Friday, January 1, 2010

happy new year!

I wonder if January 1 is the most popular day for blog posting? It does seem right up there with writing down resolutions in a journal! I wasn't blogging last January, but if I had been, my goals for 2009 would have been:
  • Make an effort to reconnect with old friends
  • Teach myself how to quilt by making one Project Linus quilt each month
I did pretty good on the first goal. I took two trips (Nashville, TN and Ames, IA) with my daughter to visit two very dear old friends, and it was so wonderful. I'm hoping to continue with that this year. I'll definitely make the time to visit a couple friends in Texas when I'm back for the family reunion in October, and maybe a trip to visit another friend in Chicago. I'm really appreciating that it's getting easier to travel with my daughter as she gets older. Yay for potty training!

I did AWESOME on the second goal, if I do say so myself! I didn't technically complete it, but I'm still declaring victory in the form of:

9 completely finished Project Linus quilts...

6 swaddling blankets, and 2 "quiltlets" (everything but batting)...

4 more quilts basted and ready for quilting (just this past week - oh my aching back!)...

and 2 tops, 2 backs, and binding for Margaret's Hope Chest and 3 quilt tops for Give a Kid a Quilt...

Meanwhile, I did some quilting of my own! One doll quilt for my daughter, one quiltie for a swap, a quiltlet for my daughter, 5 thrifted/vintage linen quilts (3 given away!), and two quilt tops.

Add to that - starting a blog, doing some other crafty projects, a couple tutorials, a few fun giveaways, AND making some really awesome bloggy friends!! Whew - I'm glad I took the time to write that all up, because now I feel GREAT about all I accomplished last year. Sweet!!!

Here are my goals for next year:
  • Continue making Project Linus quilts, and attend as many monthly meetings as possible.
  • Lose the extra 15 (okay fine, 20!) pounds of "baby" weight I've been lugging around for the last 3 years. I haven't been able to wear my wedding ring since I was 6 months pregnant, and I miss it!!
  • Lose the frump. Working from home has made me so careless about my appearance. Time to update the wardrobe, get a haircut, get back to wearing a little makeup (at least on the weekends!).
  • Do better about replying to blog comments. I do appreciate every single one of them, I just generally suck at email!
Happy new year to everyone! Here's to a fabulous 2010!!


  1. WOW. I am so impressed by how much you got done! Amazing.

  2. Whoa. I'm in awe!!! You seriously rocked the quilting this year, Evelyn! And good luck on those goals for 2010. They are definitely possible and sound more than reasonable. You can DO it!!! :)

  3. you rocked 2009...i can't imagine what amazing things you are going to do in 2010. all those quilts for project linus are amazing. it is so great that you do that. really amazing

  4. PL is lucky to have you!!! I'm impressed with all you've accomplished this year.

  5. I'm amazed at all your PL work, and think your goals sound great! I could use some de-frumpifying myself. I totally understand the lack of personal effort after having a child.

  6. So nice to find your blog! Thank you for the note. I can hardly believe we are moving your way. We are so excited for the adventure ;)

  7. Ok late response, but just happened across your blog and I saw that you mentioned Project linus. We have adopted 5 children and we were fortunate to get a project Linus blanket for some of our children when they were in foster care. My oldest son (now 8) got his blanket when he was 1. He carried every where and it became his lovey, he still has a little scrap left that we see him pull out of his pocket every so often. We searched high and low back then to tell someone how much the blanket meant to him but never found out who made it. Im happy to find that it is an organization. Just know these blankets are really meaningful to many little people, and their parents*

  8. wow you did well girl...I am impressed...wishing you a great 2010 and success in achieving your goals..hugs Khris

  9. Happy New Year!'ve accomplished so much! Good luck with your new goals, I'm sure you'll do well!

  10. I see some strippies in there! You really got a lot accomplished didn't you?

    I followed the link from the Sew Mama Sew blog where you'd nominated me as a generous crafter and I wanted to thank you and let you know they sent me a wonderful prize -- two nice scissors and I can't wait to use them!

  11. Oh, what beautiful quilts!! They are awesome!