The end of the year is the perfect time to take stock, evaluate, and set some
realistic goals for the upcoming year! Here are some of my favorite ideas for getting organized so that you can have fun and accomplish your goals at the same time!
First, review the projects you worked on and completed this year.I'm always surprised to find that I've actually completed more projects than I realized. I think that reviewing the prior year's projects is one of the most helpful tools for setting realistic quilting and sewing goals for the coming year.
Second, make a list of your finishes.I like to list my finishes from the prior year according to category. Some of the categories I used this year are: quilts, small quilts, bags, pillows, wall hangings, and accessories. I think listing finishes like this helps us to realize how we spent our time, and it can also help us to evaluate what types of projects we want to focus on for the upcoming year.
Third, make a list of your works in progress.Use any method for this. I find it's really helpful to have a paper list of works in progress I can keep in my sewing room and refer to as needed. For a terrific free download, AllPeopleQuilt has this handy form for tracking 12 projects (plus they've already updated for 2017). I think the most helpful part of this list is the status column. Even if you don't finish this project, you can at least note your progress at the end of the year.
Fourth, make a list of projects you'd like to start this year.This is always the most fun: there are so many possibilities! I am constantly thinking of new projects I want to work on, and sometimes I fail to write them down and they just don't get made. I try to keep this list to a dozen projects or fewer since I know more will get added to this list as the year goes on. Sometimes projects on this list never get started--something else replaces it before I get to it. But I definitely feel like having this list keeps me from forgetting about a lot of want-to-makes.
Finally, clean off all of your sewing and quilting work surfaces.For me this always means cleaning off my cutting table, my sewing machine table, and my ironing board--these are the places where I tend to accumulate clutter! Try not to get distracted by fabric and projects you might find while doing this task. If you don't have a designated place for some of your sewing tasks, make a concentrated effort to keep the areas you use extra clean: I did all of my cutting and sewing for over 15 years on our dining room table (not ideal, but you can make it work)!
I hope some of these ideas will be of help to you as your get ready for the new year...oh...and save some room on your list for my Quilting Life Mystery Block of the Month program for 2017! I'll be releasing a 12" block pattern and tutorial during the first week of each month, and close to the end of the year I'll also give you setting and finishing instructions. More information on this coming soon!
Thanks so much for stopping by!