Friday, December 27, 2019

2020 Goals and (hopefully) a PhD

It's that time of year...Santa checked his list twice before he headed out on his journey and now it's time for me to take a look at some of my lists.  I am joining Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl once again for her planning party.  Before we jump into my upcoming goals, let's look at 2019.

 had hoped to earn my PhD with Gail at Quilting Gail.  That was not to be.  I had visions of UFO's landing never to fly again.  Of my list of committed UFO projects only one saw a is better than none.

The Bundle Buster Baby Quilt was able to see completion in April.

Of the 19 projects I started in 2019 (or Dec 2018) I was able to finish 13 of them (the 6 have been moved to the UFO list).     

These are the rest of my 2019 finishes (minus the 3D challenge project because it's technically not quite finished at the writing of this post).  You can find out more about these quilts on my Quilt Gallery Page.

Now let's talk 2020.  I plan to join again with Gail and her 2020 PhD. commit to working on 12 UFO's you have flying around and finish all the projects you start in 2020.  You can read more about it here.  Technically we are suppose to write a post telling which 12 projects we will work on, but I'm going to do it a tad bit differently.  Instead, I have listed all my UFO's (that I can think of) and I'm committing to pulling 12 off the list and finishing them.

I may decide to simply pick one, use a random number generator or have  stranger pick what I work on but I'm just going to let the project list speak to me.

I also have made a list of all the "quilt kits" I have stacked in my quilting room.  By quilt kits I mean either purchased kits or fabrics I have purchased for the soul purpose of making a specific quilt.  That crazy list looks like this.

If you have any of these and would like to virtually sew on them together, let me know.  I'm in!

To help stay on track I'm going to participate in Patty at Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal linky and Roseanne and Sue at Home Sewn By Us To-Do Tuesday linky parties.  Hopefully, these ladies can keep my monthly and weekly goals in check.  I also will be enlisting the help of an in-person accountability sewing friend.  Through out the year, we hope to have monthly (if not more) sewing sessions.  If this doesn't keep me on track I don't know what will.

My overall goal this year is a pretty easy one...relax and have fun both in sewing and my personal life.  I spent most of the past 20 years worrying about how to keep others happy I completely forgot about myself.  It's okay to include yourself on the list of people you love.  I look forward to only tackling projects and fabrics that make me happy in the moment.  Embrace the moment.  

I will not be returning as an Island Batik Ambassador this year and that is okay.  I had so much fun sewing with the amazing fabrics they sent me over the last year.  Their program was exactly what I needed when I needed it.  It kept me focused with deadlines and encouraged me to be creative at a time when, maybe I wasn't always on my A game or felt creative.  I hope to become more involved in our online community and connecting with other quilters.  

So my goals are not a lengthy list for 2020.  2020 will reveal itself to me as it unfolds. 2020 the year of clearer vision.  I'm just going to sit back with a fruity drink and let her show me the way.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

OMG you sure have a lot of quilts started but it is great that you do have some finishes. I haven't finished a tally of all I started and finished this year but I am working on it

Nancy J said...

The lists are so impressive, but you will tackle them in good orderly fashion and we will see new ones all done in beautiful colours and designs.

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

I think your goals for 2020 sound wise. I wish you a year full of quilty joy.

maggie fellow said...

very brave to list them all. Good luck with your goals - I will love watching.

piecefulwendy said...

I think my list of UFOs could match, if not pass, yours. However, I did finish some UFOs thanks to your UFO Busting Linky party, so I thank you for that. I like your outlook for 2020, Tish, and hope you have many days of quilty fun! I'll still be sewing along with you!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Tish! Those are some lists. There are several in the kits list that I would LOVE to see you work on - too many to even list. Yippee! You're going to be joining in on the to-do Tuesdays?!! Just a few goals for seven little days. We'll whittle that UFO list down for sure. You'll probably earn two PHDs. Gail helped us get ours down to a manageable six or so. {{Hugs}} I can't wait to see which one you start on first. This is going to be fun. Oh, and I adore Patty's monthly OMG - it works so well for us. ~smile~ Roseanne

Kathleen said...

Hooray for a new year and new starts. I’ll be showing my list soon. I look forward to cheering each other on and maybe finding a challenge or two in our lists!

Emily said...

Wishing you a wonderful 2020, Tish! I like your approach to the PhD--I may steal it and do the same. I look forward to seeing what you create next year!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Wow...those are quite the lists. Good luck. I think I'll participate in PHD as well.

Andree G. Faubert said...

Good luck Trish. See you at PHD link-ups :-)

Kate said...

You and I have similar goals and strategies for 2020. Though I did pick 12 to finish this year. I'm hoping that between the PhD list, making a to do list and committing to the OMG will help me stay focused on finishes. Have a very productive 2020!

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