Hi there, since I am new to the sewing/quilting/crafting blogosphere, at least writing on a blog that is, I feel like this is a good place to actually write my goals down and not leave them floating around in my head. Now I can actually go back through them and see what I have actually accomplished.
Goals that I had for 2012-
- Sew an article of clothing for myself
- Sew something with a zipper
- Make a bag/purse with an iPad sleeve
- Make myself a giant quilt for my bed
- Make a quilt with hexies
While those goals might seem relatively easy to you…to me, especially making a piece of clothing for myself, scared the bajeezus out of me…mainly because I tried many years before and failed miserably. This time around I read and read and read the pattern before I even started. Once I actually started, I wasn’t scared at all. I think what helped me the most was making 6 or 7 bags and purses first, and that they all weren’t just straight seams. I made the now infamous Washi dress, and to be honest, it was super easy and it came out great. I actually have fabric to make at least two more. 🙂 the only bad part was I made it too close to fall and I really only got to wear it twice before my legs got too cold.
Working with a zipper wasn’t a big deal at all. I actually helped a friend make a pillow for her son. She had never sewn with a zipper either, so hopefully that counts as double points. 🙂
The purse with the iPad sleeve was just more of something that I wanted, not really anything that made me go out of my way to learn something new.
The quilt for my bed is freaking ginormous!!! I love it. The only thing I would have done differently would be to use a different batting inside. I used the warm and natural and it just doesn’t keep me warm enough. I’m definitely going to try something else for my next quilt. Maybe something half poly, half cotton. I will need to consult with an expert.
The hexie quilt I made was the Berenstain Bears quilt. I LOVE that one and they linked my work on their Facebook and Pinterest pages, so that makes me feel even better.
One thing that WASN’T a goal was to do some free motion quilting. Even though I had taken a class on it, I thought it was waaaaay far off for me. Triple points! Seriously though, it always seems like it’s a big goal for a lot of people, probably because it’s scary to think you’re going to draw/sew all over a piece of artwork you spent many hours on already to possibly screw it up. I guess you just have to tell yourself that, of course it’s not going to be perfect, it’s your first time, and hopefully it will be easier to start.
Now…on to 2013…
This is going to be a little sparse because my husband and I have put ourselves on a strict budget, so any new fabric comes out of my lunch money for the week. Being that I love to eat…I probably won’t be buying too much fabric this year. I will just have to dive into my stash a bunch, which is always fun too. I mean, I did buy those fabrics because they were cute after all.
- Finish quilt for family in Alaska
- Super Mario quilt (sooooo excited for this one)
- New purse, using my Tula Pink Birds & Bees fabric
- Make some new totes for the grocery store
- Make some pajama pants for JJ
- Go through my stash and see what kind of stuff I can make
- Technique Challenge: I want to sew with knits. Maybe start out with some shorts and then graduate to a dress. We will see how the first project goes. 🙂
I don’t think these goals are outrageous or anything, definitely doable. It will be interesting to see what I actually accomplish. Hopefully my completions will be a lot longer.
Sorry for the long winded post. If you are still reading, what is your top goal for the year? Do you have any new techniques that you want to try?