Ready for the next year…

PhotographI pontificated last week about my impatience.  My impatience does drive me to constantly look for new challenges.  Quilting really helps me with that – there always is something I haven’t done yet and projects to finish.
Quilting is still my love, but it has been my all for the past year.  As I think about the approaching 2015, I am starting of thinking of broadening my horizons – just a wee bit – but not so much to cut back significantly on my sewing time.
Here is what I have my sites on – definitely not resolutions, but things I want to achieve…
1. Get to know W.H. Auden’s work.  I have had some of an introduction through the 44 Scotland Street series, but I want to read his poems, and probably memorize a few.
2. Make a dent in reading Wodehouse’s work.  I want to read all of P.G. Wodehouse by the end of 2016.  I have read 33 (!) of his books, but that leaves 63 to read – so I should get weaving.
3. Run a 5k.  Really, truly I want to be able to do this.  An easy feat for most, finding the energy and motivation to do this has been difficult for me.  So I would be extra proud of myself if I were to do this.
4. Learn German.  DH and I are going to do this one together.  I tried to learn Hindi last year, and it was too challenging for me.  I am not “naturally” good at learning languages, even when I was younger.  And I learn by reading, and the different character set had me befuddled.  DH already knows French, was interested in learning German.  So German it is.  And doing it together seems like fun (although he is a whizz at languages and I’m sure will progress more quickly than me).
And then there are all of my quilty goals…  I have projects I want to finish up this year and start next year with a fresh slate.  This year was all about Project Linus and gifted baby quilts.  Next year I want to see if I can make some quilts to sell.  With my new sewing machine it might just be possible.
And I also want to take my time with some great samplers and bigger quilts – gypsy wife in blues, Allison Glass’ celestial paper-pieced quilt, the Moda Modern Blocks sampler.
By the end of the year I am on pace to have completed 54 projects – more than one a week.  I am not sure that pace will continue next year, so I am keeping my aspirations small.  My wish list is down to only 14 things right now – which is unprecedented.
It is fun to think about a new year, new projects, new skills…
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