Stitchy Goal Setting for 2016 January 06 2016 1 Comment

Gracie's Quilt Top

As we kick off the new year, I wanted to put my stitching related goals for 2016 down on the proverbial paper.  This seemingly simple exercise forces me to think about what is important to me and to map out the big things that will make a difference before I launch into my daily chaos.  

As I sat down to write my goals for 2016, I first reflected on my accomplishments as well as bumps in the road over the course of 2015.  I am amazed at all of the things that I was able to accomplish and to learn from launching an online business.  I also feel blessed thinking about all of the people I have met along the way.  

Moving into 2016, my word for the year is CREATE.  I want to continue the momentum that I built this past year, but I also want to allow myself more time to create and not get bogged down in administrative tasks.  

So, here are my 'Stitchy' goals (in no particular order) for 2016 to help me keep making things and inspiring others along the way.

  • Host a quilt along or stitch along or both.  I have some ideas but would also love hearing from you!
  • Create and launch at least one new Block of the Month.
  • Create at least six project tutorials and six product tutorials.
  • Bring in another national teacher.
  • Teach not only at guild meetings but also create workshops for beginners (English paper piecing, hand embroidery and Sashiko) for local Moms and their daughters as well as for the South Florida Girl Scouts.
  • Discover more Indie designers, especially from outside the United States.
  • And some personal quilting and stitching goals:  
    • Quilt my daughter's quilt top.
    • Learn and master at least ten new embroidery stitches.
    • Explore Kantha embroidery.
    • Start and make consistent progress on a hand pieced quilt top.
    • Make my sister's wedding quilt (as a point of reference, her wedding was in November 2015!)
    • Make a memory quilt for a dear friend who lost his son in late 2014 to Barth Syndrome.  You can learn more about this rare but serious genetic disorder at the Barth Syndrome Foundation.
    • Piece my very own quilt top that my grandma will hand quilt!  My grandma is hand quilting a quilt for each of the grandkids.  She is not crazy about piecing quilt tops so she purchased one for everyone but me.

Jen's 2016 Goals

And, an important note to self:  I can make the loftiest of goals, but I also need to be grounded and remember that life with two young kids can be hectic.  I will need to be flexible and open to change.  As Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

What is your word for the year?  Do you have any goals for what quilting or stitching related projects you want to get done in 2016?