I started this as my "New Year " post but got sidetracked (and it went into draft) so here it is now - better late than never, they say!
Before I get serious though I will show you the progress I've made on my Farm Girl Vintage quilt which I talked about in my last post
Since YD and her hubby have been living with us we have had the pleasure of our two step-grandies staying during school holidays...they're not used to spending time with a mad quilter so have been intrigued by the whole process...the number of times I was asked if the quilt was finished yet was mind boggling :-)
So when I got the centre pieced they were very excited to be able to hold it up for me for a photograph session —
|Whoops, need to get it right, how do you do this anyway?!|
|Phew, that's better!|
I've got as far as I can for now as there are border decisions to make - that will happen soon I think :-)
— Taking this modelling thing seriously!
On a bit of a high from this interest I pulled out two test blocks I had made for Juliet of Tartankiwi
back in July. I had sewn them thinking they would be great made into cushions so I thought it would be nice to pull these out while the girls are still here.
Borders on —
And pinned, all ready to quilt; a quiet hour or so should see these finished and on the girls' beds :-)
Finishing off these will form part of my goals for this year. (Here comes the serious part.)
I really enjoyed visiting everyone's blogs at the start of the month; reading of New Year's promises, pledges, projects, Words of the Year, new QALs, SALs, KALs, CALs, mysteries and so on - a real cornucopia of inspiration and motivation. However I told myself I was just going to carry on as before and not set any goals or rules for my quilting year that would likely be broken or neglected before the first quarter is out.
But I did read an interesting item in the paper reiterating how important goals and plans are for giving direction (and so on) so I thought maybe a few would be a good idea!
So, I'm not pledging to Not Start Anything New, nor Not Buy Anything, nor Finish All My UFOs but —
I am Hoping
to make my way through test blocks like these above, giving them proper finishes and homes.
I am Hoping
to LABEL all my quilts - even those already finished!!
continue working my way through my scraps and my stash, using it in projects old and new.
I'd Quite Like
to decide which UFOs need a new direction - I love most of my UFOs but there is the odd one that can be repurposed - and maybe even start those on their new journey.
AND Above All, I know I want to continue to Love
the Journey, Enjoy
the blogging world and Treasure
the friendships made ♥
That's as committed as I'm going to get and I'm not going to share photos of the copious amounts of projects the above goals and wishes cover (far too embarassing!). I will draw up a mind map of the the goals and projects to pin beside my desk and, hopefully, motivate me through the year.
On that very positive note, I will sign off!