Review of 2014 Goals – better late than never….

I really thought I published this post back in January.  Half way through the 2nd month of the year isn’t too bad, right?  The memory is slipping!  Could that contribute my lackluster goal completion?

Goals for 2014:

1.  I will blog at least once a week.  Blogging is new to me and I have a ton to figure out.

I didn’t blog every week, but there were 77 posts and over 14,000 views.

2.  I would like to learn how to paper piece.

Julie and I learned how to paper piece at a class taught be Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy.

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3.  I am going to join the Fabriholics Anonymous fabric fast for 6 months.

I did make an effort, but it was pretty weak (recap).  I like to buy fabric, what can I say!

4.  I am going to make the majority of 2014 quilts from my fabric stash.

I wasn’t good about this, so it is back on my goal list.

5.  I have too many WIPs right now.  I need to finish one WIP for every new project that I start.

I did finish a few WIPs, but still have many more to go.  I was able to finish 12 quilts in 2014.

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The challenge is to finish more WIPs/UFOs in 2015!  I have joined APQ’s 2015 UFO Resolution.  

Sidenote:  I already have 7 of my 24 UFOs completed on my APQ UFO Challenge list.  Whoop Whoop!

APQ’s UFO Challenge 2015 p. 1 APQ’s UFO Challenge 2015 pg 2

6.  I would love to sell a quilt or be commissioned to make a quilt for someone.

I was asked to make a quilt for a friend, but said that I would rather teach her to quilt.  I would have no idea how much to charge for my time.  My sister’s boyfriend also requested a quilt after I sent one with my dog, Carson over Christmas break.   I think that I have convinced my sister to buy my Janome and start quilting.  How fun would that be?

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7.  I will create more wall hangings and table runners for my house.


I started 2 table toppers, but didn’t complete them in 2014.

8.  I will make a quilt to donate to Quilt of Valor or Project Linus.

I didn’t make a Quilt of Valor or Project Linus Quilt, but I did donate 2 baby quilts and a dozen pillowcases to a children’s hospital.  



My sister shared that one of the pillowcases was given to a 3 year old girl who was injured by a dog.  The child was in for reconstructive surgery.  

9.  I would like to continue to assist/work for the local long-arm quilt business.

There was not time for work this summer!  I was traveling and seemed to fill my time without extra work.

10.  There will be no ER visits due to quilting accidents involving a rotary cutter.  A new rotary cutter blade is much cheaper.

No ER visitis or incidents with the rotary cutter.  I had plenty of other dr appointments, but non due to carelessness or a dull rotary cutter blade.

I streamlined my 2015 goals after seeing my 2014 completion rate.  Here’s to 2015 being a year of completion!

About My Pieced Life

I am in love with all things quilting. My sewing room has many works-in-progress and a large stash of fabric. I have big plans and lots of ideas of creations I would like to make. My wonderful husband supports my obsession and Carson, my Australian terrier, keeps me company while I sew.
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3 Responses to Review of 2014 Goals – better late than never….

  1. I haven’t reviewed my 2014 goals yet, so you’re ahead of me! I do know one thing on it was to make a quilt from multiple sizes of blocks. What that meant to me was to make a block quilt but with, say, 12″, 8″, 6″, 4″ and 3″ blocks all arranged and tucked into each other nicely. I didn’t. But I do continue to make medallion quilts, which deal with size issues at every turn. So maybe I fulfilled the same mental challenge.

    For 2015 my goals are pretty simple. Continue to experiment in many areas of my life, read a lot more books (1-2 a month,) and make at least 1 service (donation) quilt a quarter. So far so good. 🙂

  2. Eva says:

    Dear Gretchen,
    you can be very proud of what you have done in 2014 – a quilt a month. How awsome is that?!? :-))) Like to see your 2015 projects. I only have two “real” sewing related goals for 2015 (at the moment): 1. to finish at least one quilt top for the german city sampler qal 2. to finish all the bee blocks for our “to be a bee” group on time … sounds easy – I know – but it isn’t – for me 😉

    • Eva – Thank you so much for the support! I need to keep life (and quilting) in perspective – to make sure to enjoy the process. I can’t wait to see your finished City Sampler. Your blocks are amazing. I don’t have the eye to mix all of the fabric lines like you do. So impressed by anyone that is in a quilting “bee”. Deadlines like that scare me!

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