I discovered blogs in late 2007 and they have served as inspiration and encouragement for me ever since. At that time, I was bothered by what I considered to be my lack of "industriousness" because I did not feel I got my projects done quickly enough, if at all. To that end, I gave myself a challenge in 2008 to try to complete one project a month (although said projects did not have to have been started in the same month as completed). Seeing so many bloggers post their Works In Progress lists and pictures of their ongoing projects and finishes, I was really inspired to "stay on task" with my own. As a result, I did get eleven projects done last year - a new record for me even if I did not ultimately meet my goal. I hope to show those projects in upcoming posts.What last year's experience proved was that it was possible for me to focus on my projects if I made it a personal priority. This year my desire is to maintain the same level of focus to successfully pursue my projects and hopefully even complete them in a "reasonable" amount of time although I don't have any specific "number to complete" goal. I am more concerned with not letting myself get bogged down when a project is a little harder than expected or put it aside indefinitely when it takes a turn I didn't expect. I can accept when a project has gone as far as inspiration will allow at the moment and needs to be set side for awhile or if it has served a purpose and need not be finished. My other goal this year is to get more comfortable with my machine quilting so that step does not indefinitely delay the finish of a quilt.
I have learned over the years that each project, whether completed or not, is another step on what has been a glorious quilting journey and I look forward to them all!