Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 here I come!

I don't know about y'all but for me, 2012 FLEW BY! It like just yesterday I was moving into my new home (which was right after last Christmas!) I hadn't even picked up my first piece of fabric, hadn't sewn a stitch! Wow! That's so hard to believe!!! As you can see in the above pic, I've made quite a bit of progress with sewing (and that's just some of the stuff I've made)! I actually got my first sewing machine last Christmas! Best Christmas present to date! It changed my life! Literally!!!!! I am so glad that I started sewing, that I started blogging, and have met so many amazingly talented, sweet people through doing so!!!!
This past year has brought on a lot of changes for me and my family, some for the better, some I'm still not so sure about! I do know that we are happy, and that's what is important!
And I want to say THANK ALL OF YOU for reading my blog, and supporting me in my learning/crafting adventures! Without your continued support (and the support of my family especially my hubby) I wouldn't be where I am today!

So, is everyone looking forward to the new year? A new year means a chance for new beginnings, a chance to look back on the past year and plan for the new one! So that's what I'm trying to do! I'm going to do my best to plan (and follow through) my year! I don't mean a hard core plan, I just mean some goals to accomplish for the year! I don't have a huge list of goals, but the goals I do have I sincerely want to accomplish them! So y'all want to know what they are?????
Sure ya do!!!!

My 2013 Goals
*Be more organized! (So I know what I need to do, when I need to do it, how to do it etc)
* Finish what I start!!!! (this one is really important to me because it seems like I have a problem finishing a lot of the things I start, such as quilt alongs etc)
*Spend less money (on stupid things so maybe I can actually get ahead of myself for once!)
*Write a tutorial (or 2)
*Make my own design/pattern (of anything whether it be a bag, quilt, pouch ANYTHING!)
*Work towards opening up a shop (of some sort)
*Manage my time better (so I can spend more time with my babies!)
*Blog AT LEAST 3 times a month but hopefully more than that!

See, that's not too bad of a list is it? I think it's all pretty much accomplishable (is that a word?)
Now, I have a list of things I hope to make this year

My 2013 "To Make" list
*Swoon Quilt (I have the pattern and fabric, just gotta DO IT!)
*Super Mario Brothers Quilt (by Angela of Cut To Pieces )
*A completely Improv Quilt (because I love the look of them!)
*Curtains for my bedroom
*Make Gabe a quilt (I'm thinking I can combine this one with the Super Mario Brothers quilt, I think he will love it!)

Not too bad, and I think it'll be managable!

I've looked through all my stuff and got yet another list to share with you guys, but this one is with pics!!! (YAY!)

My WIP list
*Scrappy Trip Around The World (yes, I drank the Kool-Aid over on IG and joined in with them!!! I've made pretty good progress on it too! 20 blocks down 16 to go!)
This is the first 16 blocks, I haven't laid out all 20, and this isn't the final layout by any means! I'm making this for my momma and hope to have it finished by the end of Feb. (trying to be realistic!)
*The quilt for my bed (I'm doing a traditional coin quilt, pattern by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts and you can find her tutorial here I'm just enlarging it!)
This is what I've got done so far! Still have a lot to do, but making some progress!
I'm using charm packs of the line Papillon by Me and My Sister (I think it's a gorgeous line!) And I hope to have this quilt finished up by no later than the middle of Feb (this is pushing it! But hopefully I can do it!)
*Dakota's Quilt
Just need to add some more negative space to it to make it bigger than I'll have the completed top!
This is my own design, I think its turning out pretty good and I think he will love it! (I still have not let him see it!!!)
*Christmas Quilt (yeah, I know I know, you don't even have to say it!)

Here is the completed top, I have the back done and it's basted! I just have to quilt it!!! (Which was my plan for the past weekend except, I drank that damn Kool-Aid!) LOL!
I'll have this one done by the end of the month, that's reasonable, right?
*Of course I have my monthly Bee blocks (since I started the thing!)
*DQS (I'm in the "designing" phase of this one, but I have a really neat idea, I just hope I can pull it off and that my Partner will LOVE it!)

Now, these are not WIP but they kinda go along with the whole "finish what I start" thing.
*Skill Builder BOM that can be found here by Pile O Fabric
*Lucky Stars BOM by Don't Call Me Betsy (click on that link over there to learn more!)
So those will hopefully be done by the end of the year! That's 4 or 5 blocks a month, on top of whatever else I'm making! *I think I can I think I can I think I can I think I can I think I can*

I've already started trying to get myself a bit more organized! My momma got me
this cute thing and my WIP's fit perfectly in there! I'm putting sticky notes on the drawers so I know what's in each one, along with whatever fabrics I've got pulled for them! Good idea, huh? Easily accessible!

This year on top of everything that I have learned already over the past year, I am hoping to learn all kinds of new things, challenge myself on a weekly basis to improve my skills, and become a better quilter! And with the help of you guys, I know I can do it! I do have to ask you guys for a kinda big favor though!

HELP KEEP ME ON TRACK! I find your comments and e-mails so inspiring and motivating! So please comment, e-mail me, whatever! Just keep being the BEST BLOG FOLLOWERS IN THE WORLD! Cuz you already are! ;)

So, do you guys think I can do it? What kind of goals do you all have for this year? I'd love to know!!! I'd love it if you guys would challenge yourself to one of the BOM's I'm doing, I think they are both going to turn out to be amazing quilts! Are you guys already doing one? If so, which one?

I'm also trying to plan a few more things for this year, maybe another fabric swap or maybe a QAL of some sort? What would you guys like to do? Another Bee (now that I've got one going I kind of know how to get them started!) Let me know!!!!!

Happy New Year from my home to yours!!!!!!!!!!

~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!~


Patty said...

I really enjoy your blog. You have got a lot of pretties started, and at least you are organized. Hopefully I will get a few of my things done this year.

audrey said...

I love that you drank the kool-aid. If I had my machine with me, I think I'd be joining in too! Also, I'm glad that you're doing the Lucky Stars BOM too! I'm excited to see everyone's blocks. :)

Jenny Larking said...

I have only been following you a short while so when I saw your list of 2012 projects I wanted to find out what pattern you had used for the quilt on the second row down, second one in from the left. I couldn't see a quilt tag or a search box so I started on your first post and worked my way through to the last. This took ages as I was sidetracked along the way, in a good way! Then I read some more of this post and discovered it was your Christmas project! Duh! What is the pattern of your block? It looks a bit like one the Missouri Quilt company calls 'serendipity' but it's not the same. I really like it and do hope you get it finished for 2013!