Hi Quilting Friends,
Welcome to the “My Stitching Resolution” blog hop, brought to us by our quilting friend Carla at “Creatin’ in the Sticks”! (Thanks Carla!!) We’re looking forward to reading about the stitching plans that everyone has for the New Year. You’ll find the list of participating bloggers at the end of this post. Visit them! See what they are planning for 2021!
“Hey, 2020! Don’t let the door hit you on your way out!” What an “interesting” year it has been! (I have learned that saying something is “interesting” instead of saying what I really think can help me stay out of trouble.) This year we’ve lived with a pandemic, natural disasters, civil unrest, and plenty of political shenanigans from every side, along with all of the “usual stuff” associated with life. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to send 2020 on its way and move on.
Mind you, it hasn’t been all bad around here. Our family has been fortunate in that we are all in good health and everyone who needs to work is still working. I’ve re-connected with several friends via more frequent phone calls and a few socially distanced meet-ups, so that has been a blessing as well. The “stay home” orders in the spring were a gift of time to work on my quilting projects. One can find some sunshine in most situations if you take the time to look for it, and that sunny outlook helps manage the “interesting” aspects of life.
So here are my stitching resolutions for 2021! I have five goals for 2021, and four of them are about stitching.
Sharon’s 2021 Goals
Goal #1 – Play With My “Toys”
So many choices, with limited time. I have rulers, patterns, and a few special packs of foundation papers to choose from. I am still deciding about which of the “toys” I will play with this year, but I promise that I’ll play with at least one or two of them.
Goal #2 – Finish One Enormous UFO Quilt
I have four or five large UFO quilts lurking in my studio, and I’m going to choose one to finish this year. All of them need to be quilted and have the binding added. When I decide upon the lucky “winner”, I’ll post a picture.
Goal #3- Get the Scrap Situation Under Control!
I have an abundance of fabric scraps in every imaginable hue. I sorted some of my scraps this fall, and made fun scrappy storage baskets in several colors. My “sewing mojo” has been gone since school started, so it was nice to discover an enjoyable project that I could finish in an afternoon. Yes, I may be addicted to scrappy box-making.
I’m going to continue sorting scraps and finish making the remainder of my “rainbow of scrappy storage boxes” this year. And, perhaps, I’ll end up making a scrappy quilt or two as I get inspired by my “finds” in the scrap bins!
Goal #4 – Participate in the Online Quilting Community
There are so many great opportunities to connect with other quilters online! We’ll keep participating in blog hops with our quilting friends, because we both enjoy them. I’m going to continue with Elm Street Quilts’ “One Monthly Goal”, since I like setting & meeting a small goal each month. I’ll join Quilting Gail to work on my PHD in 2021, because I enjoyed participating this year.
Goal #5 – “Make the Garden Great Again”
I know. We’ve been here before, twice, and I didn’t get it done. (Heck, I hardly got it started last year!) There were explanations. There were excuses. Maybe the goal was too far-reaching, but I’m not one to just give up on my dreams. So here we go, again.
This year I’m going to choose only two areas of the backyard garden and make the changes that I’ve wanted to make. This should be an achieveable goal for 2021. Here are the “Before” photos of the two garden beds that I intend to improve this year:
The area on the left is at the back fence of our yard. I want to add some color via small flowering shrubs and a few annuals, and trim the crepe myrtle tree into a nicer form. I might extend this bed to the corner of the yard. Or not.
The area on the right is next to the garage, and it features a pretty stone patio that I built about 20 years ago. It needs to be cleaned up and then I can create a water feature (fountain), and add some colorful flowering plants to enjoy.
Wish me luck! What goals do you have for 2021?
Wednesday, December 30th
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Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Susie’s WorldShe’s Stitchin Again
Creatin’ in the Sticks
I’m linking up with Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl for her 2021 planning party!