2023 Review and 2024 Goals

Are you ever unsure what you want to get done? Yvonne, also known as Quilting Jetgirl hosts a planning party, this years tag is #2024QuiltingPlanningParty I am here to be accountable for this past year and for what I may want to get done this year.

How I Did in 2023

A very brief review is that 4 of the 6 goals were met, one not at all and one postponed until next year. I realize I did two things: participated in too many SALs/QALs in the beginning of the year and that burnt me out a bit. The second was that I made some changes to my website which entirely defeated me and postponed a refresh for my site. All good. We learn and we move on!

Use up my stash and keep a stash in and out count! Down 28.75 yards
Participate in 6 blog hops or QALs/SALs: I did 8!
Conquer some of the Projects In Waiting: (8/12)
✔Move intentionally every day. Getting there!
☐ Publish 3 patterns: Never got to this
☐ New website theme: Postponed 2024

4 out of 5 or 6 goals were met. I am moving more and am working with a trainer and some simple goals to jumpstart 2024. Publishing patterns just didn’t work. Furthermore, my income from these activities has always been low, so I will be evaluating what I want to do about this in 2024. This will also include my affiliations.

Goals for 2024

I have been thinking about this a lot and I think my goals remain primarily the same. We are moving permanently out of Massachusetts and closing an apartment we have kept since 2017 when we sold the house in Somerville. We were going most weeks during the school year, then every other week and now we are down to once a month. Honestly, it just became to expensive for the time we spend there. SInce there is quite a bit to do there, I am feeling a little preoccupied with that move. I will plan on maybe re-evaluating at 6 months and see if anything fun comes up in the quilting world, once that big push is done!

For now here are my goals:

  1. 6 blog hops or SALs : Already there are 4 on my list, so I should easily get to this.
    • SAHRR SAL – hosting
    • Villa Rosa Blog Hop – hosting (no details yet)
    • It Moose Be Love Hop – hosting
    • mmmQuilts SAL – participant
  2. Make 6 original pieces – original small or large – for my design pleasure.
    • They can be big or small but I design them.
    • I get lazy about this, but love doing it, so this is one way to make me do it.
  3. Unify the design of my current patterns and decide whether to publish any of the challenge quilts from #2.
  4. Learn more about Prostitcher Designer and use it in my quilting more. I am signed up for a 5 month class which will help spur me on. The first is this week!
  5. Continue to DeStash.
    • Already 2 sewing machines were donated, so I went from 3 (bernina – old main machine, elna – first quilting machine, and janome-first machine at cottage) to 1 Pfaff Passport 3.0 for travel. It is among the lightest with some features I like: thread cutting and integrated dual transport feet, and lightweight (14.7 pounds).
    • There may be more fabrics to donate, and notions and rulers.
    • Do some Rainbow Scrap Color blocks with my scraps bags/boxes. Maybe not every month but it is a good way to bust through the bulk of them. I don’t like keeping them, so I need to move them on and out!
  6. Organize patterns and fabric better in my space (a constant battle in the small cottage)
    • This will be a part of the moving process
    • There will be clearing of some things as I begin to ready the space for a few UFOs to arrive from Massachusetts (La Passacagalia and a T-shirt quilt).
    • Also keeping what I use and moving on what I don’t.
  7. Website/Business Decisions
    • Last year website woes made me postpone this. I am not feeling committed to it, but it may happen; when something catches my eye that I really like.
    • Re-evaluate my affiliations (I make little from them) so I don’t know if it is worth pretending that they are doing anything.

Coming Up on My Blog

I go on retreat in a week. I am trying to finish a few things and prep some things for our 2 nights. I always bring more than what is needed, lets see if I can do better this time!

Ultimate Travel Bag
SAHRR Center Block (1/15/24)
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd (2/21/24)
SAHRR Round 1 (1/22/24)
SAHRR Round 2 (1/29/24)
SAHRR Round 3 (2/5/24)
SAHRR Round 4 (2/12/24)
SAHRR Round 5 (2/19/24)
It Moose Be Love (2/21/24)
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd (2/22/24)
SAHRR Round 6 (2/26/24)
Diatom  Finish
Sea Glass Joy

Linking Up 


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My Favorite Tools

Pins with Numbers & Arrows
Annies Soft and Stable Foam Stabilizer
By Annie’s Clear Vinyl
Heat N Bond Iron On Vinyl
Omni Thread, Purplelicious
Aurifil 50 weight thread
Hobbs Tuscanny Wool Batting
Freezer Paper Sheets
Binding Sasher
Nexcare Clear Skin Tape
Cluck Cluck Sew Tape
Simple Folded Corners Ruler
Free Motion Quilting Workbook
Shape by Shape Collection 2
Shape by Shape
DayLight Wafer 1 Light Box
Freezer paper
Siteground Web Hosting
Dream Cotton Batting
Sidekick Ruler
Hex N More Ruler
4″ Circular Plastic Needlepoint
Awesome Ocean Pattern
Schmetz NonStick Needle
Sulky Totally Stable
Barn Quilt by Sherry Shish
Applique Pressing Sheet
Mary Ellen’s Best Press Starch
Clover Bias Tape Maker 12mm
Woven Diamonds Pattern
Hobbs Premium 80/20 Batting
Woven Star Pattern
Wefty Needle
Quilt Hanger
Fat Quarter Shop
Westalee Sampler Template Set
Mettler 60 wt. Cotton Embroidery Thread
Sandboard for Hand Sewing/Appliqué
Clover Needle Threader
Sewline Black and White Pencil
Sewline Grey Pencil
Backyard Birds
Wing Clipper
Quilt Pounce
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Clover Chaco Liner – silver
Turnabout Patchwork by Terese Mairal Barreau
Sewline Glue Pen
Fusible 1″ Hexagon Paper
Fusible Appliqué Paper
Electric Quilt 8
Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Quilt in A Day Log Cabin
Judy Martin Log Cabin
Emiko Toda Loeb
3M Command Strip Clothespins
Paper Templates for Lucy Boston
Lucy Boston Templates,MPP
Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Cross
Clover Wonder Clips
Thread magic
Clearly Perfect Angles
Slotted Triangle Trimmer