Hard to believe but 2018 is rapidly coming to a close and that means that the start of 2019 is right around the corner. I don’t do resolutions and I don’t do the “pick a word for the year” exercise because resolutions don’t stick and the chosen word gets forgotten after a few months. I think it’s much more effective to set goals and I’ve written about the best way to approach goal setting on my blog in the past. I like to begin with a review of the current year before I set my goals for the next one because it gives me a good picture of how productive I was (or wasn’t). I started 2018 off with shoulder surgery in February that took me out of commission for a few months but I still managed to…
Design and completed 9 large quilts and 4 smaller ones. Sold 1 quilt and had several others in the following exhibits:
- The Best of D@8 Artists: Celebrating 10 years, Dinner At Eight
- World of Beauty, IQF Houston, Texas – 2nd place art whimsical category
- The Power of Women, International Quilt Festival Houston, Texas (2 quilts)
- Explorations: Journey in Creativity, The Quilt Artist’s Studio, Lowell Quilt Museum
- Interplay, Whistler House Museum – Lowell MA
- Thread of Resistance, Traveling exhibit 2017-2018
Have 2 articles appear in Quilting Arts Magazine
I kept my 2018 teaching schedule very light but did do a couple of local trunk shows. I also worked with several new coaching clients over the year. Added a couple of events to my 2019 schedule after my participation in the Meet the Teachers event in September at the Lowell Quilt Museum.
Appear twice on the Just Wanna Quilt podcast
Redesign and updated my website. Released my Artist Studio Bootcamp online class. and turned the lessons for the class into a self published companion book. I also tried to keep my blog updated and did a pretty good job of posting at least once a month.
Manage the Threads of Resistance traveling exhibit which has now ended.
Go to the International Quilt Festival in Houston and saw the release of my new book Modern Art Quilts
Hosted the 52 Quilters blog for a week.
And I am sure there are a few other things sprinkled in there that I am forgetting. All in all not a bad year and pretty productive as far as quilt making goes which was my primary goal for 2018. That’s the reason that I kept my teaching engagements to a minimum so that I could keep my focus on the studio and it worked.
So are you wondering what my goals are for 2019? Well here they are:
Continue to keep my focus on being productive in the studio. I want to continue working on designing and making new quilts in both the graffiti series and my black and white series. To that end I will be keeping my teaching and traveling schedule to a minimum this year. I will however continue to take on new coaching clients.
I would like to have at least 2 quilts to submit to next years World of Beauty exhibit.
Keep my blog updated with at least one post a month. Same with my newsletter.
I have an article due for release in the Feb/Mar 2019 issue of Quilting Arts. I would like to develop and submit 2 additional article proposals for 2019. (if anybody has any suggestions on topics/techniques they would like to see me write about please let me know!).
If you follow me on facebook then you might have seen my post about adding a long arm machine to my studio. I just purchased a Babylock Coronet that is due to be delivered later this week so one of my priorities for 2019 will be to practice and become proficient with it.
And that’s all I am putting on my list of goals for 2019. Adding anything else would make the list overwhelming and won’t leave me any wiggle room should an opportunity come up that I haven’t anticipated. My list of goals is not set in stone and I will make adjustments to it as the year goes and new opportunities present themselves but I will be very selective about what I say yes to and maybe even more importantly what I say no to because my primary focus continues to be creating art.
What’s on your list of goals for 2019? You might want to review my post about setting goals here before you start your list. If you’re struggling with your studio practice, setting and achieving your goals or just need help kickstarting your creative process consider booking a coaching session with me.