A Lovely Year of Finishes, December

Well, Hallelujah! 

My December goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes has been met. The Quilt of Valour flimsy I've been working on is finished!!!

I've prepared a backing using a print that reminds me of poppies. It's been in my stash for years waiting for just the right quilt, and I think it works here. There was just enough fabric to make a pillowcase, too.

Now I can't wait to get this quilted, bound, and ready to give away!

I'm so happy that ALYoF will carry on for another year! I plan to continue linking up with Melissa and Shanna each month, setting and working toward goals. What about you? Will you join in, too? It's very motivating, and lots of fun to see what everyone else is doing!

Remember the quilt that was on the frame before Christmas?

It's done...and so is its twin!

I was all caught up by the 22nd, so have been enjoying my holiday guilt free. 

In fact, last week I had a whole, uninterrupted, glorious day in my sewing room! 
I read, tidied and organized, stitched a postcard, cut border fabric for the QofV top (now finished), and daydreamed. It was fabulous. I want more of that!!! 

Which brings me to another topic... 


Yvonne @ QuiltingJetGirl has a "15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015" linky party going until the end of the month, so I thought I'd join in. (You are invited, too, of course!)

15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

Carole's 15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015

I resolve to:
  1. Plan regular times for "dreaming and doing" by settling into my sewing room without a particular agenda.

  2. Practice morning yoga to keep my neck, shoulders and knees in good shape for long hours at the quilting frame.

  3. Take better advantage of online subscriptions by accessing them more often. When life gets busy this is one of the first activities I cut, BUT there always seems to be time for Facebook. Time to flip that around!

  4. Submit a quilt to Quilt Canada. There, I've said it! Eeek!

  5. Dive in and take the first step toward becoming a certified quilt judge through CQA/ACC. Opportunity knocks, and I really want to open that door!

  6. Participate in reader challenges offered through Quilting Arts magazine.

  7. Join SAQA Already done!

  8. Participate in fiber art challenges offered by SAQA.

  9. Go to Sisters, Oregon for "A Quilters Affair". Oh, my gosh! This will be visit number three! I had thought it would be a one time thing, but it is just so ding, dang wonderful that I want to go again and again!

  10. Do only the things that make my heart sing. There is no time for mediocre projects or experiences!

  11. Read every word of every book in my quilting library - again! What a lovely thought. :-)

  12. Remember that not everything I make has to be perfect, or even all that good. It can just be an opportunity for growth.

  13. Take risks and allow experimentation.

  14. Elevate my skill level by practicing the things I learn from books, videos, classes, and my own experiments.

  15. Print this list and refer to it daily!

Lots of hard work will be involved for these resolutions to come alive, but I'm sufficiently motivated. (See resolution #10) 
Putting them out here for all to see doesn't hurt, either!

Thanks, Yvonne, for encouraging this time of thought and focus. Now I shall snoop around and see what others are planning for 2015!

Linking up with:
A Lovely Year of Finishes, at Sew BitterSweet Designs and Fiber of All Sorts
15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015, at QuiltingJetGirl

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  1. Congrats on getting the top finished. It looks lovely. And I've been working on my list of fifteen. Most of mine hinge around your #10--enjoyment.

  2. Thanks for sharing your list of quilty resolutions. It is amazing how easy it is to make time for facebook :) I love your 10th resolution too--so easy to forget! Happy New Year!

  3. Thanks so much for linking up! Your list is inspiring - I really like the daily yoga you suggest. I fell off that bandwagon a few months ago (probably when I needed it the most), and it is something I needed to be reminded of again, so thank you! I hope you have a fabulous 2015!

  4. Your quilt looks amazing, that backing fabric is just perfect. And a very inspiring list, I have a horrible cold at the moment and am completely listless in every sense of the word, so inspiration is definitely needed! Happy New Year to you all.

  5. Congrats on you finish and good luck with your resolution! Sounds pretty good and you sound very determined! Happy New Year!

  6. still laughing about 11 I have soooo many books never read. Good luck to you, and entering is just a lot of hoops to jump thru, you can do it! Choosing a category is very important. LeeAnna at Not Afraid of color

  7. Excellent list of goals. I hope to start crossing things off mine in the near future.


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