This past year has been productive on a couple of fronts and less so on others. The biggest accomplishment was finishing seven quilts this year, that ties my all time best. Plus there was some progress on each of the twelve quilts on my 2017 quilt plan. Finding time to sew each day was another area of success. But, managing the stash didn't go so hot this year. Considering the success and failures for 2017, should I be doing something different for 2018?
It's obvious from this last year that getting to the sewing room and setting priorities on what happens when I get there makes a huge difference in what gets done. So do the 2018 ambitions focus on what worked this year or do I set a higher priority on the areas that didn't go so hot?
Here's what I finally decided should be the focus for 2018.
1. Shorten the UFO list. I've been holding at 17 UFOs for the last three years.
It's not the same quilts on the list, a few come off, but others go on. I'd like to have no more than 10 quilts on the UFO list by the end of 2018.
2. Participate in select quilt along/mysteries. As much as I want to reduce the UFO list, not starting new projects just takes the joy out of the sewing room. But I'll limit my participation to just three with the intent that all of them will pull from existing stash (see ambition 4).
3. Find 15 minutes to stitch each day. I did really well at this in 2017 and it showed in the project progress. It will be a challenge to do as well with this in 2018. One change I'm going to try for 2018 is to spend the first 15 minutes (maybe the only 15 minutes) on that month's priority project. Hopefully that will help meet ambition number 1.
4. Stash Management/Organization. This is my number one challenge each year. I like fabric, but I'm really out of storage space, so the incoming needs to slow down for a bit.
- Limit purchases to no more than 5 yards a quarter
- Spend 30 minutes each week organizing the sewing room and the stash
- Any new projects have to use stash fabrics only
- Pick blocks for this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge that use scraps that are already cut to size.
5. Blog at least once a week. My blog activity took a big nose dive after I switched positions back in June. It doesn't look like things will be any better in 2018, so I'm going to scale back my blogging ambitions until I can figure out how to get in both my sewing and personal computer time when I've often got "homework" in the evening and on weekends.
Not the most original set of ambitions, but I really want to get that UFO list whitted down. Well that and I want to use up some stash. If I can make both of those things happen in 2018, I'll count it an excellent year.
You can check out all the other 2018 quilty ambitions posted over at Quilting Jetgirl.