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Thread: Time for the New Year DIET resolutions!(quilt related ones)

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    Time for the New Year DIET resolutions!(quilt related ones)

    My diet this year is not one of FOOD..though I am giving up sugar completely, but one of QUILTY/CRAFTY things.
    I hereby vow to not BUY anything unless I am 100% sure I need it to complete a project.
    Anyone who knows me, knows that there is absolutely NOTHING that I could ever need to finish ANY project..no matter what the medium is.

    How about YOU...anyone else going on a sewing/crafting diet this year?
    I know it will be hard, with so many online and brick/morter shops closing this year, but I vow to remain strong in this! Besides..I am too poor to buy anything..so..that should help me stay focused!

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    I am not buying any quilt kits or fabric to make anything for myself because it never gets done! I have stacks and stacks of fabric and patterns just for me and they always get pushed aside. Maybe a better resolution would be to FINALLY make something for myself!!! Okay, I'm going with that one: I WILL MAKE SOMETHING FOR MYSELF!!!!!!
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    Boy do I need to stick with this one , and the sugar too! Trouble is that fabric is so much prettier than it used to be! But I must get rid of tons of it and that is a fact!

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    2011 was a horrible year for me, one that made me age at least 20 years (and I have the gray hair to prove it!). This year my New Year resolution is to put myself first and take care of my health. Also to buy myself all the quilty gadgets that I had to do without in 2011. Looking forward to a calmer and more structured 2012!

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I am not buying any quilt kits or fabric to make anything for myself because it never gets done! I have stacks and stacks of fabric and patterns just for me and they always get pushed aside. Maybe a better resolution would be to FINALLY make something for myself!!! Okay, I'm going with that one: I WILL MAKE SOMETHING FOR MYSELF!!!!!!
    how many of us can relate to this one????
    I NEVER do anything for myself...which is why I do not own ANY of the things I cross stitched for nearly 10 years...everyone in the family got a wedding sampler, then the kids got birth samplers...I have NOTHING..not ever for MY own kids..sigh..

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    I resolve to finish all my current UFOs next year. That is going to be a lot of work because I have several left that I didn't get finished this year-5!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok View Post
    how many of us can relate to this one????
    I NEVER do anything for myself...which is why I do not own ANY of the things I cross stitched for nearly 10 years...everyone in the family got a wedding sampler, then the kids got birth samplers...I have NOTHING..not ever for MY own kids..sigh..
    Jacquie, let's make it our year then! Let's make something just for us, nobody else! I have absolutely nothing to show for the over 25 years that I have crafted. Oh, don't get me wrong, I can visit my creations at everybody else's homes!!! I'm going to do it, I'm going to make myself something and my goal is to have it done by the end of March (only because I have 2 quilts to finish and 2 baby quilts to make first) lol!
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    My 2012year is to finish all UFO, at least 1 a month, organize my sewing room and sewing storage room, not buy any fabric unless needed to finish a project, and cut out sugar. wish me luck.
    Deb T

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    I like your idea.. I have enough fabrics for tops but not wide fabrics for backing.. Id like to 'try' and either finish a UFO or make a quilt every month...

    So here goes it... Im up for the challenge..

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    My quilty resolution is to finish more quilts and have less UFOs. I've learned a little free motion quilting and think I can keep that resolution :-) As for the food resolution, I gave up sugar last year in April. No candy, cakes, pies, ice cream and NO SOFT DRINKS. That was my biggest problem, along with portion control. I have lost 50 pounds without much effort. I exercise a little, but I wouldn't say I do it everyday or even every week. I feel so much better now. I'm sure I still get plenty of sugar in the Fiber One cereal, Silk, and an ocassional drizzle of ketchup or a sweet pickle but I don't have a sweet tooth anymore. Sugar is the enemy!

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    I will be buying things since between my sons and dh I got almost $200 worth of gc's to quilt stores. I also have to find the $60 gc to joanne's someone gave me last year.

    I want to make a lap quilt for my neices and nephews. I have plenty of fabric to cut up and use and that will be where I am starting.

    I am also thinking about giving up sugar.

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    My craft goal is to finish projects, and then decide on patterns to use up my stash. I just went to the local quilt shop where I had $120 gc to spend. Felt bad for this owner as I asked her how things were going. She said that they did not cut on piece of fabric the week before Christmas, three days with no customers. I hope she will be able to stay in business. On the other hand I am also going to continue to scrapbook my pictures and not buy any more scrapbooking supplies. I don't have any space left in my craft room with fabric and paper. This will definately keep me busy in 2012. Wish me luck!

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    Well, I am gonna make a serious effort to only buy what is needed and not just cause I like it. I have been practicing this for about 2 months now and I have to say I have been doing very well. I also try to buy what is on sale and when I need batting I wait for a coupon or sale. There is really NOTHING I need quilting wise anymore. I have been busy organizing my sewing space and storage area and have a good start on what I need to keep and what I need to get rid of, what I have multiples of that I really only need one of.......so this will be my continued effort for the coming year. I wish us all LUCK on our endeavor for the coming year......
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    I will be finishing my ufos this coming year. I have 5 in process right now and fabric for 3 more. I will also not be buy anymore fabric until my ufo's are finished. That will be hard. I have resisted most of the wonderful year-end sales, not all off them, but this is it. No more!!!!. Once my ufo's are finished, I will then allow myself to go shopping again.
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    I have to start seriously stopping myself from buying anything new, because my husband retired on Thursday, and he has been trying to get me to think more about what I'm purchasing. I have way more fabric than I will ever use, plus patterns, books, rulers, and other supplies. I think I am more of a collector than a quilt maker, so I have to get to using it before it all goes out of style!

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    I am definitely going to give this a try as well. I have projects to finish and stash to use. I don't have a hugh stash, but, I do have enough to finish quilts and make a few new ones. So, I really need to put my fabric buying/hoarding on hold. I'm going to only buy fabric if I absolutely need it to finish a project. I've stocked up on some batting, so, I think I'm ok there for awhile. In the past I've really sabotaged myself by even mentioning not doing something...so...I'm going to have to really work hard to stay on track.

    I have to keep remembering the fabric I had to have that is still sitting in my stash. So, It's now time to use it, trade it, or give it away. Besides, the goal is to save some money, use some stash, have some fun and maybe in 2013 I'll be ready to add some new fabric to my stash.

    I'll think about giving up sugar. I need to but, I don't know if I'm ready to commit yet. But, I will make a concentrated effort to cut back.

    I wish us all luck in the New Year. We can do this together.
    My little shinning stars. Brantley, Kaylynn, and Emmalee

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    After cleaning and organizing my sewing room, I know that I have so many projects to complete before I will even be looking at buying anything again. I will remain on this quilting related diet until that white board list is done- and the projects I am doing first are the ones for me. Woohoo!!! So I am on board with my fellow dieters.

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    I have been on a fabric diet since August 13, 2011. That was the day I learned that my dearest friend and fellow quilter, suffering from brain cancer, had willed me her stash. She kept this stash in a separate building from her home, NOT at all organized. Julia died 12/7/2011. Between August and her death she asked me to bring some of her fabric, UFOs and tops to her so we could talk about them and she could tell me what she had planned for the fabric. I had to reorganize my own stash to make room for hers and at last count, I have 22 "kits" put together, fabric and pattern, and in excess of 380 yards of fabric. I hereby vow not to purchase any fabric unless needed for a backing or for a VERY SPECIAL quilt, like the Boston Bruins quilt my grandson just asked for, until I have half of those kits completed. As for sugar, no way.........

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    My standard finish 12 UFO resolution (in 2011 I hit 8 - pretty good! ).
    And (this goes along with #1) my closet is full of fabric, UFOs, and finished quilt tops, to the point of running out of room - quilt, quilt, quilt, and get them out the door! Especially the raw fabric, since I have so much fabric. The UFO shelf is more manageable, and the finished quilt top section is growing (luckily I have a 6 month old longarm) but the big pieces of fabric, fabric and more fabric is starting to bother me
    I also have a cross stitch I really want to finish this year.

    And in non-quilting - hit the gym regularly (ideally, I'd like to get up to every day, but at least 4 times per week)
    Nothing's a mistake. It's a learning experience. Some experiences, you learn more than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    I have been on a fabric diet since August 13, 2011. That was the day I learned that my dearest friend and fellow quilter, suffering from brain cancer, had willed me her stash. She kept this stash in a separate building from her home, NOT at all organized. Julia died 12/7/2011. Between August and her death she asked me to bring some of her fabric, UFOs and tops to her so we could talk about them and she could tell me what she had planned for the fabric. I had to reorganize my own stash to make room for hers and at last count, I have 22 "kits" put together, fabric and pattern, and in excess of 380 yards of fabric. I hereby vow not to purchase any fabric unless needed for a backing or for a VERY SPECIAL quilt, like the Boston Bruins quilt my grandson just asked for, until I have half of those kits completed. As for sugar, no way.........

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend. This last month I have heard about 5 people I know either have cancer or a relative has cancer. It has gotten me very down this holiday season.

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    I've been quilting for 7 or 8 years, and for the first 5 or 6 bought lots of fabric and notions. Gradually the penny has dropped - I only need a very basic set of equipment, and I can't afford to have lots of expensive fabric just sitting in a drawer. So now I take a lot of convincing to buy any new notions, and buy fabric as and when I need it. It means my projects can take a while, as I won't usually buy border or backing fabric until I've finished the main part of the top and can see what it looks like and what it needs, and ditto quilting threads, so things tend to come to a halt until I can get to the quilt shop, but there's always something else to pick up in the meantime.
    My New Year resolution is to continue to work on the UFOs, with an occasional new project as a reward - and to give my quilting more priority in my life. I love doing it, it brings me peace and fulfillment - so why is it the first thing to go when things get busy?
    Oh yes - and eating well, exercising..blah, blah...as ever! No, I actually joined the gym a few weeks ago, and enjoy going, and the high it gives me. It's also making me more aware of what I eat, because I'm finding that I'm more aware of my body, and want to build it up and nourish it rather than undo all my hard work by eating rubbish food.

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    I resolve to buy new stuff like cutting mats and rulers, quality needles, and a few gadgets, like a bobbin winder. I resolve to save my pennies so if a Singer 15 crosses my path, its mine! Need a back up in case my lovely Sarah needs work. No swaps, no exchanges, limited charity quilts. Oh, and make something lovely for myself. I spent 2011 broke, stressed, and taking care of a lot of other people. Looking forward to 2012. And yesterday was my birthday so its a new year all around. Happy New Year, ya'll.
    Life is made up of bits and pieces. You won't know how it'll turn out till its done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder View Post
    I resolve to buy new stuff like cutting mats and rulers, quality needles, and a few gadgets, like a bobbin winder. I resolve to save my pennies so if a Singer 15 crosses my path, its mine! Need a back up in case my lovely Sarah needs work. No swaps, no exchanges, limited charity quilts. Oh, and make something lovely for myself. I spent 2011 broke, stressed, and taking care of a lot of other people. Looking forward to 2012. And yesterday was my birthday so its a new year all around. Happy New Year, ya'll.
    I hope 2012 is YOUR year, with lots of fun, quilting and a Singer 15! Happy New Year.

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    This year I will make for my hubby and myself--others can wait!

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    Happy Birthday and Happy New Year RedMadder. I hope this year is much better to you and for you.
    Quote Originally Posted by redmadder View Post
    I resolve to buy new stuff like cutting mats and rulers, quality needles, and a few gadgets, like a bobbin winder. I resolve to save my pennies so if a Singer 15 crosses my path, its mine! Need a back up in case my lovely Sarah needs work. No swaps, no exchanges, limited charity quilts. Oh, and make something lovely for myself. I spent 2011 broke, stressed, and taking care of a lot of other people. Looking forward to 2012. And yesterday was my birthday so its a new year all around. Happy New Year, ya'll.
    My little shinning stars. Brantley, Kaylynn, and Emmalee

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