Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Plans Goals and Resolutions
To be frank, I could use a little bit more self discipline in my life. I tend to be a fly by the seat of my pants kind of woman which often leaves me struggling to figure out what to make for dinner, or lying in bed reading a novel for four hours rather than quilting the baby quilt.
This tendency has it's good points as well. I spontaneously volunteered to test patterns for Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs in 2015 which took me out of my comfort zone and prompted me to participate in my first blog hop. I also jumped head first into the New Quilt Bloggers blog hop which again took me out of my comfort zone and opened up a world of possibilities. One of the things that was impressed upon us by our mentors was the importance of planning and of setting goals.
Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a linky party to share our 2016 Plans, Goals and Resolutions. This prompted this seat of her pants non planner to do some planning and set some goals.
I'll start with the quilting goals.
1. Complete at least one quilt a month. This could be a stretch for me, but it's a worthy aspiration and doable so I'm leaving it at that. I have a lot of works in progress that can help me meet this goal. I'll start with the quilt my daughter has been asking me to quilt for her the past two years.
2. Design and make my own quilts, and quilt blocks.To help me with this goal I'll be reading Cheryl's Pattern Writing Blog Series starting in January, and I'll be mining the back posts on Yvonne's blog to re read her posts on block design. I'll be starting my own process by turning my contribution to the Fabri Quilt block challenge, the Graduated Cross Block into a quilt. I've bought the fabric to make a quilt using this block and I'm excited to get started on it.
3. Enter a quilt in to a show. Several quilt shows in our area are adding a Modern category to their shows so I think this is a good place to start.
4. I'm really excited to be in Hive 8 of the Stash Bee. I enjoy the social aspects of blogging and hope this continues in the bee. My goal is to complete all my blocks on time.
5. Improve my quilting. I'll work on this goal with the help of my Craftsy quilting classes on both Free Motion and Straight line quilting.
6. Continue to explore Modern quilting techniques such as improv, negative grid and minimalism. Kaja of Sew Slowly and Anne of Fret Knot Your Self and good motivators here.
7. Use my stash and come up with my own Stash Manifesto. I'll be joining Jenn at Quarter Inch From the Edge for her linkups which are still a bit of a mystery.
Here are my goals relating to blogging.
1. Post at least twice a week. This could take planning. I know, I know this is what this post is all about. I'll be using the Quilter's Planner to help me organize my sewing and my blogging ideas to meet this goal.
2. Post a tutorial or two.
3. Host a linky party.
4. Learn how to get a working button into the body of a post. I only know how to get them into the side bars.
I've got some goals which I guess would best fall under the category of self care.
1. Meditate daily. I know that meditation has a great positive effect on my mood and energy level but I find it hard to do. So once again it's on my list.
2. Get some exercise. I haven't figured out what this one is going to look like yet..possibly aquafit, possibly hand held weights....at the very least I will do my knee strengthening exercises on a regular basis.
3. Go back to keeping a gratitude journal.
4. Retain my flexibility and don't get too anal about meeting all the goals.
I've found writing this post to be a great way to articulate goals for myself for the upcoming year. Thanks Yvonne for getting the ball rolling with the 2016 Plans,Goals and Resolutions Link Up. I'm looking forward to Quilting and Blogging in 2016 and hope that I continue to be challenged and grow as much in 2016 as in 2015.