New Year’s Resolution …. fail

This is why I don’t make New Year’s resolutions ….

In my attempt to make the resolutions attainable, I went for two this year:

  1. Spending Freeze – No new fabric.  I have to sew from my stash and can only buy if I absolutely cannot finish a project from the stash.  I’m in the process of taking inventory so that I can monitor my progress.
  2. No UFO’s.  I read a blog (and can’t remember which one now!) where a sewist doesn’t begin a project until she finishes the current project.  I know I will not get THAT good, but I would like to keep it down to two or three at a time.  The numbers are a little intimidating right now.  I’m in the process of listing my WIP’s so that I can start marking them off.


As I said, THIS is why I don’t make resolutions:

DSC_0200_1201This was only week two!  I had made a trip to Stitch n Frame in Vicksburg, MS, to take a look at the Gammill Charm I won (yeah, I’m still bragging about it!).  The sale rack was calling my name.  I am SO ashamed of my lack of control.

DSC_0199_1200I also bought other supplies, but the wasn’t on my spending freeze list.  Honestly!  Fabric Only.  (What’s the emoticon for guilt and shame?)


So now I’m hitting ‘RESET’ and starting over.  Determination!  Conviction!  No More Fabric!  (Am I the only one crying here?)

Resolution Two is still intact, but only by the barest thread.  I am on a wholecloth quilt craze right now.  I just broke down and bought Cindy Needham‘s Wholecloth Quilts workbook, and wow, what a lot of information!  That same week Craftsy announced a new class by Cindy on Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts.  Just feeding my obsession!

WholeclothQuiltScottishThistleI already have a design I am working on and constantly editing.  I’ve already changed the corner motifs.  And I need to learn how to operate better in Adobe Illustrator.  I’m using graphics instead of line drawings and the overlay is cutting off the design in places.  Not a real problem because I only need 1/4 of the final design to trace onto the fabric.

If you’re wondering, I take the final PDF to a copy shop and have them run it on 36″ wide paper they have on rolls.  I’m creating one full size in 36″ square.  If I like it and want to go larger, I will have them print 1/2 of the design on 36″ wide, so that the final quilt will be closer to 70″.  But that’s being ambitious.  Patience, Patience, Patience.

BUT!  I can’t start the wholecloth quilt until I finish a couple other items on my list.  (I know I can’t wait till I have all my WIP’s done, so really, why be unrealistic?!)

In the meantime, I have been good on one front.  I’ve been working all week on my Little French Jacket and have made good headway.   Will be posting photos soon.

I hope your resolutions are going stronger than mine and that we all remember we can always re-commit when we stumble (or take a full out nose dive!).

Of course if anyone else is as bad as I am about resolutions, I would love to hear it.  Misery loves company, or so I’ve been told.  ;-D



9 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution …. fail

    1. I’d love to join you on this one. My problem is my fabric stash is ridiculous. I’m talking stuffed to the gills RIDICULOUS! There is just so many pretty fabrics out there. Am I right? LOL

  1. resolutions should always be set to reverse ‘buy lots of fabric, ‘have plenty of UFOs’ ;p
    by the way, I use Illustrator a lot, so if you ever need some advice just post me a question on the Monthly Stitch Collective facebook page, I’d be happy to help

    1. Oh, wow! You just don’t know what you are letting yourself in for. Have you posted any Illustrator tips/posts by chance??
      Thanks so much for the offer and I’ll be taking you up on that. I really need to get on it every day for a few minutes and make myself use it. I’ve certainly watched enough tutorials. It’s just about remembering everything!

      And I would drown under your New Year’s resolutions. That’s more like my everyday! 😉

      1. no worries, and no, haven’t posted any tips – yet – but I’d like too as I use it for pattern drafting & know it would be helpful to others. but it’s such a massive program I didn’t ‘t know where to start when offering advice. so maybe your questions will solve my problem too 🙂

      2. I’ll be glad to help. ;-))

        I’m curious how you ladies started this collective. I started a blog almost a year ago, ImSewJuki, with the intention of bringing together Juki sewing machine users. The intention was to provide support and advise to users from users. I know I didn’t work hard enough to promote it, so there’s that. But I wondered how you’ve been successful in getting interest. (my email in case you want to reply there is rpsandbag(at)

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