This year I plan to ......
- Get organized?
- Use up that stash?
- Learn something new?
- Start and finish projects on time?
- 'start the project' vs keep finding more ideas?
- Focus on a specific skill, ie. free motion quilting?
Are any of the items above on your list of quilting goals for 2018? If you haven't set any goals, I would encourage you to. Not a two page list, start with a short list. Maybe one item if that makes the goal realistic. Write down the goal(s). There are studies that have proven if a person writes down a goal they are more likely to reach that goal.
I would also suggest putting the list in a place where you can find it. Pull it out a couple of times throughout the year and see how you are progressing. The UFO challenge that Heather manages for the Guild is an example of writing down a goal. And the challenge of being on a team makes the goal more fun to reach. For some of us, competition is what we need to get motivated.
Each year I plan to improve my Free Motion Quilting(FMQ). I have many books on the subject, taken a few classes, and continue to look at Pinterest/online. The best article I read was 'stop reading this article and find your sewing machine. Practice, practice, practice makes you a better FMQer.' Be less of a perfectionist and get going! We all just need to start, and if there is a bump in the road throughout the year, pull out the list and restart.