As a newer quilter, it's easy to get really excited about projects and jump in head first. I've done this a few times and wound up discouraged because I was unable to finish all of them because of time restrictions, or I wasn't really confident enough to continue on to the hardest steps to finish it off. This year, I want to not only be smarter with my time, but also more realistic about what I'm capable of accomplishing. This doesn't mean I don't want to try newer and harder things though! I've thought about what I really want to see this year bring as far as crafty aspirations and rather than make a checklist of all of the projects I want to complete, I've decided to try to accomplish a little bit in a few different areas.
Trying New Techniques:
I've tried some very basic paper piecing and English Paper Piecing projects and am eager to try my hand at some more advanced ones. I've come across some extraordinary projects using these techniques and can't wait to become better at them. I'd also like to be a little more adventurous with my piecing. I've only done very simple techniques, so I'm excited that there are so many new things for me to try. We have a nice selection of books that are "block libraries" which I'm looking forward to diving into.
Paper Piecing Monday Blocks from Wombat Quilts
Stop Being Afraid:
I noticed several instances this past year while writing blog posts that I was using the excuse of "being afraid" as a reason to not attempt something. In particular, I remember saying this twice about machine appliqué. It's one of my goals this year to, maybe not perfect it, but at least give it a good attempt. I love the way it looks, and I'm sure it's much swifter doing it by machine rather than hand.
I'm sure we could all use some more organization! I'm also sure that after Christmas, there's a chemical released in the air that makes everyone want to tear their house apart and reorganize! I know I'm feeling that way at least. I received a much larger cutting mat for Christmas, but don't really have a proper place to store it. This problem has me rethinking my current sewing "corner". I've also acquired a lot of fabric, probably too much, and need to not only organize it, but also find a good way and place to store it. My current method of storage is proving difficult for growing stashes. I've been on the lookout on Pinterest for great fabric storage ideas, but so many require a lot of space or spending lots of money in order to achieve it. As both are out of the equation for me right now, I'm still on the hunt for that "just right" idea. So if you have any genius soltions, I'm all ears! I have been considering the "board" method that the Smashed Peas and Carrots blog discusses here.
Image from Smashed Peas and Carrots
Make it Scrappy:
Make it scrappy and use up the fabric that I already have! I love scrappy projects, therefore I should use up the scraps I have and make room for more fabric! I was immediately inspired to make something a little more scrappy after seeing Rachel from Stitched in Color's "rainbow days" post. That wheel is gorgeous! Heck, all of her stuff is gorgeous, but this wheel is calling my name!
Image from Stitched in Color
Do you have any personal quilting or other crafty goals that you're looking forward to working on this year? Aside from quilting, I also want to enhance my crochet abilities and try my hand at knitting again. Maybe I need more than a year for all of these goals!