I used to LOVE lists. Lurve them. Now? Now they make me a little antsy because I never seem to be able to cross everything off like I used to pre-kids.
So I’m going to try to do some non plan planning here with a little prodding from Quilting Jet Girl. No numbers this time and I won’t count if you won’t.
First off I’d really like 2017 to be the year of selfish sewing. Where most of the projects are for me and me alone. I had hoped to knock out a ton of WIP’s by the end of 2016 so I could start fresh. While I’ve made a dent I still have a ways to go. So this isn’t completely practical and may have to be a June 2017 – June 2018 kind of goal. Or thereabouts. Who’s counting? Not me. Or you. I hope.
I do have a few non selfish sewing projects I need to accomplish.
- Another Fairy Tale Castle Mini for my daughters birthday in February.
- The Fire and Ice Quilt for my son’s birthday in October.
- A baby quilt for my friend Josh and his wife Katie who are expecting their first.
- A fabric hanging organizer thingy for my husband (in no particular order my dear, you’re always first in my book.)
That’s all I’m agreeing to.
I’d also like to officially start a few long term projects like the one I saw on the stash bee website (mostly cutting and collecting fabrics slowly before any sewing actually occurs) and an all macaron quilt (of my own design!) like this one I made for my friend Beth’s daughter.
I’d like to send my Improv Crosscut quilt top out for some quilting to Cassandra of the Not So Dramatic Life but I’ll probably need to save some cash up before this can happen. I just really feel like this quilt needs more attention than I can provide.
Contrary to my goals from last year I’d like to blog more. Mostly because the husband has noted my lack of blogging and suggested I give up my domain name which costs $70 ish a year. I don’t want to do that so I may need to justify my online existence.
I really really really want to make some rules on fabric shopping in 2017 as well. I know my stash is meager compared to some seasoned quilters out there but at the rate I sew I still have enough fabric to get me through the next ten years!
So here’s what I’m allowing.
Any thread and batting as needed with no guilt. Same goes for binding fabric. Binding is an important choice and not just anything will do.
Anything new by Sarah Jane (my favorite designer) is fair game. I’m pretty much ordering fat quarter packs of all her lines as they come out.
A fat eighth of Alison Glass’s 2017 Sunprint line.
Some Crimson Tate. I have none and I love the paper themes. She has a line called Literary coming out and I must have some of the card catalog fabric. I loved the library as a kid and I love the library now. I’d give anything (ok that’s not true) for an old card catalog in my house!!!!!! That really would make me happy (hint hint garage sale loving Father-in-Law).
Grunge fabric. I love it. It’s a great solid alternative and super useful in so many projects. I’m not saying I should buy a yard of every color but yeah, a little here and there is just dandy.
Maybe Cotton & Steel 5″ charm packs. I haven’t decided how far I’m going to go collecting them. It may just no longer be financially practical. Plus I really don’t love some of their new lines. Like Trinket. Yikes no no no.
I NEED to work on transforming the guest room into a real sewing room. The husband is on board and we both agree it’s stupid to waste an entire room for guests we get literally once a year.
Oh . . . one more thing . . . I’M GETTING A NEW SEWING MACHINE!!! My mother-in-law gifted me the rest of the money for a new machine as a Christmas present. I’m not going to rush as I want to make sure I’m getting the right machine. But yeah. I’m kind of excited. Also nervous because I’ll no longer be able to blame the machine for my insufficiency.
As an aside I’ve realized recently that sewing is seasonal for me. I sew much more in the winter months than other seasons because there’s simply less to do outside. I think this realization will help me allot my time better throughout the year and provide a little grace to myself in heavier seasons.
That’s all I’ve got. My whole house has been sick lately so I’m just happy this post is coherent.
Thanks to Yvonne for hosting a link up with prizes. I cannot tell a lie . . . I’m Jonesing to win a prize. Cross your fingers for me.