Friday, January 1, 2010

Sewing Goals for 2010

I don't really make New Year's Resolutions, but I do like to set some goals.  I find it pretty easy to set sewing goals.  There are still so many things I would like to make, techniques I would like to learn, patterns to try, etc.  In an attempt to be reasonable, but also give myself some direction, here are my goals for 2010:

1.  Go fabric shopping in Toronto.

I live about 90 minutes from Toronto, but I have no idea what sort of fabric stores are there.  I'm sure there are some and I'd like to check them out.

2.  Knit the owl sweater.

I have never knit myself a sweater.  Vests, socks, slippers, scarfs, mittens, etc for myself and several sweaters for my kids, but none for me.  It has always seemed a little daunting to me.  But, I thought this was a great pattern and in a chunky-weight yarn, so I think I can do it.

3.  Make a modern quilt for our living room wall.

I love all the modern quilts people are making and we have a big bare wall that needs something on it.  Finding the right pattern and fabric will be a challenge for me.

4.  Give my blog a facelift.

I haven't really changed or improved anything since I started blogging.  It's time.

5.  Work on projects for art/craft show a little at a time all year long.

I was invited to be part of an art show in November.  I know that leaving it until the last minute will take all of the fun right out of it, so I'm hoping to build my stock gradually over the months.  First off, I need to decide what to make/sell.

6.  Purchase an Ottobre magazine and try at least two patterns.

I did a lot of modifing patterns for my kids' clothes in the last year.  Simplifying this process sounds good to me.  While I would need to trace off Ottobre patterns, it would be really nice to have someone else do the designing/planning part and I think it would save me some time and energy.

7.  Make a great white shirt.

This is a 2009 rollover.

8.  Make a wool coat.

I purchased wool coating about three years ago and haven't had a chance (or the courage) to make a coat with it yet.  2010 is going to be the year.  I'm hoping to use Simplicity 2508.  This is high on the project list so that I can still wear it while it is winter.

9.  Clean out the fabric stash.

I have a lot of fabric that I will likely never use.  I'm finding my fabric closet is pretty full and cluttered and it is hard to find what I'm looking for.  Clutter makes me feel agitated and I'd like to feel inspired, not agitated by my fabric stash.

10.  Comment more on other sewing blogs.

I faithfully read a lot of sewing blogs and really enjoy them.  I don't often take the time to comment.  I love getting comments on my blog and can't imagine that other people don't, too.  So, I'm going to start taking the time.

Okay, ten goals.  I think I can do that.  Actually, I'm quite inspired to get started right now!  Buh-bye!


  1. They all sound like reasonable goals :)

    I'm not a quilter but wanted to learn years ago so I did take some classes and I also made a wall quilt from this book.. " Quick Watercolor Quilts"... it is a very fun technique with lots of options for wall quilts.

  2. Great goals! Good luck on them! :P

  3. Toronto has an excellent textile district ... Queen Street West between Spadina and Bathurst is the main area I frequent. There are many fabric stores in the area, my favourites are L.A. Fabrics, Chu Shing Textiles (incredible silks), and the Wool House ... and if you want a chuckle, go and visit the World Sew Centre (those of you who have been there will know what I am referring to!!). Have fun!

  4. i live 6 hours from toronto and went this year for the first time, and queen st. w and spadina are the places to go, like anonymous said. give yourself some time and zip down to the one on king street, you won't be disappointed.

  5. #10 is something I should do too. So, here I am ... commenting. LOL! Good luck with your goals, and enjoy a Happy New 2010!

  6. Thank you, Jackie and anonymous, for the Toronto fabric shopping info. Very helpful!

  7. Those are great goals for 2010!