New Year's Goals / by Riane Menardi

2014 was a whirlwind ride for me. I started designing in earnest, I rebranded my website, and I built a studio that inspires me and serves me daily in my new house. I really stretched myself as a sewist and quilting professional, and it was exhilerating. But 2015 will be even better.

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These aren't really resolutions, so much as goals. Resolutions are more like suggestions, and easier to break (for me at least). So my quilting New Year's Goals are as follows.

The pattern I'm teaching for my upcoming quilt class at Stitch! Once the sample is done it'll be for sale.

The pattern I'm teaching for my upcoming quilt class at Stitch! Once the sample is done it'll be for sale.

  • Help produce an amazing first issue of Fresh Precuts. I'm working with the awesome ladies at Fresh Quilts to help acquire projects from designers for the first-ever issue of Fresh Precuts, a modern quilting mag about working with, well, precuts! It'll drop in March, and I am already busy getting started.
  • Learn how to teach. I'm teaching a beginner quilting class in January at Stitch, and I couldn't be more thrilled. The sample is still in the works, but it'll be a simple quarter-triangle piece that is fun and simple for beginners. I'm also leading a block-of-the-month series at Stitch starting this spring! Can't wait to get to know the Iowa quilting community through these projects.
  • Get my shop off the ground. I'm working on a body of work that speaks to me, and I want to sell my pieces online and (maybe, eek!) at shows. Can there be more hours in the day please?
  • Pitch all the things. Magazines, books, articles and partnerships. I have so many ideas. I need to organize my thoughts and zero in on a few major publishing projects this year. I have a book in me somewhere. And I want to work with more magazines.
  • Practice, practice, practice. I want new skills! Curves have intimidated me for some time. Let's tackle those!

Cheers to new endeavors! And happy 2015 :)