1. Respond to comments!
I have gotten some really lovely comments from visitors to my blog and flickr photostream and always feel a little silly saying, "Thank you," but little else. Still, it's an important thing to do, isn't it? If I can be more eloquent than, "Gee, thanks," I will. If not, at least you know I've read what you so generously had to say.
2. No new fabric, other than solids or specific needs for a specific project in order to finish it.
I know I've shown you my stash before. Here it is now.
Hello. My name is Flaun and I'm a fabric addict.If I can't find what I need in here to make a quilt, I probably should hang up my rotary cutter, amiright? I have very few FQs. Generally when I find a fabric I can't live without, I buy a minimum 1 yard chunk. If you asked me how many yards of fabric I have, I wouldn't even be able to hazard a guess. I may have to give myself a small reprieve when Curious Nature is released, though, especially since my sweetie is really excited about that line. He needs another quilt, already, I can feel it.
3. More tutorials!
How many? I honestly don't know. I have one in mind that's been brewing since I started the whole process of blogging, so I'll hold myself to one. What if I let you tell me if the tut is good and gauge from there?
4. Finish one of my UFO hand-quilted quilts
I've already pulled one out of the closet and have started quilting for a little while (just a few minutes, not hours on end) a couple of evenings a week. I figure if I keep that up for a bit, I'll be done before I know it! The quilt is already more than half-way done, so it really shouldn't take too much longer. The only problem is that the hoop on my quilting frame split, so I got a new hoop and haven't yet tried to work it onto the frame. Quilting without the frame isn't going well or quickly at all.
5.Wrap up my WIPs and some of my UFOs
*Sob!* I'll admit it. I have 5 UFOs.
There's African Bento,
Flowerbed (top is complete, just needs a back),
Around the World in a Day (hand quilting mentioned in goal 4),
Chain of Fools (hand quilting),
and Candy Patch (hand quilting).
For WIPs, I've got Beach Blanket Buster (formerly a UFO, woohoo!),
Mauka (the top and back are BOTH done and have been for a long time so this COULD count as a UFO),
Snakes and Vines (I've been quilting this one for a loooooong time now, so this year is IT),
and my Kona MQG challenge (quilting has already begun).
I'm excited about the WIPs, so will try to finish them all. The UFOs are probably UFOs for a reason.
I've been thinking about ripping out the hand quilting I've completed on Candy Patch and starting over just machine quilting.
I didn't really know how to baste when I started to quilt and the top shifted so the back isn't quite long enough any more, I attempted to do a little FMQ on it before I got very good and it's crap - I've GOT to rip that out, and when I sewed the top, my daughter's favorite colors were pink and purple, but no more. It's been a few years... I can use it to learn how to stipple (I'm almost ashamed to admit I can't stipple) using Leah Day's great new quilting tutorials, then donate it to a charity. (I learned how to FMQ from her before she completed her 365 project. Now that she's concentrating on quilt basics, I'll work backward.)
6. Blog at least once a week
I know I've tried to do that before, but this is fer reals. I'm sure you get tired of checking in on my blog and finding nada since the last time you looked!
7. Return all VQB blocks on time
Of course, I have to get caught up, but I started last night and hope to have every block currently in my sewing room posted on Monday. If I'm more consistent with finishing my VQB blocks, I won't be asked to leave (my secret fear).
Seven is a magic number, so I'll stop there.
Do you have any goals this year? I'd love to hear about them.