there with you on the "sewing for me" goal. I enjoy doing all the other stuff, but one day you wake up and say, "This isn't fun anymore." My goal this year is that everything I make -- as much as it's within my control -- will be something that I truly love...or at least like...

Logan O'Bier said...

I'll be having a post soon on my blog about my new year "intentions" still making a list! http://www.loganmakesamess.com

Katy Cameron said...

Leopard print velveteen?! Awesome!

I'm also trying to say no more this year, and have so far resisted 3 swaps, and a number of sew alongs (although I seem to have ended up running my own BOM style one due to reader requests, but I still think I'm in 'No' credit ;o) )

Di said...

Sometimes it is making the decision to do something that is liberating. I want to try new things this year that will help me gain more sewing skills and above all have fun sewing. Di x

Two Wednesdays said...

My resolution is to take better care of ME. Get a bit more sleep, get a bit fitter, hopefully lose some weight, and do more of the things that make me happy. Oh - and join in the FAL - hopefully I might actually finish something - and soon! Jane x

Catherine said...

I know what you mean about teaching:I do training at work and I love it-meeting all different people and sharing knowledge. Sadly mine is all about finance: if only it were sewing!

Merran said...

Maybe its the clever camera angles but I thought your points looked fine, and really who looks that closely once its finished and quilted? Those fabrics are pretty busy which is always good when trying to hide a wonky seam or two!
I dont mind what you do in 2013 just keep posting :)

Sarah said...

Plans for this year?........ learn learn learn, I want to be able to make some lovely quilts! And the fact that I'm in Wakefield, you want to teach more and I want to learn more, I'm going to be dropping you and email. Sarah x

Andrea @ Sew Divertimento said...

I love your scrappy trip! I'm definitely going to make one... I can't stand seeing everyone else's! I too am going to use more of my stash. I think the scrappy trip is where I will start! Thanks for the inspiration. =)

Gina said...

I hope to make more sewing projects for myself . Do my best work for myself instead of giving it away . I also cannot wait to use up more of my stash . P.S . I think your points are fine in your Spinning Stars quilt . When it's all sewn together you won't even notice it . Love that quilt .

Claire Jain said...

Points, schmoints. Someone once said that if you can't tell while riding by on a galloping horse, don't worry about it. I agree. That quilt is a winner :-)

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