If someone from a non-creative, non-quilting culture were to ask about the average stitcher’s New Year’s resolutions, they would come to the immediate conclusion that we are all slobs who never finish anything and never throw or give anything away.
Because most quilters and sewists rate cleaning the sewing room and finishing their UFOs as their top resolutions. (Totally better than losing weight and saving money, in our opinion.)
And we at GenQ are no different. We all lust after sparkling, well-organized, UFO-free sew-spaces. (And some of us even claim to be working on that.) We long to dazzle everyone with our skills, as well as our efficiency and gob-smacking design talent. Mostly, though, we just want to sew. And here’s how we plan to spend at least some of the coming year:
Melissa Thompson Maher, Editor-in-Chief
Mucking out the sewing room is a perpetual to-do around here, so I don’t think it really counts for this exercise. And practicing my freemotion machine quilting is another one of those always-and-forever tasks. But I do have a few specific ideas:
- Make that darned Sandlewood Jacket! I’ve been hanging onto a choice cut of Anna Maria Horner cotton velveteen for practically a year and if I don’t get it done by March, I’ll have to wait months again to wear it. (I live in the desert. Warm weather comes early.)
- Harvest some of the old jeans I’ve been gifted over the years and make upcycled denim slip covers for my ancient, ratty This End Up sofa cushions. (I’ve literally got bales of the blue stuff!)
- Go on a quilting or sewing retreat. It could be across town, for all I care, but it’s the stitchy immersion and learning something new that matters most.
Vicki Tymczyszyn, Technical Editor
It’s a short list, but an important one…
- Tackle my disgrace of a sewing room. Even though I have done this before, it always gets awful again by February. So, this year, I’m taking a different approach. I have decided to do a purge worthy of A&E’s Hoarders. Last year I managed to liberate five full boxes of fabric to charitable causes. This year I’m tackling my stacks of undone kits, as well. There may be a few I’ll keep, and I really mean a few, but everything else is going to a happy home. I am keeping my batiks, Christmas fabrics, patriotic fabrics and kids’ fabrics. The rest is history! (That’s about 12 additional boxes of fabric I’ve collected over the past 40+ years!) Once this is done, I will be able to get my sewing room in order and get my sewing stuff out of the living room! I’ll take a picture of the before (maybe) and after to let you know how it goes.
- I’m going to continue my habit of finishing an old project before starting a new one. This actually works! I have whittled my UFOs down from more than 35 to about 18! Not bad for a fabriholic like me!
Megan Dougherty, Creative Editor
- Make a full Cathedral Windows quilt. I’ve started playing with it, and it needs work, but I think with a few tweaks it will end up looking lovely.
- Learn more about wool felting and experiment with making jewelry.
- Take my newly discovered embroidery passion and apply it to a quilt.
- Organize my sewing room. Again. This may involve removing a wall and taking over my husband’s office. I’m sure he won’t mind.
- Conquer bias edges and make a Lone Star quilt.
- Organize my sewing space/office so that I can get more done in 2013.
- Finish up my UFOs! I have a pile of half-done quilts that need to be made and on beds!
- Create some spectacular designs for WeSew2 that even our adult readers will want to make.
- I, Jake Finch, do solemnly sweat-no swear, to complete at least all of my UFOs that are: 1. already started; 2. close to completion AND 3. destined as gifts for someone still breathing and still of an age at which the gifted UFO can still be appreciated. (Clarification: A baby quilt will no longer work for that sweet boy who is now 6′ 1″ tall and kinda stinky.)
- I further resolve to release to the Great Goddess of Unfinished Projects those tarnished beauty queens in my cupboard that are just not making the rotary cut anymore. These include, among others, the reproduction Civil War quilt kit from that raucous weekend quilt show in 1997 that I barely remember purchasing; the uber-adorable fairy quilt that was supposed to go to a good friend’s newborn daughter–eight years ago (that child now mentally tears fairies apart in her pursuit of that Krav Magaw black belt); and the mauve-and-sky-blue calico Ohio Star started to match that Montgomery Ward sectional purchased in 1980-something and given away about three years later–four couches ago.
- My final resolution allows me to make several incredibly beautiful projects just for me and mine because I just want to. After all, if I’m not exploring my own creativity, how am I going to improve my skills?
- Oh, and I will also clean, muck-out and organize my sewing room. (I don’t want to be the odd-woman out on that one, but really, it won’t last more than say 3:25 p.m. on New Year’s Day.)