Skip to main content

Not Resolutions, More like Goals



I am not making resolutions... I am making goals.  They all seem to have to do with stitching and wanting to expand my horizons in the art.  Here goes:

1.  This year I will bite the bullet and arrange to teach a class in cq.  Something a little more adventurous than just at my local guild.  The main obstacle is my shyness and how to teach when my tendency is not to speak above a whisper!

2.  The group, Quilting on a Budget, has something going for next year called `Homemade Christmas`.  During discussions on the group we realized that if you made two gifts each month, you would have 24 gifts ready next Christmas.  Not just that you have made something from the heart, but avoiding a good part of the annual Christmas panic!  I am resolving to do this and will post photos of them as I get them done.

3.  This year I will make, or at least make a good start on, an actual crazy quilt - not just single blocks.

4.  This year I will enter at least four competitions with my stitching - that`s one every four months so it sounds not too intimidating!

5.  This year I will write about crazy quilting and stitching and submit it for publication somewhere.  Let`s see.... twice!  So at least two separate things will be submitted for publication.... somewhere.  I don't expect them to be accepted or anything - but just the writing of them will help me clarify my teaching techniques, right?

6.  I will create and give at least one item a month to charity - this will be my service project for the year.  I will post pictures to keep myself honest. lol  Some of the groups I would like to do some work for are Grandmothers for Grandmothers (the purse auction), Aids Angels, The Toy Society, Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, and of course I'll take part in CQI's Making Memories project again this year for Breast Cancer. In addition I'll be doing small things on a local basis like baby quilts and baby sets for the hospital gift shop (profits go to the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary) and knit caps for the newborns at the same hospital as well as placemats for Meals on Wheels.  There are actually a lot of things you can do locally if you look around.  Even the local library is in need of book bags for the local literacy program.

7.  I have decided, because I am a terrible procrastinator, that I will stitch a minimum of 15 minutes per day.  Once I start I am likely to carry on longer, but starting is the difficult part for me.

8.  I will organize and clean out my sewing room so that I can actually work there!  And find things!  I'll work on this one hour a day (minimum) until it is accomplished.

So, has anyone else sat down and thought about what they would like to accomplish this year in the way of goals related to their stitching?

Comments

Cathy said…
What an excellent idea, Kerry! Your goals are very ambitious and I wish you the best with them. I think I'll do as you have (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery) and try writing out some goals. Hugs and Happy New Year! Cathy
Gerry Krueger said…
That's a lot... Some I want to do also...teach a /CQ class and write an article... but I find trying to explain "how" a very hard thing to do. Competitions sound like fun... I never see them!

My one goal/resolution for 2010 is to be nicer to my husband.. It takes so little to make him happy and I do just that---- so little... Now that more and more of my friends are widows I'm thinking it's time charity starts at home!

Gerry

Gerry
Ruby said…
Have a Happy,Prosperous,Healthy New Year! Yes, I need to set some goals!
AmiSimms said…
Thanks for listing goal #6. Maybe some of your readers will join you!

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative would be most grateful.

Ami Simms
www.AlzQuilts.org
Beverly said…
Beautiful work, Kerry, great blog, and I love your goals. My big goal is to do art of some kind every day! Today, alas, my art project consisted of vacuuming the living room rug. I do have some ideas that need to be committed to paper, so I'm going to do that tonight, and call it art in the works. (I'm much easier on myself as I've gotten older!)

Popular posts from this blog

Love my chooks!

Chickens have got to be frugal, right?  They love to forage around the yard looking for things to eat and, in fact, only eat half as much feed as when they are penned up in the winter.  I love watching them out there too, interacting in their little social ways.  When they are outside foraging the egg yolks get a lovely bring colour and are so much more appealing than pale store eggs. Unfortunately, we heard from the neighbour last weekend that something got in and killed most of their chickens.  Not too sure what it was although I thought it sounded like a weasel since it didn't take the birds, just killed them and left them.  Of course, that could easily be a loose dog too.  The only thing we have caught sight of is a fox hanging around but I am inclined to disbelieve she is to blame since I think she would have taken the birds with her and wouldn't have killed so many at once.   In the meantime, my chooks have had their freedom curtailed until we determine if it is saf

Win This Quilt!

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is starting a newsletter! Sign up before noon (Eastern) on November 13, 2012 and you’ll be in a drawing to win “Bright Star” featured here. “Bright Star” was made by AAQI supporter Martha Wolfersberger of Frenchtown, MT. The quilt measures 8.25″ x 12″ and it is meticulously machine pieced and quilted. Sign up here: http://www.alzquilts.org/newsletter.html The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative® ( www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer’s. The AAQI has raised more than $773,000 since January 2006. Thank you for making the AAQI possible!

Waste Canvas Tutorial (Cross Stitch)

I was preparing to put a small cross stitch motif on a crazy quilt block when I remembered I had promised to do a tutorial on doing this with waste canvas, so here it is. You need to find a small cross stitch pattern you like that will fit in the space you have and figure out how large a piece of waste canvas you will need. Most cross stitch charts are graphed into 10 X 10 squares like the ones above. Waste canvas looks like needlepoint canvas except a little lighter-weight and is marked off in 5 stitch divisions by the blue threads. It comes in several sizes, 14 count being the most common and what I am using here. The canvas has double threads between each hole but you treat them as one unless you are doing a quarter or three-quarter stitch - they come in handy then as you can put your needle between the double threads to make the half stitch. I allowed myself half an inch on all four sides beyond the outer edge of where the motif will reach. Center the waste canvas on the spot yo