Thursday, January 7, 2016

WHOOMP There IT Is! #13 - Goals 2016

Happy New Year Y'all!  I know I speak for everyone when I say, how time flies! Last year came and went in a flash!

I'm working at getting motivated to finish projects already started and start some new ones. So what better time than the present to share my quilty goals for 2016!   I started it several months ago but stopped because it quickly grew out of control.    I knew I'd have to trim it down or else get myself overwhelmed w/anxiety and end up locked away in a looney bin somewhere. ;)

So here's a very modest list of what I'd like to accomplish this year.

I've already got 3 commissions lined up for the 1st few months. One queen size rag quilt and two baby quilts.  I don't think custom orders are the way I want to go. Something about having deadlines really puts pressure on a girl. With this being said, I may accept an occasional order, but it won't be a big selling point in my Etsy shop going forward.

I aim to finish my Through Thick and Thin scrappy-batik log cabin that I started last January.  It's made w/2 different size logs; 1.25" and 2.5" and is destined to be a personal quilt for my king size bed.

I was reminded of another quilt I want to make when I saw Katy's Handsome Shirt Tails quilt.
Katy's Shirt Tails
Last year my good friend Greta of Material Detachment sent me 256 lozenges in shades of red (my favorite color), orange and purple, to make my very own Arkansas Traveler quilt.  She'd recently finished a stunning one made of blues and browns that she dubbed, Niigata Traveler.
my lozenges =)

Greta's Niigata (Arkansas Traveler)
I guess this post is mostly about quilts I want to make for myself because another one is a Spiderweb quilt. I fell in love w/Pop Stars by Julie of Pink Doxies. I can actually kill two birds w/one stone w/this quilt because a Halloween quilt is also on my list this year, thanks to Val of Val's Quilting Studio and LeeAnna of Not Afraid of Color!   Both gals decorate their homes w/quilts for each season/holiday. What a splendid idea! What better quilt to make for Halloween than a Spiderweb one?!
Julie's Pop Stars

Val's Halloween Inspiration
LeeAnna's Forever Partners

Of course, the list of quilts I want to make goes on to infinity and beyond...but I've one more on my list for 2016.  Sparkle Punch by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson. It's been on my list for quite some time and will be a 2-bird killer as well. It shall be my Christmas quilt. =)
This seems like an attainable goals list for now.  I'm certain it'll be peppered w/a few several other projects. I've a couple small paper pieced numbers in mind as well as a few small gift/charity quilts.

Thank you ALL for the wonderful quilty inspiration!  I look forward to reading about your goals or whatever  you'd like to share this week at WHOOMP There IT Is!  Thanks for stopping by and linking up.
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  1. I don't know about you but I always start out the year with good sewing intentions but somewhere along the way I get sidetracked. Good luck in the year ahead!

  2. Looking forward to seeing these throughout the year! I want to make a Sparkle Punch one day also.

  3. Well, I started on 2 new goals this year and only hope I can see them through. lol Thanks for the link up.

  4. You've got beautiful quilts lined up! Zenia may you meet all your goals this year and then some!

  5. That's a great list. I always start out with a list and then add lots more projects along the way LOL

  6. Unlike mine, your list of 2016 goals seems quite obtainable! I've wanted to do a Halloween quilt for sometime as may inspire me to add to my list!

  7. These are quite attainable goals Zenia.
    I love all of your choices. I adore the batik log cabin, just lovely.
    I guess i should sit down and make a list. If i do not have a list, i am just ADHD all over the place
    You have chosen some good ones. I keep collecting patterns. I must have 200 by now. I really need to chip away... Or atleast get started :-P
    Happy New Year
    Today is my momma's birthday. She is 93 now. We had cake, a really happy day too.
    I do love Oswald Chambers so very much.
    And, you too❤️

    1. Oh! And the quilt with the huge spider. I am sure it is nice but spiders .... they are so nasty. I do love that Jack Russell terrier, so I guess it balences it out

  8. Happy New Year! Making attainable goals is something I always think I do well and then, over time, I realize I went too big or didn't plan well enough. But I keep planning and working on it! This I'm planning to work on my appliqué and stepping outside my quilting comfort zone!

  9. Your work is so good! I so hear you on the custom orders I think we even talked about that before! It is too much pressure! Hope you have a great New Year and much success!

  10. that is a fun list of goals!! What in the world do non quilters put on their lists? I can't imagine it's as fun as ours! Love, LeeAnna

  11. I have a few goals of my own and one is to see YOU IN PERSON!!! :-) Hopefully we will be home and ready to start our new phase no later than July!! :-) Then there are the MANY projects (crochet) bouncing around in my head!! Can't wait to see you!

  12. I am impressed with your goal making strategy. A few have to's, some want to's, and some serious thinking about your longterm focus out here in QBL. Of course, I would tell you to start the Pop Stars quilt first because it's one of my very favorite quilts of all time, but that's me. Thank you for the feature.

    Figuring out what we want, and what's good for us, too, is not really difficult if we listen to our inner voice. I hear you saying it. Deadlines stress you, but having to cover costs or add to our income is a serious consideration. Just space those out so you have some comfort sewing for yourself to rejuvenate, and show yourself the love, too. I always look forward to popping in, and hearing your story, Zenia Rene.


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