Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl hosts a goal setting and planning party every year, and I've been participating for several years. It's always good to look back on the plans I had for the past year and see how they went, and make new plans for the new year. 2022 Recap:
1. Participate in PCQ's "No Shame Train" UFO encouragement group and finish as many WIPS and UFOs as possible.
Participated but got pre-empted by developing quilt plans and pattterns for PCQ's Community Sew Days. Finished two true UFOs, Winding Ways and Bright Strippy Race.
Bright Strippy Race UFO Finish
2. Continue participating in PCQ Charity Committee.
Yes, created four patterns and made sample tops for 2022 community sew days. Attended all the prep days and sew days for the year. Started planning several concepts for 2023.
One of the Patterns I Created for Community Sew Day Kits
3. Participate in Hands to Help.
Yes, Donated locally to SWFA and Hospice of the Valley. Later donated two twin size quilts to Natalie's House.
Steppers (pattern by Alycia) Donated to Local Family Services Agency
4. Continue piecing simple donation quilts for PCQ.
Yes, including Bolt of Lightning, Steppers, Black+White+Brights, and several projects using Carla's leftovers.
Bolt of Lightning
5. Continue using the club's long arm to improve my quilting skills.
Progress, I can meander freehand but I still don't like pantos.
Quilting a Panto on PCQ's Long Arm with Mary H.
6. Go to Ritter Ranch retreat in July.
Yes!!! Had a wonderful time with friends, and I'm looking forward to going again!
Busy Sewing Room at Retreat
7. Plan/create/develop a new long term complicated project to work on, possibly a feathered star medallion or mariner's compass medallion or something paper pieced.
Created my Cube Challenge a la Escher project, pieced over seven months May - December.
Cube Challenge Top
8. If possible enter Color Spoke Challenge into STLMQG show (July) and Corona Medallion and HOW MANY into CSQ's show (Oct.).
No, Color Spoke was in PCQ's quilt show here, but I didn't send it to STL. CSQ's show was postponed until 2023.
9. Continue blogging at least once a week.
Yes, for the most part. Often, I managed twice a week but a few weeks I didn't blog at all due to travelling or nothing to show.
All in all, I'd say 2022 was a fun and very productive year! Can I top that in 2023?
2023 Goals and Plans:
1. Work with PCQ's Community Service committee to develop concepts and patterns for quilts for Community Sew Days. Lead the Prep days and Sew days for those projects.
2. Continue making simple donation quilts for PCQ.
3. Completely finish at least one older UFO.
4. Finish Candy Land; finish Cube Challenge a la Escher and enter it in March challenge.
5. Continue using PCQ's long arm to improve skills. Also practice ruler work on my Bernina.
6. Go on retreat at Ritter Ranch in April and July.
7. Plan/create/develop a new long term complicated project to work on over time.
8. End the year with more stash used than acquired - net stash reduction.
9. Publish at least one tutorial.
10. Teach a class to PCQ members, topic TBD.
11. Continue blogging at least once a week.
12. If possible, enter HOW MANY in CSQ's 2023 show (size may exceed their requirements).
That ought to keep me busy on the quilting front. Mostly, I just want to enjoy my hobby, spend social time with the friends I sew with, and have the mental challenge and satisfaction of creating.
Here's to a happy, healthy, and productive 2023!