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100th Blog Post & Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2009

Not only are we celebrating a new year, but also coincidentally this is our 100th post here on the Quilting Arts blog! I never thought I’d have the perseverance to make it to 100 blog entries.  Case in point: the fact that I have one diary I got in the ‘70s, and it’s the only diary I have written in from time to time over the last 30 (+) years.   

I got this diary in (I believe) 1978 at the ripe age of seven:

Instead of offering a dedication in the opening pages, I issue a threat:

(Confession to blog readers: I don’t have a big brother.)

A few entries for your amusement:

New Years Day, 1979 (I think):
Jan 1

Ironic how I have fashioned a successful career about people making things. (Take that, Lisa and Trina!)

My first (and you’ll understand why it was my last) musical review (c. 1978):May 25

A few years later; I think I’m 11. (And Heather, if you are reading this, I sincerely apologize for the pun on your last name!)
Age 11

I have a number of entries over the years comprised of highs and lows, from the ones I wrote the morning I found out my parents were divorcing to boy angst in high school and fun times in Manhattan during college. I imagine I’ll probably keep writing in this thing from time to time over the years when the mood strikes, and in the end, this little diary might be the most amusing relic I leave behind to others when it’s my time to depart on that great journey to the sky.

This is a bit Old Lang Syne of me, but some of the more memorable Quilting Arts blog posts:

Most popular (according to the stats):
Thermofax Screen Printing

One of the posts that elicited the most comments (me thinks people love free stuff):
Dog Days of Summer

A post that came from a very raw place (and I hesitated bringing this up again, but Virginia Spiegel is embarking on her last Fiber Arts for a Cause venture this year):
Bye Dad...

My proudest collaboration:
Why The Sopranos Quilt Didn't Get Made

The sweetest thing that ever happened to me as an editor:
Will, the kid who stole my heart

2009 Resolutions, and yes, a Giveaway!

Today while cleaning closets I discovered materials such as my Quilting Arts TV Series 300 TV segment items I never unpacked from last August. I have fabrics, books, and ephemera to give away to you!

To throw your name in the lottery for these random items, I am asking the cliché of all clichés: What’s your New Year’s Resolution?  I invite you to post goals, too. Post your responses in the comments area. Comments close Monday, January 5, at 5:00 PM EST, and I will announce 10 winners on Tuesday.

My resolution for 2009 is easy: Keep it simple. That’s it, my lofty resolution for 2009. If I make my Sopranos quilt and other things come to fruition, that’s just icing on the cake, but those three simple words will be my mantra this next year.

What Else to Expect on the QA Blog in 2009

 In 2009 you will see more frequent blog posts with upcoming fiber and collage events, call for entries for contests and exhibitions, quilting and collage techniques and projects, behind-the-scenes action at QA headquarters, guest interviews and guest bloggers, and breaking news at Quilting Arts. If there is something in particular you would like to see on the blog, please email me.

Happy New Year to everyone!


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Willa wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:09 PM
Well, resolutions? Not sure but want to spend more time with the sewing machine and/or watercolors. Now if everyone stays well and no one else in the family gets run over.....
Gerrie wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:19 PM
One of my resolutions is continue simplifying my home. One of my goals is to do a series around trees. I think it is so much fun to look at stuff you did as a kid!!
Jennifer wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:20 PM
My resolution is to STOP buying new stuff and focus on using up my stash of fabrics, threads, etc. It will be a creative challenge!
Jeannie wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:22 PM
Happy New Year! I guess my resolution is to become the best me I can be this year - make time for art, nature, nurture, fun, and exploring. Cheers.
leilani pierson wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:28 PM
pokey! happy new year!! ;) loved seeing your diary and handwriting. too funny and cute. makes me want to go and find mine... ;) okay. love your resolution. it's already being done.. you have kept your resolution simple. ;) for myself, i am wanting to really hone in on my style, colors, my voice in my artwork this year... ;) also would like to make my blog more reading-worthy... more poetic/inspirational... we will see how i do. i plan to start tonite! ;) happy new day and year, sweets!!
Ally wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:29 PM
My goals are similar to yours, Pokey. Experience each moment, and close each day with no regrets. Everything else is icing :)
Ally wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:32 PM
My goals: Experience every moment (and enjoy as many as possible with teenagers, lol) and close each day with no regrets.
Jacquie in Vermont wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:33 PM
More a hope than a resolution is finishing at least some of my all too numerous UFOs, primarily the two tops made by my mother around 1940: a Sunbonnet Babies and a basket quilt. They have been packed away for all these years and the fabrics are like new!
Donna Funnell wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:37 PM
Happy New Year, My resolution is to stick to my intentions and forget about the rest. I will also "Not Sweat the Small Stuff" and concentrate on the big stuff like my first solo show in April. I will be kind to others and pay it forward whenever I can. On a personal note, I will try to get healthier and spend more time with my mother. I will try to live each day to the fullest! Donna from Ontario, emailing from Valdosta, Georgia. ( I'm on my way to a Florida beach!)
Beverly wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:44 PM
My resolution? Be aware of my attitude, and strive to be positive in spite of obstacles, challenges, and those ever-present parts of life I'd just as soon not deal with. My goal? Make art, and be less concerned about learning techniques and more concerned about making well designed pieces with all the stuff I already have.
Melinda wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:44 PM
I decided to choose a word for 2009 and mine is Release! I plan to Release excess clutter from my house and my mind.
karen christensen wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:47 PM
I am keeping resolutions to a simple few. Draw daily. Stitch a bit every week. Stay positive. thats it.
Anita Heady wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 8:55 PM
My resolutions: Learn something new each week. Pass on the things I already know. Improve on business bookkeeping. Figure out how to make a Power Point presentation. Love what I have.
Sue Perkins wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:13 PM
My New Years Resolution is to make one Christmas craft every month, so that in December I will have 12 new creations to show for the year! It will be fun to have something different to decorate with next Christmas! Wish me luck!
Donna wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:16 PM
im going to hang out in my old diggs of college . . antique stores. i NEED some fresh inspiration for all of the challenges coming up. also going to study art this year. think'n paintings will not sell much . . . so i'll study digging in my stash . . . not making more i could go on . . . . . .
Anne Copeland wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:17 PM
Happy New Year! I wish you and your family the very best life has to offer for the New Year and always. My goal is to work to help make the world a better place to live in whatever ways I can.
Dale Anne wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:28 PM
My first goal for 2009 is to EXPLORE new ways of eating & exercising so that I will be able to successfully run with the Olympic torch in my hand when the Olympic Torch Relay comes thru Morse in January 2010. Meaning - drop some weight!!!
Cheryl wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:30 PM
Mine are to continue making weekly art quilts (3rd year counting...) and to clarify what direction I want to go as an artist (go professional or just as a hobbyist?).
Patty VanHuis-Cox wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:36 PM
Happy New Year! I totally forgot about my diary! I am going to have to find it again! Thanks for sharing! My resolution is to keep doing what I am doing and learn to let go when something is not working - rather than stress myself out trying to make it happen.
Joyce wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:50 PM
How sweet of you to share your diary with us!! Instead of a goal or resolution, I've chosen a word for the year. My word is: creative. I want to think creative in my quilting and fiber arts but also in cooking for my family, family activities, and helping my husband. I want to think creative everyday. Now I need to write this up on my blog! :)
Suzan wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:57 PM
New Years Resolutions 1. Start blogging. I have read that the act of describing your thoughts to another helps to solidify concepts and makes you a better artist. 2. Lose 30 pounds. I lost 50 in 2008 so I just have to keep on the wagon (the ride gets really bumpy sometimes). 3. Find my voice as an artist. I believe we all have a unique genius; I just have to discover mine.
Thien-Kim wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 9:59 PM
One of my goals for 2009 is to pick one craft and perfect it. Instead of trying and being a beginner at many new things, I want to be an expert on one thing.
Diane wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:00 PM
My goal: don't sweat the small stuff. And given the economic situation, I'm thinking about adding don't sweat the big stuff either!
Laura Krasinski wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:03 PM
Hey your resolution. Mine is to spend more time with family. My kid will be 14 and 16 this spring and they are growing up way to fast. I want to spend as much time with them as possible these next few years. And on the weekends they go to their dad's I will quilt and spend the evenings with my husband.
Cheryl wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:11 PM
Congratulations on 100 posts. I've never really made resolutions as such, but I would like to spend more time sewing and less time on the computer.
Jodi wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:11 PM
I wrote on this topic in last blog post intentions for 2009: In a nutshell, my theme for 2009 is: Discover. I'm going to allow myself the freedom to interpret that in anyway I see fit, both in my art life and my personal life--which are really one and the same :) Here's to Keeping It Simple, a mantra we should all follow as well! Congrats on the 100th post as well!
Cheryl wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:12 PM
I forgot to enter my blog address in the last post - sorry for posting again.
Shari Adkisson wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:18 PM
Pokey, my resolution is simple also: Take better care of myself. I think this will allow me more time for creativity!
Meg wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:26 PM
My goal/resolution is to finish cleaning and organizing an area in the basement to create an organized, dedicated dye studio instead of having to lug everything up and down the stairs.
Penney wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:26 PM
I don't make resolutions at New Year's, but I did resolve in May of 2008 to concentrate on making art which I have done so far, so just continue with creating even though I go back to work full time! Sad old boyfriend stole my diaries! Back in the 70'
Melanie wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 10:43 PM
What a sweet gathering of memories. Great post Pokey! My resolution: To be present, willing and ready for life's offerings.
Gari Lidh wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 11:16 PM
I have made only one resolution, to always be working on one UFO and to make one art quilt this year. I usually have 2-3 projects going at one time and at least one must be a UFO. I have only done one art quilt but would like to venture into that arena every once in a while: at least once this year.
Beth M wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 11:18 PM
One of my bigger goals for this year is to learn how to use the Photoshop Elements 7 program that I recieved for Christmas. It really intrigues me what this program can do and I'd like to see what I can do with it in my work.
Jan in AZ wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 11:29 PM
Happy New Year and congrats on the posts! My New Year's Resolution (or if I made them this would be it) is to first do no harm, and secondly, do what makes my heart sing. Thanks for all you do! Jan in AZ
DianeL wrote
on 1 Jan 2009 11:35 PM
My goal is to use what I have - I have to curb this fabric/yarn/embellishment addiction. My resolution for 2009 is to challenge myself to stay active and engaged with fun fiber related activities.
Lesley wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 2:51 AM
To survive. And to be able to create; not fussy about what, in and around the hours I have to do paid work.
Peggy Schroder wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 3:10 AM
Happy New Year Pokey! My resolution last year was 'focus' which led to having several pieces on display at festival & the opportunity to meet many of my internet friends, including yourself! 2009 will be much more relaxing as I resolve to catch up on my reading and projects. I'm unbelievably behind.
Laura wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 3:47 AM
Pokey - you pinched my blog title!!! What are the odds of that huh? I too have opened my computer today to log my 100th post, say Happy New Year and to launch a celebratory giveaway. Happy 100th blogpostiversary. My plan for 2009 is to reduce, re-use and re-cycle even more. And I expect to be re-energised by it! Which will leave me ready for more creating (instead of mired in my stash...) Happy New Year to you fingers crossed for the giveaway
Scott at BlueNickelStudios wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 6:59 AM
I would say that my biggest goal--resolution would be to spend more time with my kids who are growing up too fast for me!....that and be more focused on the career I am trying to build in the quilting arts to replace the career that currently supports my family. I like your resolution too...I have quite the tendency to grandiose-size everything myself...and over-commit... Oh, and I really want to be tidier in my studio space!! Congarts on the 100th blog...December was a bust on my blog....Hoping for a better beginning in January 09!!
Fulvia wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 8:16 AM
To continue trying.
Maggie wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 8:28 AM
keep my studio tidy!! Maggie
Sarah Ann Smith wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 8:44 AM
1. Get the manuscript in the mail... in the next 2 to 4 weeks at the most! Finally, after 2 years..... 2. Make a quilt... not one I've been thinking about for eons, but something new, wild, spontaneous 3. Draw. Practice. Learn. 4. Not work 24/7... take time off on weekends and nights and be with my kids...mine are growing up too fast, too... That's plenty! Cheers, Sarah
Janice Paine-Dawes wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 9:03 AM
My one personal resolution and goal is to be kinder to myself so I can be kinder to others. My art goal is to finish all my UFOs either the way they were started or using new exciting techniques I learned from QA artists.
Carol Wiebe wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 9:10 AM
I made a New Year's resolution a few weeks early. Inspired by Jane Dunnewold's informative and creatively stimulating "Daily Visuals," I started my own "Daily Design Papers." Every day, I take at least one photo and turn it into a design paper that I can use for collage, as a quilt design, to experiment with colors, whatever. So I have a JUMP on my resolution: today I will add my 26th post.
Mary Ann Van Soest wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 9:25 AM
Happy New Year Pokey and the staff at Quilting Arts. My resolutions are to: 1.Make 15 scarves to go with the 15 pairs of gloves I bought on sale yesterday for the Womens stockings I do. Use up some of that yarn stash. WE share our Christmas with people who have no relatives left and have lots of laughter and smiles that keeps my heart warm all year long. 2. Unlock my brain and take all those ideas that keep passing thru and make lots of art quilts especially the 3 dimension quilt of blue herons by the pond that keeps rolling around in my head. 3. Help and share with others as much as I can in this time of economic stress. Looking forward to all your ideas in the magazines and books you all put out.
Sandy Jandik wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 9:25 AM
We do love free things. Why is it that other people's bits are so much more interesting than our own? My goal for this year is to make better use of my time.
Sheila wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 9:42 AM
Last year's goal was to Live A Creative Life. That was wonderfully effective, but now I realize that the more time I spend in the studio, the fewer people I meet. So for 2009, I plan to get involved in the community more and strike a better balance between making art and making friends (in person, not just on the computer).
Lynda Thompson wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 9:47 AM
100 posts, congrats. My goals for this year are many. Most are art business related along with personal ones. One thing is I want to work in a series this year, something that I find intimidating. I want to enter more shows, and make more art quilts. I will work in smaller sizes. I have many other goals. I also believe in the power of a word for a year. Joy is always the theme for me (and I collect things with "joy" on it). A year theme for 2009 is on charity - making more things (quilts, etc.) for charity, giving things to charity, etc.
Mary K. McGraw wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 9:53 AM
One of my creative goals for 2009 is to continue to learn and to assimilate that learning into my art. Another goal is to pass on what I know to others. And lastly I want to turn off the critic in myself and become freer in m work.
Belinda Spiwak wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 10:13 AM
Congratulations on your 100th post! I want to wish you, Pokey, and all the staff a very Happy New Year at CPS, QA, and Interweave. I spend my life taking care of others. I take care of my family and I take care of my students during the day. My goal this year is to take care of myself. I won't stop my life but I will make more time for myself. I will take care of myself better. I will exercise more. Okay, I will spend more time beading, sewing, and hammering metal! Best to all in 2009. Belinda Spiwak
Deanna wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 10:43 AM
My resolution is to learn to say "No". I'm not going to drop any of my ongoing commitments, but I don't want to add to the already too long list. Then I can have more time to create.
Jeanne McB wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 10:53 AM
I will organize my sewing room and studio, that is, if I don't get carried away with all the things I find in the process. Creating is much more fun than organizing!
Virginia A. Spiegel wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 11:35 AM
POkey - Happy New Year! Your post about your Dad raised thousands of $$$ for Fiberart For A Cause; a tremendous result from a tough time. It's true - 2009 is it for FFAC and I'm hoping for a big year. My resolutions are pretty simple: 1. Wrap up Fiberart For A Cause in a blaze of success. 2. Let my mind be empty and open to new possibilities during my upcoming residency at the Great Expectations Creativity Center. 3. Make more art just for myself. 4. Write more. 5. Achieve just these four goals with peace in my heart.
Karen wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 11:40 AM
I'm not setting any goals this year. I am going to try to live by the motto "one step at a time" to go along with the "keep it simple". Maybe then I will accomplish more than if I had a list!
Michelle Critchet wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 11:40 AM
My resolution is to NOT swear to lose 20 pounds, go back to school, learn another language, take up typing, take up culinary arts, or even to clean my closets. I'm 50, and I haven't done any of those things yet, no matter how well meaning. Why make my life more stressful by not doing any of them again this year?
Sharon Bourque wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 11:53 AM
My 2009 resolution is to "BAN PERFECTIONISM" in all things but especially my art/craft world.
Ashley wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 12:06 PM
Let's see... resolutions. I have a number of them! This may sound strange, but one is to finally get laser surgery. My eyes really bother me but I've been procrastinating about doing anything about it. (maybe less procrastination should be a resolution as well!). I also want to try to keep in touch with friends, and to be better at responding to my blog comments!
jill wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 12:08 PM
My challenge to myself is to learn to paint better. I got Michael Morgans book 80@80 for Christmas & am very inspired by his style, just need to make some time to practice.
Donna wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 12:16 PM
My goal is similar to yours; simplify, simplify, simplify! In addition, I resolve to make a 6x6 art quilt a week, start an etsy shop, and worry less by taking things as they come. Happy New Year! D~~~~
Char wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 12:45 PM
Happy New Year, Pokey! What a wonderful post. Starting this year, I intend to 'let go' of my critical voice and enjoy the process when creating. Here's to a great 2009! xoxo, Char
Lisa wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 1:11 PM
My resolution is to BE HEALTHY and HAVE FUN with my family. Sounds easy enough??? I loved the journal entries. Isn't it fun to see how your handwriting has grown, as well as your writing ability? My early "journal" entries comprise of mostly stuff like, "I went to _______'s house today. It was great!" At least you were a little more detailed! lol I loved reading your entries - thanks for sharing! Best wishes for the new year!
Patti Pasteur wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 1:54 PM
What a hoot reading your "earlier blogs"...I wish I still had my first diary; I had to give up on mine because my younger brothers and sisters kept on sneaking a peak and would spread the latest word with the kids in the neighborhood...what a joy it was! My resolution this year is to learn something new never done before and to finally finish unpacking boxes in the attic and basement. Happy New Year!!!
Reva (Los Angeles) wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 2:08 PM
Pokey - love that you have your old journal and shared the visuals with us - as a life-long journaler it 's amazing to me that you've only had that one journal for 30 years! This year I am on the same page with you - Goals: Keep it Simple - to do that: I will - 1. purge my closets, drawers, art studio - and donate the unwanted items to those who can use them 2. Finally donate my old cell phones to battered women's shelters (they reprogram them to give to the women with 911 connections) 3. Let go of the rest of my weight this year (started Jenny Craig 4 weeks ago and will continue) 4. Exercise daily (working up to this one) 5. Be more social - not work 24/7 6. Get my art published 7. Teach more classes 8. Continue connecting with other artists through blogs and art conferences 9. sell my art 10. learn to cook! Wishing you and yours a very happy and creative 2009!
Jane wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 2:34 PM
I guess my resolution would be to REALLY finish some of the projects that I have in various stages. And to remain healthy and happy. Congratulations on your 100th blog (and on your wonderful magazine too).
Shelley wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 3:11 PM
Well, I plan to just "do it!" whatever "it" is I will decide when "it's" time. Making more time for myself and doing my artwork, learning more techniques, and expression through quilting/fiber arts. I have been "mothering" for almost 17 years now, it is time for me! It's time to find my new "me!" Happy New Year!
L. Heather Yurgeles wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 3:37 PM
I am 70 years old and have accumulated enough stuff to last several life times. As I now desire to utilize my own painted, dyed, photo transferred cloth; etc:creatively I have resolved to "TRASH THE STASH" or "USE IT OR LOSE IT!!!" Congrats on your first 100...where do you find the time?
alice wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 4:44 PM
My creativity resolution for this year is to play once a week at collage. I love collage but have never gotten serious about it. This year I intend to make one 6" x 6" collage very week. I figure that is a doable size and should let me do all sorts of experiments without a lot of committment. Here's hoping that Sunday don't get too busy!
Katie wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 5:49 PM
HaPpy HapPy NeW YeAr! and Congrats on your 100th post! I remember having a diary too! Your post brought back lots of memories! Today I had an art date with a friend and her daughter. My resolution involves doing something creative each day! Blessings! Katie
kayla wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 6:01 PM
it is so cool that you still use that journal. it would be fun to look back on your old entries. the ones you showed are hilarious...thanks for sharing! as for resolutions i want to worry less and be myself. i also want to find more time to create. thanks for the giveaway! happy new year!!!
Melissa wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 6:12 PM
My New Year's Resolution: To let go of perfection and just have fun! I hope I can do this perfectly. :-)
Dot in North Carolina wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 6:22 PM
Pokey---thank you for the blogs, keep them coming. I have subscribed to both Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors since their first issues and all else stops when each new issue arrives. My resolution for 2009 is to complete one project a week using a technique or medium that I have not used before. It is time to truly challenge myself as I haven't for years. Of course it also includes completing the UFOs that have built up over the past few years.
MichelleJ wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 6:58 PM
My 2009 promise to myself is to create SOMETHING every day - maybe just a quick sketch, maybe a few minutes of sewing, maybe a day of designing, stitching, painting - whatever I can manage.
Cheryl wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 7:32 PM
My resolution is to find a bit of happiness in each day.
Sharon Schutt wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 7:33 PM
In the current CPS, it was neat seeing Belinda Spiwak's treasure fabric book - made from her win of your recent blog giveaway. I'd say my goal for 2009 is to live guilt free. Why do I burden myself with what I think others expect from me? I will learn to say "no" and enjoy time creating and sharing with like-minded people.
Denise L. wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 8:03 PM
Hi Pokey, Thanks for your fun blog over the last year! My informal resolutions this year are: 1. enter last years quilts in this years shows, 2. make more quilts and art, 3. exercise a little more, 4. lose a little weight, 5. and hopefully enter the Hoffman Challenge with the fabric I have purchased..I hope we will all have a good year, and some good times this year, Denise L.
Cherie wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 8:05 PM
My 2009 resolution is Purge, Create, Finish. Three resolutions that in any order, will allow me space to design and flourish and not be afraid to part with the beautiful things I've gathered.
Beth Billstrom wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 8:37 PM
My resolutions for 2009 are to keep following my creative muse, laugh daily, love lots, and forgive often....
Linda Ross wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 9:24 PM
Once a month try out a new technique, especially one from your magazine! I have every issue, so maybe I should try for once a week! Also, stop saying yes and try no. Love your magazine, it really gets the creative juices going. Happy New Year
whitney wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 10:28 PM
My resolution is to put myself first and everything that comes with it...delegate more, allow myself more art time, try not to sweat the small stuff, etc...
Ruth Lane wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 10:40 PM
Learn more, create more!
Lynne wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 11:42 PM
I need to finish my daughter's wedding quilt. She celebrated her 4th anniversary this past October. I resolve to finish before her 5th. Hmmm... that's 9 months - definitely doable! 4 blocks down, too many to go.
Sara wrote
on 2 Jan 2009 11:47 PM
I been toying with the idea of banking my salary 100%. I see a long arm in my future...
Jennifer Morlock wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 12:11 AM
Happy New Year! I started working on my resolution a little early this year. Five years ago I formed a 4-H youth quilting group focusing on service for others. My plan for 2009 was to teach the members hand quilting. The quilts we are constructing are small and will be donated to the neonatal unit at St. Vincent Children's Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. My participants went home with needles threaded, ready to hand quilt! It is such a thrill to teach youth the art of quilting as a service project to others. You can check it out on my blog at: While you are there, you can also see my snowmen from the last issue of CPS. They were great fun to make! Happy 2009! I'm looking forward to all the wonderful projects from QA & CPS! Jennifer Morlock
Darcy Thorn wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 5:20 AM
HI Pokey! My resolution is to make money this year before I spend it. In that vein I am decluttering the house with all the stuff that is in my way of doing so. It is 4 am and I am feeling energized. 2009 is going to be great and self fulfiling!
Tami B. wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 8:18 AM
Congrats on reaching 100 posts, lots for me to look over as I'm new to your blog. My resolution centers around my word for the year momentum. Keep things going and build on them in so many areas.
Elaine Koenig wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 8:23 AM
This was a fun "read"! This year I want to get better at machine quilting. Malcom Gladwell's new book,"Outliers",is about how it takes 10 years or 10000 hours to get good at anything. It just takes a lot of practice!
Michelle Cunningham wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 10:30 AM
I've made three resolutions this year -- lose 50 pounds, spend a week at the ocean, and sell five pieces of artwork. Overly ambitious, I know, but I'm type A even in my hobbies . . .
Anita wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 11:26 AM
I just found your blog..I get quilting arts magazine. My goals for this year are to 1) keep my new house clean and organized. 2) more Bible study and prayer time 3) get crafting! I have a stash of great supplies and I need to get using them. the magazine has given me some great ideas so now I need to actually do them.
OLGA wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 11:53 AM
First, Congratulations on your 100 post. Always exciting to read your blog and I thank you for sharing all the inspiration you so generously give!. My resolution for 2009, BE SPECIFIC! I am at a time in my life where I need to know exactly what I want to do with it. I intend to choose my journey and be the Captain of my ship! IT will be interesting, since I am always pleasing everyone else, I WILL TRY ME, FOR ONCE :-)
Lisa wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 12:23 PM
Pokey, OMG those diary entries are a hoot! I was LMAO at the "big brother" threat. I have a diary from when I was 15 (the only year I kept up with one) and it's so funny to read about what was so HUGELY important to me back then. Anyway, resolutions. I don't usually make them; if I don't resolve to do some major, life-changing thing, I won't be disappointed in myself if I don't follow through. I'm more the spontaneous type, doing something the very moment I resolve to do it. Having said that, one of my goals is to continue purging and reorganizing my studio, which I started in November. I've made four trips to Goodwill with a loaded car and it feels great to let go of the things I know I'll never use. It's so nice to have a home for everything instead of piled-up boxes!
Lyn Wolf Jackson wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 1:05 PM
My goal/resolution for 2009 is to look for the "delight" in everything I do or see or hear or participate in. It makes me smile just to think that. Lyn Wolf Jackson, Billings, MT
Peggy Fleming wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 1:26 PM
My goal this year is to get my house organized so that I can have more time to try out some of the things I see in Cloth, Paper, Scissors and to be a better communicator by working on the two blogs I have started - one about my art work and the other to encourage green living for the environmental group I chair.
Tammy wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 2:23 PM
Congratulations on 1 & 1000! My resolution & goals this year are: 1- Only do things I love and to finish them & 2- Use what I have. Not only will my wallet appreciate it, so will my workspace.
Tammy wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 2:24 PM
oh, 100. Resolution & goal #3: Preview &/or spell-check more often.
The Quilt Rat wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 3:07 PM
To get out of my comfort zone. To try as many new ideas and techniques as I can and to tell myself everyday "I am an Artist" until one day I believe it.
Sandra Spagnuolo wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 3:10 PM
Hi Pokey, My goal this year is to start my own blog...first step - high speed internet - is being installed this week! Happy New Year and congratulations on 100 posts!!!
Katina wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 4:15 PM
My first resolution is to go back to work, so I can have money to pay for my excursions into art. My second resolution is to organize my studio so I can find something as soon as I want it instead of wasting time looking for it, and that will also give me more time to actually make art!
Allison R. wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 4:30 PM
My resolution is to USE WHAT I HAVE....which is hard because buying delicious new crafting and fabric is such a thrill! I have enjoyed rummaging through all of my collections and using things, rather than saving them for a later project...Life is too short! Also the second resolution is decluttering and trying to stay organized. Donating anything I haven't used in a while is so cleansing and a good deed. I took a bag of skeins and skeins of yarns that have been sitting in my closet to Creative Club, a club which my mom and I do each Saturday of the month, and a friend is going to send them up to Canada to her 10 year old granddaughter, whom is becoming obsessed with crafting and mixed media. That was the best treat ever!!! I encourage everyone to clean out their creative spaces and donate anything that has just been sitting doing no good for you. It could brighten someone's day :)
natalya wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 5:01 PM
happy new year and happy 100 post! my resolution is to make more art...
Sara wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 5:28 PM
I dedicate my 2009 Resolution(in the form of a six-word memoir) to all of you women out there who make time to create, on top of everything else you do. Thank you! Make dinner... Make art... Make do.
YvonneWilson wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 6:06 PM
I am the luckiest ducky in the world! Two of my new years goals are already fulfilled.Goal 1: This noon I got to see Quilting Arts on PBS for the very first time in our area. I was so thrilled! :) The show was never available before. I loved every minute and immediately got some great ideas for diaries. Goal 2: I finally sat down on the computer and got to comment on this blog, I just couldn't figure this out because the updates were coming through Feedblitz and I couldn't figure out how to get to this main page, and so I computed until I got to this page, and I did it by my own little self, without my kids. THis is a real good roll to start out 2009. I can take the Quilting Arts scene by storm. Goal 3. To make it easier to machine quilt on my domestic at home, my method seems so cumbersome. Goal 4: Sew, Sew, Sew, until my fingers are stiff!!!! I am so pumped about this year, it is the start of a much better era for myself.
Holly Gault wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 7:46 PM
I moved to CA from VT two years ago to move in with my partner -- a boyfriend from 40 years ago and now my first long term relationship. But in learning to live in an intimate relationship in a 320 sq ft house, we have lost the music we each listened to when we were single. My resolution is to bring music back -- buy a CDs or MP3 once a month to color our lives.
Cathy Bullington wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 7:54 PM
OMG! A Kliban kitty! My resolution is to remove all barriers to making my art--I spent my Christmas vacation time cleaning and de-junking the house. It was great! I found things to make art with, bits of inspirations I had saved and forgotten, and had fun going down memory lane with some funky old clothes from the 80's! Can you say big hair, big shoulder pads, and batwing sleeves? I can still smell the Aquanet when I close my eyes..........
Missy Sue Hanson wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 8:54 PM
lol.....I have a stack of old journals as well and it's always a blast to go back through them. Can't wait for what's in store for 2009! Happy New Year!
Jamie Fingal wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 11:02 PM
Congratulations on 100 posts. We ought to have a club. My only resolution for 2009 is to clean up my piles on the floor of my studio. The rest of my aspirations are goals.
Gina Kim wrote
on 3 Jan 2009 11:25 PM
Cheers and Happy 2009 everyone! Since my "keep it simple" resolution was already taken ;), my new year's resolution is to take play very seriously. Yup. I want to liberate my watercolors and collage into a whole new level so that my soul could fly.
Stacey wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 12:15 AM
OMG - I love the diary! My resolution this year is to ebay all of the stuff that my husband and I have accumulated that is just sitting around and taking up room. Think yarn, old sewing machine, scrapbooking things, all of his computer get the idea. Oh - and I hope I win!
Ann Morrell wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 7:29 AM
My 2009 Creative Goal is to master the art of beading and use them on my art quilts. Over the years I have collected small bags of beads, some very small in size, some very large, and some that now seem very ugly and they make you think "What was I thinking?". I turn 65 next month and think that NOW is the time to use them. I also hope to master the threading of an extremely small eyed needle so I can use the above mentioned beads.
Terri wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 9:41 AM
Hi Pokey, Happy New Year to you and all your staff and readers. My resolutions for 2009 are very basic. 1.don't stress about things I can't change; 2.Try hard not to take my nearest and dearest for granted; 3.Exercise more; 4.Spend more time with my husband (which really goes hand in hand with No 2) 5. Try to sew every day - be it beading, quilting, piecing or embroidering.
Doreen Kinkade wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 11:26 AM
Mine is to put things BACK after I have made a project. So that my workspace is larger than 12 x 12 inches. Using from my stash wouldn't hurt either.
Karen C wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 11:41 AM
Congrats on your 100th post! I sure do love reading them. For Christmas my husband gave me series 200 of the TV show and the collage scarf workshop. Both are excellent! Great job! I have a purple index card on my monitor with my goals for 2009: - enter quilt art in a show - think up and submit an article proposal to your magazines - go on an art retreat - write an iPhone app (hmmm, yeah, that last one might seem odd but I'm also a software engineer) Happy 2009!
Colleen wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 11:52 AM
Resolution for 2009? Value what is important and let the rest go. I consider this important for work as well as home life, there is so much we all get so tied up about that just does not matter.
Maeve Binder wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 2:47 PM
I resolve to remain ever vigilant for Pokey's fabric giveaways, try harder to win one of them, and then when I do, let the creative juices explode into awesome, expressive art! (I vow to NOT procrastinate this year, to give my "art thing" more time and thought, and to donate quilts for the homeless, sick children, and women's shelters.) You inspire me, Pokey!
Gayle Sword wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 9:10 PM
My dad died a few months ago, the first time I have experienced a loss so close to me. From that I have a resolution to visit with people who I find out are ill. Let the family know they are being thought of, etc. I had never done this before and I didn't realize until I was in that spot how much people's visits and well wishes meant.
Pam Patton wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 9:19 PM
For 2009 I hope to get back to doing creative things that I want to do - rather than things I have to do... Here are my goals 1. Learn to Knit and/or Crochet - I have been suppressing the urge to do a crochet granny square afghan for several years now. A friend in my guild has agreed to teach me - so hopefully I will be a good student. 2. Monthly Journal Quilt - theme is still WIP - it may be circles - stay tuned... 3. Finish some UFO's - there are several - I will set a realistic goal - maybe 6 and go from there. 4. Use up more of my stash. 5. Collage Journal - I am not sure how to go about this yet but I would like to do a weekly collage in a small sketch book. 6. Start a fiber arts small group - of local people who get together once a month to play and learn from each-other. That's probably enough on top of working a full time job + my assistant is having a baby in Feb. The addition of a new niece or nephew in May My parents 50th wedding anniversary in June And rennovating a new house... I look forward to the inspiration from QA and CPS Magazines! Pam P
Carol Sloan wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 10:08 PM
Hi Pokey! First, Happy New Year! Second, this is SO 100th blog post was Jan.1, 2009 also! We're linked, I tell you! If you get time, run over to my blog and read my post from last's about goals, words for the new year...and a "firmness of Purpose". I love your magazine, the dvd's and all the cool ways that you find to promote the guest artists that you invite to share with everyone. One of my goals this year is to be published in your magazine! I just sent in my very first article for Fibre&Stitch, so you're next! Looking forward to getting to know you this year. Carol Sloan
Pamm wrote
on 4 Jan 2009 11:34 PM
WOW Another year! Happy New Year Pokey and keep the blogs commin'. The diary was a trip down memory lane and I loved it! ! This year I resolve to be a better "ME". That includes my creative side, my working side, my cooking side, etc. I will let my friends and family know they are important to me and I will let my sewing machine know who is the BOSS ! BELIEVE and IT will be...
Violetsrose wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 7:11 AM
My resolution for this year is to enjoy myself more and stop feeling so guilty when I'm spending time doing things that I enjoy
Evelyn Crawford wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 8:37 AM
Loved your diary. Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year to all. My resolution is very simple: Need less!
Marie wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 9:34 AM
My resolution this year is to declutter and clean. I have been cleaning out my grandfather's garage over the last 3 weeks. All I can say is OMG! Walking in and having to turn sideways and walk like a crab to the door means there is too much! My grandpa had even caulked the garage door shut!! (After weeks we triumpantly unsealed the door and enjoyed a sight none of our eyes have ever seen) Pack rat-ism is a bad syndrome and when I look at all of my stash, I don't want that to be a burden to my future family. In the end, most of it is just STUFF. Cleaning is good for the soul and refreshes your living area.
Trish C. wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 10:31 AM
My resolution (before I read anyone else's and change my mind) is to get some smaller pieces made and sold at a local shop. They have expressed an interest and now I need to get some done on a regular schedule.
Joanie Hoffman wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 10:46 AM
I really want to concentrate on what I want to do with art (once I decide what that is) and have already cut down on swaps. Happy New Year! Joanie
sally wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 11:34 AM
Resolution #1: spend less time reading blogs about crafting and more time actually crafting! Resolution #2: get - and keep - the stash under control! Congratulations on making it to 100 posts. I laughed when I saw your journal - I looooved B Kliban!
Sue Martin wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 2:11 PM
My resolution is to finish 3 UFOs before starting another project! Sue M in Minnesota
Amy wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 2:32 PM is so busy with family (I have a 2 year old and a baby due in April) work and trying to find time to stitch I just need to remember to relax and everything will get done when it needs to.
Regina Dunn wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 3:38 PM
I resolve to not accept every challenge that I see in magazines or are given in my art group. I will do some of them, but want to spend most of my creative time making things that originate in my own mind.
Carmen wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 5:46 PM
This year I'm going to learn to draw -- I think that will help me realize my ideas for art quilting.
Puzzle wrote
on 5 Jan 2009 7:19 PM
Congrats. Love the Diary..
Nancy Monson wrote
on 13 Feb 2009 9:43 AM
My goals... 1. Make one art quilt a month. This is a holdover from years' past. I know it will make me feel good to not only devote the time to new small projects, but to produce 12 quilts, so I gotta do it. 2. Do at least 3 of the exercises in each of the books I've bought over the past year (and not just look at them). This goal dovetails nicely with goal #1, since I can use the exercises and all the techniques I've been learning over the past few years in the art quilts. There are some great self-portrait exercises I'd like to try, and there are always Zoey (dog) quilts to be made! 3. Contact an art collective about the possibility of selling some of my quilts. I've sold quilts before and have a few originals I could sell now. Nancy Monson