I'm a list maker, partly because I have always "worked" that way...and partly because my short term memory issues mean more gets forgotten than remembered if I don't write things down immediately, lol.
So, this morning I began making a list of the sewing, quilting and knitting or crocheting goals I have for 2013. My list isn't long as I cannot complete much on a daily basis, but it includes items that I really want to concentrate on and perfect. This year I am focusing more on "quality" than "quantity".
As a fairly "new" quilter I have to admit I am totally and COMPLETELY frightened of free motion quilting. It is a skill I want to learn and become good at, but the thoughts of even "attempting" any FMQ just scares the pants off of me. So I am going to find the ugliest fabric I have in my stash and make small "sandwiches" on which to practice various patterns. Leah Day has a wonderful series of free videos online to teach free motion quilting. I have watched every single one of them, TWICE, and have modified my generic FMQ foot to stop the inherent bounce that makes FMQ quilting more difficult. I have ordered and received gloves to make it easier to grip the quilt sandwich and I am currently waiting to receive several free gift cards so that I can purchase a silicone mat to place on my machine to help the quilt glide. And then...I WILL learn how to free motion quilt!!!
Honestly, I don't have a clue why FMQ scares me so badly. It is only material, batting and thread... and since my seam ripper is already my best friend I should have absolutely NO problem unpicking any mistakes I make (and I am sure there will be PLENTY)! Guess I will just have to take a deep breath and plunge right in. Any suggestions before I jump into the drink???
PS - A list of my goals can be found on my sidebar. I will update the list as I reach my goals.