2014 Recap & 2015 Resolutions

27 12 2014

With the 2014 drawing to a close, I’ve decided to recap the year for myself, and develop some blog and creative goals for 2015.

2014 Recap 1. Sweet Little Dream House, 2. Patchwork Star – Finished, 3. Completed Top – From an Unquiet Mind I, 4. Winged Square – Top in Progress, 5. From an Unquiet Mind II – Progress, 6. High Tea on Bridge, 7. Night Sky Quilt Top, 8. Granny Square Swap Top Start, 9. 3xS (Scraps, Stars & Squares) Full Top

This was a year for starting, and not so much for finishing. I think I say that annually. As usual, I got distracted by shiny new projects rather than sticking to each one through until it was quilted and bound. At least I finished one mini, and one baby quilt. I also have four quilt tops to show for the year, and two in progress.

I did push myself creatively – two of the projects started this year were from solids scraps, and I limited myself to using them together, as they were already cut. One of those got to quilting, but then I hated the quilting… I’d intended to throw it away, but sanity prevailed, and the thing is waiting for me to get up the gumption to start unpicking all the stitches in it.

I tried my hand at pattern-testing, and ended up making two tops from patterns this year. I dug out swap blocks, and am actually using them in a top, though I am refusing to participate in further block swaps. I’ve committed to one round robin style swap, but we’ll see if that one gets off the ground. The swap mama is still looking for other participants, as far as I know.

All in all, a pretty good year.

So, what do I want to do with 2015?

1.) Start the New Year with a true detailing of all my WIPs, so I know what I’ve got to work on.

2.) Join the 2015 Finish Along, and actually give a good go at finishing my WIPs.

3.) Write a few patterns and see if I can sell them digitally, via Craftsy or Etsy.

4.) Get back to doing monthly recaps of my progress. Reporting on my work each month gave me impetus to get in front of the sewing machine.

5.) Spend some time each day hand-quilting. It’s not going to get done, unless I damn well do it.

6.) Spend some quality time with my quilt frame, quilting up what I can.

7.) If I can’t quilt it at home, see if I can arrange time with Sandi’s setup, or send it out to be done. Done is the goal.

8.) Continue to work from my stash and scraps as much as possible. Purchases of solids and backing fabrics will be permitted, though limited as I work out what our budget will be as I transition into a lower paying job.

9.) Re-activate the listings in my Etsy shop, and add to my offerings. I’d like to offer baby quilts for sale, though I suspect that I’ll be pricing myself high. I know what I want to earn per hour of work on quilts. I’m worth it, and will be more so once I re-familiarize myself with my quilting frame setup.

15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

Linking to Yvonne’s post at Quilting Jetgirl, though I’ve only the 9 resolutions for the year.

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10 responses

30 12 2014
Jasmine

Sounds like some great goals. I hope you have a great year of finishing.

31 12 2014
Grey Cat Quilts

I would love to have a wonderful year of finishing! I’m looking forward to having new quilts to snuggle under.

30 12 2014
meganrememberswhen

Atta girl for #9! You’re a skilled worker and need to be paid accordingly. It’ll help your budget, before those sell, to focus on #8 and use stash fabrics for the quilts you’re selling.

31 12 2014
Grey Cat Quilts

I just can’t see only recovering the cost of the materials that I’ve put into a project – sort of defeats the purpose of selling, if I’m not paying myself.

30 12 2014
quiltingjetgirl

Thank you so much for linking up! I really and truly believe that if you price yourself for your time, the right customers will find you. I hope you have a wonderful 2015!

31 12 2014
Grey Cat Quilts

As I’ve said before, I can’t see only recovering the cost of the materials I’ve put into the project. I’ve developed my skills over the course of almost 20 years – I’ve been quilting since I was 16. I will be paid a wage in according with that experience and knowledge, or take this back to just being a hobby rather than a business enterprise.

31 12 2014
Susan

Start your pricing where you mean to be and don’t have to keep changing it. That advice was given to me when I started a longarm business, and it was excellent advice! Never explain, never apologize. Another good one. =) You have some great projects in your photo, finished or not. Good luck with your resolutions for 2015.

31 12 2014
Grey Cat Quilts

Thank so much! Pricing has been one of the biggest reasons I never really sold my quilts – I see so many being sold online at what I consider to be scandalously low prices. I’ve been quilting since I was 16 – I’m determined to be paid in accordance with the skills and knowledge I’ve developed over that time.

5 01 2015
Chris

Great list. I use a spreadsheet to track everything I have in progress and it works well for me.

6 01 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

I’ve never really kept track before, except for a mental list. I knew I had this many – it’s just a kick in the seat to get these projects done with!

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