Looking Forward to 2016!

Happy New Year everyone!!! We enjoyed a very quiet New Year’s Eve with just the three of us at home, a big pot of French Onion Soup and some lazy movie time. The perfect way to end 2015. Between my mom’s heart surgery and my sister defeating breast cancer, our family looks forward to a year of peace and good health.

Last year I wrote a post to set some goals for myself in 2015. I want to take a quick look at those and then set up a few for 2016. Here is what I had hoped to accomplish in 2015:

  1. Finish my three UFO’s
  2. Sew only from my stash
  3. Improve my piecing by slowing myself down while sewing
  4. Improve my photography skills
  5. Study up on quilt restoration

Here is what actually happened.

I did finish all three UFO’s, check! Sewing from my stash was a miserable fail. I was only kidding myself with that one. I think I lasted about ten days before I purchased fabric!  I believe I made huge improvements on my piecing – partially through slowing down, which made the process much more enjoyable. But even more than that, through joining up with Mari’s BOM, Classic Stitches. She chose blocks that had lots of pieces which forced me to really practice a lot. I used a lot of chain piecing with her tutorials and overall, my corners and points are improved. Thank you Mari!! I worked on photography by using a light box at times (mostly for product photos for my Etsy shop), taking a class with a friend who is a photographer and buying a 50mm lens which I absolutely love. The last goal, quilt restoration? Nope, never happened. Not once did I work on this, read about it or even look at the two quilts I want to restore.

The year seemed to fly by.  Here we are again with a fresh new year just ahead. I have a few simple goals, several of which build on last year’s goals.

  1.  UFOs – I have three quilts that are nearly done.  My Kaffe Fassett strip quilt top is finished. I need to sandwich, quilt and bind it.  The baby quilt that I made from the thrifted blocks needs the same; sandwich, quilt and bind it and then send it off to Project Linus. Finally, my Classic Stitches row quilt. The quilt top is not yet done but I have it nearly sashed. Then it needs to be finished as well.  So these three projects are at the top of the list.
  2. Improving my quilting skills. This will be done via a great group that I just subscribed to. It is called The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. So named because the subscription is sold through Lucky Spool. This is a one year subscription where I will receive a new lesson and project, based on a certain skill, with support and inspiration from a different quilter each month. Some of the twelve awesome teachers are Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts), Allison Glass (fabric designer/pattern writer), Angela Walters (Quilting is My Therapy), and Jacqui Gehring (Tall Grass Prairie Studio). These teachers and the rest of the group are sure to provide some really great instruction and should help me to really advance in my quilting. The cost is very reasonable at $5.00 per lesson or $50 for the whole year.
  3. Write some tutorials. I have only written two and would like to practice this skill. It is also a way of giving back to this community. I have learned so much from other’s and want to contribute.
  4. I will carry over the quilt restoration goal and hope that I will take the time to learn about this so I can work on the two quilts of mine that need restoration.

These goals seem reasonable, thus attainable.  I am especially looking forward to the monthly lesson from the Quilting Club. I have a feeling this is going to be a great way to learn and have fun in this community of ours!  What are you looking forward to in the new year? Whether you are one to set goals or not, I wish you all the best in 2016.

8 thoughts on “Looking Forward to 2016!

  1. Linda

    Happy 2016 Bernie! Your New Year’s Eve sounds wonderful. I had to laugh at the “sew only from stash” resolution – mine failed miserably too. 😉 Looking forward to seeing how your lessons go!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Happy New Year Linda! You’re so right. That one was a big fail. I was talking some crazy talk there, wasn’t I? My stash isn’t too terribly large but I do have a list of quilts that I want to make to year and they are basically from stash, with the exceptions of backing and binding fabrics. Wishing you a great 2016!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Happy New Year Yvonne! I just read your 2015/16 goals and reflections. What a great post. You did a wonderful job adhering to the goals you set for 2015 and it showed in your work. Well done! As for your 2016 plan, I love number 3 and 4 on your “big picture” list. Both are essential in one’s personal life as well as professional (quilting) life. I know you will personally gain from incorporating those two philosophies in your life.

      Most of all, I want to thank you for the time you gave to helping others this year. I know that I benefitted hugely and learned a great deal from you this year. Especially with regard to the New Blogger Block Hop. That project was way out of my comfort zone and I tried to talk myself into bailing on it several times. So, thanks for the support you provided.


  2. Mari

    Happy new year Bernie! These sound like great goals. Can’t wait to see all your great projects this year! I’m sure it will be a wonderful and productive journey. All the best!

    1. Bernie Post author

      Diana – so I got my first ‘lesson’ today, for the month of January. It is an interesting technique where you make your own bias tape with various fabrics and you then glue the bias tape in whatever shapes and patterns you want to your project. It is then quilted to the project. Really interesting concept and she shows all the steps. I am curious to see what people do with this and what I end up doing. When I first read thru the packet, I thought the idea was sort of silly, or ‘unnecessary’, but then I kind of told myself to open up to something new. I am looking forward to creating some interesting shapes with this technique. If nothing else, I will be learning to make bias tape, which I have never done. So it’s a win.

      I hope you join up. It would be fun to see your projects along the way. There are so many amazingly creative quilters teaching so I have high expectations for this series.



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