Saturday, December 31, 2011

Another New Beginning

Another chance to begin anew.

I don't have a need for resolutions this new year, so I thought about some other way to challenge myself.  There it is...that word...challenge.

I am challenge challenged.  Every time I challenge myself to a long term or ongoing project, I fail.  So I've given this some thought deciding it must be something that I know I can accomplish if I really want to.  My problem is that I hate having to sew something that I don't particularly want to sew at any given time.  So I've tried to think of a project that I want to sew and should be able to accomplish without the feeling of the dread of a time frame and deadline.

This brought to mind all the techniques and works of others that I've collected in my favorites in my flickr account.  There are so many that I want to try or just copy (for shame).  Then I thought I could use some decorative accent pillows around the place.  So this is my challenge for myself for this new year.

A Pillow a Month Challenge
 12 pillow covers by the end of 2012.  This is a way for me to play with some of those favorites ideas, without having to make a large quilt or just another wall hanging.  Now that I've made this decision, I know that it has to be reasonable for me to accomplish.  So, I'm not limiting myself to exactly one pillow per month.  Just that I will make enough pillows as there are months in the year. 

I'm very fearful that this challenge too will be unsuccessful at some point, but I'll begin with a very positive attitude that this will be done!  As with all new projects, it's an excited attitude to begin with.  Pillow #1 is now underway!  I thought 18" would be a good size.  I'm not so sure now, but this first one will be that size.  I think I'll probably work with a variety of sizes. 

I'll be back soon with a finished pillow to share my enthusiastic effort to begin anew!  If you like the idea and would be interested in joining me in this challenge, let me know and I'll figure out how to link your pillows with my pillow posts.  I'm sure if I had "partners-in-crime" for this challenge I'd have a much better chance at success

I'm off to ring in the new year with my sewing machine...because you forgot to invite me to your wild New Year's Eve party!
Happy New Year!


  1. I love you! You are so funny! 12 for each month! Good plan! Save those Joann coupons, you're going to need lots of pillow forms, it looks like! Can't wait to see what you come up with........

  2. So this is weird. My plan for next Christmas is to make pillow covers for my 3 girls.....2 for each month or season, haven't decided that one yet. I think we are a couple of pretty smart cookies.......mmm, cookies.

  3. That's a very good idea Annie! Plus, if you "fall off the wagon" you can just go buy a pillow cover and we'll be none the wiser (not that that is something you WOULD do, but if you felt like doing it you have my wholehearted permission...not that you NEED my permission for anything but...oh nevermind).

    Oh, and sorry about losing your invite...



  4. Outstanding idea! Can't wait to see your projects. :)

  5. WEll I love pillows almost as much as I will be here with my coffee cheering you on....Of course I expect such inspiration that only you are capable of providing...have you completed one yet LOL...
    my best to a NEW Year of laughter...

  6. Awesome idea! I have already committed to several projects, tho, so I will have to watch and cheer from the sidelines! LOL
    Happy New Year!

  7. You'll make them as pillow covers ~ right??? Sounds like a good plan and maybe I'll make one here and there to join in the fun! I love throw pillows and enjoy making ones for holidays. Stitch away, my friend! Can't wait to see the pics.

  8. Good for you.

    My plan is to challange myself to be okay without a plan. If every day I am the best that I can be and do what really needs doing at the moment I'll be doing good. (sometimes what really needs to be done is nothing, which is just as hard a something only trickier to define.). Need I say that I don't really like not having a plan?

  9. this is a great idea. You can try so many things in small forms.


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