Are you on target?

Successful people don’t just happen overnight. They work at it. They set goals. They strive to be better, taking classes, fine-tuning skills and techniques. They tackle the unknown. They push the boundaries and force themselves to think “outside the box.”

Are you a dedicated quilter? Do you take classes? Do you set goals for yourself? Even a quilter who quilts for relaxation can enjoy and see improvement from taking a class or two.

I need a few classes. I enjoy paper piecing because it lets me accomplish things I might not be able to hand or machine quilt without the pattern. But often times, it’s not easy for me. I need a good instructor to help me get over that. I love to applique, but some things are a struggle, like sharp inside corners. I’d love to take a class in dye techniques… just for fun. And outside the quilting arena, I am longing for a basic art class. My goal is to take one of the classes above before the year is out.

I’ve noticed in some of my recent blog posts that I complain about not having enough quilting time. Time to quit whining and set aside a little time each day. Time to hold myself to task.

Barack Obama spoke to a congregation on Father’s Day about improving their lives and the lives of their children. He said, “All B’s? Is that the highest grade?” Obama said. “It’s great that you can get a B, but you can get a better grade. It’s great that you’ve got a job, but you can get a better job.” He was talking about improvement. I can improve. So can you.

The block above is for my Dear Sammy Jane quilt. It’s block F-11, “On Target.”
I’m going to write down a few goals and post them where I can see them. Why don’t you do that, too? Let’s check in at the end of the summer and see where we are.

Can you stay “On Target?”

Take up the challenge to improve your quilting. Post one goal in the comments section, then let’s check back at the end of September and see how we did.

Have a GREAT sewing week!

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5 thoughts on “Are you on target?

  1. Hey Caron,Good morning! First of all, love your new haircut! You look fabulous!I am right now not on target. I am a few days late on the quilt I am working on right now. And I had this silly idea to densely quilt it with freehand feathers… it’s taking me longer than I thought. But I love to densely quilt quilts … what can I say?


  2. Hmmm…a challenge. Well, I am just starting my Dear Jane, so I hope to have (what’s a good goal!?) 20 blocks done by then!? Also, I’m like you, I like to take a class every so often. I am taking kickboxing right now. I would like to take a quilt class, though, since I have learned pretty much all I know about quilting through my own mistakes.


  3. I’ve not been on Target as well. It’s been to hard to stay focused with school ending, two graduations, training for a new job and a friend leaving for training before heading to Iraq in August. I need to focus, once school is over tomorrow. My goals? To catch up (and maybe get ahead) on my Dear Jane blocks and to make some quilts to have on hand for gifts. I’ve depleted my gift stash this week! Of course, catching up on customer quilts is also on the list! Thanks for making me focus!


  4. Am I on target? That’s a really good question. I have one target at the moment and that’s to get those darn Christmas Siggies finished and posted by the end of July.I fell off the wagon with my DJ BOW in that last week for the first week since the beginning of the year I didn’t make that one block. Other things got in the way. I just hope I can get back on that wagon for this week. But with builders and mess around the place….we’ll see. You have given me food for thought with this one… Cheers Elly


  5. Terrific new do! I’ll take your challenge… my goal is to improve my binding technique.I’ve already asked a friend to give me a private lesson. The judge recently mentioned during an open judging that her binding technique was flawless, so I figured she would make a wonderful teacher.My other goal I have is to realize the wholecloth on silk that is in my head wanting to come out.


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