Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Planning Party

2017 Already!?!  You have to be kidding me.  Ok, I just needed a minute to remember that time continues no matter how much you want to slow it down.

Many people use the flipping of the calendar to take a look at what they want to accomplish in the foreseeable future.  They reflect upon what has happened in the past months and I believe, most have a few things they want to change.  I am no exception to this,

Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is having a 2017 Planning Party!  What a great time to focus some of my goals for the new year.




So, I sat down this morning and made a starter list off the top of my head.  I kept my list focused on quilting and blogging so it wouldn't get TOO out of control.  It sure looks like I am going to have a busy year.  I am sure there will be many more things added to this list as the year progresses.



I have separated the list between quilts that I plan on making or finishing and things that I want to practice or learn.

I think the learning and growing part of quilting is just as important as finishing quilts.  I don't have too much here right now, but I am hoping to add to this list as projects present themselves to me.


  • Practice my Free Motion quilting.  I started this in 2016, but haven't done too much just for practice.  I want to grow my skill in this area so that I am more confident at trying new things and enjoy the process more.
  • Learn curved piecing.  I am a bit embarrassed too say that I have yet to do any curved piecing.  It is something that I certainly want to try and add to my list of available design options.
  • Write and publish more patterns.  Not too long ago, I finally finished my first pattern.  "Knots" of Color and added it to my Craftsy shop.  I have so many more things in my sketch book that I want to get out there.
  • And something that I thought of just now, participating in more group events.  In 2016 I joined a few blog hops and a sew-along.  They were SO much fun.  I want to be confident enough in my quilting to join many more events like these.
I have quite a few quilts to get done on my list as well.  I have 4 quilts that I am being paid for that I want to get done right away.  And a test for a new pattern I am writing.  And a few UFO's that I need to finish just for the sake of making room for new quilts.  :)



There.  Goals listed for all the world to see.  Now I will be held accountable and hopefully be able to make a blog post soon that has a number of these things crossed off.

Check out the 2017 Planning Party over at Quilting Jetgirl.  There are going to be lots of link-ups for other bloggers that want to join in on the planning.

24 comments:

  1. Oh my! That all sounds so familiar! We will have to hold each other accountable, right? I will be in the background cheering you on! Now I need to join the 2017 Planning Party!

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  2. I am much like you in practice requirements! I am always to likely to compare myself to others' skills and cut myself short. I should continue on my journey with a happy heart! Ooop! There goes one of my goals for the year! quiltlovefordomesticfelicity(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. You have set some great goals for 2017 Jen. I'm looking forward to seeing your updates along the way. I've been working on my list and will be posting it soon.

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  4. You have set some great goals for 2017 Jen. I'm looking forward to seeing your updates along the way. I've been working on my list and will be posting it soon.

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  5. Fingers crossed for you with your WIP list. Mine is too atrocious to put in black and white at this point, but I am looking forward to seeing you knock through yours :-) I like the idea of joining more group things, and might steal that for my goals for 2017 too :-) But I'll leave the curved piecing and FMQ to you - still way too scary for me
    E xx

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  6. Well, you certainly got me started on a group activity this year! That quiltalong was so fun! Looking forward to seeing what kinds of things you accomplish in 2017!

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  7. Interesting list going. I've been having a hard time getting my head around year-long goals. I'm great with short term goals (weekly and monthly) but I'm not sure about where I want to go for a whole year. Good luck with yours.

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  8. That's a great list...and like you I've not done curved piecing but love the look...hmmm, I may have to add that to my list. Good Luck!

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  9. Those are all totally accomplishable! Curved piecing is not as hard as some think that it is!

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  10. Good luck reaching your goals. It looks like a great list.

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  11. I haven't learned curved piecing yet either - I just put my toe in the water with paper piecing in the last few months.
    Popped by from the linky party.
    http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  12. Great list Jen, and you don't shy from a challenge either. I look forward to seeing your progress.

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  13. I love that pattern. Pattern making for my etsy shop is a goal I had forgotten about, thanks for the reminder. Give the Quick Curve Ruler a try, it is fun and easy! Looking forward to following you this coming year.

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  14. Excellent goals. It's so good when we strive to grow in our craft! Looking forward to seeing how we all do!

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  15. What fantastic goals, and I like how you broke out your longer term items like free motion quilting and piecing curves. I am thinking I will print out my list where I can see it so that I don't lose sight of those bigger picture ideas through the year as more and more get added to the short term "to do" list with near term deadlines. Thank you so much for signing up!

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  16. What a great list, Jen! I've started my goal list too, so will have to go over and link up with Yvonne. I see you've listed a few t-shirt quilts. That is one quilt I've never attempted, but there are so many cool variations on them! I wish you great luck on a successful 2017 stitching year!

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  17. Good luck with these Jen. I can't even think about 2017 yet although I hope to sit down quietly between Christmas and New Year and think about my goals aswell.

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  18. Glad I discovered your blog through the planning party! I too love how you have organized your list, I think I will make one with the UFOs I want to get done. I am so new I haven't even thought about FMQ but I have tried curved piecing and it was fun but I'm so tense I wreck my hands doing it. Need to learn to relax more. Best of luck in the new year!

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  19. It's great that your list includes learning and growing work Jen! It looks like a great set of goals.
    Merry Christmas to you and your dear ones!

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  20. You got it! Learning and trying new things throughout the years...open mind and all! If I hadn't tried EPP, curves or hand quilting I would never have known that I would love it! Lists do not have to be set in stone in my opinion! They can guide you along the way. So free motion quilting is always on my list! I should practice more, but I don't...adding to list again this year...

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  21. Curves have been on my wish list to learn too! Now to just make the time ...

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  22. Great goals! Writing them down is half the battle :)

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  23. Great plans. Good for you...and good luck!!!

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