I’ve had this post in my head for a long time and I hope I can finally do justice to the thoughts I have.
2016 seems that it was the year of the Quilt Factory for many of us, at least to me. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not judging any of you for what you do or do not do with your quilting life. I truly do not mind how many quilts you’ve made, be it 1 or 50. I just know that I have a hard time slowing down and I will not publicly admit to how many quilts I’ve made, but let’s just say it’s over 20. Some of those were for family members, some were for blog posts, but most were just because I wanted to make “that” certain quilt that either I had been dreaming of, or everyone else was making and I didn’t want to be left out. As I’ve been evaluating my 2016 these past few months, it’s made me TIRED. I don’t think I’ve slowed down willingly except for vacations when I was literally out of my house. It’s been so fun to learn so many new techniques and make new friends who love to quilt as well, but I am wanting 2017 to be less frantic, especially after this season of holiday sewing madness.
I’ve been asking myself how I want to change my habits to get quilting back to a hobby, not what it has been for me in 2016. Here’s what I’ve decided to do. It will be a total experiment and it may fail miserably, but I at least want to try.
1- I’ve decided to limit myself to 12 quilts for me and my house next year. Yes, 12 is still A LOT of quilts, but it is one per month and that’s something I feel good about. This does not include any shop sewing I may do and I haven’t exactly figured out how blog-related sewing fits in, but it’s a starting point. I have a list all ready to go and here are my “must makes” for now. I’m sure it’ll change a billion times before 2017 even starts.
- Gingiber Christmas kit
- Snail quilt (or flamingo quilt)
- Tinker toy
- Cherry Tree Lane
- C+S diamond in a triangle quilt
2- I want to branch out and make more bags. I’d love a poolside tote, a necessary clutch wallet, a sewing machine cover (not a bag, but still). There’s no need to keep putting off learning new techniques.
3- I want to embroider more. I loved making my Daisy Chain Sampler and I’d love to find something to do next to keep my hands busy. Embroidery is a bazillion times cheaper than quilting, so that makes it a major win in my book.
4- I want to finish up my last of my monthly mini quilts that I’ve been putting off for literally a year. I have March, April, and Easter to make.
5- To make it easier to not buy as much fabric, I’ve unsubscribed from some email lists. I know, it’s a little nuts, but it has helped ease the pressure so much.
6- I sold off some of my stash so it’s not sitting staring at me, begging to be made into beautiful things.
I’m really excited to see how it goes. It could be a complete flop, or it could be amazing. I find that by stopping to try and make a few goals and evaluate things as they are right now, it helps me a lot when things get craaaaazy, as they certainly will.
5 thoughts on “2017 Quilting”
I think you’ve got a really great plan! I’m trying to be a little more intentional with my quilting time, too. Goals are always a good way to prioritize what I really want to work on, too — it’s almost like I can see it all better when I see it all written down.
It might be a total flop, but at least I have a plan going in. Hahahahaha.
Yay for more sanity and less craziness for you! Sewing should be fun, not stressful! I’d like to make a sewing machine mat, so if you find a great pattern, let me know 😊
That’s the hope, at least! More fun, less stress. I’ll let you know. That’s a great idea to add to the list!
I have often wondered how women who have young children at home can produce so many quilts. I found there was just so much to be down with chores and meal prep and minding children. I did not begin quilting until the youngest of my 4 went to high school. Always put your family first and you will not have any regrets. Your quilts are inspiring. I am sure it is frustrating to have so much creativity in your head but so little time to put that into making quilts. I am with you in the pursuit of embroidery. It is easier to pick up and put down as time permits. I am excited for you that you took the time to evaluate how best to work your hobby into your family life. Happy new year! PS- adorable boys you have!!