Friday, December 18, 2015

2016 Quilty Resolutions


When Yvonne @QuiltingJetGirl announced doing a link up for 2016 Quilty Resolutions I had already started on my list.  Before I get to the new list I want to review my list for 2015:

1.  I want to get a longarm (quilting machine) this year!  [this did not happen, like I so hoped.  But I am committed to making it happen in 2016!]
2.  No more big swaps! [I think I did pretty good with this, with a couple of fairly disappointing exceptions]
3. Give back by making and donating a quilt.  [you can see the Ocean Study baby quilt I made and donated here]
4. Go on a quilting retreat!  [I went to QuiltBliss and had a blast!]
5.  Make more clothes. [I made a Ginger skirt, Sorbetto top, City Gym shorts, a washi and a date night dress.]
6.  Balance: this is so hard with a young family. [This is an on going work in progress!]
7.  Saying NO--[pleased to say I did say no to quite a few things, and also stepped down from positions that were stressful and draining]
8. Continue to develop relationships with other quilters both online through my blog and IG and in real life through my local guilds.  [Definitely have accomplished this!]
9.  Stop making quilts to enter in shows!  [I did really good on this, except for the QuiltCon EZ challenge]
10.  Make myself a new bed quilt!  [UGH, nope]

Teal and grey fabric stash.

11.  Enter my quilts in at least two quilt show (state fair doesn't count).  [QuiltCon and MQX NE]
12. Buy fabric with more intention.  What I mean by this is to think more critically about the fabric I want. [I think I did better about this this year!  The problem is there is so much lovely fabric coming out constantly!]
13.  Continue with this motto: "Start where you are, use what you have." [Definitely been following this]
14. Destash some fabric! [I was able to destash some, but have a new pile I need to sell or get rid of]
15.  Start teaching! [I taught a program at one ABQMQG meeting, but I am still looking for other good opportunities to teach what I love]

Okay, so overall I think pretty good with my 2015 resolutions!  Here are my goals and resolutions for the new year:

1. "Do not give from the depths of your own well; give only from its overflow."  This quote resonated with me so much, which brings us to #2:

2.  NO new swaps.  I have one swap to finish this year, one for next month and a one later in the year.  I hope to refrain from signing up for any more!  I really want to have the freedom of time and creativity to make things for myself.

2015 swap and giveaway quilts (plus 2 I'm working on right now!).

3. Get a Longarm machine!  For realz this year!  Honestly this is really intimidating to me.  I want to do a lot of research and get the right machine for me, I want to price my quilting service right to support the time I spend and the materials used.  But I think it will be worth it, and just hope that the community and market for longarm quilting will be able to support me!

In an Angela Walter's class at QuiltCon.

4. No challenge quilts unless the challenge fulfills a quilt idea I already have and want to explore.

Crystal City at the state fair.

5. Submit quilts to at least 3 shows other than the State Fair (ie QuiltCon, MQX, APS, HMQS, etc).

6. Donate another quilt!  I love that this has been a tradition for me since 2012.

7. Make the grey and teal bed quilt!  

My teal and grey fabrics today.  Ready to be made into an epic quilt!

8. Continue to cultivate genuine friendships with people within the quilty community, both in person (I'll be at QuiltCon West!) and online.

9. Write and release the paper piecing pattern for the Pythagorean Spiral quilt:

Pythagorean Spiral Quilt

10.  Listen to and follow my inner Quilty Spirit more and stay away from the trends and hype that are not in line with my interests.

So, have you thought about what your goals or resolutions for the next year?  Link them up with Quilting Jetgirl!


  1. I've been contemplating my quilt goals and it's interesting how ours merge and diverge. I am, however, in the midst of making a teal and grey quilt. I bought so much fabric for a commission that I made one to use "some" of it up now on my second and think I might have another two in this colour way. Before the commission neither colour featured heavily in my stash! I enjoy your blog and wish you all the best for 2016.

  2. Those teals and grays are going to make a pretty quilt.

  3. Congrats on a productive and fulfilling year! As your friend, I can verify that you did a better job saying "no" and avoiding the trends. I'm inspired by you!

  4. You've done really well with your 2015 goals. The teals and greys you've chosen are lovely. Good luck with seeking out a longarm machine. When you get one, I hope you would consider sharing why you chose the one you did.

  5. I love that your goals seem to be very much about staying true to yourself and your quilty personality. Good luck with all of your goals, hopefully a long arm will join your sewing squad this year! :)

  6. Good luck with all your goals! I'm interested in watching your longarm journey, and I'd say you'll have no trouble finding customers with your fmq skills. It will be interesting, too, to see how different the process feels when you change from the domestic machine to the longarm.

  7. Good luck with your goals. I hope the long arm becomes a reality in 2016.

  8. You know, I think I might like the review of the 2015 goals almost more than the goal setting for the new year in your post. I think it is awesome to celebrate and acknowledge how true to yourself you really were able to be in 2015. So that being said... 2016 is going to be great! I am excited about QuiltCon, Oregon, and honestly, I cannot imagine what life will be like for you when you can find the longarm that fits. I really believe a lot of awesomeness is about to converge for you in the year ahead. :)

  9. You did a great job with your 2015 goals. I love the quote that is your first goal. I love goal 10, it's something I need to do as well.

  10. Love number 10! I like how you reviewed last year and the the new ones. Good luck on them all.

  11. Good Luck on the longarm. These are great goals.

  12. You've set some great goals for the coming year. May you reach each and every one of them. I love the teal and gray fabrics. Whatever you make with them will be beautiful.

  13. I call that a success!! Great goals for both last year and the year to come! Here's to another amazing year'!

  14. I particularly like number 10. You should always make what you like. Even when it is a gift to suit another person's taste, I try to find the common ground between what I like and what the recipient will like.
    After a year of fun swaps and bees, I am going to enjoy some selfish sewing. I really think you should bump your bed quilt up the list.

  15. I'm inspired by reading your lists and like seeing the process behind your magic. You will love a long arm and I can see it unleashing your creative talents!!

  16. Your 2016 goals indicate you are maturing as a quilt maker -- it's so satisfying to follow your own path in this art/craft!!