Last year, I had two sets of resolutions, one more general, and one specifically about sewing. I'm not sure exactly why I did that, except that it made sense to me to set specific goals related to sewing.
I love to write lists of resolutions and goals. Even when I don't totally succeed at meeting my goal, I always get further than I would have had I not written them down. Like last year, where I only read 13 books instead of 24. If I hadn't made it a goal to read 24, I probably would have only read 5 or 6.
But this year it felt hard to think of concrete goals, because I have no idea what this year will be like. I'll have two little ones at home and I just honestly can't imagine what my days are going to look like in a month. Or six months. Or a year. Then I remembered last time I had a baby, when my only resolution was patience. And I decided to steal a page from my own book.
Have patience and be kind. Have patience with my toddler, with my husband, with myself, with my newborn's unpredictable sleep schedule. Be kind when things don't go as planned, when sleep is short and tempers are high, when little hands make mistakes and things get broken. Easy to say, hard to do.
The sewing resolutions were a lot easier to plan. And honestly, they might be too ambitious. Because I have dreams of two-hour synchronized naptimes, but I'm not crazy enough to think I should count on that.
Last year, I realized I'd never made a quilt just for me. And now I have 3 throw quilts, made because I felt like it and I liked the colors and I liked the patterns. (None of which have been shared here. I should change that!) Similarly, about a month ago, I noticed I hadn't made any bed-sized quilts for our house. So obviously, that's my number one quilting goal for the year. We have a king-sized bed and a full-sized guest bed, and my plan is to do 2 king quilts and 1 queen (for the guest bed). Two king-sized quilts sounds like A LOT OF QUILT. It sounds huge to me. But I hate the duvet on our bed and I would love to be able to replace it with something I made.
I have the same fabric shopping goal as always: do less of it. This time with an Instagram hashtag to go along with it!
Curved piecing is something that sounds a little scary but I have a feeling once I try it I'll wonder why I was afraid of it for so long. I'm planning to make this pattern, but I haven't decided which size yet. It would be awesome to do a king but I might wimp out and do a throw. Either way, I'm looking forward to learning a new skill.
And finally, five pieces of clothing for myself. Last year's goal was ten, but I'm setting lower expectations for myself this year. I already have fabric and patterns to make way more than 5 things, so the only thing I need is time! The first thing I make will be the Linden sweatshirt.
So those are my plans for 2015. Have patience, be kind, have a little fun sewing. Oh, and have fun!