Goals are great to have as long as we can be realistic! Easier said than done as we Quilters love to think that we can just jump right in and finish something within a week or so – heck – maybe with a few days! I have begun to realize that I do not allow for my ‘black cat’ and ‘unforeseen’ requirements’ happenings. I began more applique projects than pieced projects in 2016 and I really need to make a concerted effort to “get with the program” and become serious about finishing them within 2017. I am also very behind on quilting my quilt tops and am going to push myself to catch up.
I started full speed ahead in 2014 by beginning my collection of Reproduction fabrics and switching to only Quiltmania and Australian quilt patterns, but life has a way of taking twists and turns that we never would expect. My step-son Darryl was diagnosed with Cancer in April 2014 and passed in June 2015. It takes time to recoup from an ordeal like this. He is missed by me and especially his Father. He had the quickest wit and would make us laugh when we spent time with him. He touched many lives during his short lifetime. In 2016 I tried to play my usual “Scarlett O’Hara” (as my Mother always called me) and jump right back into life and worry about the grieving tomorrow. This is not how life works in the real world and for the first time it did not work for me. It takes time to heal, just as it takes time to make an Heirloom quilt, or more advanced more technically challenging quilts.
Yesterday I tried to develop a post depicting each project that needed to be quilted, appliqued, embroidered, and those that were begging for my time. I read a Quilty Folk post about Kyle and how she is handling her 2017 list. I quickly realized that I did not need to re-post things from the past and developed my list for 2017. This is a new year and I will do that as I complete or make progress with my projects. So here we go:
I will keep my list close at hand to become more focused and productive in 2017. Clay and I have so much to be thankful for and this is a time of REAL hope for the USA, no matter what Meryl Streep says! I have lost all respect for Entertainers. They need to experience the real world like 99% of the people in this country do and realize that without our supporting their movies they would be dead broke! (oops a little political statement – LOL)
Clay and I will also take a few trips during the year to “get away from it all” staying in hotels rather than having to load and unload the 5th wheel. The trips will be so much more enjoyable in our 2nd stage of retirement. The 2nd stage is the time when one realizes that they no longer want to do all the hard work that we have done all their lives – it is time to enjoy the easy life before we leave this earth.
My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for January is to complete my quilting projects and work on my hand work in the evening. Time will tell if the ‘black cat’ or ‘unforeseen requirements’ will get me again or if our year is quiet and boring in order for me to complete projects started the last 3 years.
What is tempting are all the quilt a longs and new patterns that others discuss on their Blog posts, or friends tell you about! So wish me luck and I will try to continue posting my progress and doing some ‘link ups’ which always help us when we post our quilts in progress or completed.
Looks like we are going back to Spring the next 4 days – then back to some cold weather. Talk about a roller coaster this winter. As bad as I do not want to bring on the 100 degree weather, at least Spring and Summer are more consistant. The changes tend to mess with our bones and bodies for those over 70! DARN!
Have a wonderful week and hopefully ‘unforeseen requirements’ will not hinder your progress in quilting.