This is THE year!

by Ramona on January 3, 2014

Yup. This is the year. This is the year FOR SURE!

How many times do I tell myself this year after year? What about you? Do you do the same thing?

It’s those sewing UFO’s–or as I like to call them USP’s (unfinished sewing projects). Most, well amongst the sewers I know—ALL—of us have them. Those projects started with good intentions that get set aside for some reason or another. Perhaps there is a new skill needed to complete the project. It may be just the right button was never found. And of course there are all the wonderful vendors at conference selling things I just know I’ll never see again so if I don’t buy it there, I won’t have it when I want it.

My friends who sew all confess they are as “guilty” as I. Perhaps we shouldn’t think of it as “guilt” because that conjures up that we’ve done something bad. No, no, no. They are works in progress; our skills waiting to be put to task.

I was watching a Fons and Porter quilting show a couple months ago. Something Marianne Fons said caught my attention and I wanted to remember it. The gist was that her Mother or Grandmother had told her that whatever is done on the first day of the new year would set the tone for the entire year. Good advice, I thought. So, this year I set out to put that advice into motion.

The first thing to do was get organized. I spent the first morning of the new year placing and grouping all the projects with their needed supplies in gallon sized zip bags then placing the bags in a big plastic bin. Yay me, again! I don’t have as many as I thought I did!


The next thing was to decide in what order to finish the projects. Would it be by time of year? Would it be by person? Organizing took up the morning, so now it was time for some lunch as I pondered the question.

I decided I’d finish them in order of how much time each needed to be completed. The first USP would only take a couple of hours, so that is where I began.

Last April I did a webinar project called “Words to Treasure: Baby’s First Quilt”. The project showed working with printer fabric and taking words from the new mom’s Facebook page and hand writing them around the border. The binding had been stitched on, and the sleeve added, so the only unfinished part was the hand stitching securing the binding to the back of the wall hanging. I didn’t have time to do the hand stitching before presenting the webinar like I wanted so it had to be set aside to begin a new webinar project. There it sat and I kept telling myself I would finish it…but then as you know, life gets in the way. 

I had gathered what I needed which was just the hand sewing thread. I grabbed the bag and the first afternoon of the new year (thanks again, Marianne!) was spent completing that wall hanging.


It took only a couple of hours to complete the stitching What a good feeling to have something accomplished!!!

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I signed the sleeve and it is ready to ship off…


well…as soon as I get the Halloween quilt completed that is. Yup, another USP. Of course this little girl needs her first Raggety Ann doll, and the striped fabric for the stockings for the doll was in the store for Christmas, so I picked that up along with the pattern so I’d have it when I do the doll…oops, another USP! But, hey, now I know I won’t have to go searching for the fabric and not find it when I’m ready to work on little Raggety Ann! In the bin they are and as you can see, I’ve run out of gallon sized zip bags…which reminds me, I need to put that on my shopping list!


I have my projects. I’ve assembled everything needed and put them in order of the least amount to be finished in the front.


This jacket is cut and the interfacing applied so probably just about 3-4 hours to complete it will be next on the list.


I got this fabric and pattern from Louise Cutting’s booth in Florida last year. After the jacket is finished, it will be next. It is cut but that’s all, so probably about another afternoon to complete.


I bought this beautiful batik and pattern from a vendor at conference last summer and hope to have it finished to wear at conference this year. Oh, wait! Did I just make a commitment? Please don’t hold me to it!

I do have three quilts to complete as well. One top done that just needs to be put on the frame and quilted. A tee-shirt quilt for our son that hasn’t even been started, and another quilt for a friend that I can’t wait to get started on.

2014 is going to be a good year! It’s going to be a year of accomplishment. Getting things done. Of course, I’m not silly enough not to know that there won’t be more fabric and pattern temptations. But I won’t be “guilted”. For everything I finish I figure that gives me permission for something new!

May 2014 be a good sewing year for you!

Sew ’til next time, enjoy the journey of sewing….







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