I love seeing the mosaics popping up on blogs, summing up the creations for the year. Not only does it show at a glance the many accomplishments, it's also a great way to get an overall impression of a quilter's style. Here are my quilts for the year as well as a few other favorite projects:
2013 was the year to reassess what I'm doing on this little blog. About halfway through the year, I had a very strong feeling--inspiration if you will, that I needed to slow down. I knew I could no longer try to do it all. I was going crazy, and all my relationships were suffering. I terminated my advertising agreements with online shops, stopped writing patterns (for now), stopped saying yes to every blogging opportunity, and stopped putting so much pressure on myself. I needed to minimize those I was responsible to. If this were actually a full-time job for me, I'd obviously feel different. But it's a hobby, and other things need to take priority in my life.
I have learned how to be more selective about what I take on. I have only a few significant commitments for 2014 at this point, but I'm excited about each of them. I found when I said yes to everything, I dreaded them all because I was creating deadlines for myself and ruining my love for this hobby. I couldn't keep up, and it took away all the fun.
I'm trying very hard to keep the "should's" out of my brain: I should try to write a book. I should do a quilt-along. I should try harder to get published. I should write more patterns. I should write a tutorial for that last post....The list goes on. My focus lately has been on what I can and want to do rather than what I "should" do. It's been a nice change.
As is typical, I've been thinking a lot about goals for the coming year. The word that keeps coming to my head is "Simplify". I know it's such a buzzword right now. Simplifying is trendy with dozens of new books written on the subject, but simplifying sounds so calming to me right now. I plan to get rid of the extra things, ideas, projects, etc that seem to clutter my life and make things more difficult.
Just this morning I took an hour and finally shortened the curtains in my daughters' room. They have been driving me crazy for more than a year because they kept getting caught behind the bed. They needed to be shortened to window-length rather than floor-length. I finally fixed them and feel surprisingly better. I no longer have fix the curtains every time they got caught behind the bed. It just simplified things a tiny bit. It's funny how much relief comes from finally fixing the little things.
As for quilting, I plan to simplify as well. I'm craving simpler design and more negative space. We'll see what my brain cooks up this year. I have several projects sketched out, although nothing is on the design wall yet.
The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to reflect and plan. I love the feeling of a new year, full of possibilities.
I wish you all best of luck in your plans for the coming year! I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone creates!