Friday, January 02, 2009

New Year...new list


Resolutions are a lot like lists. I am a list maker. I have a list of all our DVD's on an excel spreadsheet. I have an inventory list of all the items I like to keep on hand in my baking pantry. I make lists of all the diets I have ever tried and of all the quilts I have ever made. So why I wonder do I drag my feet when it comes to making resolutions? It isn't that I don't have goals...they just change more often than any list can update.

But this year is different. In 18 months I will turn 50. I think I have grown up enough to finally make some resolutions...

Don't worry I am not going to bore you all with the details. Just the quilt-y stuff!

First: tame the habit.
What, you say? It isn't like quilting is addictive and dangerous...or is it? Don't worry it isn't quilting per say that needs to be tamed but my rather messy fabric, paint, threads, beads, and anything-that- looks-like- it- may- be- fun habit. Put aside I am struggling with the tail end of a move...the amount of "stuff" I have isn't boosting my creativity it is oppressive!

(A lot of you know I have MS...I am now giving you permission to not feel guilty about laughing)...yesterday I feel into a box, which tipped over and I couldn't get out. You see it was one of those tall china boxes that the movers decided to throw my fabric into. There are box towers in my room making it tough to move around. I saw a fat quarter at the bottom of the box and instead of calling for help I tried to reach my short little arm to the bottom of the tall, tall box. In I went...over went the box jamming itself between the bookcase and some other boxes and putting me in such and awkward position I couldn't get back up! Also I was afraid of wiggling too much and taking down the bookcase (been there done that!) So where am I going with this? My "stuff" is not only creatively oppressive it is a bit well, dangerous!

So in the next month I am moving anything not directly related to quilting into some storage boxes and putting them under the bed. A lot the painting stuff and fabric is going to the Girl Scouts (a neighborhood girlscout is helping me with the clean out.)

Second: Take those quilt roadtrips
This is one of those "lists" I was taking about earlier. I want to go to the Quilt Museum in Lincoln, to Houston, and to another American Quilt Study Seminar to name a few. Maybe I can't do all of them this year but I need to pick one and just do it!

Third: Finish my husband's quilt
Now I could make a long list of the projects in bags. Cover a page with excuses for abandoned quilt tops. Or even, just bore you to tears with the number of orphaned blocs lurking in my quilting room. think the Island of misfit toys meets Sio's sewing room. The only quilt that really, really needs to be done is the Red, white and blue quilt I have been working on for (drum roll please.....) seven years!
(Seven years and I just searched my all my digital photos files and I can't find one of this red, white and blue....so instead you get a pic of Goldie.) Those of you who have been quilting awhile know what I am talking about. The quilt that you just don't like...don't like the fabrics...don't like the pattern...don't like...just don't like! But he does...a lot. So I am going to knuckle down and just get the d@*&% thing done.

So that is it for quilting resolutions...nothing too serious...the rest of the resolutions take care of that . I am just trying to get back to having fun with my quilting...is that too much to ask?!

14 comments:

Ali Honey said...

I'm a list maker too. I find it very useful!

I did giggle visualising you stuck in the big box. Hope you didn't hurt yourself.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

You didn't say how you got out of the box. DH was home I take it. D'oh. Sounds like an excellent, doable list.

cindyquiltsOR said...

Don't like, don't like, don't like ... so I pack it up and ship it to Cher! (Marathon Quilter)

Guess it wouldn't work if there was a DH to have an opinion.

Oooops ...

Best Wishes,
Cindy B.

mereth said...

I wondered how you got out of the box too. If hubby was home he should have taken a photo!
But when the room starts attacking you it might be time to get a bit of streamlining happening.Keep us updated on how that goes....

anne bebbington said...

Oh Siobhan being not that tall myself I know just where you're at with getting stuck in that box - I have a deep down fear of the same thing happening if I have to get something from the bottom of the chest freezer - so much so that I never let it get less than half full and get DH to reach in when we're sorting it out and working out what's in there - hop you didn't suffer too much lasting damage

Karen said...

Hope you didn't spend too much time in the box, before being rescued. I like your quilting resolutions and need to write a few of my own.

Happy New Year!

belinda said...

.ok...I'm laughing......you said it was alright....how did you get out??....oh, and I NEED to be a list maker!!!

Lori in South Dakota said...

Yes, you can see we all want to know HOW DID YOU GET OUT OF THE BOX??!! For Christmas my great nephew got the game "Guitar Hero" and he was "practicing" it in the hallway--where he thinks we couldn't seem him--and he was busy played and dancing and backed right into a plastic tote. Yup, he fell backwards with a very surprised look on his face, and all we saw were waving feet! A good Christmas memory!

Magpie Sue said...

I sort of lost track of you for a while there... I'm adding you to my RSS feed list!

One of the quilts I just finished (and haven't shared on my blog yet) had been in the works for about 13 years if I figure correctly. Not that I didn't like it - just a lot of interruptions. So you've still got time to finish DH's quilt according to *my* timeline!

julieQ said...

I am so glad you got rescued from the box! I know it is not a bit funny...but hehee! I have done things like that too, and it was funny later, as long as there were no injuries!! I have made loose resolutions...nothing I don't try to do every day. Happy New Year!!

Marilyn R said...

I am adding myself to the list of fellow bloggers who want to know how you got out of that box! Have a very happy New Year!

*karendianne. said...

I can't recover from the box. Did you post about anything else? Oh good lord I'll have to come back, the parrots are laughing with me and its just too loud.

Kodak Moment in Time Love, *karendianne.

sewkalico said...

Oh my goodness, I couldn't imagine being stuck in a box! Hope you're okay and having a good 2009!

Studio B said...

So? How did you get out???
Many years ago (my dad worked for a moving company and I spent summers working with him) I fell into one of those too! Only excuse I had was I was too lazy to pick it up and dump the papers out...my dad thoughtit quite funny and proceeded to give me a bad time about it before he tipped me over and "poured me out"!
I'm a list maker too....but not a list keeper!!
Hope you have a safe and healthy New Year!