My 2015 Quilty Resolutions

There’s a linky party going on at Quilting Jetgirl’s blog – 15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015. While I usually don’t make resolutions, I do try to set goals so I thought I would join in the fun.

When Shauna of Shauna’s World posted her resolution list she added a photo of one of her favorite quilts. What a fun thing to share! So I’m going to share my favorite quilt of 2014. You can read more about The Accidental Dresden at these links:

Dresden Quilt

The Accidental Dresden

Now, on to my Quilty Resolutions! Here is my list in no particular order:

1. Join a Local Quilt Group.  In my close circle of family and friends I am the only one who quilts. I think it’s important to spend time with other people who have the same passion – there’s just so much to learn from others, and it provides motivation and support.

2. Become more involved. I would like to join a bee and/or a swap and become more involved with the great people online that I’ve met by starting this blog. It can be a bit scary to put myself and my work “out there” so I want to push past that and get to know others in this great online community.

3. Grow my business.  I am working toward making quilting a profitable venture which will allow me to do what I love and be able to work from home. Since I’m just starting the business side of Cooking Up Quilts, I have a lot of work to do!

4. Value my time. I have a difficult time charging someone for the work I do. I have no problem billing for materials and supplies but fall way short in putting a value on my time. I really need to work on this.

5. Work toward finding balance. One of the hardest things for me to do is balance my quilting time with taking care of my family, my home, and myself. Sometimes I’m amazed — and a bit overwhelmed — at all that some of you accomplish while managing to raise a family, work outside the home, and take care of all the obligations that comes with both. Over this past year, I’ve learned that I work best in a scheduled, structured environment. This goal is probably at the top of my list.

5a.  Balance my quilt life. I spend a lot of time reading blogs, magazines, books and articles on quilting. I want to learn from others and support blogs by reading and commenting but also want to spend time sewing and quilting. I need to find a way to balance this out.

6. Become confident in fabric choices. I’ll admit, I’m not the best at pulling fabrics and having them work together. I use precuts a lot. It will take practice and time, but I know I will get better the more I do.

7. Become a better photographer. Good news, girls and guys. Santa is bringing me a new camera for Christmas! Soon, no more phone pics for the blog. There’s going to be a big learning curve but I’m ready to take it on. So many of you take fantastic pictures – I want to be one of you! Okay, I might not make it to ‘fantastic’, but ‘decent’ would be better than the ones you see right now. 🙂

8. Get a handle on my scrap situation. Right now I throw my scraps in a plastic bin and hide it in the bottom of the closet. Until recently, I wasn’t even good at keeping them. (I can hear your agonized gasping now!) I have no idea how to use them, what size is too small to keep, and how they should be organized.  I’ll be looking for lots of organizational tips this coming year.

9. Write more tutorials. One of the reasons I started the blog was to share my journey with other new quilters. As I learn new techniques or find a way of doing something that works for me I want to share more of that here.

10. Give my quilting purpose. This one is harder to explain and might be better titled Share the Joy. I love sewing and have a stack of quilts and bags to prove it. But there are only two of us in my house – what are we going to do with all these quilts? I intend to gift more and donate more. A quilt should be used and loved, not stacked in a closet hidden away.

11. Become more adventurous with FMQ. My goal is to incorporate FMQing time into each day to gain more confidence and learn new designs.

12. Revive ‘Main Crush Monday’. MCM is a linky party to show off any project, fabric, tool, technique etc. that has you excited about quilting. I introduced MCM when I first started blogging, but put it on hold until I felt more in control of my blog. Now is the time for MCM to return. Look for it in January, 2015!

You can see my list didn’t make it to 15. I think the ones I’ve shared here are pretty big and will take a lot to accomplish this year so I’m happy with my list.

What about you? Do you have any quilty goals for the coming year? I would love for you to share them, either here by commenting or linking up at Quilting Jetgirl.

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I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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11 Responses to My 2015 Quilty Resolutions

  1. Chris says:

    I would love to join MCM!! That sounds like fun.

  2. lapaylor says:

    I would love to link to your party! Good goals, now it’s just doing them! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  3. #1 is a great idea. I joined my local modern quilting group, and it’s a lot of fun. We don’t do a lot of sewing, but it’s so nice to meet with them once a month, have show and tell time, and talk to other people about fabric! I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂 Happy New Year!

  4. Jasmine says:

    You have a fun list of goals. I look forward to seeing what you do in 2015. And a nicer camera s on my wish list.

  5. jentracy17 says:

    What a great list, and I’m so glad I found your blog through the linky party! You’ll have to share your tips about photography when you figure it all out. I’ve signed up for a few Craftsy classes, but haven’t sat down and watched them.

  6. Susan says:

    #8 is my favorite. =) I’m almost completely a scrappy quilter, but somehow I never run out of scraps! People will tell you lots of different things about scraps, because different things work for different people. I don’t keep anything smaller than 1″ and have been thinking of making that 1.5″. I DO use all the small strips and squares and triangles in scrappy blocks that become the center of stars or are sewn like log cabins – my leader-enders a lot of the time. I cut 2.5″ squares where possible, 2.5″ strips if I can. Those get used in lots of projects.

    After that, you have to analyze what works in YOUR quilting. If you make lots of HST that finish at 3″, then you’ll want to cut 4″ squares where you can, for instance. Don’t use someone else’s system if it includes things you would never use in a thousand years. =) Good luck with your goals. I only made 5. I know me too well! I like the MCM idea and subbed to your blog for more information as that happens.

  7. Joanna says:

    I have to copy your #5s!

    #8: I actually managed my scrap situation by selling them on IG! Lots of scrap collectors are out there and people usually like other people’s scraps because they’re so different from their own. It made me feel good to get rid of them without throwing them away. Now i can start some better scrap management without being over run with so many old crazy ones!

    #10 is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately too!

  8. Cheryl says:

    That is a wonderful list, I think that many of your 15 would be on my list too.

  9. Shauna says:

    great list, I totally understand them all!!!! I look forward to MCM!!!!!

  10. Excellent list! I have to ponder….ponder…

  11. That is a fantastic list, and I look forward to seeing you grow as a quilter in 2015, Beth! What an exciting present from Santa, too. 🙂

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