I have decided a few things of late.
The first being that I'm going to participate in the "Splendid Sampler". If you haven't heard of it, I'd highly recommend a look.
I love that its slow place, and I'm also enjoying the surprise.
Instead of picking specific fabric for this quilt, I'm just going to use what takes my fancy at the time. No theme, colour scheme, or anything! (I'm not even going to use all quilting cotton!)
My fabric scraps are also going to be my first port-of-call when looking for fabric.
Ive actually found that I have memories associated with my fabric scraps. Weird right? I remember what I made from them, and some of things that were going on while I was using that fabric.
While the dresses, bags and other things that I made may have long since worn out (or been donated or gifted), I still remember those things with the scraps that I've collected.
So this quilt is purely for me. For fun. To make a quilt that may or may not be pretty, but will incorporate those memories.
Im putting no limitations on myself. I simply will select the fabric that takes my fancy for the day, and make the block.
So for the first block, it was these fabrics. The toadstools was from a backpack I made Little Miss I when she started 3 year old kinder. The blue/gray dots, and mustard solid where I dress I made her when I was pattern testing for "sewing in no mans land", and the red polka dot a left over from two baby quilts I've made, one for my sister, and one for my sister in law.
So all those memories have now been captured in this block.
I'll share my progress on this quilt with updates through out the year. Im interested to see where it takes me.
The second thing I have decided is that I'm no longer going to feel like I 'have to' sew things for others, esspecially when I dont want to.
Ive made so so many things for family and friends. Quilts for babies, bags, costumes, mending, big quilts, you name it, I've most likely sewn it and given it away.
Some times I enjoy it, most often not so much. So this year, Im not doing it anymore. If someone has a baby, and I dont want to, or have the time to make a quilt, Im not going to feel like i have to.
I can be completely ok with buying baby stuff for gifts, same as everyone else.
Im also not doing anyones mending (seriously, I hate doing my own), nor any other type of sewing that i dont want to.
This has kind of come around because Ive been so busy making things for everyone else that I never even made Little Miss S a baby quilt, and she is turning one next week.
So hears to a year when I only use MY hobby, for things that I want to use it for!!