Saturday, 2 January 2016

Simple, Fun and Flexible

Happy New Year, everyone! Woo hoo, it's 2016! I, for one, am not sorry to see 2015 go. Not at all. Good in several areas, but very rough and stressful in a few others. I think 2016 will be better.

I already know it's going to rock on the quilting front because I'm going to QuiltCon in February! And I'm taking classes with Gwen Marston and Melissa Averinos! So excited. I'm looking forward to meeting people from this fabulous online quilt world so if you are going, let me know.

Before we get to plans for 2016, I'll just finish up my Q4 goals for the Finish-Along with Adrienne on the Windy Side. Not really thinking I'd get them all done, I put seven projects on my list to give me flexibility to count whichever ones got done. Only one got done in the end, but after the crazy Fall we had, I'm so happy that even one got done. Moreover, Carsick had been languishing in the works in progress (WIP) pile for a couple of years so I'm pretty satisfied.


Carsick front

I made some progress on some of the others though. I finished the tops for If A Tree Falls and Rainbow House, as well as the hand stitching for Heart Strings. Will share more about those soon.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

As for planning for the year ahead, I'm going to be keep things simple for 2016. Simple, flexible and fun are going to be my key words, I think. As the things that were very stressful in 2015 are unlikely to get better for the foreseeable future and will probably get worse, it's going to mean that I will need to change how I deal with it.

I started to reduce my volunteer commitments this past year and turned down some quilting opportunities. I'll continue that for 2016. Also, no deadline stress allowed this year. It's important that my de-stressor doesn't become another stressor. I'll still host some of TGIFF!, but even there we've brought in Leanne and Fiona to help.

I don't know what this means for the blog other than I'll post when I have projects and fun quilty stuff to talk about. I still have lots of ideas and fun things I'd like to do with it so maybe they'll happen this year or maybe next. We'll see.

What are you hoping to do for 2016?


  1. Happy New Year M-R and all the best for this coming year!

  2. Simple, flexible and fun are good words. I wish you a wonderful new year MR!

  3. I plan to finish the tops I have folded in a corner ; ) They aren't good to anyone unless they're finished ; )
    I like your words for this year. I should adopt them!

  4. This is a fun quilt, I love the vibrant colours! Happy 2016!

  5. You will love Gwen Marston, I was able to take a class with her in 2015 and it is was the best. I am also going to Quiltcon. Hopefully we will meet. And I love your car sick quilt it turned out great.

  6. Happy New Year M-R! Here's to a peaceful 2016!
    Enjoy QuiltCon and your classes there, you will have a grand time!

  7. I hope 2016 brings you lots of joy! Carsick still makes me giggle!

  8. I love that "it's important that my de-stressor doesn't become another stressor" so much!! It's so true and definitely something I need to keep in mind, as well!

  9. Good for you making changes to make your life easier. Here's to 2016 being a better year for you. All the best.

  10. So sorry that 2015 was stressful for you. Wishing that your 2016 will be much better. Happy stitching to you!

  11. Hi MR, thanks for all you do for the quilting community! I hope all goes well with your family. Jann.

  12. I've always loved Carsick - great to count a finish amidst all the other stuff of 2015. I'll be at QuiltCon and I'm in one of Gwen Marston's workshops - maybe we'll be together? Looking forward to meeting you in person M-R!

  13. I will remember you words of wisdom: It's important that my de-stressor doesn't become another stressor. Great finish, MR, and very reasonable goals for 2016.


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