End of year – New Year Planning at New Every Morning

Pink Hyacinths by Allison ReidI know it’s still the Christmas season but I thought I’d start with a break from the traditional red, green and gold colour scheme to share my pot of beautiful pink hyacinths. The pot of bulbs was gifted to me in early December and the flowers obligingly opened just a day or two before Christmas Day.

I’ve been out in the garden today to prune straggly clumps of lavender and a couple of fuschia bushes. I was heartened to see among all the fallen leaves and bare twigs a few bright green shoots – the Bluebells are already proclaiming the advent of Spring despite us knowing we have yet to endure the harshest months of Winter.

Pink Hyacinth close up by Allison Reid

I do hope you are enjoying the Christmas-to-New Year break? I know it’s not all rest and play for everyone but on the whole these days between Christmas and New Year do have a kind of suspended animation feel. After the concentrated effort preparing for the festivities I do have a strange sensation, perhaps something like being be-calmed at sea? There’s not much to be done but wait for the winds of the New Year to blow me back into action!

Of course there ARE things to keep me occupied! My sewing room has re-emerged from it’s temporary transformation into the guest room. Now our only house ‘guest’ is our youngest son, already half way through his two week holiday from University in Germany. There’s quite a lot of bedding in one or other of the stages of being washed, dried and packed away and there are still a fair few chocolates and treats lying around the house…! Perhaps because of my permanent chocolate high I haven’t yet settled on a sewing project. My mind is skipping between the be-calmed inactive state to a confusion of potential activities!

I’m writing this post with the intention of spelling out my quilty plans for 2019, linking with the #2019PlanningParty hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl. So, I’d better get on and share my goals/dreams/plans thingys.

First a quick review of 2018: 1. See my 2018 Gallery for a round up of finished projects; 2. My word for 2018 was ‘LEARN’. I didn’t refer to the word often through the year but on reflection it has been a year of learning – most notably two free motion quilting workshops with Trudi Wood (@trudi_wood on Instagram). I have made real progress both in overcoming my fear of this quilting technique and, even if I do say so myself, in my execution of it 🙂 Teaching the ‘Quilt Club’ blocks at Purple Stitches has been a great opportunity to try out patchwork piecing techniques new to me – more opportunities to LEARN.

Through the processes of learning and teaching I came to the decision to choose ‘COMMUNITY’ as my word for  (2019. I really enjoy being part of the world wide quilty community and have benefited greatly from the generous sharing that goes on between quilters both on-line and through friendships formed in local quilt groups. To be part of this sharing community I aim to:

  • Continue reading blogs and sharing links in my Saturday Quilting Bring & Share posts (even if they don’t always get posted on a Saturday…!).
  • Enjoy being on Instagram – to learn and be inspired by other patchwork quilters – and to contribute my own sewing room ups and downs (and the occasional snaps of life beyond my creative space). Find me @allisonreid.neweverymorning
  • Develop my Facebook group ‘Patchwork Tips and Tales‘ – you are very welcome to join 🙂
  • Continue to curate my Pins of the Week board on Pinterest. Nearly all, if not all of the items I pin to the board are direct from the internet rather than ‘re-pins’ and I refresh the board every Tuesday.
  • Continue with this New Every Morning blog site which just over four years ago was the starting point of my on-line quilting life.
  • Publish some of my designs as patterns.
  • Keep on sewing so I can share what I’m learning step-by-step, project-by-project 🙂

Another plan for 2019 is to read through the Bible in a year. I’m going to follow the chronological reading plan challenge that has been issued by Leslie at Growing for Life. I’ve bought myself a journal so I can jot down thoughts, questions and reflections as I go.

Linking with Yvonne and lots of other quilty bloggers for the #2019PlanningParty





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