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I love all things sewing!  It's all about the creative journey.  All my blog posts are letters to my sewing alter-ego - Lola!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Only "resewlutions" here!

Dear Lola,

At this time of year, everyone likes to make their annual New Year's resolutions. They like to vow to lose weight, get organized, travel, learn a new skill, be nicer to loved ones and appreciate life more. It's a time-tested, noble tradition and I ordinarily make a list of my own resolutions.

This year, I decided that I'm unlikely to lose weight, get organized or travel more.  Don't get me wrong, I'd be happy with attaining any and all of these resolutions - but they just don't excite me as much as some "Resewlutions" I have!  I know, it's a completely made-up word - but what the heck. There are lots of words that make it into our vocabulary that start out as completely made-up!

So here goes - my list of Resewlutions:

  • Learn hand embroidery.  This is huge for me.  I hate handwork!  I avoid it like the plague.  But, the stitches are so pretty, I realized that I have to get over my fear and take the plunge.
  • Make a T-Shirt Quilt - At Christmas 2013, I promised my daughter-in-law I would make her a T-Shirt Quilt.  This past spring, she brought me the T-shirts and I need to finish this project up.  It will be my first foray into the land of T-Shirt Quilting - I don't know if I will love it, but I am excited to make something for one of my most favorite people on the planet. 
  • Master machine applique.  I love the look of machine appliqué - but I have never had the patience to work on improving my technique.  I need to apply some enthusiastic practice and maybe I can find a way to acquire this skill.
  • Organize my fat quarters!  I know - you are silently laughing to yourself.  I've been saying this one forever.  But I mean it, 2016 is the year I get this mess under control.  I'm tired of all those crazy plastic bins and the hunting-mess that I create every time I'm looking for a fat quarter.
  • Throw away or give away all my old books and magazines.  Let's face it - I hate dusting them!  Most things can be found on the internet and I have been hanging on to these outdated magazines and books for far too long.
  • Make 5 charity quilts.  This resewlution is a no-brainer.  If I make 5 charity quilts - I just might get rid of some of those unwanted fat quarters! It will make me feel great to do something nice for someone else too.

I'm sure I will continue to add to my list throughout the year.  The amazing thing about resewlutions is how making them is so much fun!  I've never been this excited to sit down and make a list for the New Year.  Long live the resewlution!