A New Year is upon us. That means new possibilities, new opportunities and for some – new resolutions. I however, am not a good “New Years Resolution” person. I’ve never been that interested in making them – nor very good at keeping them when I did make them. Instead, I make a couple of “New Years Goals” every year. I pick something that interests me, something that I want to accomplish or master in the coming year, and set that as my plan for the New Year.
Last year it was machine applique. I wanted to learn how to do this technique so that I could add a little something to my quiltmaking arsenal for the kids quilts. I am not interested in the time-consuming Hand Applique due to the fact that with approx. 17 quilts due out for gifts every Christmas, and all the baby quilts thru the year, time is at too much of a premium in my world. So, I sought out the (in my humble opinion) “Queen of Machine Applique” Pat Sloan a very wonderful and talented lady who came to my rescue in this endeavor! She is an amazing, sweet lady who makes Machine Applique so easy to understand, learn and do that even I could “get it”!! She’s wrote tons of books on the subject, but I was Blessed to learn from her “in person” via an internet feed, in about 10 minutes!!! How’s that for no-frills teaching!!! She made it so easy to learn that I could kiss her – if we lived closer 🙂 I do talk to her alot online, and right now she’s buried under about 20+ inches of snow, so I’ll save the kiss-visit for later. 🙂
Anyways, this year my goal (I think) is to master Fabric Painting. I just found a supplier for the paint pens and supplies I’ll need – Mary Maxim – who is also a great source for yarns, beading, embroidery and other handcrafts, and I’m thinking that some quilts with the combination of applique and fabric painting/embellishment will be da bomb!! Throw in some Thread Painting (another technique on my New Years Goals list to learn) perhaps ala’ Miss Patsy Thompson and I am imagining all sorts of wonderful possibilities!! Wish me luck! Hopefully, I should will be able to make some awesome quilts to bless others with for next Christmas!! At least, that is the plan anyways. 🙂
Another plan/goal is that maybe, just maybe, I might even get to make myself a quilt this year! Ahhhh, yet another New Years Goal… Actually, that one would be considered an unfinished goal from last year, er – the year before, no – the year before that, um….you get the idea. 😉
So, don’t make resolutions this year – make one or two or three New Years Goals! They are much more forgiving, and the best part is – NO DEADLINES!!! Lord know that we all could use less of those! 🙂 So, do what you love, stay warm, enjoy yourself and have fun with your goals!
Until next time….