Saturday, January 02, 2010

Resolutions

I've been reading a lot about the pros and cons of making New Year's resolutions. One article suggested making resolutions for each month thus spreading out introducing new habits and allowing you to focus. I sort of liked that one but I think I am more of a traditionalist - for that read I like big, long lists.

I will not bore you with the nitty-gritty (and trust me after many years of doing project planning my lists can get really, really detailed - I miss Gantt charts.) I digress....so here are some of my quilting resolutions...
1. Quilt Appraisal Accreditation from AQS - Now I know this cannot be done in a year. That is sort of what has held me back. With the MS it is hard to commit to taking a test a year of April! But my MS is really under control (enough that I really want to go back to work!) So I have downloaded the application, signed up for a couple more courses at Paducah this April, and reorganized my library so my quilt history, textile, and reference books are easier to access.

2. Focus on a select group of quilts to finish this year...watch for new "to do" list on my sidebar. I don't think I will be quite as energetic finishing this year but If I complete 6 full size quilts I'll consider it a good year.

3. I have a long list of "some-day" quilt-tourism events that I would like to go to...I am going to Paducah for the first time this year. I would like to do one other on the list...so hard to choose! So for now it is just one more...

4. Each year my guild makes a quilt for Camp Rainbow, a camp for critically ill children. I'm choosing to be more involved in being a "quilt mom" and getting the 2011 quilt finished. You will be seeing lots of this future quilt in the coming months - we start work on it Monday! On the other

5. Work on my machine quilting. The only way to get better with this is to practice, practice, practice. (I think this goes in the February column....)

My other resolutions include things like lose 10 pounds, eat right, clean the garage....heck they could just be cut an paste from last year! (I did however do pretty good on the quilting ones though....)

(photo list: top is Scituate Lighthouse (one of my favorite places to photograph!), second is a pineapple applique from North Augusta, SC, and finally a circa 1940 Dresden Plate from Maryland.

9 comments:

True Blue Nana said...

Great resolutions, you have set some high goals for yourself. I would love to go to Paducah myself although I can't see it happening this year. I have said for the last few years that I want to work on my machine quilting but I am never satisfied with what I do. I am not feeling very focused today. You are doing much better than I am.

Kathie said...

that is so exciting
something I have thought about a few times.
Have you volunteered at VQF or the one in NH to be a scribe for the judges?
I hear that helps too.
I love this pineapple quilt, really a wonderful quilt
thanks for sharing
Kathie

Nines said...

I thought....That looks like Scituate... and it is! I love that place- so peaceful and a darling little community. Sounds like you have grand plans for 2010. Good for you. Hope you have a very productive year.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

camp rainbow... anything I can do to help...count me in...
happy new year my dear!~ hows your bakery quilt coming?

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

You have really set some wonderful goals for yourself. I,too, would love to go to Paducah. Best of wishes for a productive and healthy year.

Lynn

Catswhiskers said...

your goals are set like a true artist and professional and... they are also inspiring. Wishing you good health and success.

GRACE said...

spent many a time walking the jetty in scituate....love your antique pineapple!

*karendianne. said...

Oh lordy bee you had to toss me back to work, too! I should have known we were in the same line of work. Gannt Chart torture chamber and oh, thank you MS Project, too.

I'm lovling the pineapple quilt but I'm more enjoying all the good things you have on your list. Your list that is nothing BUT living in the moment and seizing the day. I'm with ya, Sio. The Quilt Appraisal Accreditation from AQS is well worth the time and effort. Something you can utilize for now and forever (me thinks!).

Focus on a select group of quilts to finish this year I'll watch - me and Brownie. :0

That's all I can say. The list started getting out of hand...

judith lockhart said...

Sio, I'm happy to hear your MS is better so you can go back to work if you want!! You inspired me to put up a list of quilts to finish this year also.....I can always hope!! Happy New Year and hope to see you at HK!