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Thread: New Year's Resolutions for 2010

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    I was thinking it might be fun to write down our upcoming New Year resolutions concerning what we would like to accomplish/learn in quilting this coming year.

    Here are mine so far. I'm sure I'll add others, but these are my main ones.

    1. Improve my machine quilting, esp. my FMQ!!!!! I hate my machine quilting and I know it's because I've only started and I just need to practice, practice, practice.

    2. Finish 1 UFO a month. This one is made easier because I belong to a quilting bee called the "UFO Bee." This year we are doing a UFO Challenge, which means every month we sign up to finish a UFO. It helps that the rules are a bit loose. Instead of actually having to finish a project from beginning to end, someone can sign up to finish a top, though most of mine I hope to actually finish and get them out of the UFO pile! For those who sign up for the UFO Challenge, if we don't get our UFO done that month, we owe 1 yard of fabric to the kitty. At the end of the year we'll receive a raffle ticket for each UFO we've done & there will be a drawing for all the fabric. I'm determined to get 12 raffle tickets and not have to pay in any fabric, or at least that's my goal.

    3. Dye my own fabric. I really, really, really want to learn to do this and I've got some great methods I want to try, including the snow dyeing that was posted in another thread here.

    4. Keep up with the Dear Jane quilt that begins in Jan. I definitely don't want that to end up a UFO!!!! :shock:

    5. Take both classes from Sally Collins when she comes to my local guild this spring. Sign ups begin in January and I plan on making sure I'm one of the first to sign up. I definitely do NOT want to end up on the waiting list and possibly miss taking a class from her.

    So what do the rest of you plan for this coming year? Are there any techniques, classes, patterns, or other things you would like to accomplish?

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    Tiffany,
    I love the idea of finishing a UFO each month - I know I have more than 12 so it'd work for me. Last year I set out with goals in mind - I did finish some of them... others, well, not so much... I'll start with One UFO per month - - - thanks.

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    Hmmm -- haven't got around to making resolutions yet for the New Year.... :oops: :oops: However, I do have several fabric kits that need making.... :D :D

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    No resolutions for me... I will be keeping myself pretty busy all year long :wink: :D :D :D

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    I don't do resolutions. I'll just keep trying to use up some of my stash.

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    Hey I am on board. But can't go as far as to finish one UFO a month, since I hand quilt,but will do one every quarter. I also want to get together with old friends at least once a month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I don't do resolutions. I'll just keep trying to use up some of my stash.
    It sounds like you just made a resolution. :lol: Actually, I view resolutions to be the same as a goal. And I read once where if a person writes down their goals they are 70% more likely to achieve them, so I try to write mine down. It helps because midway through the year I can reread it and remind myself of what I had planned.

    Thismomquilts, yay! Once a month we should post a picture here of what we have finished as a way to encourage each other to keep going. I would love to see what you are working on!

    Shaverg, that sounds great!

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    I LOVE LISTS!

    AS far as my quilting goals:
    1.Finish all of my peiced tops and get them quilted!
    2. Use up most of my scraps and stash....I say this only because I will buy new projects all the time rather than use it and I have so many that just need to used up! I love that feeling anyway!
    3. Finish UFO's....I don't have many so this shoudl not be a problem. I have less than 12 ..so the monthly thing won't work.
    4. put labels on my work..I am horrible about this
    5. take pictures of my work.

    AS far as other goals....
    1. Get into nursing school ...2 more quarters before I can apply.
    2. lose weight...actually run a 5 k race.
    3. clean out closets and garage.....this is no easy feat with 6 kids...could taek years..lol

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    I would like to refrain from starting too many new ones until a few UFO's are done. Don't know if I will be successful. I am really bad at resolutions.......

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    My resolution is to start being more selfish with my time and do more of what I want to do. My kids are grown and one at home is a teen, able to feed and dress herself. DH can watch tv without me. He watches dumb shows anyway. :roll:

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    My resolution is to not make a resolution. That one, I can actually handle.

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    [quote=Tiffany]
    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I don't do resolutions. I'll just keep trying to use up some of my stash.
    It sounds like you just made a resolution. :lol: Actually, I view resolutions to be the same as a goal. And I read once where if a person writes down their goals they are 70% more likely to achieve them, so I try to write mine down. It helps because midway through the year I can reread it and remind myself of what I had planned.

    Yikes, you're right. And I put it in writing so maybe it'll happen.


    :-D :-D :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    My resolution is to not make a resolution. That one, I can actually handle.
    That's my resolution as well. :D

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    I simply look at resolutions as goals I would like to reach. That way it doesn't sound as intimidating and I've always got goals. ;)

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    Well, this year I set a goal to make one quilt a month---and I did great for 2 months!

    So, for 2010, I am going to TRY to finish up a few UFOs, use up some of my mountain of fabric and make several quilts for family members. But, I am not going to make a list of specifics, because that just causes me more stress!

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    I've never made quilting goals, so I had to think about this. Here it goes:
    1. Finish the Triple Irish Chain
    2. Make oodles of smaller pieces--crib quilt size at the most--in order to quilt them myself.
    3. Buy as little fabric as possible so I can investigate what's on the shelves.
    4. Make at least 5 items to donate. I'm thinking Linus Project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    Hmmmmmmm...I could have sworn I responded to this post earlier and it seems to be gone. Hmmmm. My resolution is to learn how to paper piece, applique and try again for a quilt per month. (I did that last year and got 11 done) Now I wonder where that post went??? LOL!
    There's another thread similar to this one. Maybe you posted there?

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    Well last year I made a list of quilts I wanted to make and guess what, I made quilts this year but not 1 of them!! Oh well at least I made some.
    So I'm going to start off with pretty much the same list. I would like to do either a URR (Underground Railroad) or the Pioneer BOM. I want to piece and quilt it by hand.

    I want to make a Red/White/Black Hunter Star

    at least 5 or6 Baby quilts to donate

    and I was going to say learn at least one new quilting skill or technique but if I make the URR or Pioneer BOM that will cover that as I don't yet hand piece. I've collected a huge assortment of Kansas City Trouble by Moda and other CW repos especially for this project.

    My other goal is to use as much fabric from my already overwhelming stash as possible without buying more unless its something I really need for a project. Also finish at least my 2 most recent tops. One only needs binding and a label the other still needs backing fabric (which I DONT have in my stash) and be sandwiched and delivered to the quilter.

    I think if I get this done it will be a pretty busy year.

    Muriel
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    I guess my resolution or (goal) is to get my ufo's done. I am always starting stuff for me then put it aside to make something for someone else. I put a BQ quilt away to make my mom a quilt 2 years ago. Its still staring at me in the same tote I put it in and it hasn't moved. I better dust it off. I have several of those actually. So I guess my goal is to get back on the for me stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dglvr
    I guess my resolution or (goal) is to get my ufo's done. I am always starting stuff for me then put it aside to make something for someone else. I put a BQ quilt away to make my mom a quilt 2 years ago. Its still staring at me in the same tote I put it in and it hasn't moved. I better dust it off. I have several of those actually. So I guess my goal is to get back on the for me stuff.
    So nice to know I am not the only one that does this!!! When we bought this house 6 1/2 years ago, I bought fabric to make a quilt for our bed, with matching curtains. Yup, you guessed it....it is still waiting. :( On the up side, I have done a queen size for my parents, 2 doubles, lots of small projects, AND went back to work full time. (Which really cuts into "me" time!!!!)

    Current project is a very large quilt for my step-son and his new wife. It is sandwiched and ready to go. The plan is SID around the large blocks, then DH and I will hand quilt hearts in the centre of each block. My goal on this one is to have it finished by their first anniversary in May.
    Smaller projects planned...I have LOTS of 5" squares from swaps here, as well as some I have picked up from Missouri "deal of the day". Lots of those will be made up into grandbaby quilts, and charity quilts.

    OK...so much for not making any NY's resolutions!!! LOL

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    Hmmmm, let's see:

    1) Work on UFOs. I've finished 3 this month and I want to work through them. I'm okay with having pending quilt tops, but the half finished and stashed away quilt tops/misc projects bother me, so I want to get through them!

    2) Buy minimal amounts of fabric. My official "goal" is to buy no fabric, but I know I'll need some backings and misc accents, and the new (and last) Wizard of Oz line comes out next month. So as long as I'm mostly buying nothing, I'm happy. My stash is threatening to eat me, so it's time to use it

    3) Use patterns I have! I have so many books and misc patterns and they just sit. It's time for them to be used, in combination with my stash fabric, and become quilts!

    4) Learn how and actually make a crumb quilt. I'm saving the scraps, let's hope they go into something!

    5) Make and finish a quilt for my mother. I got the "you made quilts for everyone else" guilt trip a few weeks ago...

    And then the not quilting ones:
    6) Move into my house Jan 2. Unpack shortly thereafter.

    7) Be with the boyfriend come next Xmas. We're at 1.5 years, which is almost double my old record. I want to keep him around for longer :)

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    i only have one goal that i'd like to achieve

    1) no outside quilting work for 6 months.

    i've already broken that goal and had to take an order for 2 quilts last week.

    my hope is not to take any more after this so i can focus on the Jane Cyber Block Party.

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    I haven't thought it through very well, but here's my "off the top" list:

    1. Stay up to date on the Dear Jane Cyber Sew
    2. Complete the Indian Orange Peel that I'm at 1/3 through, I refuse to let it become a UFO, it's way too beautiful!!!
    3. Take 1 sewing class a quarter at my LQS. I have a few favorite intructors that I want to stay in touch with.
    4. Attend the monthly sewing class at LQS that is on (generally) the last Friday of the month, goes from 1:30 - 10:00 and has the nicest group of ladies. You get to just sew and sew, chat, eat...totally fun and best part...no kids!!
    5. Make my DH a quilt. In all my years of quilting, I have never done it! Can you imagine!??!!
    6. Do the best I can on the IRR that I'm participating in.
    7. Stay up to date on the Board... ;)

    Okay, probably forgetting something, but this is a start

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    Quote Originally Posted by LucyInTheSky
    Hmmmm, let's see:

    1) Work on UFOs. I've finished 3 this month and I want to work through them. I'm okay with having pending quilt tops, but the half finished and stashed away quilt tops/misc projects bother me, so I want to get through them!

    2) Buy minimal amounts of fabric. My official "goal" is to buy no fabric, but I know I'll need some backings and misc accents, and the new (and last) Wizard of Oz line comes out next month. So as long as I'm mostly buying nothing, I'm happy. My stash is threatening to eat me, so it's time to use it

    3) Use patterns I have! I have so many books and misc patterns and they just sit. It's time for them to be used, in combination with my stash fabric, and become quilts!

    4) Learn how and actually make a crumb quilt. I'm saving the scraps, let's hope they go into something!

    5) Make and finish a quilt for my mother. I got the "you made quilts for everyone else" guilt trip a few weeks ago...

    And then the not quilting ones:
    6) Move into my house Jan 2. Unpack shortly thereafter.

    7) Be with the boyfriend come next Xmas. We're at 1.5 years, which is almost double my old record. I want to keep him around for longer :)
    Good luck with #7.
    What is a Crumb Quilt? Do you have a pattern I can see.
    Sounds like a scrappy.

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    I have 2 tops that I'm trying to hand quilt. One is fairly recent, but the other one...well, let's just say it's become a family joke. So I'm going to start small--my resolution is to finish at least ONE of these quilts (probably not the family joke!)

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