Some motivators for the New Year

Well, people seem to have wanted to see my wall chart so here it is. It’s not really as impressive as you were expecting, is it? 😉


At least it works for me, I have a few things listed beneath the month header which I can work on so I’m not restricting myself to one project and forcing myself to finish it, which may mean it’s no fun anymore. This way I can also spread things out evenly, instead of being overwhelmed in one month as I can use the quieter ones before it to get some of that done too.

There are several motivator linky parties going on around quilty blogs as it’s the start of the year, so you might find one or several of these helps you to stay on track and set and achieve targets with your sewing. I am taking part in the Finish Along yet again but there are others…

Following on from Leanne in 2013 and Rhonda in 2012, the finish along (yes that’s right, I’m using ‘along’ as one word and so is Katy!) is in the third year on Katy’s blog. Each quarter list the projects you want to finish and then when the quarter is up, link up what you have achieved from that little lot and you could win some fab prizes.

I did this last year and it’s good for breaking things down further. Once a month set yourself a finish goal- it could be finish a quilt top, or it could be to start and finish a swap item for example, you make the goal as easy or as intense as you wish.

I’ve not done this one before, however I can tell you it’s for the embroiderers and cross stitchers out there. Set yourself a list of things to finish (or start and finish) this year and then each full moon, post the progress.

Create your list for the year now and as you check things off (and upload the photos) be entered for a monthly prize. I got a Bonnie and Camille FQ in this last year.

If you’re strange disciplined enough not to have a load of half finished projects already, the opposite of all of the above is the NewFO challenge. Start a new project, don’t necessarily finish it and then you’ll be in a fit state to join the rest of us in the Finish Along for 2015 😉

Hopefully this list will inspire you with your resolutions to bust those WIPs this year.

Also if you’re reading this Saturday morning, there’s a possibility that you can still catch some of my destash sale featuring Type, Shelburne Falls and more over on Instagram. Check it out here!


  1. Posted January 4, 2014 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    That ‘-‘ irked me 😉 Good to see you’re really embracing the ‘finishes win prizes’ thing 😀

  2. Posted January 4, 2014 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    I am going to properly go through and list my not quite finishes in the next few days, I need to get them listed, finished and out of my head. Good Luck with yours, very impressive list :o)

  3. Posted January 4, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    You mean I wasn’t the only weirdo who wanted to see it? It is a lot more impressive than you described in your email!

    It’s still Saturday for me, but I can’t get on Instagram as I don’t have an iphone. Probably for the best!

  4. Flying Blind
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Oh I love a good list xxx

  5. Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Nooooooo! Can’t believe I didn’t have you on IG before! And that I missed your destash 🙁

  6. Posted January 5, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    How fun to check out all the different finishing and starting links. In terms of the FAL, I just didn’t want to be the FA. And I love to see low tech lists kept by my more tech savvy friends.

  7. Posted January 5, 2014 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Who are these people who only do one project at a time?! Think I might have to join one of these finish alongs this year to help keep me motivated!

  8. Posted January 6, 2014 at 11:33 am | Permalink


    Ilike the inspiring finish projects list … and the monthly targets, I need that too – nothing too much to overwhelm me. x

  9. @ quiltova
    Posted January 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for showing us. It’s good to know how others organise themselves

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