Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year - New Quilt

Picture from archives

I've seen a couple of blogs where the quilter resolved to start a new quilt for the New Year. Tempting. Very tempting.

But when I was doing my annual recap of 2009, I realized that I have to take the opposite approach. You see, I've been trying to get away from feeling bad that I don't have a lot of finishes to show you. I have been telling myself that it isn't about the quantity. I should make the quilts that I find beautiful, and not worry about how long it takes to make. So many of the projects I like have piecing and applique, and I am very, very slow when it comes to applique.

I am not going to make resolutions this year. It seems like when I tell myself that I can't do something, or that I must do something, I become very disobedient. No one tells me what to do, not even myself!

Instead, I am trying to think of this positively. I have lots and lots of quilts in the works. It's like with your taxes, they tell you to save up and use it all in the same year so you can get the most bang for your buck. If you are expecting a big medical expense, do all your medical things the same year, so that you can itemize and get a big refund. I didn't have any big finishes last year, but that only means that I have a lot of quilts that are close to completion. This means I can have double the finishes this year. I have lots of quilts that have made good progress, that it shouldn't take to much more to take them to completion this year.

Does this mean there won't be a new quilt this year? Absolutely not. There are lots of kits that are calling my name. But hopefully, I'll get a couple of older quilts finished before they start jumping up and down and screaming.


Michele Bilyeu said...

Nothing wrong with that, you strong willed, woman you. I loved, really loved, coming to your blog before Christmas and seeing your projects. My year in review shows everything I made, not just quilts. You should do one that shows every thing you did!..You know daughter's college,yard work, work work, sewing, quilting, emailing, blogging...I bet you could come up with a huge list. Our lives are more than quilting. I'm very diversified. I just cleaned up cat through-up and fed chickens ;)

Tina said...

Loved your post! I think we need to be accepting of ourselves and know what works for us. Sounds like you've got yourself all figured out :).

Allie said...

Love the circles! I'm with you, no resolutions, I just break them. I'm trying to fnish a quilt I started a few weeks ago, I'm very slow too, cuz I want to get to projects that are SMALL. And quick. And maybe that I can actually finish, lol!