Monday, January 19, 2015

15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

I know I'm a little late for these, but life has been one curve ball after another!  First my ankle recovery was longer than I expected, then figuring out a new preschool schedule that both kids like (yay a few hours of Mommy Time twice a week!) and then my grandmother died and I've been trying to help my dad clean out her house whenever I can.  But I've been doing a lot of thinking about this new year and what I want out of it!

15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

1. This first one is a big one, and it has taken me two weeks to solidify my determination to make this announcement to universe: I want to get a longarm (quilting machine) this year!  For the first time since the idea entered my brain (around 3 years ago), I think it might actually be possible.  My goal is to start a quilting business soon after getting the machine!

Me playing on a longarm at a show last year.  I try to play with as many as I can at shows--in the name of research, of course ;-)

2.  No more big swaps!  I find them more stressful and annoying than fun.  Individual swaps, on the other hand, are very fun and gratifying, and I already have 3 lined up for this spring!  Also I am doing the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts again, and am really looking forward to working with this group.

Quilts of 2014--only 8 of these were not for a swap!

3. Give back by making and donating a quilt.  This will be my fourth year doing this, and although I don't have a charity in mind yet, I know one will find me when the time is right.  Last year I donated one to a children's hospital in Kenya.  In 2013 I donated one to one of the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots (wildland firefighters) that died in the fire near Prescott, AZ.  In 2012 I donated a baby quilt to Quilts for Kids.

4. Go on a quilting retreat!  The kind where the whole time is dedicated to sewing and hanging out with other quilters!  I'm thinking autumn of this year--so if you've heard of any, let me know!  I know you need to sign up early for many of them.

5.  Make more clothes.  Last year I made only one shirt for myself (oh and a swimming suit!), and this year I'd like to make some more shirts and dresses and skirts!


6.  Balance: this is so hard with a young family.  How can I eat well, exercise, sew, spend quality time with each other, sleep, have a social life, clean and blog??  I have started with recuperating from my ankle surgery last month, and now I'm experimenting with changing my diet by doing the Whole30, and in an attempt to be fit again I'm also doing the Ripped in 30 by Jillian Michaels and running again (believe me it is a slow start on those!).

7.  Saying NO--mostly to people that want me to make them a quilt for a price that doesn't support the cost of supplies PLUS my time and effort.  And also saying no to designs that I am unfamiliar with (as they are usually WAY more time consuming than I anticipate), and try to focus on simpler designs.  My enthusiasm to try something new needs to be tempered by the fact that I have a huge To-Do list that any commission will displace.

Showing off the quilt top at the Albuquerque MQG meeting.  

8. Continue to develop relationships with other quilters both online through my blog and IG and in real life through my local guilds.  QuiltCon will definitely be supporting this!

9.  Stop making quilts to enter in shows!  Instead make quilts I love, and then enter them in shows.

My QuiltCon reject.  It is without purpose now (though I will be entering it in at least one more show).

10.  Make myself a new bed quilt!  This has been my plan for over a year (I've been collecting fabrics for it for several years!) but other things keeping taking priority.  

My grey and teal fabrics!  <3  Destined to be a medallion bed quilt.

11.  Enter my quilts in at least two quilt show (state fair doesn't count).  

12. Buy fabric with more intention.  What I mean by this is to think more critically about the fabric I want--do I want it because it genuinely appeals to my tastes and is it something I will actually use to make clothing, bags or quilts, or am I just excited about the newest fabric due to the marketing and hype?  It is so easy to be swept up in the excitement!  So I am trying to make better choices in my fabric purchases and be more mentally present and not just react to the "Everyone else wants it so I must want it too!" feeling.  

13.  Continue with this motto: "Start where you are, use what you have."

14. Destash some fabric!  I hope to sell some via IG (@quiltsnfeathers) and donate/give away others.  I have so much I just know I won't ever use, so I really just need to purge it from my life!

15.  Start teaching!  I am already signed up to teach a program at the ABQ MQG in April on feather quilting!  I'd also like to expand to teaching a class local quilt shops. 

This is certainly a big, full and exciting year with all these resolutions and goals!  What are your quilty resolutions for 2015?

18 comments:

  1. What an awesome list!!! I feel like you are going to have such a fantastic adventure- especially when you get your long arm- this is going to be a great year! Cheers!

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  2. That is an impressive list and will make for a great year and hopefully enjoyment in your quilting rather than stress. Very excited for you at the prospect of getting a longarm. Your quilting is so great now that I am sure we will get to see some fantastic work. Look forward to following your journey this year.

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  3. I love how crazy you look with that longarm!!!

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  4. Best of luck with your quilting budding long-arm business. You might consider joining the long-arm group since they would be able to tell you what they would/wouldn't do based on their experiences. I do recommend Quilt Bliss as a retreat. I am guessing that working on saying no will help with your goal of finding balance. I'm glad to hear that you'll be entering shows, but that you'll be making quilts for your enjoyment rather than the contest. You have to do Fiber Arts this year. Talk to me about teaching in person; I have some ideas. I'm looking forward to your ABQ MQG program.

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  5. These are awesome goals, Renee, and I think you are going to have an amazing year. I cannot wait to see what happens when you get a long arm - it is going to be fabulous. And teaching! Awesome! One of the biggest steps is identifying what is and is not working for you, so I think you are set to have some really positive quilting experiences. :)

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  6. what a brilliant list of goals. I wish you all the best with them - sounds to me like you are pretty determined, and I can't wait to see what quilts you make this year - I know they will be amazing :-)

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  7. Wow- I am so impressed by the swimsuit you made. That would be the most difficult apparel project ever- at least for me. One of my resolutions is to use up 50 yards of stash fabric.

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  8. Are you sure you are cutting back??? Looks like a pretty impressive list still on there! It is good that you are realizing what's fun and what' isn't. I gave up swaps too because of the same reason. I still admire what others do but don't what the stress. Ask at some of the quilt shops there about any retreats. I went to one last year in Albuquerque and had so much fun! Good luck!

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  9. This is a wonderful, thoughtful list. If you figure out the answer to #6, please share!

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  10. OMG, Renee, that medallion quilt turned out SO spectacular!! WOW! OK, back to your list - that is an awesome list! I have no doubt that you will achieve all of it :) I can't wait to see you tick off each of them as the year goes on!

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  11. What an awesome list. I think this is going to be a great year for you. I think #1 is a great idea - your quilting services will be in great demand.

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  12. Wow, looks like 2015 is going to be a great year. Any year that you get a long arm machine is a good year!! I still get a thrill every time I turn mine on!

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  13. That's a lot of great goals, Renee! I'm sure your longarm business would be well-received because your quilting is so beautiful. I'm looking forward to our swap, and to reading all about your QuiltCon experience...I'll be living vicariously through you and all the other bloggers/IGers who share pictures!

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  14. yay sounds good to me. Have fun and good luck!

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  15. SO excited for you and your future longarm business. I always thought that's what you'd do! It's a great feeling to put it out there in the universe though :) I'd love to do a retreat someday too. I just don't feel like it will happen in the next 4 years or so ha!
    Gotta learn to say no. It's so freeing!

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  16. Move number 6 up to number 1 and take care of your health first. Number 7, saying NO, is the best advice.
    We have lots of retreats here in Australia. Come join us! (Next month's is probably a bit soon, but you could start planning for November.)
    I am always impressed with what you quilt on a domestic machine. On a long-arm, you would be unbeatable.

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  17. Girl, I am right with ya!!!
    ps, you MUST get a long arm. wow, I just cannot imagine the phenomenal things you will make!!!

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  18. Depending on size and finish date, your flying geese quilt might work for the 2017 contest for New Quilts from Old Favorites.

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