HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2006. A new year for new beginnings. Time to put aside the challenges of 2005 and focus on the year ahead. Things WILL be better. I WILL get a handle on some personal issues that made 2005 a pretty bad year. Some I can't change so I'll just have to learn to live with them. Others I MUST change for health reasons. And others because I want to be a better person. It won't be easy but I can do this.
I don't usually make "resolutions" because I know myself well enough to know I won't keep them and will end up feeling like a failure when I don't. So this year no resolutions. I do have some goals I'd like to accomplish. I might make it or I might not. But at lease I'll end the year knowing that I tried.
I've listed 5 items on my sidebar under "2006 Quilting Goals".
1. No new fabric except B's (borders, background, backing, binding) and cat fabrics. I collect cat fabrics like you might collect teacups or coins. So I do not consider them to be regular stash fabric. One resolution I can make and be sure to keep is that all new cat fabric I come across this year WILL follow me home.
2. Spend at least 15 minutes per day sewing. I feel bad so often lately that it's so easy for me to just veg out in my chair in front of the computer and not get anything done. I've found if I make myself sit down at my sewing machine for just 15 minutes I get so much accomplished. And usually I don't spend just 15 minutes but that's all I'm going to commit to right now.
3. Pick 3 projects and focus only on those. I have so much trouble sticking with a project until I finish it. I see something I want to try so I stop what I'm doing and start the new project. Then something else catches my attention and away I go again. And that's why I find myself with so many uncompleted projects. So no new projects until I finish at least 1 on my list so there are never more than 3 in progess projects at a time. Now a disclaimer here. I consider a project done when the top is complete. I have no liking or aptitude for machine quilting and can't afford to send tops out to be quilted. So tops it will have to be for now. I do plan to finish some quilts this year - but I'm getting ahead of myself. That's goal #4. :-)
4. Finish 6 quilts. I need to get a handle on my top stash too so I would like to finish 6 quilts this year. That's just 1 every other month so I think I can handle this.
5. No new UFOs. If I start it in 2006 then the top needs to be finished in 2006. This kinda goes with #3 but I felt it deserved a goal of it's own.
So that's it. My 2006 quilting goals. Wish me luck. I'm probably going to need it!
And finally a more current picture of me than the one in my profile (that was taken when I was 18!) That's one of the few pictures I've ever taken that I liked. I HATE to have my picture taken. Not photogenic doesn't even begin to describe me. And the 150 extra lbs. I'm carrying around just makes it worse. Another thing I'll be working on this year.