Reflection + Goals 2016

For this year’s reflection and goals, I am joining in Yvonne @ Quilting Jet Girl Planning Party Link-up (see button below).

Reflection – 2015

Reflecting on my goals from last year, I think I did pretty well…though my goals altered during the year.

  • My biggest goal for the beginning of the year is to sew just from my stash. If I run out of a fabric in the middle of a project or require backing fabric, I can make a purchase.
    X Did not accomplish for most of the year to met this goal, but in this last quarter I am doing more of this.


  • Continue to make strides in finishing of my projects on a monthly basis (see below for project plans/targets). I will definitely continue goal setting with A Lovely Year of Finishes.
    I definitely finished a project every month, finishing 16 projects which were mostly quilts. I did not finish the projects I identified earlier this year but I am happy with the flexibility.


  • Make my son a quilt
    X Did not accomplish this
  •  Participate more in the quilting community
    Overall, I think I accomplished this, just not completely in the way I thought I would. I made some great friends and relationships this year. I also participated more via Instagram vs. my blog and participated in 3 blog hops.

    • Launch “Back to School” Tutorial series on my blog, which I hope will be a regular feature (coming beginning in January).
      X This did not come together. I did start the Spoonflower Sampler Quilt block tutorials, quilting triangle tutorials and lately how to use your selvedges to make an ironing board cover.
    • Plan and teach new classes this year. I hope to teach a needle-turn applique and a paper-piecing class this year.
      This is coming together nicely. I took the time this year to developed a couple of classes which I am having the opportunity to teach in 2016.
    • I have really enjoyed sharing Design to Reality on Sew Mama Sew, so I would like to continue contributing projects and take the big step of seeing if I can publish in magazines.
      To my surprise I have managed to get 4 projects in print (includes Quilt Now, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Art Gallery Lookbook) , with another 3 projects coming out early 2016.

      Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 29 NEGATIVE CROSSWALKS

    • Participate more in my guild (Triangle MQG).
      I ran as President for my local guild!! It was a lot of fun. I also contributed to the MQG Quilt of the Month. Oh, and I had two quilts accepted at QuiltCon 2015…my first quilt show, 2 quilts are going to QuiltCon 2016.
      Altitudinal Ecosysytem
  • Design goals include:
    • Continue participating in Quilt Design a Day.
    • Try out a 1-2 new fabric designs via Spoonflower
      Completed both these goals and accomplished making my designs into reality.

Goals – 2016

This year (2015) has set up many of my goals for 2016. I am super excited about the opportunities.

  • Make that quilt for my son and another one for my mom.
  • Continue making my designs into reality. My goal is to make 1 quilt a month…12 quilting projects total.
  • Start a blog or Instagram series, related to design (plans are underway).
  • Release at least 4 patterns (PDF and in Print).
  • Go to Spring Quilt Market (I was approved/qualified!!)
  • Teach at least 4 quilting classes and attend at least 2 quilting classes.
  • Submit quilts for consideration to juried quilt shows (definitely QuiltCon 2017)
  • Submit an application for an art gallery showing.
  • Make some decisions about my brand to set up for the future.

It is important to me to find balance, so I want to also:

  • Start exercising again.
  • Family.
  • Don’t stress about blogging, share when and where it makes sense.
  • Give myself permission to play and experiment, it’s not all about deadlines and getting finishes.
  • Continue and participate more in Quilt Design a Day. Make the time.
  • Support my quilty friends and continue to build those friendships (locally and online).

That’s it, I think, for this upcoming year. What about you all?? Check out Yvonne’s link up and be inspired 🙂 Happy Holidays.

2016 Planning Party

9 thoughts on “Reflection + Goals 2016

  1. Jayne

    You had a full year! Goals are great to have. It gives you a guideline, but like rules…they are meant to be broken!! Well, altered at least. You achieved a lot from last years list! Good luck in 2016!

  2. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    Your reflections on your goals and how you did toward then in the past year is really inspiring, Michelle. I am thrilled for how you have grown in 2015 (6 quilts published in short order?!?! Amazing!). It does sound like a lot of what you have done this year has set you up for great success and goals for 2016, and I hope it is a good year for you personally and professionally. Thank you so much for linking up.

  3. Renee

    It sounds like you did pretty good on your 2015 goals! And your goals for 2016 sound totally doable, I’m always amazed with what you get done!

  4. Lisa

    You did an amazing job with your goals last year and your goals for this year are very inspirational to me. I look forward to seeing your series on design. Your quilts are beautiful.


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