In the not-so-quilty arena of my life I've decided my mantra will be Balance. Balance between spending quality time with all three kids, quality time with my man, keeping the house from total disrepair (I'm not much of a cleaning freak) and having 'me' time (*cough* sewing).
I don't ever sew while my kids are awake - it's only usually when the boys are at school and the little one is asleep, or after they're all in bed. But I do find my mind floating toward quilt ideas, or doing a little stash diving, or occasionally a little cutting while they're awake. I'd like to be more present for them all the time, and just 'think quilts' when they're not around. Not too hard, I guess. Getting quality time with my super patient partner is a little more tricky - that can only really happen after the kids go to sleep, right? And that's the bulk of my 'me' time where I really like to sew. It hasn't really been a problem in the last year or so, as he's been working interstate a huge amount. But he's very close to getting a new job which will mean he's home all the time (which is absolutely freaking awesome). Just not sure how I'll balance it.
Quilty wise, I've made a decision (a huge, huge, huge one for me) not to buy any fabric this year, background and backing fabric included where at all possible. I'm going to work from my stash as much as I possibly can. My only departure from this will be Architextures (which Becca will be getting in next week and I've organised to buy a bundle already, but that will be it. Promise.)
I didn't make any quilts to sell last year (apart from a couple of commissions) and I really want to start up again. Last year was much more about building skills for me, but I want to get more back to the business side of quilting. I'm hoping to strike a balance here too though, and still make some for gifts and the family :o)
I would really like 2012 to be the year of finishes - more on that when I link up for the FAL next week :o)
Horrible photo, but I really want to finish my Hopscotch quilt ;o)
I'd like to continue building my FMQ skills as well. I tried to move away from stippling last year and had so much fun doing it.
The only post-washing photo I've shown. So snuggly now!
Another biggy is not to overcommit. I've already decided not to do the next round of the Modern 4x5 Bee, and I'm not sure if I'll do any swaps this year (we'll see - they're extremely tempting!) Last year was pretty frantic and I didn't keep up with bees (still way behind there) - I would really like to this year, and I think less commitments will mean I'm more likely to...
They're the main ones at this point. I'm sure I'll think of more as the year goes on, but it's a good list for now, me thinks!
Do you have any grand plans for this year? I'd love to hear!