Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012, I'm going to eat you!

Dear 2012,

So far you’re not being very kind, especially yesterday, but that’s okay because I’m learning resiliency. I asked a lot of 2011 and here’s what worked:

1.      Lose weight: 30 pounds, baby! Oh yeah!
2.      Opera singing lessons: I was proficient in 3 octaves within 3 months. My teenage son told me one day that I sound good. Yeah, that’s a serious compliment!
3.      Find balance: yoga, school, home, work. It’s not perfect but certainly supportive and encouraging intermingling going on there.
4.      Continue being lucky: I won so many awesome quilting things it’s bizarre.

This year’s resolutions are:
1.      Lose about 15 more pounds and gain strength. Weight training here I come.
2.      Go on a date.
3.      Finish quilting projects that have been sitting around. One per month would be nice.
4.      Simplify: Throw/give things away, unsubscribe from emails, etc.
5.      Diet: Eat tasty, nutritional, protein-rich meals at home.
6.      Travel somewhere interesting.
7.      Continue being lucky.

Seeing as this is a quilting blog, I’m going to start with #3. Quilter in the Gap is hosting a FAL (Finish-a-Long) for those of us who need a freaking audience or kick in the arse inspiration. And there’s even prizes for the partygoers who get their shitake mushrooms together and finish something.
Item #1: Across the Sea QAL. I love this quilt so far, but it’s been in this condition since September. It needs a back, quilting, and binding.

Item #2: Hollyhocks and Lemondrops quilt. This was started, oh, 2008 maybe. Needs petals, backing, quilting, binding. All those flowers cut by hand. Which is why I’m not giving up on it, even though I’m not quite so in love anymore…

And it looks like this is my 100th post so I’ll need to give something away here pretty quick (oh, that counts as resolution #4, right?)


  1. Your quote about those who need an audience/kick in the pants is hilarious. Love the cross quilt. :) And I'm inspired by all you accomplished in 2011! Good luck on the 2012 list! :)

  2. It looks like you already have your leaves cut out so that's a start. Your resolutions are a lot like mine. I started losing weight last year too. Good luck!

  3. I am seriously impressed with all you did in 2011 which simply convinces me that will get all you set your mind to done in 2012. Thanks for linking up and playing with us!! I am so excited I get to watch your progress!!!

  4. Quilt it up my dear! You can do it!

    Can't wait to see your finishes and here's to achieving all those things on your list. :)

  5. 30 lbs! you are amazing! i need to loose 10 to 15 also. i am impressed you wrote out your goals for 2012, i need to the same! ;) love those quilts... it will be fun to watch your progress!

  6. Good job on your 2011 resolutions! You kicked butt! I intend to kick butt this year - it's hard to keep on top of things tho - so good luck with this years resolutions.
    The quilt top looks lovely, can't wait to see you finish it. You can do it!
    Also, if you could send some luck my way would be nice ;)

  7. I wonder if I make a resolution to be lucky, would that help? Ha ha! I do see your name pop up as a winner quite often.

    I am planning to lose some weight this year, too, just need to get myself together and get going.

    I love the bright cheeriness of both quilts.

  8. You've reminded me I haven't finished my 'across the sea' either! I love the colours you've used!

  9. Such great writing! You get me chuckling every time (especially the cross out!) Losing weight is HUGE (no pun intended, well, maybe)maybe you can send some of your destash my way, as my resolution is to buy less! hee-hee!

  10. finishing - ugh. i have a pile of quilts (across the sea too!) that need quilted. is there a name for those unquilted -but finished- tops? i'll have to look into the FAL, maybe that will get me motivated. :) happy 2012!

  11. congrats on the 100th post dear!!

    and I have my across the sea quit on my finish list too, we can be finish buddies :)


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