With the end of the year approaching, I looked back at my goals for 2012. I had 4 goals:
- Goal 1–Focus more on my goals rather than guild challenges and other random projects that aren’t on my list.
- Goal 2–Make a donation quilt at least once a month.
- Goal 3–Empty some of my UFO boxes including quilting unfinished tops.
- Goal 4–Play more. For me, this means to spend more time on art quilts.
After revisiting, I pulled out one more UFO box and whipped together the quilt above. I call it The Big Top because the colors remind me of a circus! I hand pieced these blocks about 2 or 3 years ago. The quilt will be a donation quilt so I’ve met 2 of my goals with one quilt!
How did I do the rest of the year? I resisted some distractions but did do some impulse projects that didn’t meet goals. I did meet the goal of making 12 donation quilts. I made 8 quilts for Piece Mill Quilters. I made or quilted 3 quilts for Bits ‘N’ Pieces and I made a quilt for Quilts of Valor. I crossed 9 UFO projects off my list. (However, I created some new UFO’s!) The only goal I’m not really satisfied with was #4 which was to spend more time on art quilts. I did take some classes in Houston that contributed to this goal but I still need to work on this one more. I get distracted by the quick, fun not challenging kid’s quilts and quilts from other people’s patterns instead of creating my own designs.
For 2013 I’m keeping the same goals but I’m adding one additional goal. I’ve never entered a quilt in any quilt show beyond my own guilds. However, this year I’m going to enter some national shows. I’m starting by entering two quilts in the AQS show in Paducah. We’ll be taking the photos this week and I’m going to meet that January 2 deadline!