Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Years Resolutions, More or Less

Oh Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I love you!  Here are my Buckeye Beauty blocks, laid out on the floor and ready to be set together.  This will be one of the quilts I hope to finish in the new year.
I organized the blocks into groups of 4, except for the last row.  There are 72 blocks, 8 across and 9 down.
1930s fabrics and feedsacks worked well together.  I have a couple of matching print feedsacks for the eventual border.
So that's one of the quilts.  Here's the other:
The house blocks are waiting patiently for inspiration.  I want this to be a fantastic neighborhood, and I don't know exactly what I'm going to do yet.
Streets?  Grass?  Trees? What would you do?
 Happy New Year to everyone!  With 2018 fast approaching, it's a good time to reflect on 2017, and think about what we want from our lives and our quilting next year.  I do this every year--well, more or less.
Frankly, my New Years resolutions are usually not worth the paper they're written on.  For instance, I might decide to try to become slender and gorgeous next year by not eating any chocolate cake.  But the minute I make that a resolution, all I can think about is chocolate cake.  That resolution wouldn't last out the week.
Instead, I set goals, and use the terms "more" or "less".  In this case, my goal will be to eat more fruits, more vegetables, and more whole grains, and less cake.  I have a shot of making this actually happen.  Similarly, I can aim for more exercise and less television watching, and more time with family, less time cruising the internet.
This last year I finished 35 quilts.  That counts everything, from doll size to large size.  Of the 35, 19 were baby quilts, mostly for charity.  I quilted 33 of the total 35 myself, and a friend quilted the other two, both twin sized quilts.
So I don't really expect to make MORE quilts in 2018, especially since I have less time.  What I need is more BALANCE between piecing and quilting.

Here's my list of "more" for 2018.
More quilting of larger quilts
More scraps cut and organized
More quilt shows attended
More fun with other quilters

And on the "less" list:
Less fabric I can't think of a use for (I'm gonna donate it!)
Less worrying about UFOs
Less making things just because other people are making them

On the whole, I guess you can tell I'm very happy with my quilting.  This is such a rewarding hobby, and I have met so many nice people through quilts, in person and online.
People like you!  Thanks for reading this.
Happy New Year!
Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Your Buckeye Beauty blocks look great. Love the 1930's colors, they are so cheery. Best of luck with your New Year's resolutions! Sounds like you're on the right track.

    1. Thank you, Jean Belle! You are so kind. Happy New Year!

  2. I love your house blocks- I'm sure you'll think of a great neighborhood- one we'd all like to live in! I have wanted to make a house/neighborhood quilt- maybe some day....

    1. Thanks, Jennifer! I've waited to do this for a long time.

  3. Balance was my word for the in 2016, I believe. Your more or less goals really spoke to me. All things that I need to incorporate into my quilting life. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Hi, Joyful! Thanks for reading and commenting! Happy New Year!

  4. Your more or less goals sound right on the money, such a year full of wonderful quilts, you can’t ask for more than that.

    1. Thanks, scraphappy! And thank you so much for hosting the RSC2017!


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