Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Quilty Resolutions for 2015

Happy almost New Year!

Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl is hosting a linky party to share your quilty resolutions for 2015. I thought this would be a good chance to reflect a little bit, and make some new goals for 2015.

15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

1. Make what I want to. Quilting and sewing are my hobby, and my way to unwind after work. I want to make sure I'm valuing my time, and work on projects that make me happy.

2. Play more. My favorite projects have been those I've done while just experimenting and playing around. That's what makes me happiest. I like the lack of structure in my creative play time :)

3. Use the fabric I love (while I still love it). I'm worried about turning into a fabric hoarder! my goal this year it to use the fabrics I've been collecting, and not hoard them--there is always going to be more fabric. I also know my tastes will change, so I may as well use it up, before I stop liking it.

4. Learn to make more bags and clothes. I have a few bag and clothing patterns that I really want to try. I love making quilts, but it is good to try different things. I would love to expand my handmade wardrobe.

5. Make some things for the apartment. I've been promising my husband a new tea cosy and oven mitts for the longest time. I'm sure I could make them in just an afternoon, I just need to sit down and do it.

6. Finish the quilt for my bedroom. This was the reason I learned to quilt--I wanted a new duvet. Every time I start a new project, my husband asks when I'm going to make our quilt. This one is high on my to-do list.

7. Try new things and work outside of my comfort zone. This one is still pretty easy for me--I only started quilting in April, but I do want to keep learning new things and challenging myself. My favorite projects have been those which have stretched my abilities, and made me try new things.

on that note....

8. Learn to FMQ. I will learn, or at least try to learn, to FMQ this year. Even if I only try it on teeny tiny mug rugs and potholders, I'm going to do it.  

9. Finish more things. I do not like having WIPs, they keep me awake at night. I feel much, much happier when I have fewer than 3 projects on the go. My WIP pile stresses me out. I hope to get a handle on them very soon.

10. Be involved. One of my favorite things about quilting is the quilting/blogging/instagram community. Not only do I love the bees and swaps I've been involved in, but I love having the quilting support community (and people who are interested in talking about quilting and sewing!)

I think that's enough for me for now. I've had a great sewing year this year, I've had a lot of fun and I've learned a lot. I can't wait to see what next year brings!

And because I think this needs a quilty picture, here is my favorite, not yet blogged about, quilt from this year:

It was a windy day here in Hollywood

How about you? What are your resolutions for next year? Be sure to head over to Yvonne's linky party to see what everyone else is up to.

Have a very happy New Year!


  1. Thanks so much for linking up, Kate! I hope that you get a good feeling and in control of your WiP list, it bothers me when my project pile backs up, too. I also hope you make that quilt for your bed. We are currently sleeping under 3 quilts for the winter, and it is definitely fun to know I made them! :)

  2. Loved reading these. I'm with you on #3. I'm the same, I need to use what I have and so the challenge this year will be to not buy new stuff and use the stuff I already have. I can't wait to see how your year unfolds and read all about the beautiful quilt you're teasing us with!

  3. Kate, WIPs keep me up at night too! I really want to get a handle on all of them before I start anything new! Good luck with your resolutions - looks like a great list to me.

  4. FMQ - You can do it! I find that quilting small things like mug rugs is actually more difficult than a larger piece. It was easier for me to start on placemats or table runner size pieces. Good luck - it is so much fun!!

  5. Great list. Of course I am with you on the try new things as I have that "fear". But the quilt bee helps with that! Also love that quilt top! One of my first projects was a king sized duvet for our bed, and I love it to pieces. Every time I walk into the bedroom, there it is! Not a lot of actual quilting but a lot of piecing, and it is so pretty. I used a sheet for the back, since then I would not have to sew the pocket edges, lol!

  6. Happy New Year Kate! My personal fave on your list has to be "Play More", I love that one!

  7. I also need to make a quilt for my own bed. Funny how many quilters haven't done this!

  8. We have a few of the same including sew the stash and do something new or what I am a little afraid of. The are usually the same thing.

  9. great list!! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  10. I think I will be balancing between 1 and 9 - making what I want to and finishing things up! I like your plans to use up fabric before you stop liking it! :)