Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Just over 50 days into 2013 -- Let's see where I am with my goals

WOW today is the 51st day in 2013 -- hard to believe I know so I thought I would reflect on the goals that I set for myself this year and see if there are any new ones I can think of, you know to make myself a little crazier 

1.       Join a Quilting Guild or Quilting group – I find that I am far more motivated to get things accomplished when I have the support of others pushing me along. ---- Done

2.       Start a Blog and actually keep up with it – I get my best ideas and motivation from seeing the work that other people at doing --- going pretty well so far, lots of motivation, new ideas and a good deal of postings. 

3.       Complete at least 2 projects off my Pinterest quilting board – there are so many to choose from. --- one completed and one in the works, maybe I should increase this to 5 projects and revisit this goal again in a few months. 

4.       Learn to paper piece– I’ve had the book for over a year now and think it’s time to put that into motion.  --- Done with my first project and now I've got the bug and have another one planned for very soon. 

5.       Participate in at least one class per quarter at my local quilt shop  -- 1st quarter is taken care of with the fabulous paper piecing class that I will be taking with Ms. Ellen starting just next week. --- 1st qtr class finishes up with a wrap up class on the 28th, there are other classes that I am already looking into for the spring.

6.       Complete 2 or 3 different block of the Month / Week quilts – currently on board with Sewingly Yours BOM and getting ready for Quilter’s Loft BOW that are both starting next week. Any ideas on another group to join let me know. --- Keeping up with Sewingly Yours BOM and only a few blocks behind on the Quilter's Loft BOW. I have signed up for the Craftsy 2012 BOM and 2013 BOM. I have all the stuff printed this far and just need to get started on them. 

7.       Get the scraps under control – I have tons of scraps and it’s time they made something great. The problem with this goal for me is one of the shops that I frequent (Wish Upon A Quilt in Raleigh) has a great scrap program where you get a large baggie of scraps for a great deal and I always get one or 2 each time I go because you can pick your own scraps rather than the prepackaged ones that some stores offer and I love it. So we can make this goal two fold – make something with the scraps I have and also find a better organization system so that I will know what I have to work with. --- Mt Scrapula has been organized and that was a great accomplishment. I have made a few projects including the paper piece with mainly scraps and the pile is SLOOOOOOWLY becoming more manageable. My BOW and Craftsy BOM blocks will also be coming from the scrap bin. 

8.       Set up at 5+ craft shows this year to get my name out there. --- Looking into a few at this time but no real progress on this goal at this time. I am considering doing the Kerner's Folly show coming up in April. 

9.       Have my quilts displayed in an exhibit – either for sale or as part of a showing. – I have no idea how to make this happen. --- No Progress here 

10.   Become a better free motion quilter -- I got an excellent book for Christmas on broadening your motifs and skills and can’t wait to put this to use.  ---- always working on this one with each new project but I think that I may need to make up some sample blocks to practice more along with the projects.  

New Goals 2/19/2013 
11. Conquer my fear of sorts about zippers and try my hand at making bags. 
12. reorganize my crafting space and show it off in a blog. Right now it's kind of a mess and I do not feel that the space is being used well. 
13. Make 8 charity quilts for the guild this year 

Moving steadily along this year -- with a few adjustments to the plan I feel that most of these goals are obtainable. Number 9 is the only one giving me concern at this point. I think I will try to update this list several times this year and add to it as new goals and challenges arise. 

The traveling stash box arrived today, so I will be posting it maybe tonight or tomorrow for anyone that is interested ingrabbing it next.

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