Yvonne/Quilting Jetgirl is hosting her annual planning party and blog linkup! It’s my first year participating. Here’s a quick recap of my 2018 goals and a look at my quilting-related goals for the #2019PlanningParty!
I set three major goals for myself early in 2018: relocate our household to Seattle, where my husband has been living since he took a job there in mid 2016; get our son safely off to college; and focus on quilting as a way to keep myself balanced and recover from over-extending myself at work. I’m happy to say I hit all three.
Relocating to Seattle
The biggest of those projects was the move. We had to downsize for practical reasons (moving from a house to an apartment) but we also wanted to reduce the amount of stuff that we own, especially getting rid of things that were just hanging around with no purpose. Between April and August, every single object in our home and garage passed through my hands. Somewhere from one quarter to one third of it got donated to charitable organizations. Another quarter was either trash or recycling (so. much. paper) and the rest was divided between what to take and what to store.
I Have a Kid in College
A whole lot of my mental energy was bound up in this goal. In late August, I dropped our son off at college. He comes home today and it’ll be the first time we’ve seen him since then. I’m so interested in finding out what he’s like now, after his first semester.
More Time for Quilting
Packing and moving took a long time, partly because I was purging as I went but also because I honored my third goal by giving myself permission to quilt almost daily. It was wonderful. I could explore and experiment and not feel rushed. I could spend time organizing my quilting supplies and figuring out what really worked for me in terms of space and layout. I watched quilting videos, read blog posts, and made lists of projects I wanted to make. I set a goal for myself to lose my fear of free-motion quilting by practicing and learning, and I succeeded over the course of 3 months. It was so refreshing to allow myself to expand into that space and to have the time to follow my interest. I completed three bed-sized quilt tops in 2018, including making the Tula Pink City Sampler as part of a sew-along where I shared one photo every day for 100 days on Instagram. I kept to the schedule all through the move; I remember pressing a set of finished blocks on the kitchen counter the night before the moving truck came, so that I would have enough to post daily until I could set up a temporary sewing table in the apartment.
September and October were devoted mostly to getting settled and unpacked. In November, I reworked my quilting studio and I just love it now. It’s a beautiful, functional space where I can play and sew and explore.
Looking Ahead to 2019
Now that the move is over and 2019 is just over the horizon, I’m looking forward to spending even more time in my quilt studio. I’ve set some specific quilting-related goals for 2019:
- Finish five quilt tops that are ready to be quilted (a baby quilt I began in… um… 1996?, a throw, my City Sampler, Bright Sisters, and a king size quilt called The Color of Time).
- Finish the commissioned wall hanging I’m working on.
- Make a new quilt for my brother— I’ve chosen the pattern Boomerang by Jaybird Quilts for this one.
- Make at least one improv quilt using up some of my scraps — I want to explore this method.
- Make progress on two of my three long-term projects, both hand appliqué quilts.
- Enter at least one quilt in a show or competition.
- Practice free-motion quilting until it is comfortable.
- Figure out a good way to take photos of quilt tops… you’ll see below that I have not yet mastered this 🙂
Here’s a peek at some of the tops that need to be quilted:
And here’s a peek at the wall hanging:
Welcome, 2019. Let’s make some quilts!