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Goals for 2015 -

Do I dare make goals?? I have tons of WIP's to work on. Not to mention the quilts I haven't started that I want to start.

I do have one quilt loaded on my long arm. It's the blue and white squares and I try to put in about 15 minutes to 1/2 an hour, couple of times a week on it, but I am slow and easily distracted.

If I do make goals it would strictly be for quilts I want to get done, not small projects like table runners, or hot pads.

 But how will I prioritize. Should I go oldest to newest?  Least done to most done? (some I have worked faster on than others). Favorite to least favorite? (that one is tough because I love them all and they all have some kind of meaning for me) - so scratch that one.

I read somewhere that goals should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time limited.

So.... To be specific, maybe pick one project (quilt in progress), set a realistic, measurable goal (so many blocks per week or rows quilted per week) that I know that I can attain and give myself a time limit that is attainable as well. HHmmm.....

But.

But.

I want to make this> I forgot I wanted to make a quilt for my nieces wedding, my friend is going to have her first grandbaby, my niece is having a baby, my mother is going to be 75 this year (I have a quilt in progress for her, but could I get it done in time?)

Part of the reason I am not very successful in this quilting world of mine is that my attention span is short, I am easily swayed by tons of new ideas.

Discipline is something I need more of.

There is my goal - To be more disciplined in making time pursuing my quilting goals. Those goals being to finish at least 3 of my WIP's quilts this year. I may make other things along the way, but I will discipline myself to keep my eye on the goal of finishing those quilts as well. I will be nearly one third done when I finish this blue quilt I have on the long arm today. YAY!! I am on my way.

I can do this, and I want to do this and I will do this.

Thank for reading this blog. :)

Have a great day.  

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Comment by Nancy Alberts on February 6, 2015 at 7:36am

Thanks Carol.

I hear you Catherine - I am not motivated to sew after a long day at work either, but I am trying to put 15 minutes to half and hour everyday or every other day. It seems like every weekend is spent going to visit kids or parents. :)

Comment by Catherine/TX on February 5, 2015 at 7:11am

I work 40 hrs per week and live an hour from work, so time management is very hard for me.  Sometimes I just bury myself in my sewing room all weekend.  Coming out only to eat dinner and...well, you know...lol.  I will split the meal preps with hubby.  He will cook one day and me the other.  Or make something big enough to have leftovers.  I saw a T-shirt the other day that said "Born to Quilt, Forced to Work"  That's me!  I just do the best that I can.  If I do have to crunch to get something done, I will work on a project for an hour or so after work.  Not very motivated to do that though after putting in a long day!

Comment by Carol Vickers/OH on February 4, 2015 at 7:00pm

You are an inspiration!

Comment by Joanna liguz on February 3, 2015 at 1:54pm

Start with ONE and keep going until your done...

Comment by Pam/NY on February 3, 2015 at 1:44pm

Geez I better buy a van and set up shop and hit the road!!! Would love that...

Comment by Nancy Alberts on February 3, 2015 at 1:03pm

I wish there was a "like" button on here. :)

Comment by Nancy Alberts on February 3, 2015 at 1:00pm

Pam, I definitely can use your inspiration, Iowa comes before all those ladies. :) Sharon, that sounds amazing. Unfortunately I don't think I can do assembly line with all the projects I have going. Oddly enough it is the finish that hangs me up. I have tried to figure that out. You would think I would want to scratch it off my to do list but no no, I already have something else going and which adds up to a lot of WIP's, UFO'S what ever you want to call them. 

Anyways, Pam, if you move to Iowa, I will be your new BFF. :) Or for that matter Sharon!! We could be BFF's for sure.

Or maybe I should just stick with those who are like me and we all could start a support group for those who need to find their focus. You and me Barb/WI - :) I would probably get too frustrated hanging out with Pam and Sharon, seeing all they get done and how little I get done. :)

Anyways, I loved reading all of your comments. Thanks for the support. I did work on my long arm last night for about 15 minutes and then ran out of thread. So there went that - it was, rethread my machine and off to fix supper. :)

Barbara, designing mystery quilts is a good reason to get backlogged.   :)

Hi Prairie Quilter. Hi Barb/WI.

Thanks ladies.

Comment by Barbara Graham on February 3, 2015 at 12:17pm

Good luck deciding, Nancy. It is hard for me to finish as much as I'd like. Too many other things MUST be done first.

Well, Pam, Wyoming is between Nebraska and California--I can keep you busy for a while after you help. I'm so backlogged my UFO's have their own UFO's. Part of it is due to designing mystery quilts for the books but most of it is ADD. My BFF starts and finishes like you.

Comment by Pam/NY on February 3, 2015 at 8:01am

See I'm not the only one who finishes their project! I enjoy the finishing part more than the piecing. Guess that's why tops find me!

Comment by Sharon Reeves on February 3, 2015 at 7:22am

I don't have any UFO's because, when I start a quilt, I want to see it finished. Quilting for Project Linus, I do 5 at a time. I have an assembly line and do the tops, then get the backs ready, then put the batting on the floor and lay them out, one by one and pin them as I go. Next is sewing them, turning them right side out and finally getting them finished. Works great for me. I just finished making placemats, potholders, microwave bowl potholders and coasters for a wedding present for a great niece. Now all is left to do is the 16" pillows. How do you gals stand it to see so many UFO in your sewing room?

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