Get Inspired to Keep Your Crafting Resolution (and a fabric giveaway to get the new year started off right!)

11 Jan 2012

This is going to be a big year for me, and although I am not one to wish my life away, I cannot wait for the exciting stuff to get here! I am meeting my fiancés family (in Ireland) Sew up a Home Makeover; book reviewfor the first time over Easter, buying a home with said (amazing) fiancé, and tying the knot in August.  Needless to say there are a lot of things to be focusing on in my spare time. Over the holidays, I found that I didn’t have time to craft (wedding planning, visiting with family, Christmas shopping, and all of that got in the way!) like I thought I would, and I made a resolution to get back into the habit of making something at least once a month. Creating is a very calming, almost meditative activity for me, and who doesn’t need a little Zen in their life?

That resolution is a wonderful one, but I was looking for that perfect project to get back into the swing of things. I have a few UFOs, but they simply were not doing the trick in the inspiring department. When the book Sew up a Home MAKEOVER by Lexi Barnes (ISBN: 978-1-60342-797-5) made its way to my desk, I knew that I had found my inspiration.  I usually stick to quiltRiley Blake Fabric Giveaways when crafting, but something about knowing that Fergal and I will be moving into our own home soon has me wanting to try my hand at home décor.

The book, as its title implies, focuses on how to update your house using fabric. The ideas are cute and simple, well within reach for the beginner sewist (but still creative enough to entice the more experienced crowd). I particularly like the Roman shade project, I have always wanted to make curtains, and this looks like the perfect starting point. The headboard project also has hit my fancy, and I plan to make one just as soon as we move into a new place.

I am sure some of you have a New Year resolution similar to mine, and want to clock more hours in the studio. In order to help you along your way, I will be sending two lucky readers A Riley Blake fabric bundle. In order to qualify as one of the winners, please leave a comment at the end of the post with a craft related New Year resolution that you plan to keep this year! Make sure to check my blog next Wednesday to see if you won!

- Lindsey

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on 11 Jan 2012 2:14 PM

I had so many craft related resolutions it took two blog posts to get them all out, and I'm working on a third!

The biggest resolution for me is to make this the  year I finish all my UFOs. No more excuses, I am clearing out the old so that I no longer feel guilty when I start a new project.

on 11 Jan 2012 2:21 PM

My goal is to get at least one idea out of my head and completely finished.  Not just purchase fabric, or get partway and never do the finishing touches.  Completely finished and useable!

cindyd1010 wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 2:32 PM

My resolution is not to wait till the last minute to have my christmas gifts ready for christmas.  I will make two aprons by May, I will finish the current quilt project and have to quilters by March, and I will have several table toppers done and quilted by December 1.............fingers are crossed!!!  

fabric_filly wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 2:35 PM

My craft resolution is to try some new techniques!  I love learning new things I can add to my projects!

carolaz wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 2:36 PM

My goal is to complete a several panel art quilt project for my living room.  It has been gracing my design wall for several months as  I had stalled in the design process.  This year  I will finish the design and complete the project.  Nothing like a fresh year for fresh eyes on a project!

carolaz wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 2:39 PM

My goal is to complete a several panel art quilt project that stalled on my design wall a few months ago.  Nothing like a fresh year and a fresh pair of eyes to get the creative juices flowing again!

on 11 Jan 2012 2:46 PM

This year I am going to make sure I sew and/or create a little everyday.  Even if it is only for 15 min., I want to make sure I am always feeding my need to be just makes me feel good!!!!  Thanks for the opportunity!

joleung wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 2:47 PM

I have TWO artsy goals so far ... to create a self-portrait using fabric and other embellishments ... and to thread paint a flower wall hanging that I have already fused applique the elements on it.

ixchelart wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 2:48 PM

My goal is to finish one UFO for each new project I start. I know I can't finish ALL my UFOs without starting something new so I'm trying to make it a workable resolution.

And congratulations on your pending nuptials. To be married is to constantly be working on your relationship--but it's well worth the effort. Wishing you great happiness.

suebrim wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 3:07 PM

I have resolved to work on projects at least once a week, and to try to learn a new technique at least once a month.

dancindeb wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 3:08 PM

Like so many others, I want to finish some of my UFO's. Easier said than done, but at least I have a goal to work towards!

Cheryl Goyer wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 3:12 PM

I'm planning on making quilts for all 4 of my grandchildren in the coming year. I've already started and just don't want to lose momentum as the year moves on.

annewatcher wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 3:27 PM

I plan to finish an art quilt that I have started.  It started as a photograph and now I'm doing it in fabric.   Also I want to try some Swedish Weaving.

on 11 Jan 2012 3:48 PM

I have numerous, beautiful, hand pieced quilt tops that I've made over the years and I plan on finishing at least one this year.

on 11 Jan 2012 3:51 PM

I have numerous, beautiful, hand pieced quilt tops that I've made over the years and my goal is to finish at least one this year.

senagarrett wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 3:59 PM

I am setting up a new craft room as we speak. I plan to have everything organized and in one room. It will make crafting so much easier and motivate me to craft on a weekly basis. Which is another one of my resolutions: to craft on a near daily basis.

on 11 Jan 2012 4:17 PM

My goal is to not beat myself up about my work and just sit back and enjoy doing it

MerrileeG wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 4:34 PM

I resolve to try finish something, many options!  I have always been a good starter, never a great finisher.  I'm starting with three dolls that need an arm, a leg or some such.  This weekend!

on 11 Jan 2012 4:53 PM

One of my resolutions is to not allow starvation of my creative self.

I think I have learned that taking time to create is almost as important for my wellbeing as taking time for regular healthy meals. But in the business of life, I will suddenly realize I have forgotten this, forgotten how nourished I feel by creating something—anything—regardless of the final purpose of the thing created.

Put in practical terms, the resolution is that, even if I have no idea what else to work on, or I feel like “settling” for a bit of television or a bite of something sugary, I will sit down with whatever supplies are handy and do something in my art journal.

kahatch wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 5:29 PM

I am on my way to finish 2 UFOs so that I can begin a new quilt for my grandson. He will be excited to get his quilt, so that will motivate me to get with it!!

kahatch wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 5:29 PM

I am on my way to finish 2 UFOs so that I can begin a new quilt for my grandson. He will be excited to get his quilt, so that will motivate me to get with it!!

spinningliz wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 5:53 PM

I'm determined to destash by making more quilts and making more use of my art supplies.

on 11 Jan 2012 6:08 PM

I just got a new quilting room, so my first resolution is to craft/organize it into shape. Then I can finish big projects that I didn't have room for!

sallyg@13 wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 6:35 PM

My resolution to do a little art every day is working!

kjheaverlo wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 6:45 PM

I finished my UFO's last year as promised! My resolution this year is to relax when I sew instead of being in such a hurry. so far it's workin'! :)

lindamid wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 6:54 PM

I have made a resolution to make a dent in my ufo's before I start on anything new.  Also to finish what I start.  

on 11 Jan 2012 8:29 PM

My first resolution is already completed.  Submit to QA Reader Challenge.   Hopeing to do more!

LorraineM wrote
on 11 Jan 2012 10:12 PM

I just got done cleaning and organizing my new sewing room.  I have cataloged all my UFO's.  My goal is to finish one UFO a month this year.  Some are nearly done, some will take a couple months to finish and will require some multi-tasking, but that's the goal.

LizBeth Jill wrote
on 12 Jan 2012 12:14 AM

Finally going to make the stack and wack quilt that I bought the fabric for about four years ago!  Looking forward to getting started on it.

robinnn wrote
on 12 Jan 2012 12:30 AM

I would really like to try free-motion quilting this year. :)

wyldeiris wrote
on 12 Jan 2012 12:32 AM

I am making quilts for each of my children.  I have finished the first one.  I am thking about new cushions for the dining room.  Would love the book and fabric.  Thanks for sharing.  

mix1head wrote
on 12 Jan 2012 1:33 AM

I have 2 craft resolutions. One is to make sure that my ideas are not only in my head and feel happy I thought about it and the second one is to be creative for the whole year 2012 by creating projects at least one every week or beyond but make sure that I do it throughout the year.

on 12 Jan 2012 11:26 AM

Learning how to quilt.  I have started the block of the month on Craftsy.

sazzyfrazz wrote
on 12 Jan 2012 2:40 PM

I will commit myself to finishing my first quilt this year!

sueniven wrote
on 12 Jan 2012 4:19 PM

My resolution this year is to make more crafts for charities this year, to do sewing every day.

Paula@90 wrote
on 13 Jan 2012 3:59 AM

This year I want to spend more time sewing, to learn how to quilt and to finish decorating my home. 3 resolutions, all related.

Thanks for the chance!

ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

cait@4 wrote
on 13 Jan 2012 12:48 PM

I am determined to make a ferret-themed quilt, and use the ideas I have seen in Quilt Arts magazine for quilting pet portraits!

on 13 Jan 2012 5:58 PM

I have a quilt To finish that was pieced twenty plus years ago to finish

on 14 Jan 2012 10:21 AM

I will be using up my existing stash for quiltng and stuffy projects as well as getting my already designed patterns published.

illogicalkat wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 10:49 AM

I have quite a few crafty resolutions...the big one is making a queen-sized quilt for the bedroom. The others involve re-covering a loveseat (and half a dozen pillows), making more quilts & a few afghans.

smaugmama wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 10:54 AM

My mother, sister and I have set an art quilt whisper challenge for ourselves, and I plan to finish each of the three quilts on time using a new fiber, technique, design, idea, etc.

I also plan to make several of the designs/ideas I have pinned to my cork board become realities.

Should be a great year!

hollywolly wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 11:32 AM

My craft related idea just got even better when I read your plan of doing one craft a month. My plan is to finish all those wonderful projects I have been gathering material and patterns for through out the past few years. I am  in the process of getting my sewing area really organized, but I couldn't or hadn't come up with a definitive plan of "how" to get started and BINGO! Now I know, instead of feeling overwhelmed anid not knowing where to start, I will pick ONE project for each month. Since this month is almost half gone, I shall choose to finish a Christmas apron that I cut out several years ago and never finished. What a wonderful head start on Christmas gifts for 2012 this will be.

( I feel frugal this year...the old Use it up, Make it do, or Do without adage is going to be my fact I may even paint that saying on my sewing room wall)

Jereena wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 12:18 PM

My resolution is to complete one UFO and begin another project every month.

Have all my supplies and equipment organized (already started)in one place. Sew something useful for my mother. Make a service project. Seems like a lot.

jrmk94 wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 12:43 PM

For 2012, I plan to start using all the wonderful sewing & craft books books that I just "had to have" by choosing one thing a month from one of them. Hopefully the ones I don't make a project from by the end of the year will be passed on to someone that will use them. This way I can add new ones without guilt!

Lydianna wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 3:07 PM

My resolution is to GET OUT OF MY HEAD and actually do all the stuff I dream of doing.  Whatever is holding me back, Be GONE!  I have so many projects ready to go, that I really must FOCUS and get moving.  (really must find the pleasure of doing and finishing things, as opposed to dreaming of them)

Sophy wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 4:54 PM

Mine is to set aside specific time every week to work on craft projects.

on 14 Jan 2012 6:31 PM

Organize my fabric stash and donate what I don't think I will ever use in this lifetime.

Lindy101 wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 7:43 PM

I joined an online group of UFO finishers. I needed the accountability. Off to a slow start, but I WILL pick up steam Monday!

painter204 wrote
on 14 Jan 2012 10:48 PM

I have started to take time to sew, quilt and create art by joining with my daughter, grand daughter and friend in a block a month group. This will let us create and share even though we live 700 miles apart. Organizing supplies. Giving away some books and magazines that others might enjoy. Making my home a more inviting place for friends and family to come and create is also on my "list". I have not mentioned UFO's because it is overwhelming at times. I hope to get in one every other month! I enjoyed reading the comments, great ideas and thoughts to relate to!

CAPoppy63 wrote
on 15 Jan 2012 3:07 AM

I just finished making my large living room into a studio with south/west exposure!  It's so bright and sunny and (at the moment) organized.  I will be quilting, watercolor painting and mixed media projects.  I am resolving this year to spend no less than 15 minutes each day in my studio reading, experimenting, working on and completing projects.  Hopefully by the end of the year, I'll have my UFO drawer empty!  

Janora wrote
on 15 Jan 2012 7:13 AM

My resolution for this year is to enter a quilt challenge or two in addition to finishing several (ok closer to a dozen) started projects!

JerseyJane wrote
on 15 Jan 2012 12:46 PM

My resolution is already in motion: I've started experimenting with free-motion quilting, which I suspect will become further entwined with the hand sewing/fabric collage and knitting work I've been doing the last few years.

BamaGirlG wrote
on 15 Jan 2012 1:34 PM

I have quite a few sewing related resolutions.  I am going to make new curtains for our home-- every room, so I'll be busy doing that!  Also, I'm planning a re-do of our guest room.  I have a small arm chair that I want to reupholster and would like to repaint, make a new coverlet, dust ruffle and pillows for the bed, and then crochet a scrap rug to match... :-)  Thank you for the chance to win the Riley Blake fabric bundle!!  Pretty!!  :-)

on 15 Jan 2012 5:30 PM

My New   Year resolution is to pass along all the still useful miscellaneous art supplies that I am not absolutely in love with, (therefore, not using).

We have a marvelous place in Portland called SCRAP,  which offers recycled art supplies to individuals, classrooms,etc.

I already have one box ready to go.

The thought of this makes me feel that my life and my studio is more spacious.  A very good thing.

Congratulations on your upcoming nuptuals.  

Kathryn Oftedal


PEPC wrote
on 16 Jan 2012 10:28 AM

I resolve to make my resolution obtainable!   I intend to create things start to finish...that means going beyond the dreaming and drooling over my Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors mags and ACTUALLY doing some projects!  I've got several lists going in my Evernote "Stuff I Want To Do" notebook, so that when I have a few minutes to create, I can look at my list and get on task!

padmuthu wrote
on 16 Jan 2012 12:50 PM

my resolution is to finish my first appliqué album quilt. Learn a new method every month.