Did you notice it’s a new year? Sure is.
I know. It happens so fast and now we have to change the date on our checks and letters nine times before we get it right, usually somewhere around the end of February. And of course, this time of year is one of resolutions and goals and things. The most effective goals are not vague ones, though. “I want to lose weight” is less effective than saying, “I want to lose 5lbs in January by replacing my potato chips at lunch with an apple and I will walk the dog around the block three times instead of just once.” That’s doable, right?
Quilt-related goals are the same. Let’s look at a few suggestions for specific quilt-related goals in the New Year, shall we? First, a tough, non-specific goal and second, a more specific one. Good luck!
Hard: “I’m going to finish all my UFOs, once and for all!”
Doable: “I’m going to finish two UFOs by the end of winter. The end of winter is April 1st, basically.”
Hard: “I’m going to hand quilt all my quilts this year, as God as my witness! Slow stitching!”
Doable: “I’m interested in this ‘slow stitch’ thing. When I finish my lap quilt/patchwork pillow project, I’m going to try some hand-quilting this time. If I like it, maybe it’ll be something I do again.”
Hard: “I’m going to sew more, once and for all!”
Doable: “This year, I’d like to try and complete six quilts, from fabric cutting to binding. They can be a variety of sizes and baby quilts count! But I really want to make more time for my favorite pastime/art and to commit to six quilts will ensure that I do just that.”
See? Now you think about your goals and be specific, okay?