Last year’s goals

I didn’t know what else to blog about today, so I thought I’d look at what I’d set as goals for last year and see how I did.

I’m happy to say that I accomplished the first goal (self-publish a second book of machine quilting designs).

Goal number 2 (at least one teaching engagement per month).  Yeah, not so much on that one.  I did teach at two machine quilting shows, and for longarm guilds in two different states, but that was it.  I’ve gotten nice feedback on the teaching I’ve done, and am scheduled to teach at two shows this spring, but I’m not entirely convinced that I’m actually all that good at it.  It’s kind of a scary thing to do.

Goal number 3 (sending quilts to shows).  Again, not so much.  I did send quilts to 2 of the shows on the list, but missed the mark on the other 2 shows.

After that:   oof.  Obviously, it’s not that I didn’t do anything — I haven’t just been sitting around eating bon-bons, but it’s kind of funny to see what was on the list that didn’t even get a further thought past putting it on the list.

Last year I started a number of projects: daily photographs, daily artwork, journal quilts, etc, etc, etc.  I didn’t last very long on any of them.   Actually, accomplishing goal number 1 (the book) really interfered with my creative energy to do the other stuff — so I don’t really feel badly about not following through on some of what I wanted to try to do.  Working on that book, and continuing to sell copies of the first — I’m really quite proud of what I’ve accomplish, so don’t get me wrong:  this post really isn’t about me whining about what I didn’t do.

I’m still trying to work through some ideas of what I might like to try to accomplish this year. I’ll go sleep on it and see if I can solidify my thoughts for tomorrow’s post.

I spent today quilting — I was a little frustrated because I couldn’t finish my cousin’s wedding quilt.  I ran out of thread!  Either there was less on the cone than I thought, or I used more than I realized.  And just wait until I show you what a dingbat I was when I was piecing this quilt.  Maybe I’ll take some pictures and show that off tomorrow, even though the quilting isn’t finished.    Further proof of my motto:  I’m doing my darndest to be a terrible warning (since I can’t be a good example…LOL).



p.s.  Any fans of Stargate or Battlestar Galactica out there?  Holy cow.  I don’t often get surprised by too much anymore when I watch TV shows, but this week I was blindsided not once but twice: first when watching season 3 of Battlestar Galactica this week.  Wow.  Just. Wow.  Second, was when I was watching one of the last episodes of season 3 of Stargate Atlantis.  I actually cried watching Atlantis tonight, and that really takes a lot……

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  1. carlafibers says:

    I like to see all the goals you did complete. You should be very proud of yourself, m’dear!!

  2. Anita aka Grannypatches says:

    I’m so glad you said you didn’t enter all the shows you wanted to enter. Now I don’t feel so bad. I thought it was only me that couldn’t finish in time to get quilts into shows. If you ever teach anywhere near me… I will definitely be in your class!

  3. Deb Levy says:

    I think you did great. The book was a huge accomplishment! I too lagged on my goals for last year. For example one was to do 1 quilt a month for myself…score=0. I did get some piecing done, but nothing finished. (except postcards). though I did quilt a TON of customer quits. SO, the point is you did good, and you are not alone in not completeing all your goals for the year.

  4. Ami says:

    I think it is a good thing to acheive some of our goals each year. That is one reason I like goals because even if some get accomplished it makes for great acheivements. I never finish all my goals either but always am glad for the things I do acheive and sometimes my achievements were not part of my goals and send me in a different direction. I think accomplishment, wheather it is on your list of goals is always a postive.

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