While I was laid up, I did a lot of wandering around the internet, and while I was mostly jealous of seeing all the quilting other people are already getting done this year, I also got a few ideas for things I’d like to do this year as well.
One of those things was inspired by Daisy Yellow Art and iHanna, and their project is called 365 Somethings in 2018. I know myself, and I know that even if I don’t have to complete one thing every day, finishing 365 somethings is not something I can do, even if they’re small things. That’s a lot for a year!
However, I can work toward finishing something every day, and if I have the freedom to go back and make up days I’ve missed, I can do even better. Their project gives you this freedom: you don’t have to make something every single day, but over the course of the year, make 365 of something.
Well, I’ve adapted it to fit my own way of working, and I’m committing to 365 Days of Handstitching this year!
Hand stitching is my first love. Hand needle-turn appliqué is my favorite thing, and I also love embroidery and knitting. And I’ve been known to hand piece and hand quilt a quilt or two in my day, and I have a couple of English Paper Piecing projects going on as well!
I tried a couple of 100-day stretches of hand stitching last year, and during those, I finished 21 hand stitched projects! The problem with those 100-day sessions was that I didn’t give myself permission to miss a day and go back and make it up. That’s what’s different about this time — that guilt will be gone, which is demotivating (the “well, I’ve missed a day, so I’ve botched the whole deal, so why keep trying?” mentality).
I know there will be days when I don’t get to pick up a needle (I’ve already had a couple of those this year), so being able to go back and do a little extra on days when I can, and let that count . . . well, that I can do, and that is what I’m shooting for this year.
Some yo-yos for my Yo-Yo quilt:
I’ve done a little appliqué, and I’m about to embark on a cross-stitch-along that I’ll tell you about once I get started. I have LOTS of handwork projects to keep me busy. I’m hoping that most of it will involve appliqué or embroidery, but I’m also letting my knitting and crochet projects count.
So there you have it!
Have you chosen something that you will be working on all year?
Something you can commit to that is realistic, yet will hopefully move you further along with some of your projects?
Maybe just joining in on the 350 Blocks Project when it starts back up next week is just what you need?
I’ll be checking in periodically to show you all my handwork projects and their progress, and I’m anxious to see how many projects I can finish, if I have a dedicated commitment to making time for hand stitching this year.
I’d love to hear if you are doing a year-long dedicated project of some sort. Or if you’d like to join me in hand stitching, I’d be delighted to have the company!