Oh my. 2020. How has that happened? If you are like me you remember 1970 when you were in high school and the year 2020 seemed so far away. Like forever away. And we blink three times and it is here. Time is something we need to learn to cherish and to make the most of and most of us know how to do just that. Our hobby, quilting, takes a large portion of that time because we are passionate about it, love it, can't imagine being without it. So I thought we should make some New Year's Resolution to help make us more successful with it in the new year. Here are a few of my ideas..
1. Clean out and make a new start in your sewing room and in your life.
I have just gone through all my stuff, yes all my stuff, and have been ruthless when it comes to letting go (I sang that song from Frozen while I was doing it!). I took a page right out of Marie Kondo and used the system of simplifying and organizing my sewing room by getting rid of those projects that do not bring joy to my life. Seriously. My rule was: I haven't looked in that box for 5 years. I don't know what is in that box. Get rid of it. But use what works for you and just de-clutter. I actually did it twice back to back. I went through once but got to the end and realize I had not been ruthless enough so I went and did it again. The feeling when I was finished was AMAZING! So I challenge you! Send me some before and after pics - I wanna share in your transformation!
2. Drink tons of water when you sew.
I know I know - we need to drink more water (and I'm talking to myself here 'cause this is so hard for me to do!). But really - get that 36 oz mug and sit it there, drink often. Each time you get up to go to the ironing board, take a swig. You will feel better and you might even feel the sweat pants you sew in start to feel a little looser?
3. Love your fabric
Love what you have and love what you buy. Take care of it and respect it. Store and display it in a way that you will be able to work it into a project some day. Find a favorite way to fold and organize it - there are lots of YouTube videos with ideas so find the one that you can see yourself doing. Not all methods will work for all because what we buy is all different. Some people buy only fat quarters while others purchase yardage. Just get your groove on and make it look wonderful.
4. Step away from the CHOCOLATE
Next time you go to a quilt retreat, bring fruit or veggies. STEP AWAY FROM THE CHOCOLATE! I know that's a bummer to hear but really ladies, this is important. We spend so much time sewing and lots of time sewing with friends that we can do our bodies great harm if we are not careful. So be good to your body and feed it good things when you sew.
5. Take some time to exercise
And while we are on the subject of being good to your body, take a few minutes every hour to do some kind of exercise while you are sewing. If you are like me you get so focused on what you are doing that hours pass and you have only gotten up from your machine to walk to your ironing board. Not. Good. Set a timer and every hour make yourself take a 5-minute break. Go outside. Breathe some fresh air. Walk around. This will keep your blood circulating and could keep you out of the hospital!
6. You do You
Love what you do and how you do it. We are all at a different point in our quilting journey with various levels of expertise and skill. What you make is a reflection of you and it is a wonderful creation so whether it is a king size quilt or it is a basic throw, celebrate your success and allow others to be happy for you as well.
7. Learn to just say "NO"!
Sew on what you want to sew on and to quote Nike "Just Say No" to project you don't want to take on out of obligation. From experience I can tell you that when I get involved in a project that is a duty, I'm not a happy quilter. I want to sew on those things that make me whistle while I work and those are the ones that I have a purpose for, I plan to give to someone I love, or ones that I want to make just because they speak to me. Your time is valuable. Cherish it.
8. Learn to accept compliments with pride
Accept all compliments with pride and when you are reviewing the work of someone else, be careful when you are tempted to point out mistakes. There are times when it doesn't matter. If it does matter and you feel you really need to say something, do it graciously and in private. Never point out a mistake in a crowd or audience. This will give the maker the choice to fix it ... or not.
9. Photograph your projects
Remember to take pictures of your projects when they are completed and post them to your social media sites so your friends can also enjoy what you have accomplished. I have an album in my photos for "My Quilts" where I keep all of them in one place. This way if I need to show one off I don't have to scroll through hundreds of photos of birthday parties, family holidays, and pictures of my dog.
10. Make time to take classes at your local quilt shop
Take a class at your local quilt shop so you can learn new skills. Learning how to quilt on an online tutorial is great but there is no comparison to the depth of knowledge that will come from being around other quilters in a class. You not only learn new skills but you develop friendships that will last a lifetime.
I'm sure you can come up with your own list of quilting resolutions. I'd love to know what some of those are so be sure to leave me a comment. Until we meet again, may your days be pieceful.