Monday, 2 January 2017
2017 - A whole new year for plans
A new year and an opportunity for lovely new plans. So, what would you like your 2017 stitching life to hold?
Here's what I'm thinking for me -
Given that my plan for 2016 was to simply stitch as took my fancy with no particular concerns or pressures over deadlines, I have now accumulated a healthy pile of WIPs. So, maybe it would be nice in 2017 to finish some of those up. They are much too lovely to leave unfinished. You can see the list of them over there in the left hand sidebar. So less parking of projects and more progress!
Not sure she really qualifies as a WIP since I planted my flag for a Dear Jane quilt in Jan 2016 and by early June I had a whole 5 blocks stitched. Go me! In my defence, I had great plans for my summer holidays and prepped lots of blocks to take with me. However, I forgot that babies don't do holiday relaxation, so all those carefully prepared bags are still awaiting my attention. 2017 is the year! No deadlines for this quilt - that would be ridiculous. I imagine that this baby will be with me still as a WIP in my retirement. I quite like that thought, just hope I won't need a wee bit extra sashing when I get to 63!
I cannot possibly declare a ban on new projects. Where would be the fun in that? There will be new things along the way, I hope, and I know already of two gift quilts that will be needed. Besides, Santa brought my beautiful vintage Singer and it would be very rude of me not to have a lovely new project to sew on her, wouldn't it?
Books and Magazines
I don't think I'm alone when I say that I have lots of lovely books and magazines but I don't make enough from them. I'd like that to change, so I need to peruse my shelves when I'm planning new projects this year.
Having limited time for my hobby these days, I want to make sure I stay connected and I have some plans afoot to ensure that I don't lose touch with this lovely community. You'll have to watch and see.
Supporting Charity Sewing
Lack of sewing time last year meant I wasn't able to get a finished quilt to Siblings Together and this year I'd really like to make a contribution.
Reduce my stash
Purely a practical issue. I need to reduce what needs to be stored in our house but I want to sew it up, not just destash it. So, it would be great if I could achieve as many new makes from stash as possible. Easier said than done, maybe, but I can try.
So, those are my stitchy thoughts as this new year begins. It's all with a small pinch of salt though because I want to keep enjoying this hobby even when I don't get lots of time to indulge my passion, and that might mean occasionally veering off course!
What are your stitchy thoughts as 2017 begins? Do tell!