The few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas were an all-out scramble for me to finish a whole bundle of handmade gifts. It seemed for every gift I finished, I added two more to my to do list. A fully self-imposed scramble, but stressful nonetheless. I finished almost everything on my list, but a few fell through the cracks and I was exhausted by the end. And my sewing room was a complete and total disaster area.
To recover from my sewing exhaustion and prevent burnout, I'm starting out the year with no-sew January. Sewing is my favorite hobby, and all of my others have fallen to the wayside. Joey's baby book and my 2013 project life are both about three months behind, my room needs a major clean-up, and I have a handful of other small non-sewing projects I'd like to take on. So I'm giving myself a bit of space to get cleaned up and caught up before I start tearing things apart again.
Once February rolls around, though, I've got plans. And an extra set of 2014 resolutions, just for sewing!
Don’t buy patterned fabric. I have tons and tons of patterned fabric. More than enough. I don't need to buy anymore. A big goal for this year is to use up stuff I've already bought—to make room for more, of course! (Honestly, I'm going to break this resolution. Let's just be real. But at least I'm going to feel guilty about buying fabric, and that'll keep it to a minimum.)
Use up pre-cuts. I have a drawer full of charm packs and jelly rolls that I need to start using up. I have a handful of quilt patterns that would be great for charm packs and jelly rolls. I'm going to put those two things together and make something happen.
Make a quilt just for me. I have made lots and lots of quilts in the last few years. None of them were made just for me to cuddle under on the couch. This is the year I fix that.
Finish all current works-in-progress. I've started the new year with five quilts in various stages of progress. I will not end the year with those same five still in progress.
Post more about in-progress projects. For some reason I tend to only post the finished projects, but on other blogs I really enjoy seeing projects as they progress.