Sunday, January 3, 2010

Looking Forward to 2010

I was trying to think of a cute phrase for a title: something like “From Aching Back to Looking Forward”.  Back…Forward…never mind.

I have never been one for making -or keeping- New Year’s Resolutions but sitting here in pain the last week or so has  made me a little more introspective.

One thing that I have realized is just how lucky I am.  Everyone has been taking care of me and those that are not near have been checking in with me on the phone (Thank you Adrienne and Mimi!)

I also have to admit that I have an abundance of things in my life. This became more apparent while cleaning and re-doing our guest room.  I have too much stuff.  Lots was recycled to the thrift shop; some was guiltily thrown away; and still more is looking for a home in my sewing room.  The saddest part is that I spend more time looking for things than actually sewing. 

So I have decided that this year I plan on using more of what I have and not going to the fabric/quilt store when bored. I really want to say “I am going on a fabric diet this year and will not be buying any fabric.”  The diet will also include no snacking on patterns and unnecessary notions.  I will allow myself to buy thread, needles and batting as necessary.  I will be piecing lots of backings this year!

Can I do it?  I don’t know.  Every year I give up fabric for Lent but I have never tried for a whole year. This is my plan for each month:

1) Quilt 1 top.  Now that I have my Juki and frame, this will be do-able.  Easy ones first, more difficult as my quilting improves.

2)Work on a project that I have already started.  This includes hand and machine work.  I am thinking that I will work at least one full week on my machine pieces (old blocks of the month, borderless quilts,etc) and one project for sitting in front of the tv (embroidery, applique,etc)

3) Work on something I want to do.  If I want to start a new project, I will, without feeling guilty.    

Each month I am going to post my goals on my side bar and I will not what I have –and have not- completed.

Are you planning on reducing your stash this year?  Please let me know how you are doing.  Let’s cheer each other on!

P.S.  Although I will be trying very hard to be more responsible in my buying habits,  all gifts will be graciously accepted!!