Quilting is my hobby, together with embroidery and lace making; teaching Business English is my profession. The latter is full of lists: the student's starting level, envisaged final level, topics for the course, skills for each session, and on and on! These are lists I have to make, and am accountable for.
My hobby, however, can be characterised as CHAOS! I'm a list-maker, but more importantly a list-loser!
My ongoing projects from 2015.
|projects listed on the left; pencil ticks to indicate worked-on status|
Here is what I hope to achieve/improve in 2016:
1. Organise my sewing space, although organising my quilting habit into less than 2 square metres of guest bedroom is tricky. More storage boxes would help, but finding somewhere to store them is the next issue. As it is the beds function as a dumping ground; expected guests causing a speedy and makeshift tidy up, followed by a week of searching for
2. Finish the UFO'S, or throw/give them away. They are taking up both space and storage boxes that I need for current projects.
3. Regularly practise FMQ.
4. Improvise in patchwork. I have enough skills to go out on a limb, on my own, without a workshop, a course or a book. The thought scares the heck out of me, but the other side of me knows that without trying, without the possibility of failure, nothing would ever be achieved, ever.
|RSC QAL (top now finished): definitely not improvised, but a skill builder nonetheless: all those flying geese.|
5. Fewer QAL's. I decided this year that participating in a QAL, or club is mostly a form of procrastination: although in itself productive, it's always avoiding the main issue (being creative) and yet I can't resist. I like sewing with other people, either face to face or on-line. The idea of doing the same thing as 40 or so others world-wide is both appealing and comforting. The two pictured here are exceptions: I learnt from these projects. Some of the others on my list were over before I got started, then the incentive was gone, others turned out to be "not really my thing".
|Drunkard's Path QAL: Definitely a skill builder: no fear of DP blocks now!|
6. Blog regularly and reply pronto to blog comments. The last couple of months I've been very slow. I need to consider how to organise my time better in general, and in this respect especially. I owe it to my readers to not just let conversations peter out.
7. DO all of the above!
I'm linking up with:
so go and check on other quilters' goals for 2016.