Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WIP & Goals

It's probably not a great surprise what I am working on today... Things are going much better now that I'm using warm & white again.

Over Christmas break, I typed up an excel spreadsheet of all my UFOs, quilts I want to make and have fabric for and a few ideas of what I wanted to accomplish this year.  I've had the list hanging up on the wall in my sewing room for a month now and it seems time to write a few goals. 

In the past year or so that I've had this blog, I haven't wanted to write down anything that I didn't know I could definitely accomplish.  This year is different..if I don't make challenging (but potentially attainable) goals... how can I expect to achieve much at all?   And I guess I'm not so afraid to "keep it real" as they say...most of you know by now, if my kids are sick I don't get any sewing done and everyday has different priorities.

First to follow up on last years goals:

1. To use stash and finish existing projects - I made progress in this area, but want to even more this year.  Many small UFOs I've prioritized for the first part of this year just to get an many items of the list as soon as possible

2. Improve my free motion quilting and quilt a throw size quilt - I did more free motion quilting but none of my larger quilts were free motion quilted... the new machine will make this goal much easier to accomplish this year.

3. Learn and try applique - didn't do this at all, but lessons are included with my new machine so I will be doing this in the next month or so.

Now on to 2011:

In addition to pursuing the above...

1. Complete La Petite projects for the months I choose to participate.

2. Complete 2 charitable quilt projects (one is a UFO).

3. Swaps will be minimal until the UFO list decreases..DQS for sure and that may be it?

4. Come up with something that I can take/try out at a seasonal market.  Since William will be in 1/2 day Kindergarten in the fall, I should have a bit more free time and it would perfect timing to make something for a local Christmas craft market of some sort?

5. Ok here is the biggy (for me that is)...Complete 11 (since it is 2011) baby size quilts  or larger.  I have so many beds screaming for quilts in addition to my basement family room. (where it is not exactly warm on nights like tonight.)

If you made it this far...thanks for "listening" and humoring me...maybe next year I'll be brave enough to tell you how many projects are on my excel UFO spreadsheet! Thanks for the inspiration and support you all provide and cheers to 2011!


Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great job on the list Karen! I hope you can add "have fun" to the list!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Karen, we are alot alike as far as making a list and posting it, but I'm begining to think the way you are doing it now is best way. Your quilt you are working on is lovely in colors and style. Keep it up and stay warm.

Quiet Quilter said...

I am a list maker also. I try to work at or finish at least one thing a day, even if it is a small task that has been waiting for awhile.. Your list is definitely doable. Good luck on your progress...

Laura said...

Without lists nothing would get done in my house. I have to even write down the basics, otherwise I'd peruse blogs all day and no one would be fed, clothed, or nothing cleaned. Lists are our friends. :-)

Good luck on your new list!

Sinta Renee said...

Your list seems very practical and do-able. I have a friend that made a spreadsheet of UFO's... I think I would just throw up if I knew that info!!!
I can't wait to see your progress/and I'm with you on using up what I have!

Michele said...

Good luck on completing your list! You are off to a great start :)

Tiffany said...

Great goals ... I have a long list of UFO's to finish too ;)