Friday, December 17, 2010

What to do, what to do?

As I near completion of two BAP happy dances, my thoughts have inevitably turned to which projects should be my next focus and stitching/crafting goals for next year. I do view year-long goals as somewhat-changeable entities, recognizing that shit happens and sometimes you just want to change your mind. My 2010 goals and their related progress evidenced this quite well:

2010 Stitching Goals
Finish Hanging Gardens of Semiramis - Completed 5/28/10
Start Nativity Story Table Runner and stitch on it every month with the goal of finishing by year end - Stitched on it every month except May
Finish Medieval Town Mandala - On track to finish by Christmas!
Stitch Dragon Dreams' Fantasy Wedding Blessing for my cousin - nope! Decided not to do this
Start one project from my Stitching Bucket List - decided to postpone this until I finish NSTR.
Stitch three ornaments Changing this to three "smalls" - completed one in May - others in process!
Stitch as much from stash as possible If I buy it, then it is part of my stash
Attend Quilt Festival in Houston - Mission accomplished!
Attend bi-monthly Moonlight Stitching 4 of 6 sessions attended Jan. and July. All the other months I had conflicts.

When MTM and NSTR are completed, I will have 8 WIPs remaining. I'd really love to have that number to 5 or less by the end of 2011. But then, there are new things I really want to stitch (that age old dilemma). And, of course, there is the unknown entity of how much client work I will have in 2011, because I finally figured out how to get over my guilt feelings for crafting during the weekday daytime. Yada, yada, yada...

So take a look at the box to the right, and you will see my thoughts for 2011. DH really, really, really wants me to finish Egypt Garden (remember this is a gift for him and take 2 for me as the first one was victim to...well, that occurrence I refuse to remember). I'm going to try to make Egypt my focus. Elizabethan Sweete Bag just has 1 over 1 bugs remaining. I just need to get on it and finish the darn thing already. I don't have a plan for bag-ification, but "I'll think about that tomorrow". I have several ornaments in various stages of completion (lumped them together as one WIP) none of which need much effort (except to overcome inertia) to complete. I've finished 3 of the 16 blocks for Celtic Quilt with a 4th block well underway. I WANT to make progress on this. My other WIPs are languishing. They need some love. Some haven't been touched in the last two years!!! And then, of course, are the new things I want to do. I am listing a few of the big things, but I think there is room in my plan for some smaller projects, too. We shall see. Look for an update to the Stitching Bucket list coming soon.

Sorry for the lack of photos in this post, but if you really want to see my WIPs, click the link to the album in the upper right of this
blog. That's the best I can do today. ;)


  1. QFT: Stitch as much from stash as possible If I buy it, then it is part of my stash

    You're so brave. I have a goals list for 2011 too; but I refuse to write it down. If I do it'll become real and I'll have to face the fact that's it's impossible. My illusions, they're very important to me. :)

  2. I'm so glad you figured that bit about the stash out :)

    How do you manage to whittle all those wonderful projects that are screaming out to you into a short(ish) bucket list?

    I've decided I can't handle goals, so mine are now vague likes or wants - that way there is no guilt if I fail, and no pressure to do anything, but still a direction to start me off (which helps with the procrastinating).

  3. I picked up the table topper version of NSTR last week at the LNS - so if you had an "enabling" task, it's done! LOL

    I like the plan... and that you've already built in an escape clause!

  4. I'm glad that you're over feeling guilty about crafting during the workday, cos this means a lot more WIPs for us. ;) Looking forward to seeing lots of them in 2011.

  5. I feel for you on the WIP problem, as I have several neglected ones too. You have a very well-defined plan for 2011, you're much better organized than me lol. And I *love* the idea of a stitching bucket list, I'll have to make one too!

  6. I think you did pretty good with your 2010 goals, Cheryl.

    I hope you have as much success (if not more) with your 2011 goals!