As 2017 closes and 2018 approaches, the New Year always seems like a great time to set goals and think about all of the things we’d like to accomplish. We asked the staff of Meander Publishing (the Publisher of both Modern Quilts Unlimited and Machine Quilting Unlimited) and asked them what their quilting related goals for 2018 would be.
Vicki Anderson, Owner and Founder of Meander Publishing, said, “TIME. My goal for this year is to make time to quilt. The past six months have been challenging for us at Meander Publishing – updating magazines, upgrading the website (stay tuned for that!), revising and re-releasing our digital versions, losing old friends on staff as they have changes and new opportunities in their lives and bringing on new staff with specific skills to help reach our goals … the one thing we can all use is more time.
I haven’t quilted much more than a set of placemats this year, but in 2018 I have bigger plans. I want to get back to an old love, crazy quilting, and embrace a new fascination, modern graphic quilts. And button art! I love buttons and I want to try my hand at creating something very personal – maybe a scene of my beloved Lake Eureka in buttons and sequins.”
Laurie Baker, Modern Quilts Unlimited’s Editor, shared this with us, “My sewing room and office share a space, and it’s not a big one to begin with. Over the last couple of years, the office part of the room has slowly overtaken the sewing part of the room, to the point where there’s not much sewing getting done. When I do get to sew (which isn’t very often and normally involves a deadline) it’s easier to drag everything to the kitchen table, which just makes it more of a chore when dinnertime comes. My son just bought his own house and is in the process of moving out, so I have eyes on at least part of that room. Just don’t tell my husband, because he thinks he’s taking it over.”
Missy Shepler, Creative Services, told us, “I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions, because, well, it’s hard to keep them. That’s not just my shortcoming–Forbes reports that only about 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions.
Instead, I have a short list of Things I want to Make. It’s a short list because, while there are a lot of things I’d like to make, there are only 24 hours in each day, and most of those hours are already spoken for. Keeping the list short allows the most important items to bubble up to the top. I’m also considering assigning deadlines and incorporating a few Things I want to Make items into my work To Do list, because if it doesn’t have a deadline, it just doesn’t get done.
Currently on the list is a Memory Quilt. My father died in March of this year, and I saved some of his clothes to make a memory quilt. Design ideas have been brewing on the back burner, and I’m noodling how to make the different fabric weights work together. Stitching up pieces. Kind of like life.
An alternate list item is fabric design. I’ve always wanted to do this, but have just never taken the time to sit down and do it. I know about repeats and collections, and have studied current and upcoming lines. Maybe this year I’ll take some time for myself, and get it done!”
Andrea Abrahamson, Meander Publishing’s Media Manager, replied, “My new year’s resolutions? There’s many, such as visit family more, exercise more, save more, figure out what color my hair really is, learn that normal people really do take their their daughter – I mean dog – to be boarded so they can travel more… and yes, learn to quilt. There, I said it, after being in the industry since 2008, 2018 will be the year I attempt to learn to quilt. I’m not sure where I’m going to find the time but that is just an excuse. I’ve looked at quilts, I’ve read about quilts, I’ve sold a lot of ads for quilting products, I’m even lucky enough to have been given a few quilts so now it is time to learn to quilt. I’m not sure where to start but I’m lucky enough to know a few people I can turn to for suggestions. I can barely thread a needle so I have a loooooong way to go – wish me luck!”
Even Richard Anderson, Vice President, got in on the 2018 resolution action. “Although I don’t quilt, my resolution for 2018 is to find the highest and best use for the wonderful quilts Vicki and I have in our possession. Whether it’s appreciating our beautiful wall hangings, searching for that next addition to our collection, or most importantly, wrapping up in a warm quilt to watch TV or read a good book, I resolve to spend more time on these important activities in the coming year.”
Cheryl Sleboda, our newest staff member and blogger, had this to say, “Oh gosh, I have so many quilting goals for this year. One, I want to find time to make quilts for myself. Two, I have an enormous backlog of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) and quilts that are just blocks. My biggest goal would be to finish the oldest UFO in my collection, a Baltimore Album Quilt I started in 2000! My last goal would be to improve my quilting. It’s the one part that I’m the least happy with when looking at my own work, and I know it just needs practice. Working here at Meander Publishing is sure to give me lots of inspiration, being surrounded by some incredible people and quilters!”
All of us here at Meander Publishing and Modern Quilts Unlimited wish you the happiest and most prosperous New Year for 2018. We hope you reach all of your quilting goals in the coming year!