Thursday, December 17, 2015

2016 Quilting and Social Media Goals

2016 Planning Party

Quilting Jetgirl has created a 2016 Planning Linky Party and it was just the nudge I needed to finally sit down and tap out a blog post. Thank you Yvonne!

I knew I would have a number of goals for 2016 and in preparation to meet them I invested in a planner a few months ago. You can read my Fluropink Filofax intro post HERE.

I have been making and testing out inserts and I have settled on using simple black line pages. I used and made some with color and realized that they were just too busy for my taste.

Here's my second attempt at a Swap Tracking page.

I like it much better than my colorful original that had two swaps on the front and notes on the back. Now each swap has its own leaf with more room for planning and a few more checkoff details.

Next up will be a redesign of my Project Tracking page. As you can see, I have two quilts per leaf and I like to remove the pages when the project is complete. Now I can't do it until both projects are complete. It's not fun having to delay that 'finished' satisfaction of getting to pull out a page.

This planner will hopefully go a long way in keeping my 2016 goals front and center.

So, on to my 2016 Goals:

Get back on the blogging wagon. Goal two posts per week.

Quilt my QOV and the three projects my MIL gave me (she fell out of love with) so that they can go to loving homes and bring comfort to others.

Create a share worthy original design. Maybe host a sew-a-long. (Real long shot)

Revisit my 2015 Goal Fails and either cut them from 2016 or get them done. I'm a newish quilter, my tastes are still in development so not all of my 2015 Fails still hold priority.

I am the Program Director in the Augusta MQG and I want to dial into the job better. I'd like to book a workshop for the guild during our 2016-2017 year. We are still small (but growing) and would need to piggy back a visit with a high profile personality or book a budget friendly personality from our region. Feel free to contact me if you have a program to share.

Participate in more swaps. I've done two and I find them fun.

Try EPP. Our guild is having a demo next month so this may be a gimme.

Try a variety of Appliqué methods. I did some iron-on in the 90's but I need to revisit that technique and move up to the big girl table and do some Needle Turn.

This is a biggie, fight my Night-Owl predisposition and become more productive in the AM hours. This will be hard since I'm well into my 50's.

Lastly, I'd like to get proficient with Periscope. This will take personal practice and I need to fix the wifi dead-zone that I call a sewing studio.

Thanks again Yvonne for this great Linky Party!

I'll leave you with a few more Filofax shots because who can resist that shocking pink!

My soon-to-be revised Blog Tracker/Planner page.

Thanks a bunch for visiting!


  1. Your planning pages for swaps look great. I like that you have one per page and can really track your progress on it. I agree that a lot of color is really distracting and overwhelming for me, personally.

    You have some really awesome goals for 2016, and I hope it is a great year for you. Thanks for linking up!

  2. I needed to read this to light a fire under my buns to get going on my 2016 goals. Love the look of your planner pages. I understand the Night Owl syndrome. It is a hard habit to break. I am not familiar with Pericope so had to Google it and still not quite sure...

  3. I'm still ruminating on my goals but I share one of yours which is to blog twice a week. I think I need to try out a version of your blog post planner...I fly by the seat of my pants a lot.

  4. Great goals! I am working on mine to post to Yvonne's party :)

  5. Wow, you are very organized. I love the pages for the swaps and blog posts.

    Good luck with your 2016 goals and designing a program for your guild. We're planning things for our guild activities 2016 as we speak. Always fun and nerve racking...
    If you're willing to discuss what's been working and not working for your guild, I'd love to share.

  6. I love the planner and how you have personalized it! Right now I just have a notebook I scribble in, but I may upgrade to a nicer planner eventually. You've got some awesome goals written out, best of luck accomplishing them in the coming year. :)

  7. Your goals are great - a lovely combination of personal development along with sharing with the quilting 'community'and beyond.

  8. Love your swap organizer! That is a great idea. Your list of goals for the new year sounds great, lots of fun new things to do!

  9. Good luck with your goals! EPP is wonderful, and portable!

  10. Cute Planner! Interesting to read your goals - hope you have a productive year!

  11. Hey great planner...I got my 1016 planner yesterday and am looking forward to getting it all ready!

  12. The swap pages are a great idea! I've only participated in one swap -- can't decide if I'll do another but that form looks like a good idea if I do. I'm teaching for a couple guilds along the South Carolina and Georgia Coast in early May -- I'm not a "modern" quilter but I teach an awesome set-in (y-seams) technique. e-mail me at if interested.