We are heading in to the New Year, so time to set some goals for 2018. Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl is hosting a Linky Party for 2018 Goal Setting, so I’m spending some time reflecting on 2017 and looking forward to 2018.
Looking Back – 2017
Going into 2017, I said that my word(s) for the year were ‘Settle In’, as I had a lot of change in 2016 and really wanted to get into a routine and into a groove. I wanted to find some balance, make time to sew, and get really comfortable and skilled with the things that I was doing. Now, at the end of the year, I think I’ve done pretty well. My ‘new’ job, after a 23 year career at another employer, is now almost a year and a half old and I’m getting adjusted to my routine. At the end of 2016 I had also just bought a long arm, and I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with it as well.
These were my goals –
Long Term Goals:
- Find a good balance between work and life and make sure I keep making time to sew. Getting a bit more physical activity and losing a few pounds wouldn’t be a bad idea either! UPDATE: I’m doing pretty well finding time to sew. I have NOT done well with the physical activity/losing pounds thing. I’d really like to find a way to get back to doing yoga.
- Continue to try new things with my quilting. Learn new skills, make things that are outside my norm and my comfort zone. UPDATE: I’ve done pretty well here too. I’ve worked a bunch with my long arm, and taken a lot of classes – online with Craftsy, in person with Angela Walters, and I joined a monthly long arming club at my local shop that focused on rulers. I have also been playing with EQ7, and now EQ8, to try and get more into design.
Short Term Goals:
- Long arm, long arm, long arm. I want to get very comfortable and capable with my new big machine! I’m taking an Angela Walters class in March that should help. UPDATE: I did really well here. I love my long arm and am happy with the work I’m doing. I set up my business, Brown Paws Quilting LLC and am looking for customers!
- Figure out something to do with all of these quilts! I will be making some donations, but I’m also considering opening an Etsy store. UPDATE: I’ll be making a Project Linus donation and hope to set up an Etsy shop in 2018.
- Do less BOMs and quilt alongs this year and do more of my own designing. I joined a monthly design group that should push me to do this. UPDATE: No real progress here. The monthly group wasn’t as helpful with the designing as I hoped it would be. I’ve done a few things, like my plans for my cat quilt, but mostly I’ve been wrapped up with finishing a bunch of older projects and practicing my long arm.
- Keep up with my Bee group. I’m in a group with some great folks from my New Blogger’s group. I’ve never done a Bee, so it should be fun. UPDATE: This went really well, and we are planning another year together!
Projects on the list:
- Sugar Block Club BOM layout and finish – DONE!
- Splendid Sampler layout and finish – DONE!
- Death Star quilt – DONE!
- Blueberry park Drunkard’s Path – DONE!
- Hawaiian batik sampler – no progress – but I may have a use for it now…
- My embroidered Bee quilt – on the long arm now!
- Other stash projects – I have a large amount of fun bundles I have purchased that I need to get working on (more Blueberry Park, some Alison Glass, Me+You batiks, some Grunge…) – some progress – I’ll do more with these in 2018.
- Long arm practice quilts (rings, funky squares, Circa 1934 Squares, mess-of-a-quilt) – all of these are DONE!
Looking Forward – 2018
For 2018, my word of the year is Grow – as in build or develop. I feel like I set up a good base in 2017 and now it’s time to really branch into some new things.
Long Term Goals – keeping these the same, because they are pretty good ones!
- Find a good balance between work and life and make sure I keep making time to sew. Getting a bit more physical activity and losing a few pounds wouldn’t be a bad idea either!
- Continue to try new things with my quilting. Learn new skills, make things that are outside my norm and my comfort zone.
Short Term Goals:
- Design some quilts. I’d really like to push myself and make some original things this year. I think I have a mental block about designing and am making it too hard. This year I want to push myself to get over this hump. I am the Queen of my Bee group in February, and this year I will design my own block.
- Submit my designs, either full quilts or just blocks, for publication. I don’t care if they are accepted or not – I just want to get them designed, created, and put myself out there and submit them.
- Build my long arm customer base. I’ve started my business and have had a few customers, but I’d really like to do more.
- Learn to use my new camera. I got a new DSLR camera for Christmas to help me take better photos. I have absolutely no idea how to use it, so it fits well into my ‘grow’ mantra for the year!
I’m still playing around with this Cat Quilt idea I sketched out a few months ago:
Projects on the list:
- Finish the Bee-u-tiful Quilt along quilt – it is on the frame now and close to done.
- A secret project that I need to get done by mid-March. I get to use my Alison Glass stash, so it will be cool!
- My Hazel the Hedgehog quilt.
- My Hawaiian Batik blocks – need to figure out how I want to put these blocks together and get the top done.
- Another baby quilt – I think I have until June…?
- Finish and quilt up my Dog quilt from the 2016 Bee Inspired group.
- Work up the Cat Quilt.
- From there, my docket is clear to design new things. Now to just generate some ideas…?
I’m looking forward to a good time in 2018, learning new things, and finally getting over the designing hump! Do you have any suggestions or words of wisdom? Leave me a comment!
Linking up with the 2018 Planning Party.