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Happy New Year 2014!

Happy New Year everyone!

2013 was one of those “life changing” years I’ll never forget, but I’m also glad it’s over & I’m ready to move forward!

I didn’t make resolutions for this year like I normally do, instead I reworked a “life map” (something that evolved from me reading the ebook “Tell Your Time” (with some changes, ok, a lot of changes- if you really want me to go into it, just let me know & I can post about it).  So in my “life map” I picked the areas I really want to focus on & I can make short term goals based on the year & eventually break it down to weekly goals.  It’s all done visually (those are my changes), so it works for the artistic/visual side of me.

I’m very excited because for the first time I’ve separated “work” & “life” goals with respect to quilting!  Hopefully this will help keep me energized throughout the year (ok, for the 1st part of the year, i.e. before baby!) as I see will be able something happening with my personal projects.

I’ve got some good plans for the website/blog to include some design changes & the Tuesday Tip will be coming back!

I’ll be teaching classes for kids again at Art at the Center.  They went so well last Fall I can’t wait for them to start up again!

So what am I doing now?  Well besides some background stuff no one can see (& honestly you don’t want to see!), here’s what’s currently on my machine: EKG Quilt
What better way to start the new year than by finishing a personal UFO?  This is from a few years ago- it’s got a great story & I can’t wait to share it with you!

Oh yeah!  And the scrappy UFO I blogged about last time is done, I just need to get outside to take decent pictures- but it came out great & will make a fantastic baby quilt!

Happy Quilting!

Do You Have Quilting Gremlins?

First, watch this video from Patricia Lawless
So, do you have Quilting Gremlins?
And I’m not talking about the little things that move your rotary cutter & hide your pieced blocks!
What I’m mean is- do you have those voices in your head that say “you’re not a good quilter” or “you’re not talented enough to make that quilt.”
Sound familiar?
I’ve heard many, many piecers give me their quilt top & tell me it’s a terrible.  I’ve heard guild members say they’ll never be able to do “difficult” quilts.  I’ve heard students say they’ll never improve.
So here’s what I want to tell you- you ARE a good enough quilter!  Your work IS NOT terrible!  Jump in & try that pattern you’ve always loved but have hesitated about starting.
This is our craft, our hobby!  It’s supposed to be fun & freeing & expanding- so squash those gremlins & try that new technique you’ve been scared of….

Happy New Year!

I’ve debated whether or not to do a recap of my 2011 projects & in the end decided to just do a short list:
– Baby Quilts: 4
– Wall hangings/Table Toppers: 5
– Bed Quilts: 3
– Pin Cushion: 1 (hey, this counts, it’s made of 1-inch hexagons ala English Paper Piecing)
– Knitting: Per Ravelry, 31 projects- this ranges from a dishcloth to socks to shawls

Not too shabby of a list considering I had another job for the 1st three months of the year, went to Texas 3 times, and spent some time at Yellowstone for the great family camping trip.

Now for 2012. I’m usually not a “new year” goal setting kind of person, (I think goals can & should be made at any time of the year) but this year it just seems right. So many other things in my life are now wrapped up & for the first time in who knows how long, I actually *feel* like a new year is starting. So here’s *some* of what I’m thinking for 2012:

Quilting Goals:
– Quilt 12 personal quilts (that’s one a month, should be doable with a little focus)
– Finish about 6 flimsy’s (quilt tops) (This isn’t too strict of a goal, basically I just don’t want to forget about piecing my own quilts)
– Go through “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” & “The Artist’s Way” (Already reading the first book)
– Create 4 (quarterly) challenges for myself, encouraging me to expand my free-form quilting
– Learn a better way to machine applique (Have registered for Craftsy’s “Pictorial Quilting” class which should help me with this)
– Master feathers on the longarm (Have registered for 2 feather classes at MQS just for this!)

I’ve also got some other ideas in my head, but they will need some research before I can say anything :)

It’s gonna be a great year!