Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Resolved to Sew 2012

If you pop along to here to Very Berry Handmade, you'll discover Ali is hosting the most fab giveaway. (Can you finish reading this post before you go rushing off though?!)

You can have one entry just because she's nice like that and another entry if you blog about your sewing resolutions for 2012. Now normally I'm not a big fan of New Years resolutions because I think if you want to change something you should resolve to do it the moment you think of it and not have to wait until a new year. But seeing as it's the start of a New Year it seems like a great time for me to stop procrastinating and get on with some of those 'if only I did this...' thoughts and nail them down in a way I can check back on them throughout the year. This isn't about listing all the stuff I want to make. It's about setting more general sewing related goals.

1) First off I want to up my game. I am by no means one of those perfectionist people. I know people that go through life avoiding stuff that they can't be perfect at, and perfect at two seconds after they try it. I am not like this. I am happy with something if I've tried the best I can at it. I am not going to agonise over how it could be better if I was more accomplished or start blaming the tools around me. Having said all that. There have been times when I've made something and tried my best and I'm still not happy with it. I look at it and think - you know I should be able to do better by now. Most often it's because I've been dissatisfied with the fabrics I've chosen to work with. The projects I'm thinking about would have been so much more lovely if I hadn't got precious about the fabrics I have and the one's I'm prepared to use.  This brings me nicely on to point 2.

2) I am going to stop hoarding fabric because I'm scared to use it and mess it up or fret about finding the perfect pattern to use up some special fabric and then decide a week later when I've cut into it and it's too late, that I've just found another even better pattern.  As much as I love seeing my fabrics all neatly folded in the drawer they look even lovelier made into a useful, pretty item for my home or a present.  I have already made a start on this by cutting into my beloved Hope Valley Stash for this ColorBrick Quilt.

The individual bricks have been made

3) I started off 2011 with all these intentions to learn new quilting skills and I didn't seem to progress very far. I keep banging on about wanting to try my hand at paper piecing and I have everything I need so I need to get on with it. I'm also going to try out new things for small finishable projects like table runners, so I don't get overwhelmed by the magnitude of a complicated design, when faced with having to make it into a quilt. I recognise I get more satisfaction out of making a quilt when it's achievable - which for me means not getting ideas above my station. The chances of me completing a Queen Sized EPP hand pieced and quilted is unlikely - so why start it?

4) Swaps. I am going to be more circumspect as to what swaps I join.  I've noticed quite a few swaps are becoming by strict invitation only now. "Closed to New Members" which might limit my swap choices anyway. 

5) Finish stuff. Does that need more explanation? The FAL being hosted by Rhonda has really got me thinking. I need to finish stuff I've started before I blindly get hooked starting new things. Each quarter this year I'm going to try and finish off stuff I've already started so I don't get a house full of WIP's squirrelled away. And like I said in point 3 - I'm going to think hard before starting something and if I don't think I'm likely to finish it I'm not going to start. This is why I am  not Swooning along with the rest of Blog Land right now.

If I'm lucky enough to win the blog draw then I think my first choice would be this Erin McMorris bundle kindly offered up by Backstitch. Such a happy vibrant collection. 

So what's your sewing resolutions for 2012?


  1. Mine are pretty similar to yours - try new things, use up the fabric I have and finish up a few things that have been on the to-do list for far too long. I cut back on swaps last year, so that's still ongoing, and I want to make a better try at stocking my etsy shop too.

  2. Great resolutions (and a great post) - good luck with them and the draw!

  3. My goals are along the same line as yours. I've made progress already but have far to go!
    We'll keep encouraging each other okay?!

  4. Think we could all follow your resolutions Jan.
    I am finding the FAL useflu for keeping my mind on those pesky UFOs.

  5. great post and my resolutions are very similar!

  6. I just posted mine, I think many of us are embracing similar goals!

  7. I love the Colourbrick quilt and yours is going to be a beauty! Good luck with your resolutions.

  8. Oh! I like all of your goals they are reasonable and sound achievable!


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