New Year, New Me?

Every year on January 1 we make resolutions on the things we are going to do this coming year. But how many do we really stick to? Are they the same ones each year? Eat healthier, exercise more, and finish projects? While I am not saying that there is anything wrong with these resolutions, this year I want to do something different.

Being a quilter, each year I take a look at my stash, quilt tops, and unfinished projects and proclaim that this year is going to be different. I have written down all the projects to finish and vow to finish an old project before starting a new one. It is overwhelming when I look at the list. Last year I separated out my list into different categories. It helped some but when I look back at the list it doesn’t appear that I made a dent in it. Not buying fabric until I use my stash doesn’t last either. I end up buying fabric to finish a project or there is a new collection that I have fallen in love with and can’t live without for a someday project. Why would I deny myself the joy I get out of buying fabric because I have a stash? I am not saying don’t have these resolutions or goals because they are important and helpful, what I am saying is, this year I am going to do something different. (If these are your resolutions, don’t worry I am still going to give you some hints and tricks to help you with them.)

So here we go…

For 2022, I want to do something that is going to expand my sewing knowledge and push me creatively.

Laura’s Resolutions/Goals for 2022

  1. Each month I work on a different sewing project. 
  2. Get better at using a serger/coverstitch machine.
  3. Try different fabric types in quilts. 

For most of my sewing life, I have made quilts. Quilting is my forte and I love making a variety of different quilts using different techniques. I will usually try something at least once. Piecing and quilting bring me joy. However, over the past few years, I find that I am lacking in the sewing department. I have made pillow shams, pillowcases, a simple bag here and there, basic curtains, a maxi skirt, and many failed pajama pant attempts. Making clothes is a challenge for me. For me, it feels like I have to change the way I think about things. 2022 is going to be a year of growth.

How am I going to accomplish my resolutions/goals? Each month I will be sharing the project I am working on. Many of these projects will also require the use of a serger/coverstitch machine. I hope that by using a serger more I will become more comfortable with them. My third resolution is to help expand my quilting world. So many different types of fabric are available to us and are being used in different ways. I will share along the way different types of fabric and how I am incorporating them into quilting.

If your resolutions/goals are to decrease your stash, work on projects, have a more organized sewing space, or learn a new skill- be sure to stay tuned because I will be giving you some hints and tricks from what I have learned over the years. 

We would love to hear what your plans for the new year are. We also look forward to helping you with them this year!

Happy Sewing!


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