Well, Christmas is over, and the new year is just around the corner. Over the next few days, I plan to get my studio back in order after the holiday rush. I have also cobbled together a few goals for the new year.

Resolutions, or Goals?

By this time, people are starting to make resolutions for the new year. But a few years ago, I realized that I don’t really care for resolutions. When they fall apart, I tend to get discouraged and then I give up, or lose sight of why I set the resolutions in the first place. That’s why I now set goals. These are the things that I want to accomplish in the months coming up. Sometimes the goals are long-term (two or more years to accomplish). Sometimes they are mid-term (up to two years). And then there are the monthly goals.

Long term goal

  • Buy a long arm quilting machine set up

Mid-term goals

  • Learn how to use EQ7 like a pro
  • Master Embrilliance Essentials
  • Understand how to digitize my own embroidery patterns using Stitch Artist (currently I own 1, but I’m not opposed to eventually upgrading to 2 & 3)

2019 Monthly Goals

OK, here’s where goals get a little tricky …

Current Projects

  • Keep up with the $5 quilt blocks. I want to finish the blocks as soon as I pick them up, so they are ready to go on the designated day. It’s not nearly as much fun to wait until the last minute to make the block. In fact, it can be quite stressful. One wrong cut, or an accidental rip in the fabric would ruin the block. It is  disheartening to wait until the last minute to make the block, then ruin it.
  • Sew for at least 15 minutes four days a week day. I’d love to sew every day. Realistically, I know that’s probably not possible.  Instead, I’m aiming for 15 minutes a day, four days a week. I love to sew; I find it incredibly relaxing. During the Christmas rush, I would come home and sew a little after work sometimes. Fatigue seemed to be held at bay when I was in my studio working. It didn’t completely stop me from being tired, but it did help.

Unfinished Projects

  • No new projects until I have found and identified all UFOs. I have some I know are missing. They need to be found, and a special place needs to be established in the studio for them to await their finishing touches. Not only do I want to find them all, I want to finish them. So, I need to come up with a cohesive plan to finish UFOs. Maybe I can finish them and use them as Christmas gifts next year.

Sewing Education

  • Take a sewing class in person. I watch classes on Bluprint like a fiend, but I haven’t ever taken one in person. I am going to take either a quilting or garment sewing class this year.


  • Consider selling Brother Persona PRS100 (may help in quest to buy a long arm).
  • USE the equipment and supplies I have, not just stare at them thinking how cool it would be to make this or that, but not actually make this or that.

It’s somewhat ambitious, I know, but I’ve decided that the only way to improve is to get off my ass and get moving.

What are your sewing/quilting goals for 2019?

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