Welcome, 2010! I've set some goals.

I’ve spent most of my first day of this year planning and emailing and making lists and basically preparing to meet the New Year in some form of order.  It’s made me think of all the plans I’ve made in the past, and how my tendency is to dream up really great stuff to sew, amazing projects that “would be so cute,” and spend so much time on the dreaming that I find I have very little left for the doing.  Like when my husband and I have a movie “date” in our basement after the kids have gone to bed: we have two hours, and plan to watch something On Demand, so he goes through EVERY SCREEN to make sure there isn’t some really, really great movie we’re missing, and the result is that we spend all our time looking at what movies we COULD be watching and not actually watching any movies.  My sewing can sometimes be like that.

What have I learned in 2009?  Well, that Darn Flood sure did make an impact.  I lost a huuuuuge box of the most gorgeous wools–silk/wool blends, boucles, windowpane weaves, about a dozen different pieces ranging from 3 to 7 yards each.  I know.  Heartbreak.  I had such great plans for each of them, and to see them all soaking wet and covered in sad little bits of cardboard was really tough.  It made me wake up and realize I was busy hoarding all this fabric and not actually using it.  (Not that I’m the only one, right?)

Browsing my blog links this evening, I saw Amanda’s post over on Amanda’s Adventures in Sewing.  She set some sewing goals at the start of 2009, and has reviewed her success, and I’ll tell ya, I’m pretty impressed: 45 finished garments over the course of one year isn’t too shabby!  Which made me think of the goals lists I make for myself…

My husband and I always make a list of goals for ourselves and our family, in the following categories: relational, spiritual, marital, intellectual, physical, financial, and career.  We want to be sure we don’t inadvertently focus too much on one part of who we are and neglect the other parts of ourselves that ought to get attention, too.  And I saw that while sewing is a huuuuge part of who I am and what makes me feel passionate, I don’t necessarily have a set of goals specific to my sewing each year–I tend to lump those in with “career,” which is both confusing and ineffective.

This year, I’m challenging myself to set a list of Sewing Goals: things I’d like to accomplish this year that pertain strictly to how and what and why I sew.  Not just what to make and how many garments to complete, but participating in the greater sewing community, donating my skills and time to charities, and venturing far beyond my comfort zone to try new things and be inspired by new people and techniques.

Will you join me?

I’d love to hear comments from folks who want to do the same!  Not a gimmicky resolution, but really a way of being intentional with our sewing, and looking to see in what ways we can grow from it.  I can’t be the only one who feels that I’ve learned a lot about who I am and who I want to be while at the machine, am I?  (Oh, gracious, AM I??)

Leave me a note and let me know you’re IN!  The blog is currently under an intensive redesign, but part of that will be to create a page for our sewing goals and a regular series tracking our progress.  I can’t wait to see what all of us are able to do!

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  • Noodles
    January 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Hey hey! I’m in. My sewing goals aren’t too lofty — but I also feel like I spent too much time in 2009 thinking of the stuff I wanted to make and too little time actually making it. And since all my friends are in the process of getting hitched/getting knocked up, there’s tons of sewing projects ahead. I’d love to get done what I want to do and still have time to make things for me. So yes. I’m in. And cheers!

  • Dusty Atterberry
    January 2, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Oh, goodness, this is so what I need. I’m still really new at this, so it’s all new things and new techniques, but if I don’t have clear goals I never accomplish anything!

  • rosie/fabric shopper
    January 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I’d like to play along!

    I have my etsy shop goals but side from that I want to make more stuff to give away to family and friends. I want to make each of my kid’s a couple cute but functional quilted throws (kids and dogs, you know). I want to make more little 1 hour projects for fun and relaxation. And I want to join one of the charitable orgs that give out blankets to troubled children and make a child’s size blanket/throw to donate every month. I can do it!

  • Tiffany
    January 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve set some goals too! http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2010/01/fridays-5-at-5-new-years-resolutions-2010/

    I am hoping to have the sewing machine out more this year. For one, i would like to learn how to sew a hand bag. they are so cute and i would love to learn the concept of how to make a bag/purse.

    I’m glad you’re joining us for our Project 52. We’ll see you around!

  • Betsy Berberian
    January 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

    So sorry you lost your supplies to the flood, but glad to hear it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I made some goals for the new year too, but with my jewelry making. So far I have succeeded, but its only day 2. I’m going to post a link to your blog on mine to remind to come here for inspiration! Thank you and Happy New Year!

  • mommymae
    January 4, 2010 at 12:53 am

    i’m in. it’s just the thing to get me on track with projects i have to do and want to do.

  • Chrissy Weeks
    January 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    I requested my supplies from Sew Much Comfort just the other day b/c I have FINALLY set aside time to work on sewing adaptive clothing for wounded soldiers (http://www.sewmuchcomfort.org) and I am looking forward to completing some of these items.

    I have also vowed to make more things for us! People know I sew and always ask me if I am or my daughter is wearing anything I made. Rarely am I able to say yes. I want to be able to say YES! more often.

    Also I am already dipping into my hoarded fabric to the point that the sewing closte is looking a little thin 😉

    big Love to all you sewers out there!
    – Chrissy

  • Edris
    January 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I am in. I have my sewing plans listed on my blog – http://www.creativesewl.com. I have currently challenged myself to sew exclusively from my collection aka stash until mid Feb. So if anyone wants to join me come on. I too am a dreamer and have limited time. So here’s to more focused sewing in 2010. Can’t wait to see everyone’s projects.

  • Edris
    January 6, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I posted the link to my blog incorrectly. It should read http://www.creativesewl.blogspot.com

  • Tammy R
    January 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I’m in! I can so relate to the spend more time dreaming and thinking about sewing than sewing. That just described the last few years of my life!! I have already started one project, and I started a blog this year to be not only a diary, but to also be a source of accountability.

    Love your blog and I hope to visit your store this year! I live in B’ham so not too far away.

  • Scarlett
    January 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I’m In! I never set goals for myself so I need this. I’m still new to sewing so one goal will be to get better and more confident at it. I guess I need to think about specifics. HEEEELP! A blog about my sewing adventures is one goal. Guess I need to get started on that one huh? Geeez, goals, accountability…YIKES. Okay…here I go!!! My first goal for my goals is to name my blog! More to come!

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  • Tiffany
    February 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I would like to get better at machine quilting. I have been quilting using a walking foot and completed two baby quilt and one full size, but not without several problems. I would also like to attempt free motion quilting at some point this year. I just have to work up the nerve!