I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I figure if January was the only time I turned over a new leaf, I’d be in trouble. I like to think about things in a new way all the time, which gives to a very big habit of blog strolling to see what other new things are out there. Or like my daughter said to me today, “Now that you’re still convalescing from your surgery, it’s time to do Pinterest!” I think that might be a hole I’d never climb out of as it would be way too alluring.
But January is my birthday month (as an adult, as a mother, you are allowed a whole month) so I would like to Make Some Plans. Not resolutions. For if these plans don’t come to fruition, my pride won’t be wounded. Like those stand-by passengers on airplanes today, any unfinished plans will just be carried forward to the next List of Plans.
Some Quilting Plans for 2012
1. Make some Cross-X Blocks. I want to do wordy fabrics in the backgrounds somewhere, in order to take advantage of my stash of wordy fabrics. (Photo from janejellyby.)
2. Basket Blocks. I collected, in my earlier days, an entire group of food fabrics. (That’s the first batch of selvages I cut off and sent to Cindy of Live a Colorful Life.) My goal has always been to make a quilt of basket blocks with these fabrics. (Photo from Gray Cat Quilts.)
3. Get back to work on my Lollypop Tree blocks. I started them last year, and should have followed the advice I saw on several blogs, which was to lay out all the fabrics for each block all at once. Then I could be sewing them all year long.
4. Get the borders on this harvest/autumn quilt before autumn comes again. I need need need to get that stack of fabrics tucked back up on the shelves and I won’t as long as the border isn’t on this one. Like most things quilty, I am over-thinking these borders, but I don’t feel like a plain 4″ all around would suit this quilt.
5. Play around with the QR code quilt idea. Don’t know if it will pan out into anything, but I just like thinking about it.
5. Spend the Fat Quarter Shop Gift Certificate my son and his wife gave me for Christmas. I have this in mind, although any colorway will do:
6. Leave time to quilt and listen to audio books in between work (grading & teaching), church service, spending time with friends and family. I read a piece by Pico Iyer today in the New York Times and he talked about the necessity for quiet space, free from distractions, away from the constant flow of noise and information. I think many of us struggle with the demands of the things I’ve listed above, plus trying to be a thoughtful and interesting blogger as well as a good member of the blogging community, in responding to our favorite blogs.
It sometimes can be too much, can’t it? When this happens, I try to get around to comment on those bloggers who I have a special connection to, whose ideas have really sparked me to be a better quilter. I also try to include a few new ones occasionally in order to keep my ideas fresh, and to sample what’s out there. I can’t comment on everyone’s blog, although at times I have left the quilting behind in order to attend to the rigors of commenting. Not a good trade-off, as the comments get more and more brief and tend to be “drive-by” blurbs that don’t really show my appreciation for what I’m reading, and for the creativity I do want to notice, and to allow me to create my own online community with those who interact with what I’m doing.
It’s a balance, and Iyer quotes Marshall McLuhan: “When things come at you very fast, naturally you lose touch with yourself.” Here’s hoping this new year allows us all to enjoy the fruits of our labors, allowing us to fully reconnect with who we are in the process of quilting.
Happy New Year!