Gearing up for 2015
I am really looking forward to 2015. I think it will be a great year. I’m finally settling into my job (only took 2 years for that) and I think I’ve gotten a decent routine down at home with the kid for sleep schedule and such.
Have any of you completed the Modern Quilt Guild Survey for 2014? I just did mine a few days ago and one of the questions REALLY struck me with a tough realization. The question was:
How many quilts have you completed in 2014?
My answer? 0-3
WOW, ZERO to THREE completed quilts in an ENTIRE YEAR! And guess what? One of those three was the mini I finished for the Little Quilts Mini Swap that I send out in December! That’s kind of pitiful, so it got me thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2015. Here are some of the “events” I’m participating in during 2015 that should get me motivated to finish stuff. Luckily, these also don’t have a ton of commitment required for them, I don’t have to send anything off or mail by a certain date. They are just casual events that will keep me accountable (to myself and my IG friends) to do something and maybe even finish something along the way!
I’m excited about the Scrappy Log Cabin QAL starting on 01/01/2015. I thought it was just going to be one day but it has sort of expanded to last the entire month! Of course, you can check out the hash tag #scrappylogcabinqal to see more about that little event (including giveaways!) Or, if you’re like me and only have one day in the entire month when you can sew (mine is 01/02/2015 because son’s daycare is open and I’m off from work) then just sew along with me on 01/01/15 or 01/02/15.
I’ve also committed myself to the #fabricfast2015 started by @whatthebobbin (Amanda) which means, I will NOT buy any fabric in 2015! My husband is keeping me accountable for this one. If I buy fabric, I have to watch 5 episodes of South Park with him! I don’t know if you have seen South Park but I absolutely HATE that show, so it’s a pretty good reason to keep to my fast. Plus, I’ve spent most of 2014 buying fabric because a) I was stressed out at work and it’s easy to shop online or b) I didn’t have time to sew, so bought fabric instead or c) I color sorted my stash early in the year and realized I had WAY too much blue, red and green, and sorely lacked in the orange, yellow and purple group so I have been stashing that all year. But now that my stash is beefed up (I’ve gotten an awesome collection of low volumes along the way as well) I’m actually excited to create something new and amazing in 2015 with all this beautiful fabric! I mean, that’s what’s it’s for, right? Why just keep it all pretty and folded on the shelf, why not USE it before the trends change and it becomes akin to the “fabric from the dark ages”?
As the Charity Quilting Coordinator for my local guild (the Houston MQG) I’ve presented a challenge for anyone who wanted to participate. Back in September of 2014 I gave out FREE fabric bundles (created from the fabric that had been donated to the guild) to the participants with the challenge to MAKE something with that fabric. It wasn’t necessarily modern but it was generally color coordinated. They were to go home and make something, adding as much or as little fabric as they needed/wanted to complete a quilt (top or quilted it didn’t matter to me). We set the deadline to return a quilt for January 2015. So far, I’ve had 3 or 4 people give me completed quilts! Yes, that even means quilted and BOUND!! And now we have a nice stack of quilts to donate, but I’m still waiting for the rest of the quilts to come back in January. So if you’re curious about that, check out the #hmqgcharityquiltchallenge tag on IG. I can’t wait to take a picture of all the finished quilts! (I guess I need to finish mine as well)
One more little “event” I’m going to play along with in 2015 is the Finish Along 2015 (#fal2015) which is so easy to participate in! Just post a picture of your UFOs (even those that you have fabric and pattern chosen for but haven’t started) and then post pictures as you finish them! I think there are giveaways and prizes to be associated with this one as well. I’m not as concerned about the prizes as I am about finishing stuff!
So as you can see, it’s going to be a busy year, but hopefully a great year of accomplishment as well. I’m hoping I’ll be able to say I finished 4-6 quilts in 2015. I have at least 4 that only need binding and then they will be ready to go!
Are you making any fabulous goals for 2015? Are you participating in any QALs or guild sponsored events? I can’t wait to hear what you’re up to (or maybe you’re still stressing about Christmas, which is completely understandable too).