There’s something so exciting about unwrapping a new calendar from its package and thinking about all the possibilities for the new year. You can wash away the fact that you’ve eaten like a trash panda for the past two months and make resolutions to eat better or exercise more. You can think about how you could have been a better friend over the past year and resolve to do better this year. And if you’re a quilter, you’ve been going through your sewing room and Instagram and trying to decide what the next year will bring you.

happy new year on gold glitter background

My Crazy Quilty Resolution for 2019

I’m doing the same thing here this week. Buy my quilty resolution for 2019 might just surprise you. I’m resolving to create more UFOs this year.

Yep. You read that right. More UFOs (unfinished objects), WIPs (works in progress), and PHDs (projects half done)!

This girl is crazy! But let me explain why this is something that I need to do. Over the past few years, I resolved to knock out as many of these projects as I could. And I needed that. I had some projects that had sat in my pile for over ten years. It was time to either finish them or abandon them. Their age and existence was wearing me down, preventing me from being as creative as I could be. It was making me not enjoy this art we love so much.

And then… the list was down to nearly nothing. I’d walk into my sewing room and not be motivated to work on the few projects I had left in the pile. At the same time, I was hesitant to start anything new that might inspire me because I was supposed to be clearing a project list – not adding to it. That lack of motivation led to me not quilting nearly as much as I used to. Maybe it’s a little vain of me, but that’s why you noticed – please say you noticed! – I haven’t been here in a while.

So in 2019, I’m adding to my UFO/WIP/PHD list. I’m going to start all the projects. I’m going back to days where I could work on a half dozen projects in one day and never get bored or feel like I’m in a rut. And that makes me pretty excited. I hope you’ll stick with me to see what I start – and finish – in 2019.

I wish you and your family a very happy new year. May you start all the projects that catch your fancy.

Quilt on, Joni