Wednesday, 26 December 2018

2019 Planning Party


      Like many others I am joining Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl in her Planning Party for 2019.   This is my 4th year of goal setting and I really enjoy the process of sifting through my ambitions and wishes for the year ahead. 

     Here's a quick update of last year's progress.  I did complete 6 quilts and I'm working on completing the 7th right now so I may exceed that goal.  I did do some practice with free motion and walking foot quilting although not as much as I was intending.  I did not set aside weekly time for fabric play although I did enter some challenges in the later part of the year which helped me to have some creative play time.

     Regarding the blog I did not always manage two posts a week but I did share some community outreach work.    In my personal goals I did spend more time with my sister and I did go to museums a bit more.  I made some  progress in cooking and cleaning strategies but I did not get back to daily meditation and goal setting.

      As I move into 2019 I have some exciting news to share with you.  My two quilting buddies and I pooled our money and bought a sit down long arm machine ( mid arm).  It's living a Wendy's house as she has the most time to use it at present but I am super excited to be using it as well. Also in the fall of 2019 I'll be moving into semi retirement, so my time will free up but my money will tighten up.  So keeping these things in mind here are my goals for 2019.

Quilting Goals
1. Improve my quilting both waking foot and free motion, using my home machine.
2.  Become comfortable with the "mid arm" and work on my free motion skills with it.  The plan is to start with quilting on donation quilts, as we always have more quilt tops than quilters.
3.  Complete 4 to 6 UFO's (hopefully) all that practise above will help with this.
4.  Continue to work on challenges as they arise.  This will include the Curated Quilts challenges, guild challenges and any other challenges that come my way and catch my fancy.  While working on these challenges also work on creativity and skill building.

For my Christmas gift I asked  Dwight to build shelves in the cupboard in my sewing room. This next goal relates specifically to that.
5.  As I rearrange my fabrics, scraps books and patterns, look over each item and make a decision about whether to keep it before placing it on a shelf.

Blogging Goals
1. Post once or twice a week depending on content.
2. Write more process posts
3.  Work on better photos.

Personal Goals.
1. Make better use of my Quilters Planner.
2.Continue to develop better cooking and cleaning strategies.
3.  Retain flexibility as life keeps throwing those curve balls to me.
4.  Be kind and patient with myself and others.   

I welcome 2019 with all it has to offer and I look forward to sharing another quilting journey with my fellow quilt bloggers.




Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh wow, Lisa, I am really looking forward to seeing you grow into using the mid arm. That is super exciting! I also really like that you will be carefully looking through your things as you put them away on your new shelves. I hope that you have a wonderful 2019 and I look forward to seeing what you create. Thank you for sharing and linking up with the Planning Party!

Val's Quilting Studio said...

Yes, be kind and patience with ourselves...and I'm not good at catching those curve balls either. But! We must keep trying right! I love your quilty goals and that a few of you went in on a mid arm together. Enjoy your learning and downsizing. :)

Louise said...

Sounds like a super year coming up for you! Congratulations on the new mid-arm! Sharing the cost with quilting friends is a really smart move. Nobody can sew all day every day, so you might as well share the time and costs :)

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Congrats on the mid arm! Pooling money was a great idea. Good luck with your goals. I just had shelves put in my closet, and I love them!

Lucy | Charm About You said...

How exciting to be able to use a mid-arm! Good luck with your list! I really like the reminder to check you want the items before placing them on the shelf :) said...

I'm still thinking about my 2019 plans and yours are pretty good. I like the idea of quilting whatever catches my fancy and hopefully no curve balls. Good luck with your plans and boy am I a little jealous of your mid-arm machine. Most of all, enjoy semi-retirement, you're going to wonder how you ever found time to work.

Rachel said...

Oooh, enjoy your mid-arm! I miss my frame -- I had to put it into storage this year before the move. I hope you love it and are able to make many beautiful quilts in the coming years. Best wishes for 2019!

Cheryl said...

Congrats on your new sewing machine! Happy New Year!

Diana @ Red Delicious Life said...

Having a new sewing machine always helps with the goals - any excuse to use it! Best wishes for a great 2019 and attaining your goals, all of which I think are very reasonable.

Danice G said...

Congrats on everything. Your Goals are very achievable. Excuse my "ignorance", but what is a mid-arm machine? Kinda like a long-arm?

JanineMarie said...

I love how you laid out these goals. It sounds like you have exciting times ahead with semi- retirement and working at the mid arm. (What a neat idea to share such a purchase!)

Lorna McMahon said...

Such an exciting new year! So happy to hear you girls are going to be quilting on the new machine, getting lots of charity work completed and working on honing your skills. Blogging regularly can be difficult, but it means a lot to me to see you are still here too!!!