Goals for 2017

 

So, every year around this time, I say that I want to “bust my stash” and “finish more UFOs” and all that other New Year’s resolution stuff. {Buy less fabric – bwahahaha!} And every year, I usually end up with more stash, more projects, more disorganization, more…everything.

{Surprisingly, never more cats. Although there is a new hamster this year!}

Finally, in 2016, I got to the point where I really just had to get organized. I did some “KonMari” clutter removal, got in the habit of writing lists in a bullet journal, and basically Pinterest-ed myself into routines and organization.

Even, a bit, in the sewing room. My WiPs used to be everywhere. And I’m not showing off the other shelves packed with fabric piles. But now, with the pizza boxes {from a local restaurant supply store – and I haven’t filled all fifty!} at least I can see….that I have way too many UFOs and I really need to come up with a plan to bust them.

So – the plan…is to have a plan. I read In Color Order’s crafty goal blog post, thanks to A Quilter’s Table’s awesome newsletter, and realized I need actual goals – instead of “bust some UFOs” – I need to finish at least one full size UFO a month this year. {In addition to the t-shirt quilts, of course.}

Each month, I need to identify which one I plan to do…and do it. I left plenty on my “Other” list for the Finish-Along this quarter, so I have options if I just don’t feel like tackling the dog sled borders just yet.

And as a reward, when I finish three projects, I can start a new one from stash. I have several piles of “fabric that goes together and needs a pattern,” plus, well, a lot of stash. And honestly, a lot of what I bought in the last few years are blenders – it’s getting pretty rare for me to even want to buy an entire fabric line.

I’m also planning on “putting myself out there” more this year – I’m co-hosting BOMs Away!, I’m doing a Christmas in July blog hop, and I have four tutorials to write up. And scheduled so they’ll get done! And I’m entering one of my Quilts of Valor into a contest, selling off some of my baby quilts, and I signed up for some affiliate programs.

And I’m even almost done with my business taxes for 2016!

So yeah. I’m planning on getting a lot done.

Um, at least in the first half. Then we’ll move this summer and screw everything up. Can’t wait!

3 thoughts on “Goals for 2017”

Kate

Getting a handle on the UFOs is always hard. At least my UFO list hasn’t grown over the last couple of years, I’ve been finishing up the new starts. Good luck with your plan. I’ve found it’s been really helpful to either work on a UFO as a leader and ender (really good for the monotonous ones) or set it as a priority so that you have to do something with it every time in you are in the sewing room.

Jasmine

I wish you the best in your finishing of projects this year. I like your reward system. 🙂

Christine @ 12,450miles

OH! You have a big year coming up! I can’t wait to see all you accomplish! (And you make me feel better about always failing at my goals to bust stash, finish WIPs, not buy fabric…)

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