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:
- 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.
- 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:
This 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.
I 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!
I 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