Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, gardening, reading, and blogging are fun and I do not want to turn it into goals and deadlines. But last year, I did just a short overall goal list as part of an linkup for the new year. Here’s the list from last year with links to the some of the posts and projects from this past year too, and an overall plan for 2018, subject to adjustment, LOL!!
My goals and progress for 2017 were –
Goal 1 – Do a mystery quilt for 2017 – Scrap Dance Two Step done. Photo above.
Goal 2 – Plan another event during the 2017 year with giveaways from my favorite sponsors for readers – this was encompassed into goal #5.
Goal 3 – Be a stop on a Christmas in July blog hop, not a 12 day event this year like I did in 2016 – done.
Goal 4 – Publish Scrap Dance Waltz – done, now on Craftsy.
Goal 5 – Do another Autumn event, encompassing a wide variety of projects heavy on the quilting and sewing, with gardening, cooking, reading, crafting, card making, thrifting and recycling, and more thrown in for fun. – done, Autumn Jubilee took the entire month of October in the second year of this event.
There were prizes almost every single post which included a quilt-along free pattern for Stars on Autumn Lane, …
sew along with a free pattern for this Tablet Cover, …
wool stitch along for the Pumpkins and Leaves Penny Rug, …
tablescapes, a new recipe for Mushroom Meatloaf, …
stamping Thanksgiving Cards,…
For the coming year, I do have a few goals. First, I want finish writing the the Scrap Dance Two-Step pattern, get the final testing done and publish the pattern.
In the middle of last year I decided to do a special charity event, with donations and cards made for the Safelight domestic violence shelter. The response to The Safelight Project from readers was truly inspiring, and the bags we made together were so appreciated. More cards and small gift bags were done for Christmas, you can see HERE. I have an idea for a Summer Fun bag for this year’s project that will need Sunglasses cases made, if you can use up some scraps and sew a few. If you are a card maker, I’ll need a lot of summer fun cards with inspirational messages inside. More on this a bit later, as I am still in the process of working out some details.
There will be a new Scrap Dance mystery, and I am working on that design now. I want to do something different each year, help us learn a new skill or way of doing elements like last year’s quarter-square triangles. This next one will have something new too! I have figured out how to do it easier than anything I found in online tutorials, and how to integrate it into a step process for the mystery. I will promise that it will again be scrappy, as my thing is to use up the bits and pieces you have left over. No cutting into new fabric with the anxiety of maybe not liking the end product. After all, just using up scraps doesn’t require a huge commitment, and you can give it to charity if you end up wishing it was different. This picture is the finish of Scrap Dance Tango from 2015, now available in my Craftsy store. Links to the patterns are on my sidebar (smartphone users, scroll down past the comments to see the sidebar info and links). I would like your input as to which day of the month you like best for the posts, last year it was the third Friday.
In February, I am planning to do several posts in an event that will be Japanese inspired. I have been a bit obsessed with Japanese things lately – food, gardens, quilting and sewing, origami and more. This beautiful meal was served to me at Sora’s in Pisgah Forest. If you think you wouldn’t like sushi, know that there wasn’t anything raw in this one other than avocado. I figured out that salad too, very different and delicious.
So I’ll be sharing some projects and recipes along with garden visits. I have some beautiful Japanese print fabrics to play with, and several ideas on how to use them.
Lastly, I hope to be able to do the third annual Autumn Jubilee. I actually already have a couple of commitments for prizes for the event, now I just need to come up with three new designs (1 quilting, 1 sewing, 1 wool stitching), a new recipe and more crafting projects. The Autumn Tablescapes are the easy part.
I am joining the link up going on at Quilting Jetgirl’s 2018 Planning Party with some fun prizes to win. I am delighted to be a part of that, and will have two patterns to give away as part of Yvonne’s event. Her link up is open for a few more days, and I have my eye on the Aurifil thread. As much as I have been privileged to be a blog where Aurifil sponsors giveaways, I’ve never won any for myself. I do buy a lot though, LOL!!! Plus I’ll be linking with Cheryl’s Best of 2017 Linky. Buttons on the sidebar.
Beyond that, we’ll see. I promise to continue showing the variety of subjects you have come to know as part of my blog, quilting and sewing, free patterns and quilt alongs, tips and tutorials, travel and mountain living, crafting and stamping, cooking and gardening, tablescapes and decorating, reading and more.
Won’t you come with me for fun next year at From My Carolina Home? You can follow by email by using the sidebar sign up, or Bloglovin using the sidebar link. If you are a Facebook user, follow From My Carolina Home Facebook page. I like interacting with readers too, and you can put your pictures on our Flickr Group for the quilt alongs and projects, and on my new From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group too. This new group is for anything and everything inspired by my posts, sharing of projects and quilt alongs, sew alongs and stitch alongs, your tablescapes and gardens, and any project inspired by my blog.
What day of the month would you like to see the steps for the Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt steps next year, for example third Friday, or another week and day, or a specific day like the 10th of each month no matter what day of the week it falls?
Are you a planner? What are your goals for next year?
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