Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2013 Prospects

At first I thought I was not going to partake in any of this New Year's Resolution stuff, both in real life and my quilting life.  I prefer to live every day to the best of my ability and not be afraid of new things at any time of the year.  And quilting and crafting, well, I just don't need the self imposed pressure.

Then I started thinking about my growing stash, and items I have recently ordered and I decided I better focus myself!!  Each of the items I plan to create are exciting to me, so I hope to enjoy the process.

My first new project of the year is my embroidery, this will become a mini quilt for me.  I am not sure how it will evolve, I am taking it one step at a time.  Last month I decided I would embroider a heart, then flowers, then I wondered what they really symbolized to me and in the end I chose a lizard.  A lizard may seem unconventional to some, but I used to have a 'thing' for lizards and during that phase I tattooed one on my ankle!  I also painted a lizard in every room of my first house.  Some rooms it was visible, other rooms it was hidden.  I am sure the people who bought the house thought I was crazy when they discovered them all.  I don't have any in my current house.  Maybe I should add one or two?

I looked up the meaning of lizards and came up with this:  

Just as the lizard is able to drop its tail in order to escape danger, 

so the lizard totem shows us the principles of letting go and self-protection 

It will have to work.  

I have seen a lot of lizards drawn similar to the one I drew, but it is not a copy of any particular one.  I drew the pattern on paper, then used a transfer pencil to transfer it to my fabric.  Thread is different to work with than pen, so I changed my flower slightly to work with the embroidery floss.  I have also changed my original plan for the tail and am still undecided on how to fill in the body.

Here is a list of my 2013 prospects (I will not guarantee any of the following finishes, because I tend to get distracted and start new projects - but I promise myself to try and make them my priority, one at a time).

1.  Lizard mini quilt:: embroidery started
2.  My Daughter's Farmer's Wife quilt :: various stages of completeness
3.  My Son's quilt :: not yet started
4.  Knit Entrelac Cowl :: I registered for a Craftsy course and am waiting on my supplies
5.  Knit Entrelac Cape :: same as above and the real reason I wanted to take the course
6.  Lark Kaleidoscope quilt :: fabric's stashed away, just need the courage to start it.
7.  Fleece Slippers for me :: I made one in November - I must make the second one.
8.  Cathedral Window quilt :: Top is complete

The biggest thing standing in my way right now, I have no sewing machine!  It is in the shop for the second time in under two months.  I am currently shopping around, trying to decide what I want.  In the meantime I am picking up my Mom's tomorrow.  She is letting me borrow it for a little while.  I cannot wait to try it out.

I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
this week guest hosted by Heidi at Buttons and Butterflies.
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