The Idea of Resolutions

No. This isn’t really yet another post on resolutions. Not exactly. The topic has already been covered. But I do want to put my two cents out there to suggest that the idea of resolutions can really be another form of planning or goal setting. And turning over the calendar pages to a new year is as good a time as any to step back and think about where we’re headed.

Some of you do make a resolution (or “firm decision” as the dictionary on my computer refers to it) aimed at a particular thing like losing weight, exercising more, being kinder, or whatever is front and center for you at this time in life. Others, and I’ll include myself here, come at it more generally—more in the goal setting arena. Some, like Martine on the iMake blog sort of combine the two by setting several goals in a particular theme. Do check out her Crafty New Year’s Resolutions. I like the comparison between last year and this year and the brief updates stating where she is on a particular goal. Doing that helps set up the goals for the next year.

Another blog post that struck a chord in the goals arena was the aptly titled 2015 Goals from the Dining Room Empire site. I like Cheryl’s introduction where she reasons through what gets whittled off the list and why. I also like that one of her goals is to attend a quilting retreat as a guest rather than a teacher. We should never stop nurturing the learner in us.

While reading these posts, I got to thinking about some things I plan to focus on through the coming year.

Embroidery

I did some embroidery and a little crewel work in my younger years but lost interest at some point. Lately I’ve been re-inspired by this kind of handwork, particularly embroidery. Some of that inspiration stems from my enjoyment of (ok, addiction to) Craftsy classes, most notably Hand-Stitched Collage Quilts by Laura Wasilowski and Big Techniques from Small Scraps by Sara Fielke. Both classes use embroidery techniques to embellish quilts. I’m smitten by the results.
Hand-Stitched image

Big Techniques image

I’ve also recently discovered the work of Lynette Anderson and Yoko Saito. Lynette Anderson happens to be doing the Block of the Month for The Quilt Show (parts of the site are available to anyone but membership is required for full access). You can check out Yoko Saito’s shop site or find fabric and English versions of some of her books on the Willow Lane Quilting Company’s site which is based in the U.S.

Instagram

Post pictures. More than the two I’ve posted so far. In my defense I’ve only recently set up the account. I’ve no idea what took me so long. Maybe I was put off by the fact that they are owned by Facebook.

Design Labels

It’s past time to design labels for my quilts. I’m thinking Spoonflower. Did you know that they’ll send you swatch samples for just one dollar?

Organize the Sewing Room

I have a wonderful wall of shelves that could be put to better use. But I’m pretty sure I need to let go of some stuff even with all the shelves. And some of the shelf space, like the room, is shared with my mom. Fortunately, mom generally keeps her stuff neat but I’ve noticed that it seems to be spreading.

De-stash

It’s got to happen in order to achieve the above.

Set up Etsy Store

This might be the best way to pass on the de-stash.

Knitting

Finish the 5 projects I’ve already started and also try my hand at fair isle. (Yes, I have a couple of Craftsy classes on that, too.) Also, my daughter has asked me to teach her how to knit so I think I’ll take Elizabeth Zimmerman’s advice and start her off with a hat.

Here’s hoping your new year is off to a good start and that your resolutions and goals take you where you want to go.

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