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My 2019 Sewing/Creative Goals

2019 is close at hand, and with this time of year brings the dreaded “resolution” lists. Uuuhhh… gag me with a stick. Personally, I don’t like the term “resolution” – for me it brings thoughts of trying to “resolve” something about myself and my lack of willpower to follow through with it, which usually leads to disappointment. Instead of using the term “resolution”, I’m setting goals for this year regarding my creative endeavours. Goals that I can work towards, but don’t have a set time frame so long as progress is being made. 

Progress my friends, is the key achievement here. 
progress [noun prog-res, -ruhs or, esp. British, proh-gres; verb pruh-gres] noun

  1. a movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage.
  2. developmental activity in science, technology, etc.
  3. advancement in general.

I’m looking at #1 and 3 above and they feel like two very good descriptions of what I want to do this upcoming year. Maybe I’ll make “progress” my word of the year. Regardless, I felt that I would share some of the creative things that I aim to work on in 2019. Also, not having set a “resolution” makes it okay to not hit a specific milestone and work at your own pace. You can’t fail if general advancement in your goals is the mindset you have from the beginning, am I right?!

Goal #1

This is what I’m calling #mystashblast2019 (and feel free to use this hashtag for your own stash blasting!)

If there’s one thing I desperately need to do, its use up my stash!!! Honestly, if you were to see my sewing space, you would think Michaels, Joann and your local quilt shop violently threw up all over the place. I’ve got ziplock bags (organized, mind you) of WIPs, or fabrics set aside for specific patterns. I’ve got most of my “fabric collection” organized (and organized is used very loosely right now) into wovens, knits and others (fusibles, interfacing, etc.) so that’s one step in the right direction. But seriously, I’ve got a LOT of fabric, and it needs to be used. So…. no new fabric purchases unless needed to finish a WIP, gift (that will be gifted in the immediate future and not end up a WIP) or commissioned work. 

I’m participating in the #iheartyousewalong starting next week run by Lindsay of Pen and Paper Patterns and Meghan of Then Came June, and will be using up my scraps for the hearts in the pattern! I’ve chosen Essex Yarn-Dyed in Steel for the background (from my stash), Kona White for the speech bubbles (from my stash), and will put together the hearts with scraps. I’m really looking forward to putting this quilt together!

The I Heart You block – photo via Pen and Paper Patterns

As I’m sure tons of you can agree, we need to break free of FOMO (fear of missing out) – it does not control our creative process, and to be a successful/productive creative, you don’t need the newest/shiniest fabric/thing out there. I need to keep repeating that to myself when I see some long lost Rashida Koleman-Hale Washi print pop up in a destash somewhere… ahhhh control yourself woman! Now this is not to say that I can’t treat myself occasionally, but I’m going to try my damnedest to not do any shopping “just because”. 

Some other things I’m going to try to include in this arena:

  • de-stashing fabrics that aren’t going to be used – either selling or donating
  • finishing WIPs (kits, patterns started, challenge quilts, BOM winnings)
  • using what I have and being creative with my choices/options
  • making to sell if I don’t want to destash but don’t need to keep (I’m weird – pre-cut patchwork baby quilts for example)
  • yarn! I’ve got too much yarn and not enough time – sell what I’m not going to use on Ravelry or destash on IG

Goal #2

More ME sewing! Last year I quit doing craft shows. I was getting sick of sewing; sick of my favourite pastime, which was supposed to be my creative therapy. So no more. Only a few select commissions by those people who I know appreciate the work and time that goes into quilting and sewing, and the rest is for me and/or my immediate family. And you know what? It’s been freeing! I still have more project WIPs than I know what to do with, but they’re all projects for me. And because of this mindset, I’ve gotten back into garment sewing! I’m planning on setting up my own #2019makenine as there are a few garments that are on my must-make list, and sharing these make goals publicly will help keep me accountable. 

This is a little collection I’ve put together for a client commission (aka – one of the few people I do commissions for). This super cute whale print is from Spoonflower and the other two are from the Aweigh North collection by Rae Ritchie that I got from The Workroom in Toronto. I plan to add a few more blenders into the mix. She’s having a baby boy and this will be for his crib!

Goal #3

Another one of my sewing goals is something that I wanted to do this past year, but due to life throwing curveballs my way, it didn’t get done. I have a few patterns that were published in 2018 that I need to finalize to sell. As well as finalizing a few that I’ve been working on. I’m not sure if I’ll submit any patterns to magazines this year but we’ll see how things go. 

Love Patchwork & Quilting FPP quilt project
This is my Print Panache quilt pattern that was published in Love Patchwork and Quilting at the start of 2018. I’m currently working on hand-quilting my second version using a different layout of the pattern, but still need to finalize the PDF to sell.

Goal #4

Make to make myself happy. I had a hard time this year not joining the newest, shiniest quilt-along or fabric challenge that came across my screen. Its okay to say NO, because let’s be honest, there are only so many hours in the day. Again FOMO can be a nasty trigger but I’m not going to let her tempt me. But I will go with the flow, and enjoy the process. 

So there they are – my non-comittal goals for my sewing practice this year. No resolutions anymore. Just a work in progress. Do you have plans for your sewing projects this year?

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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    January 2, 2019 at 4:29 am

    These are all great goals … I am also determined to exclusively use my stash for all the projects I have planned this year.

    • Reply
      jenn
      January 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! I think sometimes using what we have can challenge us creatively, and also forces us to get out of our comfort zone. Can’t wait to see what you make!

  • Reply
    Paula
    December 28, 2018 at 1:06 am

    Great goals! I’m also trying to not let FOMO suck me into workshops unless I’m really learning something. I don’t need to start any more UFOs!

    • Reply
      jenn
      January 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      We’re all in the same boat about not needing any more UFOs Paula! But that’s a good view on workshops – not just for the new year but for all of them in general!

  • Reply
    Katy(LethargicLass)
    December 27, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    my goals are very similar this year 🙂

    • Reply
      jenn
      January 2, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Can’t wait to see what you make this year Katy!

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