Here we are, past the half-way point of the year already! This seems like a good time to check in with my goals for the year and see if I'm on target.
So, these are the goals I shared for 2016:
* Host a mystery quilt along. It's something I've been wanting to do for a
while, but I've hesitated because I worried my following was too small.
In emailing with Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs,
though, she pointed out that a small following might be a good thing
for a first quilt along. So, the quilt is designed and I'm ready to pick
out fabric and make my test version. I'm thinking maybe a late
winter/early spring start. Anybody interested???
Definitely on track for this one! The second-last set of instructions were posted two days ago and it'll all be wrapped up the first Wednesday in August.
*Submit designs to at least two new magazines. So far I've had designs in Make Modern and Fat Quarterly.
I have also sent one design to another magazine, which I haven't heard
back about yet, but that one can't count toward my 2016 goal, even if
the quilt becomes a 2016 project! I'd also like to continue working with
the ladies at Make Modern as I've found they're great to work with.
Hmmm...Not so much progress on this one. I have designs ready, but haven't submitted them yet. I even know where I want to send at least one of them, so I just need to buckle down and write the email.
As for the project I had already sent to another magazine...that one came back as a no. I do have another project in the works for Make Modern magazine though, and that will be published in their September issue. Plus, my design 'X Marks the Spot' was in the May issue.
*Release a new pattern or
tutorial every other month. I was going to aim for every month, but I'm
pretty sure that's setting myself up for failure, so I'll cut it in
half. I can always exceed my own expectations if I'm extra productive,
right? I will allow myself to count the mystery quilt as one of those
new patterns, when I release the final instructions. You can see my
current patterns in my Payhip and Etsy stores, and my tutorials are all on my Tutorials page.
I'm very pleased with my progress on this one! So far, I have released my Rainbow Ripple pattern (pattern in my Payhip and Etsy shops)...
a Travel Tic-Tac-Toe Game
Denim Heart Cushion Cover
Denim Log Cabin Placemats
Machine Bind a Quilt.
*Get back into a regular Bible
reading habit. Last school year I did really well getting up a little
earlier to have that time for prayer and Bible reading and I really
enjoyed it. This year, though, one of the boys I babysit is dropped off
almost an hour earlier than I had last year. I tried getting up early
enough, but it just doesn't work for me as I was exhausted all day. So,
I've been back to my old (bad) habit of sporadic reading, and that
doesn't work for me either.
This one still needs work, but I have figured out a system that (mostly) works. I have to ice my back every day for 10 minutes, so I've been using that time for Bible reading. I say it mostly works for two reasons. 1. I sometimes skip icing my back for a day (or more) and so that means I also skip reading and 2. it's only 10 minutes, which means I'm not reading a lot. It is better than none, though, and I haven't abandoned it when school ended, which I had done in previous years. So I'm calling this one a work-in-progress.
*Have fun exploring (some) new ideas. Quilting is what I do for fun, after all!
The whole Denim Days series I did in February falls into this category. In addition to the 3 tutorials I linked above, you can also read about doing EPP with denim. I've also been playing with my quilting, as seen in my Friendship Galaxy mini quilt, and a wholecloth mini mini quilt. I am definitely having fun!
All in all, I'd say I'm pretty well on track for my goals for the year. How about you? Did you set goals for the year (quilting or otherwise)? If so, how are you doing with them?