I have been having some serious withdrawals when it comes to sewing. Sewing is a stress relief for me and cheaper than therapy — well maybe… My job is stressful — it often requires long days, lots of overtime, and being ‘on’ 8-12 hours a day. Our busy season started this past week and technically won’t end until September 15. We’ll have a little bit of relaxed time around May and June, but not much. To top it all off, honeyman was out of town this week. That left me with working long hours, coming home and taking care of the animals, fixing dinner, cleaning, and babysitting the monkeys. I used to be a single mom and it is very hard work and certainly not anything I would ever want to do again. By 9:30 each night I would crash. So, I didn’t get any stress relief in this past week; and after 4-5 days, it didn’t make for a very nice me.
But today, I have been able to spend about an hour sewing. Just after an hour, I feel much better. I am working on an UFO that I started last year. This is a block of the month at my LQS and I am working on the border blocks. I have 8 more border blocks to make and then I can start putting it all together. So, if I don’t get sidetracked onto another project, I should be able to have it completed in about 2 weeks. Here is a border block and one other block to wet your appetite…
Let me be very upfront about this. I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. I honestly do not think I have ever seen anyone, and I mean ANYONE, keep or live up to their New Year’s resolution. I see it only as a way to let yourself down.
However, I do believe in setting goals. In fact, to quote a well-known financial guru, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Plans and goals are essential. Otherwise, you live day in and day out with no direction; and without direction, in 10-years, you’re likely to be exactly where you are now.
Very seldom does want you want come easy. It usually takes hard work and dedication. But what are you going to work towards if you don’t know where it is you want to be. Setting goals will give you that direction. Your goals need to be SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-sensitive. And goal setting can happen at any time, not just on the first day of each year.
So here are some of my short-term goals.
Improve my free motion quilting skills. I plan to follow the examples provided by The Free Motion Quilting Project at http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/. I will likely do something similar to her Batik Beauty Quilt.
Design at least 12 new fabrics through Spoonflower
Design, make, and write patterns for 12 new quilts
Make several projects that have been posted by The Fat Quarter Gang
I would be very interested in a quilting challenge now that the monthly challenges through Art Gallery Fabrics have ended. However, other than the Hoffman fabric challenge, I can’t find one that isn’t already so far along. I’ll look again closer to summer time.
Make pie block hotpads I can mark these off already as I just finished them last night
Spend more time with family and friends
Make a photo book for 2012
Plant, expand, keep up with my garden this year
Lose weight – isn’t this on everyone’s list? I need to lose at least 40 pounds this year. 60 would be better, but we’ll keep it real at 40. In order to meet that goal, I will need to: