Planning, Practicing, and Pressing Matters

If you are like most quilters, you may start each year with quilty resolutions. These plans help create a sense of excitement about mastering techniques (such as finally tackling curved piecing), making a commitment to finish the quilts we start, and even creating quilts for shows. When January’s resolutions are set, they probably seem quite achievable: the very act of naming and sharing goals publicly makes each person accountable for reaching them. But it’s now March and the reality has settled in. Are you still on track to reach those goals?

Make Those Goals!

Most of us who work at the Quilting Company are also avid quilters. How are our editors at making – and keeping – their resolutions? We started Episode 3 of The Quilting Company Podcast with a conversation about how our hosts approach making – and keeping – New Year’s resolutions, and the answers may surprise you.

Carrie Sisk, Social Media Manager and Newbie Quilter

Carrie Sisk, Social Media Manager and Newbie Quilter

Carrie Sisk doesn’t make resolutions – she’s so busy with a young family, she finds it hard to keep up with them. Why add the stress of making a resolution that is hard to keep?

Lori Baker, Editor, Love of Quilting Magazine and Quilting Expert

Lori Baker, Editor, Love of Quilting Magazine and Quilting Expert

Lori Baker has resolved to complete 10-12 of her “PIGS” before the end of the year. What’s a PIG, you ask? It is Lori’s way of organizing her work-in-progress: Projects In Grocery Sacks?

Tracy Mooney, Editor of Quiltmaker and McCalls Quilting Magazines

Tracy Mooney, Editor of Quiltmaker and McCall’s Quilting Magazines

No resolution, just a “word for the year” for Tracy Moony who chose the word Prolific. She admires the work of ‘prolific’ quilters and decided she could be prolific, too, finishing some of her UFOs!

Now that more than three months have passed, however, the whole team has found their enthusiasm has waned. It is time for a Resolution – Refresh. Lucky for all of us, this is the main topic on Episode 3 of The Quilting Company Podcast!

We invited Stephanie Palmer to join the conversation.

She’s the brilliant mind behind “The Quilter’s Planner” and shares some of the thought process that went into creating this organizational tool made specifically for quilters. We also spoke with Vivika Hansen DeNegre, Editor of QuiltCon magazine. She filled us in on the 100 Day Project Special Exhibits at this year’s QuiltCon that heavily emphasized making – and keeping – artistic goals.

Useful Tips for a Resolution Refresh from the show

Here are some tips for keeping your enthusiasm for goal setting:

  • Clean your space: Organization of your sewing space helps you stay motivated.
Daisy Aschehoug stitched her Bojagi curved piecing project on the go. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Daisy Aschehoug stitched her Bojagi curved piecing project on the go. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  • Bring your projects with you: Take-along projects like EPP and hand stitched curved piecing can be completed on the go.
  • Track your progress: Use photos and your calendar to track your progress.
  • Use shortcuts: We love glue!
  • Keep a record: Lori Baker records all of her starts and finishes on a spreadsheet.
  • Use your calendar to schedule creative time.

Goals and Glam

Making and keeping goals is easier when you have lots of inspiration at your fingertips. Pick up your copy of the May/June 2019 issue of Quiltmaker magazine today for patterns and projects galore!

Want to know more about the Quilting Company Podcast?

You can listen to this episode here at The Quilting Company or subscribe to the Quilting Company Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts so you’ll never miss an episode. Why not gather your friends to listen together? It will be like you’re all in the room with Lori, Carrie, and Tracy as their guests, stitching away at the quilt frame!

Stay tuned and don’t forget to head over to The Quilting Company Podcast page to listen to the next episode, Finding Your Creative Mojo live as of 3/27/19.

And a big “Thank You” to our sponsor, Husquvarna Viking!

The Quilting Company Editorial Team

Header image: 100 Day Project Special Exhibit details from Daisy Aschehoug, Michelle Wilkie, and Kristen Axtman.


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