So...what do I have planned for 2017?!? In a nutshell: A LOT!!
1. First priority will be to grow my business: Mel Beach Quilts!
2017 Teaching Calendar and the opportunity to share my love of quilting with so many quilters, quilt guilds and shops! I will be looking to market myself to a broader geographic region while also growing my online presence via an e-newsletter, Instagram and possibly video tutorials. I also hope to add one or two new workshops to my listings to share some new techniques and designs!! I have some larger goals/plans that I am keeping under wraps as I work out the logistics...but it should be an exciting year ahead and I certainly hope our paths will cross.
2. Create Quilts to Enter into Juried Shows
I hope to design and create new quilts this year that are worthy of consideration for some of the larger and more competitive juried shows: AQS, MQX, QuiltCon West and Houston IQF. Not sure if I will be able to have quilts ready for all these shows...but will aspire to enter at least one or two this year!!
3. Dyeing with Intention
I greatly enjoy the process of dyeing fabric. I often joke that I feel like a mad scientist as I don rubber gloves, masks and combine different chemicals in the process. I definitely want to continue my experiments, but I would like to be more intentional and keep better records of what worked as well as what didn't with the hopes of fine-tuning my process/results/recipes.
4. More Series Work
Working in a series has pushed me to explore new designs, techniques and create new workshops. I love asking "What If?" and working through different possibilities and variations. I have a few more ideas to explore in both the Mandala and Slice & Insert technique series in the new year...but will be open to new techniques/designs that may lead to series work.
|2016 Series Work: Slice & Insert (top) and Mandalas (bottom)|
Each year, I make small strides in reducing the number of UFO's...but they continue to haunt me and my studio!! I have a few older UFOs that I have very good intentions of seeing through completion. But as I try to get to the source of my problem, I've noticed a trend where many of my workshop samples end up in the UFO pile. While I do enjoy learning new techniques from other artists, I need to revisit my personal policy when it comes to following through on finishing class projects. Do I need to complete the project to prove to myself that I've learned something new? Or is the knowledge and experience alone sufficient?
Ok...now that I've got a a game plan, time to head into the studio and start creating!!
Do you have any fun quilt-related new year's resolutions for 2017?!? Are there any new techniques, skills or experiences that you hope to include in your new year?!?