Reflecting on 2015 . . .

January 4, 2016

Year after year, I notice these trends especially in the quilting/sewing community.  Generally, people reflect on what they’ve made for the past year and then sprinkle in new resolutions for upcoming year.  I get a little discouraged seeing everyone’s projects they’ve completed and then look at my own.  Comparing myself to others is an annoying trait that I’ve tried to shake off. Sewing is a hobby after all and spare time is limited.

For 2015, I finished a couple minis and a quilt

Left: Leftovers Trip Around the World Lap Quilt Top Right: Sewtopia Swap for PDX Bottom Right: Alison Glass Mini Swap

Notable events in 2015:


  • Bought a new car in June.  We had a gas guzzling Acura MDX that was getting 17mpg and since I taxi around the family so much it wasn’t cutting it.  So we go a Honda HRV which upped it to 28mpg.  We love our new ride, the kids are squeezed in a little tighter but I don’t care. They’re getting a free ride so deal with it kid!


  • Attended Sew OK in July.  Took the Meadow Quilt class by Lizzy House and had a great time. It was fun to be an attendee and not the host. I still haven’t finished the quilt but it’s going to look great when I do.


  • Went to Yellowstone/Jackson Hole with friends and family.  Glamping was fun and we loved seeing animal traffic jams. I loved just disconnecting from the world for a couple weeks.

Artist Point at Yellowstone



Jenny Lake at the Tetons

  • Dressed up at the Poop emoji for Halloween. My job is very serious and one day out of the year that I can be funny, it would be halloween
  • Did Sewtopia Portland, had a great time! Got my 3rd tattoo when I was there and it’s been my personal motto


  • Decided to recommit myself to the blog and launch the #HKQAL

2016 Goals:

  • Keep blogging!
  • Gotta get in better shape. I’ve gotta incorporate exercise into my daily/weekly habit. I’ve got a gym membership but have to dust it off. I hate going to the gym but that’s a really lame excuse. I need to develop a workout plan and then execute. I don’t think the focus is weight loss (even though losing some pounds couldn’t hurt) but focus on strength building.
  • Go back to eating out less and eating in more. This helps with weight loss goal mentioned above. I noticed that when I eat in more, my weight starts dropping.
  • Declutter my life and help the family declutter.  I hang on to too much shit. I gotta get more organized and let things go.
  • List out my current sewing projects and start finishing them, even if they don’t suit my fancy anymore.
  • Make a garment, it could involve taking a class.
  • Sell our house and move into our dream neighborhood.  For many years, the hubby and I have been talking about selling our house and buying in the right location.


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  • Reply sewivysew January 4, 2016 at 10:17 am

    All great goals for the year, Amy! However, don’t finish stuff just because you started them! Better to give unfinished, unloved projects to someone who will be *happy* to finish them. I have friends who take my incomplete projects that I just can’t face! If I had to finish everything I ever started before moving onto something I love, I would never sew. It would be too overwhelming.

    Beautiful projects! Love your Meadow Quilt wip! xo 🙂 !

  • Reply Angelia Gordon January 4, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Just finished listening to the book Japanese Art of Tyding, it has affected me and is allowing me to rid myself of some clutter. I hear ya on the excercise part, you don’t need a gym, but you gotta do something, keep those 💪 moving and joints oiled! Happy New Year!!! Good luck on the new neighborhood! !!

  • Reply Darcy January 4, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Isn’t Yellowstone amazing? We went in summer 2014 and can’t wait to go back!

    And I’m completely with you in the “hanging on to WAY TOO MUCH stuff” category but we’re downsizing and moving to a smaller home at the end of this month so I’m trying to be brutal in my purging. Wish me luck. Also VERY excited for Sewtopia here in just a few short months 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl January 4, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    We drove through Yellowstone this summer too! I must admit, I was blown away far more by Arizona, but I live near the rockies. That being said, Mammoth Hot Springs haunts me.

    Was going to echo the comments on Marie Kondo. Life changing for me. Still working at it, but it’s made such a difference. On my sewing room now… And you know what? Some of the projects do not give me joy anymore and I am happy to pass them on. I still have 36 projects on the go, plus more class samples that count. Totally okay with that number. (Actually posted about it today.)

    And my exercise goals are being met at home. I just can’t find the time to get out of the house, so I set myself the alarm 30 minutes earlier and do Yoga With Adrienne (best yoga I’ve found, not annoying. Plus, she quoted WuTang more than once) or Fitness Blender programs.

    That looks like a pretty full year! I hear so many good things about Sewtopia so be very proud of that.

  • Reply janprytz January 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    You certainly had a great year. And your goals for 2016 seem realistic and I’m looking forward to your posts.

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