It's that time of year to assess how 2018 went on the quilty front and what quilty aspirations should there be for 2019. Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl is hosting her annual Planning Party to encourage some goal setting for the upcoming year.
For 2019 I've decide not so much on a set of goals as on a set of strategies to help me manage my sewing time.
1. Use a quilt plan. My sewing time can be pretty limited so it's helpful if I've made decisions about what projects are my focus for the year. Last year I played along with the American Patchwork and Quilting's UFO Challenge. I'm going to do that again this year, but rather than follow the numbers drawn each month, I have a prioritized list. I'm starting with number one and working on each project till it hits completion. That strategy worked well for me in 2017 when I finished 7 quilts. We'll see if that pans out for 2019. This year's complete quilt plan is posted here, but here's the condensed version.
2. Work in 15 minutes of stitching time each day. My definition of stitching time is anything that moves a project towards completion. So that means working in EQ on layout options, designing labels, and selecting fabrics. The weekly stitching report and linky party that goes live each Sunday will continue in 2019.
3. Sew from the stash. I'm not setting expectations for fabric usage or for fabric purchases for 2019. There are three mystery quilt programs scheduled by the local quilt shop. Those are great projects to use up existing stash, plus Bonnie Hunter's 2019 mystery and hopefully a new mystery from Meadow Mist Designs will round out new projects that use stash fabrics. I've decided on Bonnie Hunter's Wild and Goosey blocks as this year's Rainbow Scrap Challenge Project. I have lots of scraps that need to find their way into blocks.
So that's my approach to 2019. Defined goals with metrics have not been working for me, I'm hoping the strategic approach will give me a good basis to make progress with. Good luck with your ambitions for 2019.