New Year’s Day is a perfect opportunity to step back and review current Works in Progress. I was actually quite surprised to realize that my WIP list is down to five items! When I started this blog in 2011, my WIP list hovered around 14-15 projects. It’s quite gratifying to realize that I’ve become much better at finishing projects before I start new ones. As of today, my current WIPs are:
Low Volume Hexagons: I started this project in October 2012, as I needed a portable project to take with me to Sewing Summit. I’ve never settled on a plan for what to do with these hexagons, so I only bring it out when I don’t have access to my sewing machine. So far, I’ve made eight flowers.
While I’m not ready to do a complete Fabric Fast as others are doing, I would like to focus on using what I have on hand so that my sewing space doesn’t spread clutter to the rest of the house. I’m fortunate to have a lovely sewing nook to call my own, but it’s currently packed to the gills and I would like more room to breathe creatively. With that in mind, my 2014 sewing goals are:
- Use my stash. Making Linen Cocktail Napkins out of stashed fabric was quite satisfying. It felt really good to make something quick and cute with materials that I had on hand. I already have fabric for three quilts pulled and set aside, but I will keep an eye out for smaller projects that I can make from my stash.
- Use my scraps. My scrap basket is overflowing. While I like to have a variety of scraps on hand for my daughter to pretend sew with, I don’t want to have so many that they spill out into the hallway. I have found Sunday Morning Quilts to be incredibly inspiring, and hope to get my scraps under control this year.
- Keep It Small, Silly. I have found that most of the patterns that I am drawn to are for lap quilts or larger. Most of the time, I don’t need to make another large quilt, but I do anyways because that’s what the pattern calls for. When it makes sense, I’m going to do my best to make baby quilts this year. That way, I can try more patterns that inspire me, while building up a cache of baby quilts to give as gifts.
What are your 2014 sewing goals?