Saturday, January 24, 2015

Top Ten Quilting Goals for January

Happy Saturday Fellow Quilters!

By now most of you have put away your holiday decorations and are wanting to get organized.  Do you know someone out there in the world captures the Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for each New Year?  Well know you do and I've associated them in regards to the quilting/sewing world below:

  1. Lose Weight
  2. Get Organized
  3. Spend Less, Save More
  4. Enjoy Life to the Fullest
  5. Stay Fit and Healthy
  6. Learn Something Exciting
  7. Quit Smoking
  8. Help Others with their Dreams
  9. Fall in Love
  10. Spend More Time with Family

1, 2, 3, 5 = Clean out your stash!  We hear this all of the time; why not start now?  While cleaning you'll burn calories, come across that kit you purchased a few years ago, toss or donate scraps/materials/projects that you've collected.  You'll feel good about yourself and feel good for contributing to the possible success of others.

6 = Sign up for a quilt festival class and learn a new technique this year.  Keep your eyes open for upcoming announcements.  Pay attention to our website, monthly newsletter, this blog, and our new Twitter and Instagram accounts.

7 = You don't have to be an actual smoker to understand what I'm about to say.  Ever walk passed your sewing room and a project gives you the "evil eye"?  Each time you walk by, it says to you a comment similar to the Little Shop of Horrors movie where Seymour moans"Feeeeeed Me!"  There's something you have almost screaming at you.  Quit making excuses and instead set aside 30-60 minutes a day/week.  Even if you make small progress.... it is progress.

8 = Are you good (don't have to be great) with a certain style of quilting?  Why not sign up and become a teacher this year?  It's rewarding to share your knowledge with others.  Several up-and-coming "green" quilters need your expertise and would love to hear your take on what you do!  Promote yourself and help others with their wants to succeed.  Can you visualize the art quilts, landscape quilts, and machine quilting skills you're seeing today?  Just imagine if they knew what you knew.... what could come of that knowledge in the future in regards to the quilting realm...

4, 9, 10 = I would like us to become a quilting organization that communicates better.  Submit to me what your groups are doing.  If you don't submit it , then I'm to simply come up with my own articles.  After all, we are a family; if our family doesn't know what each of us are up to, then we become simple acquaintances. Let's build up the family and shine in our quilting community.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Happy Quilting in 2015

Here's hoping everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season.  Now it is time to get started on projects for this new year of 2015!  If you are looking for something new to start but are stuck inside because of all the snow or in our case the inversion, go on line and google "free BOM".  My inbox has been full of some really cute, fun and just plain interesting quilts, including some mysteries for those of you who are brave enough to just jump in and play.  The local, and not so local quilt shops are sending out their new class lists as well. So, shop from your stash, shop from your local QS, or shop online to get what you need (or don't need) and start your 2015 out right!  Happy Quilting and let's see some of those finished projects!  You are most welcome to send pictures along with a short description so we can post it here on the blog.