52 Multimedia Quilts

A few days ago, I shared a list of my goals for the upcoming year and beyond.  Some of them sound quite Pollyanna, and others seem like they will be a stretch.  

One of my goals to stretch myself to be more creative was making more art quilts.  

I've set a goal of 52 quilts over the next year.  

I'm looking forward to getting back to creating multimedia art quilts.  

I used to work on them quite often, but I let other things take precedence over my time and haven't made as many lately.  I was battling a bit of a period of depression like I'd never experienced, but the new year is the perfect opportunity to shake that off and begin again.

To help me get more motivated to make my quilts, I'm actually teaching two or three people how to make multimedia quilts, and I've also entered an art show that will be held in February.  

Nothing like having accountability to keep me on my toes!!

On Monday, January 2nd, I am going to have a link up and share with you some tips and tricks for thread sketching and multimedia art quilting.  My hope is to continue with Multimedia Mondays throughout 2017.

I'll hope you join me for some fun!!

My 2017 Reading List

Most years I've got a huge reading list, and nearly every year, I don't get to all the titles I'd intended.

This year, I've started out with a list of 12 classic novels, including modern classics.  I might add to my reading list as I go along, but I think I'd be happy if I just got through these 12 books this year.  Many I've already read, but I'd just like to read them again, a few I've started reading and set down never to finish.  

  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London

  • The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

  • Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf 

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

  • Emma by Jane Austen

  • Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

  • Atonement by Ian McEwan

So it isn't a very long list, and most of the books are already on my bookshelf.  I'm a fan of getting lost in a novel and retreating from the stresses of every day life.  So I'm looking forward to finishing books I've never quite gotten through (Anna Karenina), rereading some I know and love, and finding a few new tales along the way.

Do you have a reading list for 2017?  I'd love to know what's on it!!

My Goals for 2017 (and Beyond)

In 2016, I certainly had a few goals that slipped by me.  It wasn't a smooth year by any means.  As I transition toward 2017, I thought I'd share my goals for the upcoming year.  Perhaps it is a little bit of accountability by sharing them, or maybe it just makes them more of a real commitment when I type them here instead of a languishing list in my notebook.  

Whatever the case, my goals for 2017 are varied and some aren't exactly measurable, but they represent what I'd like to work towards over at least the next 12 months.  I broke them up into categories, and some may overlap to an extent.

Refine--my budget; my daily routine; my writing practice

Create--a business plan; 52 multimedia art quilts; an editorial calendar for my website

Organize--my closet; my office; my quilting supplies; my budget

Simplify--my wardrobe; my routines; my home

Travel to--Mount Rushmore; Las Vegas (to go to Boot Star for a new pair of boots); the ocean, just to sit and relax

Believe--that I have so much to offer

Become--a woman with a quiet, patient, and loving heart in ALL circumstances (and just be a hermit I jotted down, too)

Prioritize--self-care by doing one thing for myself every day

Practice--writing daily; having a daily routine; saying "no" without guilt

Redo--my sewing studio and home office set up

Attend--Husky football games; at least half the parties I'm invited to (I usually decline invitations)

Eliminate--clutter throughout my home; feelings of self-doubt; debt

Improve--my sense of self confidence and self-esteem, even in adversity

Learn--6 new quilting techniques; to let go; 12 new pie recipes

Help--teach others to quilt and make multimedia art quilts

Allow--myself some grace and compassion

Delegate--chores to my son

Give--second chances; quilts; love; away unwanted possessions

Minimize--spending; relying on others; saying too much

Release--thinking that other people's choices are a reflection of who I am, my value, and my worth

Do More--tidying up; letting go of things; forgiving others

Do Less--ruminating over things I cannot control or change

Read--12 classic novels (including modern classics)  I'll post a list of the 12 I selected soon.

Try Out--Playing the guitar again.  I haven't picked up a guitar since I was 19 years old, but I've already secured some lessons to give it a go again.

I might sound a little Pollyanna for some of those things, but it gives me an idea of where I want to head in the coming year.  I lost my motivation the past few months, so I'm working towards finding that part of my life that brings a lot more joy to my days.

Do you have new goals for 2017?