Hau’oli Makahiki Hou – Happy New Year!

I don’t know about you, but it seemed the end of 2013 would never get here! We have had quite an interesting year filled with a lot of soul searching resulting in some final decisions made…some sad, some exciting…but we are ready to meet the challenges ahead.

Having said that, resolutions are what are foremost in our thoughts today.  But I have found, for me, resolutions is a strong word. One definition says it is “a course of action determined or decided on”.  The words “action”  and “determined” are words that seem to trip most people.  So I say let’s rethink the new year with goals.  They are “a desired result a person envisions, plans and commits to achieve a desired end-point usually within a deadline.” Somehow that sounds a bit less rigid to me.  The end result is basically the same but I think this sounds easier.

If you don’t have any goals for the new year, here are mine and maybe they can help start your 2014 on a positive footing!

  1. De-clutter and simplify! For us this actually started in 2013 so this will continue until we move.  Financially we can’t take all the stuff to Hawaii and we are learning less is more is so very true! It applies to us quilters as well! Our grandmothers only needed one pair of scissors, a few cardboard templates and one scrap bag of fabric to create beautiful quilts. If you don’t LOVE it, USE it or FINISH it…move it out!
  2. Use up the fabric scraps in my plastic tub.  I will share more on this tomorrow and I know most of you have one of these space hogging beasts, too! There is almost 20 pounds in this one particular plastic tub that sits quietly on the floor of my closet. It needs to feel some love and I am determined to rekindle those past feelings and get creative! It also helps me achieve the goal listed above. Aren’t I just the clever one?!
  3. Finish at least one UFO.  If I can do more than that – GREAT! If not, one will meet the goal. See…much easier!
  4. Make at least 12 quilts or one a month.  If your stash is like mine, it is time to get serious about making the quilts we ooh-ed and aah-ed over, using the fabrics we “had to have” and just getting them DONE! If it knocks out a UFO along the way, all the better!
  5. Teach a newbie-quilter how to make a quilt or at least take them to a quilt shop, quilt show or retreat so they understand why you spend so much time at one or all of the above! Our “hobby” is quite easy to learn and we should always recruit new victims, right?!
  6. Try a new technique or pattern style. The Modern Quilt movement is exciting and I want to get a bit more familiar with it. Maybe you want to use a new tool or try new colors…get out of your comfort zone and go for it!

Those are my quilting goals for 2014.  Only six over the next 12 months.  W-A-Y less daunting than the resolutions we usually think of and honestly, very doable!  Of course, you can have more or less…it’s the envisioning and fun along the way that keeps us on task.

I would love to know what you plan for the new year! Leave a comment, challenge a friend (buddy up and do it together!) and let’s encourage one another to have a Sew Happy New Year!

I leave you with this Chinese Proverb as my encouragement!

Chinese proverb

Oh, and besides all of those goals, the hubster and I want to learn to speak Hawaiian! So you can learn along if you like.  Here is how to say Happy New Year…Hau’oli Makahiki Hou (pronounced how-oh-lay ma-ka-hee-key ho)

It just sounds happy, doesn’t it? Happiness to you all in 2014!


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