1. I will read my machine’s Owner’s Manual.
If it puts you to sleep, at least read the Tension chapter. If you do not have the Owner’s Manual, go to Google and type in “machine brand, model number, owner’s manual” and you should find it online.
2. I will use a thread I have never used before (as long as it’s Superior).
If you like softer and muted colors, try a bright and bold color. If you usually piece with only neutral colors, try matching the piecing thread to the main fabric color. If you applique with cotton, try silk or Bottom Line. If you usually use fine or medium wt. threads, try a heavier thread just to see the effect. If you use only solids, try a variegated.
3. I will take a class. There are opportunities to learn and improve skills and techniques at shows, online, at local quilt shops, and at guilds. Our educational Thread Therapy with Dr. Bob DVD is free this month.
4. I will be understanding.
Let’s face it. Your husband will never understand why you need so much fabric or thread or so many quilt magazines. It’s borderline addiction. Just smile and be thankful that he really has no clue how much you really have. Encourage his hobbies.
5. I will finish a UFO.
We all have them. Pull one out and commit to finish it. If it isn’t one of your favorites, finish it and then give it to someone who will enjoy it.
6. I will donate some of what I will not use.
We all have some fabric that was bought years ago and we will probably never use it. Most guilds have a philanthropy or charity arm and would love to use it to benefit those in need. Heather had dozens of quilts she made in her beginning years. She said they were not good enough to use, show, or even give away. She offered some to our children and they were thrilled. One became a nice picnic quilt. Many were donated to the local quilt guild to use for charitable donations.
7. I will share my love of quilting or sewing with another person.
Young children and grandchildren love to learn. They watch you and would like to try. A few words of encouragement and some patience from you may be all they need to discover why you love it so much. Or perhaps there is a neighbor or someone new to the sewing or quilting world who would like to learn.
8. I will step out of my box.
Some people always use Civil War style fabrics; others always use only bright fabrics. Step out of the box and try something so. . . totally . . . not . . . you!
9. I will create a stitch book to learn the capabilities of my machines.
Make a file of various stitches using different threads. Write a note next to each stitch stating what thread was used, what needle, and the perfect tension setting. Then try some decorative stitching in your projects.
10. I will organize my fabric stash.
Whether by type, color, motif, or project, it will be easier to find if well organized.
11. I will learn to use those tools I bought.
We all have them – rulers, gadgets, and accessories that haven’t been touched.
Number 9 is already on my list for this year. I still haven't tried all the stitches on the Janome 7700 I bought over a year ago, and of course, Number 5 is on my list every year--instead of finishing "a" UFO, I need to finish about a dozen!