Instead of doing a big year-end post like most folks, I'm into looking forward this year. 2011 was fine, sewing-wise; I made three bed-sized quilts, lots of progress on my Aunt Millie's project, and had several small finishes. The problem is, I didn't really do anything new, and I still have a couple unfinished and neglected projects hanging around my head.
This recent realization about my lack of sewing progress has led me to think about what I want to be doing. There are so many answers to this question, I don't even know where to begin. So I won't try (not here, anyway).
I recently saw 365: A Daily Creativity Journal in a bookstore and became intrigued. I've always found the 365 projects admirable, but unapproachable. They seem constraining and keep a punishing pace; what if you fall behind?! But the accountability of these projects is appealing. They set an expectation about what will be done, and when. This is a lot different than making as you go-- it's pretty easy to leave an unfinished project in the closet for eternity, especially when there's no deadline to finish.
I'm not promising to undertake some kind of 365: Sewing challenge. Like I said, I find those projects to be too regimented and maybe even impossible to accomplish. Instead, I plan on setting small, manageable goals for each month of 2012. Posting them here will give me the accountability that I appreciate and the short time line will be motivating and approachable.
Here's hoping this process will be motivating, not taxing. Stay tuned for my January goals.