New Year's resolution posts can be boring as sin, so I hope I won't be guilty of that! It is hard to let the new year just come and go without some reflection however, and here is what I have been thinking about.
Remember how last year at New Year's so many people were picking a word to describe what they wanted 2012 to be about? I never did that. Then, in October, a friend asked me gently if I was going to be able to focus on just one project and finish it up. Focus. I've been thinking about that quite a lot and have decided that that is my word for the year. I mentioned it to you all back in the fall, and haven't really done the best job due to boutique projects, house guests, and other committments and responsibilities. Now that the new year has begun, I have decided to get with the program.
I started by cleaning house. My little play house that is. I swept, I vacuumed, I put things away. Things are feeling very zen down there, and here are the results:
Sewing table tidy. Counter cleared. Surfaces dusted. Floors swept. Christmas quilts folded and put back up on the shelves.
Now this was a job. Clearing off the sewing table that is. The only project now on it is the basket containing my fabric for the Blogger Girls BOM. The quilt on the quilt rack is the next one to get the bindings sewn on. That is going to be my spring quilt, on my very own bed.
Finally, the design wall. There you see the components of four unfinished projects. I know, it's more than one. It might not seem like focusing, but that is what I'm doing. These are my number one priorities for the foreseeable future.
On the right you see Shiloh. Shiloh is a quilt that I adore, and I must get this done. First priority. Finish the flying geese units for the inner border and put on the outer borders.
On the left are the baskets I like that I have made for Hill Country Baskets. I have made twice this many, but have been struggling with my fabric choices. I believe I have it together now, and vow to complete this quilt top, as it is full of lovely memories of friendship and my summer trip to Washington.
Bottom left are the first two blocks of the Blogger Girls BOM, an ongoing project that will continue through June. I have actually finished my second set of blocks and have one of the third set cut out and ready to sew.
Bottom right...hanging head in shame. One of the borders for my Halloween 1904 quilt. Once Halloween was over, predictably I moved on to something else, namely Christmas boutique items. These borders are going on pronto and that quilt is being sent out for quilting so I get it back to use by next September!
So that's my plan, and I am feeling pretty good about it. Nothing like a clean organized sewing space to allow you to get your wits together and ... focus!
Just so you know I am human and full of failings, in a future post, I am going to fess up to several projects which are unfinished and are going to remain so. Lost that loving feeling, and am going to cut them loose.