Moda Designers Share New Year’s Resolutions

Not everyone likes New Year’s resolutions. But others appreciate the opportunity to start the year anew, with bright eyes and a clean slate. We asked Moda designers to share their resolutions with us, and with you. We’d also love to hear YOUR resolutions—let us hear about them in the Comment section. (And I don’t know about you, but my idea of a great New Year’s Eve/Day includes at least a little bit of time with fabric, needles, and thread. Wishing you a Happy New Year and Happy Sewing!)

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Janet: Apart from the usual eat healthy/ exercise resolutions (that I’ve been happily ignoring for years now) mine is to slow down and learn to relax. I choose a word for the year and 2016’s will be ‘savour’: Savour (v.) to enjoy and appreciate something to the full, especially by lingering over it.

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Betsy: Here is my resolution for 2016 along with the usual losing weight and getting more exercise…learn EQ7.

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Also, to have a better relationship with time. I’m always down to the last minute meeting deadlines. I’m always busy. Time gets away from me. I would like to beat the clock, with time to spare.

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Lynne Hagmeier

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Lynne: My goal for the Christmas break was to finish cataloging my newest antique quilt purchases. The pile on the chair is about half of what needs to be photographed from this last year. Since it’s quickly approaching 2016, it’s made the list of New Year’s resolutions.cupboard of antique quilts

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  1. Do my “minimum-yoga” every day: Close my eyes, take a deep breath. Or two. Raise my hands, stretch, breathe. Feel my heartbeat. Breathe. And that’ it really… nothing complicated.
  2. Say more “no” without explanations.
  3. Sewing related? Well, on my list is to reproduce an antique sampler quilt!
  4. Business? The launch of my new pdf-pattern-webshop!

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Luke Haynes: LOTS of resolutions, mostly about what not to overeat and to take more naps. I am joining a climbing gym in January. I will also be working on smaller projects. (Personally, I am not one for resolutions. I try and do that throughout the year, for better or worse.)

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Sherri McConnell (on the left): I do have a big quilting resolution: to get my scraps under control by making one scrap quilt each quarter! I’ll be tracking my progress on my blog and IG to keep myself motivated!

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Kaari Meng: My New Year’s resolutions include taking more quilting classes—hopefully with Heather Jones and Denyse Schmidt! I am also learning how to ride a cutting horse and plan on continuing my lessons twice a week. And finally, I started stitching every morning for an hour and would like to stick to it!

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Jan: My husband said that I should resolve to go to more fabra-holic meetings. Unfortunately my fabra-holic meetings take place at the local quilt shop.

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Kathy: I want to work on a wall hanging which will simply be for my enjoyment! The backing will be flannel so that I can turn it over and use it as a small design wall when I need one. For the past year I have just had the flannel hanging there. Not too pretty! Time to get started!

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Kathy Schmitz’s design wall/wall-hanging to-be.

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Pat: I have always set up goals for my year. Like many other, some I reach, some I…well…some I add back for another try! 2016 is going to be a very fun year, I have a lot of projects planned, teaching events, sew alongs for you, books, fabrics…and goals!  Sometimes I actually try and make goals that are realistic and attainable, even if they are rolled back into the mix!  So here we go, for the whole world to see:

  • Actually move some of my UFOs out of my house. This goal is a remix, mmmm…it may actually be ON the list every year!  But in 2016 I plan to eliminate six to ten UFOS. I think that is a reasonable amount!
  • I’ve done a word-of-the-year for a long time. Some years I totally knock it out of the park and love my word, other years after February I’ve forgotten about it. This year I’m going to use my word and keep it right up front with me. I have not yet decided on what it will be, but you can follow along at my website (be sure to join my newsletter so you are first to know what it is!)
  • And a personal goal is to get out and walk every day that I can. I sit a lot for work, and for my hobby. Getting my body moving is important!

I am so excited for 2016, please join me!

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Beth Snyder (fourth from the left, above): My New Year’s Resolution is to spend at least 10 minutes a day in my sewing room, even if that’s just tidying up or playing with fabric. I know to some people, 10 minutes sounds like nothing, but with a busy family and business, just getting into the room will keep my creativity flowing. Besides, I know perfectly well once I get in there, I’ll probably sit down and actually accomplish something. Even if it’s 10 minutes at a time, that can add up!

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Kate: Sewing: I’d love to broaden my skills and learn how to sew curves. Personal: I hope to read more, paint more, and sew more. To help make those goals easier, we canceled our cable TV *today*!

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Deb: My New Year’s Resolutions are: To get moved into our new home (next door to our grandsons!) and new community. And of course….eat better and exercise more!

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Anne Sutton: One of my resolutions for 2016 is to learn a new craft. Every year I beg my friend Barbara for more pairs of knitted socks. She’s 82 and it’s getting harder for her to knit, so I’ve decided it’s time to learn. We have a knitting day planned for January 2. My two granddaughters, Alyssa and Michaela, are coming over and Barbara’s going to teach us how to knit socks. We are all so excited about this! I’ve ordered fingering yarn and circular needles. We all picked out our favorite colors and hopefully we’ll have three more knitters in the world as of Saturday! I’ve attached a photo of socks Barbara’s knitted for me.

Socks knitted by Anne's friend (and future teacher) Barbara.

Socks knitted by Anne’s friend (and future teacher) Barbara.

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Anne and her granddaughters will use this yarn to learn to knit socks.

I also want to spend more time on embroidery and wool applique. I’m passionate about both of these, but unless I actually schedule time for them, something else always comes up. Seems to me these would be great evening projects, while I’m watching all the shows I’ve taped.

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Corey: My resolution isn’t too fancy and you’re probably hearing a lot of this but I’m hoping to bust some UFO’s in 2016. My plan is to organize by progress, i.e. just needs binding; completed quilt top/needs quilting and binding; completed blocks that need to be assembled into a quilt top/quilted/bound; incomplete blocks; and lastly, projects with supplies purchased but not started at all. I will try to work on these UFO’s around other new projects—I know there will be a lot of new projects! Hopefully I can knock out some of these or send them on to a new home to be completed elsewhere if I just don’t see myself finishing it in the foreseeable future.

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So there you have it! What are your resolutions? And Happy 2016!

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12 comments on “Moda Designers Share New Year’s Resolutions

  1. SusanJ says:

    Great resolutions from featured designers-I need more, boy those were good!

  2. Regina says:

    Jan Patek’s response is my FAVORITE!!!!!!

  3. Mary Andra says:

    Lots of inspiration for all of us. Great posting. Thank you Linzee.

  4. Pam P. says:

    Finishing up some ufos definitely makes the list and I’d also like to try knitting. I’ll be having surgery soon so my most immediate goal is to be a good patient 🙂 and be a good recover-er. Best wishes to you all for a happy and healthy New Year!!

  5. Ramona Chester says:

    My “word” for the year goes along with the need to clear out some UFOs. The word is FINISH. It was a word suggested on a blog about keeping your home clean and advised to finish whatever task you were working on before moving to anything else. Not easy for those of us easily distracted. Pieced tops, random blocks, they are all just fabric until they are made into something. With my UFO pile, I am going to shoot for at least one a month.

  6. Mama Pris Phillips says:

    I really like Ramona Chester’s word “finish!” What a great word… I’m going to think on that one. I too plan to finish several UFO’s this year. (I actually think that quilters’ unfinished projects should be called UFQs!!) My daughter is getting married in August – so a wedding quilt is on the Must Do list!!

    I’m also working on a goal of 20 quilts to be made and donated by myself and a couple friends to our local NICU. (We have 3 in use already and several almost finished, to donate.) The isolette beds are huge, so the quilts to cover them need to be 60″ square. We call them Wee Ones Quilts. We are also making and collecting smaller “tummy time” baby quilts to gift to the families of these preemie babies.

    Personally…. getting down to a size 14 or 16 dress (from a 20) by the wedding… and walking more are on the list. Spiritually, participating in IF:EQUIP online Bible study, and reading 3 or 4 non fiction books, along with the usual fiction suspense I love to curl up with. As with last year, calling my best friend a couple times a week is on the list… staying in touch, since I now live 5 hrs away! I’m also working with a trauma therapist on some emotional healing that’s needed. Goals are subject to change… But I try to keep them realistic! Oh… and sew 10 min a day!! Bit by bit things will get done!!

    Happy New Year!!

  7. I am chasing lots of endorphins this year. I love how great they make me feel. I just don’t understand why I am so reluctant to exercise to get them. Also, I am going to do lots more sewing. My stash is all organized in a new closet. I must severely decrease the amount of fabric by making and finishing lots of projects. Sounds like lots of fun!

  8. Kathy Howard says:

    I am not good at resolutions. I have a few UFO’s that I should finish. I just downloaded a free pattern that is a simple pattern, but I think it would be great for a baby quilt (maybe smaller than the pattern) that would use some of my pre-cut scraps and other fabrics. I need something easy to get me back into quilting. I have been sidetracked with doing digital fabric design; it is a lot of fun, but not as profitable as I had hoped. I might as well use the fabric I have on hand.

  9. My number one goal is to create at least one quilt without any major hiccups. This past year has been full of setbacks in my quilting world. I can’t even imagine how great that will feel! And secondly, I want to get some Kangoo boots and get this body movin again! Some where along the way i stopped making time for excercise and thats got to change!

  10. Kate Pearson says:

    Such wonderful ideas and inspiration. My favorite is from Kathy Schmitz- using flannel on the back of a wall hanging to create a design wall- genius! I will get started today with some great reproduction fabric I just bought on sale!.
    My goal this year is to pay more attention to small blessings- my pets, birds singing, music, etc. I am not going to continue my pattern of running through my life. I just joined a group that meets twice a month on hand work so I plan to finally start on my Dear Jane quilt.

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