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2016 Quilting / Blogging Planning and Giveaway


Why Plan? {Short Discussion}

It probably comes as no surprise to long time followers / readers that I love to plan by making lists and that one of my favorite things to do is cross an item off a list! I am really motivated by that. I have been reading “The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill” by Karla McLaren, and in the book she discusses emotions, their gifts, and their calls to action. She says that worry and anxiety help us focus and complete tasks; they offer foresight, focus, conscience, procrastination alerts, and help drive to task completion.

Worry and anxiety arise to help you organize, plan for, and complete your tasks. Both are related to fear, but they arise to help you orient to possible upcoming change, novelty, or hazard. Bonus: If you feel anxiety or worry, you’ll know that there is probably nothing to fear in the present moment.

Karla mentions that in the present moment, she and her family often talk about thanking past Karla for doing a task that has set her / them on a path to success. She in turn thanks her friend anxiety for helping her plan ahead and anticipate outcomes and react to them before her mood state arises to a level of panic that she finds uncomfortable.

That sentiment really resonated with me, and you might relate to that feeling as well. I also know that many people need a pull of anxiety and last minute deadlines to reach a goal, so whatever your relationship with worry and anxiety, just know that it is an emotional tool helping you figure out what REALLY needs to get done.


Why Plan? Part 2 {Reflection}

As I mentioned earlier, one of the big reasons I like to plan and make lists is for the joy and satisfaction that I get in crossing items off that list. So, I am going to start by reflecting on my 15 Quilty Resolutions for 2015 to see how things went this year!

  1. Give myself a raise – Goal met √
  2. Express gratitude and thanks more frequently – Goal met √
    • I hosted the weekly “Thankful Thursday” linkup for 6 months, which was a good learning experience.
  3. Give back – Goal met √
    •  With help, I was able to donate 2 quilts to Project Linus this year.
  4. Practice conscientious reading – Goal still in work
  5. Strive for balance – Goal still in work
  6. Celebrate! – Goal met √
  7. Learn to say no – Goal still in work
    • I can think of a few times I said “no” this year, but as I am still striving for balance, this goal is key to that and something I need to continue to consider.
  8. Be more interactive – Goal met √
    • Stash Bee, Co-leading blog hops, participating in swaps… I was so much more interactive in 2015!
  9. Create more patterns – Goal met √
    • I went from 0 quilt patterns to 8 for sale and I wrote many more free patterns and tutorials during the year.
  10. Try something new – Goal met √
  11. Let go of things that no longer serve me – Goal met √
    • I de-stashed and I stopped the Thankful Thursday linkup when it was no longer working for me, to name a few.
  12. Sing along – Goal still in work
  13. Embrace change – Goal met √
    • More than any other year, I felt at peace with the ebb and flow of life. Sure there were still some surprises tucked into the year, but I think my response to the changes and surprises was tempered with more wisdom and grace.
  14. Cultivate friendships – Goal met √
    • I am so grateful for the opportunities I had to deepen friendships online and in person this year.
  15. Keep going! – Goal met √
    • I’m still here! 🙂

Goals for 2016

Looking over my resolutions for 2015, I feel like there were some larger philosophical ideas that are hard for me to call “finished” mixed in with shorter term goals. I am a huge fan of larger picture ideas and philosophies, so I am going to try to separate out the long term “big picture” goals from the more actionable, shorter term goals.


Shorter Term / Actionable Goals

  1. Co-host 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop
    • The event is already being planned with thought toward improvement, sponsors are jumping on board, and I am really looking forward to continuing to have the privilege of working to help introduce and cultivate this amazing online quilting community.
  2. Co-host additional new block blog hop(s)
  3. Write and release (4) self-published patterns
  4. Donate (2) quilts
  5. Make and send all my Stash Bee blocks on time
  6. Submit quilts for consideration to juried quilt shows (like QuiltCon 2017)
  7. Submit quilts to my local fair
  8. Make and send swap quilts on time
  9. Try something new in both quilting and blogging

Big Picture Goals

  1. Remember my overarching life goal of seeking mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual balance.
  2. I give myself permission to not make a quilt a week in 2016 (which was a pseudo-unwritten goal I had in mind for 2015). If I do, that is great. If I don’t, that is not a failure (see above).
  3. Continue to embrace the “seek rejection” philosophy. Recently, I have been boldly stepping outside of my comfort zone asking for sponsorship as I plan for hosting blog hops in 2016. I would also love to cultivate blog sponsorship relationships, publication opportunities, and continue to submit my quilts to juried quilt shows. Letting myself ask and submit with the risk of being told “no” is scary, and resiliency in rejection is something I want to continue to cultivate within myself.
  4. Be gentle with myself. This is a nice counterpoint and way to bring balance to the fear of the “seeking rejection” philosophy. If I can offer support and gentleness for others, I can surely cultivate some self-care. Perhaps letting myself take a restroom break as soon as I recognize the urge instead of continuing to sew, “one more seam!” might be a good place to start! 😉
  5. Say yes to opportunities without fear of large growth and say no to things that do not resonate with me. Basically I am just putting this out there in the hopes that it generates more opportunities worth saying YES to!


Linking up with the #2016PlanningParty @Quilting Jetgirl!

2016 Planning Celebration Giveaway

The Quilters Planner 2016

The Quilter’s Planner 2016

To help motivate you to get excited about 2016, I have 2 fantastic giveaway prizes to offer today! Stephanie @Late Night Quilter has generously offered to ship a lucky winner (in the US or Canada) her debut 2016 Quilter’s Planner. I will purchase and ship a second winner a copy of the 2016 Weekly Photography Planner that my husband and I co-create each year (international entries are welcome).

This giveaway starts today (Friday, December 18th) and will run until Thursday, December 31st at 9 p.m. EST.

There are up to 5 possible ways to enter:  The Giveaway is now closed and winners are being notified via email.

1. Join the “Why Plan?” discussion: leave a comment letting me know if you like to plan and follow lists or are you a last minute creative?

2. Join the #2016PlanningParty! Write a blog post with your own goals, plans, resolutions and thoughts related to quilting and blogging and join the link party.

3. Old and new followers of Quilting Jetgirl alike may leave a second comment letting me know how you follow my blog (options available on the sidebar to the right: email, Bloglovin’, Feedly, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook…)?

4. Follow Stephanie @latenightquilter on Instagram and leave a comment letting me know that you are following her with your Instagram name.

5. Subscribe to the Late Night Quilter mailing list (and get a free PDF gift!) and leave me comment letting me know that you have done so. If you are already on Stephanie’s mailing list, leave a comment letting us know.

I will close comments at 9 p.m. EST on December 31st (or as soon as life allows) and use a random number generator to select the two winners. As there are different shipping restrictions for the prizes, I will select the first winner and wait to receive their address. If the first winner is within the US / Canada, they will receive The Quilter’s Planner. If they are an international winner, they will receive the 2016 Weekly Photo Calendar. Therefore, until I receive email confirmation from the first winner, I will not select a second winner, so the winner selection process will take a bit of time in January. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

To claim:

I will email the winners as selected by a random number generator. If I have not heard from the selected winners and received shipping addresses within 48 hours, I will select a new winner until all prizes have been shipped.

113 thoughts on “2016 Quilting / Blogging Planning and Giveaway

  1. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    51. I follow on Blogger and joined the linky party! Thanks for hosting it!

  2. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    52. I’m subscribed to Stephanie’s email list as well!

  3. Miriam says:

    53. I love the idea of a “real” planner. I used them when I worked at the office, but when I retired so did the planners. I write lists in various notebooks, but nothing central. I love the feeling of crossing off a finished task. I’m also attracted to “shiny new things” and get sidetracked from my original list of projects. I like your separation of long- and short-term projects. That will help me stay more on task… maybe.
    Every year I purchase a Quilt Art weekly planner for my mother for Christmas. She keeps it more as a journal and records a short daily synopsis including her sewing projects that are completed in summary form in the front of the planner. She is now 97 and still quilting and sewing!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win one of the planners–your husband’s photography is inspirational… so beautiful!

  4. Miriam says:

    54. I’m following Stephanie with e-mail.

  5. 55. I love crossing things off lists! Sometimes I’ll even write something on the list when it’s almost finished, just so I can cross it off and feel like I accomplished something 🙂 I didn’t set goals last year for quilting or blogging, but I’m mentally preparing my list now and hope to get my post finished and linked up in a few days. I love your “seek rejection” philosophy. Sometimes it’s so easy to stay away from the things that scare us, but ultimately those are the very things that can bring us the most satisfaction. Good luck with your goals for 2016!

  6. karenbolan says:

    56. Do I plan? I do and I don’t. I’ve found that long-term quilty planning is hard for me to get accurate, so I enjoy monthly planning help like “a lovely year of finishes.” Even my quarterly goals are pretty far from reality. My big-picture goals haven’t been written up like yours, but I have some of the same, like “try something new.” I still feel new at quilting after almost 3 years, and succeed at trying something new in almost every project. Maybe writing up the “other” goals will be helpful when I feel down about how little I accomplish, because really each project is accomplishing multiple things.

  7. 57. I haven’t been a very consistent planner, but “plan” to be better at it this year. I use a planner, but mostly as my bank account register and a pocket calendar for appointments, birthdays, and anniversaries. I’m thinking planning will be at the top of my list when I compile it for this great adventure. I’m a new Blogger and hope to be more consistent in my postings and to learn how to be a better blogger.

  8. 58. Right . I do plan . I write tons of lists . Then I lose them or forget them and end up last minute anyhow . I think my lists are part of my procrastination

  9. 59. I follow you on bloglovin , on ig and on fb but I promise I am not a stalker!

  10. Helen says:

    60. I follow Stephanie on ig
    I’m @helenmidgetgemquilts

  11. Helen says:

    61. I also follow Stephanie through bloglovin

  12. 62. I follow my Bloglovin, Facebook, and Instagram

  13. 63. I also follow Stephanie.

  14. Janequiltsslowly says:

    64. I have a job that demands planning so my quilting is more free. I do tend to work on several projects at once so maybe more focused planning would help get things done. I just hope it doesn’t suck the creativity out of it.

  15. Janequiltsslowly says:

    65. I follow Quilting Jet Girl on Instagram and by email. Instagram name is Janequiltsslowly.

  16. Janequiltsslowly says:

    66. I follow Nightquilter by email and Instagram.

  17. Janequiltsslowly says:

    67. I subscribe to Nightquilter newsletter and I got the free project planning PDF. It’s very cool. Using it to track due dates for my first Instagram swap.

  18. Donna W says:

    68. Lists are my thing! Always have been. But, now that I am getting older, they really are necessary.

  19. Donna W says:

    69. I follow your blog via email.

  20. Donna W says:

    70. I am signed up on Stephanie’s mailing list.

  21. 71. I follow on Instagram

  22. 72. I’ve found that if I plan too far in advance with my quilting goals, I get anxious. Mostly because I simply don’t have the time with two small kids to actually achieve my goals. I see so many women with more kids and seemingly less time than me accomplishing so much and I truly marvel at these superwomen. Maybe a planner would help keep it all manageable? It’s funny because I used to be such a list maker and somehow I’ve gotten away from that.

  23. Alycia says:

    73. Oh boy! I love to plan – I love having a hard copy of my planner in my hands ( hate the online calendars) BUT!! I have to give in to that last minute, dreamed of it in the night creativity too – and that sometimes messes up my best laid plans ha ha!

  24. Alycia says:

    74. I also follow you on bloglovin

  25. Alycia says:

    75. Follow Late Night Quilter on Instagram now too ( I am Alyciaquilts)

  26. Rochelle says:

    76. I’m a so-so planner. I’ve done all 7 of the Focus Through the Prism Challenges and think it has helped in my creativity. I set goals and sometimes they are met. I enjoy picking and choosing new challenges and try to make them learning experiences. I also try to figure out why some things don’t work out for me so I don’t keep repeating the same steps. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  27. Rochelle says:

    77. I follow you through Bloglovin

  28. Rochelle says:

    78. I follow Late Night Quilter through Bloglovin

  29. Sandra says:

    79. Oh yes, much to my husband’s disdain, I am a lists girl, always have been, always will be. I LOVE LOVE checking off items! Funny, I once in awhile come across an old list that I haven’t recycled, and get an (insane) buzz by seeing several old items, now a few months later, all done and dusted, yet at the time they were looming, some huge, some small. We have a huge chart (actually two there are so many yogis now) at my yoga studio where we put a sticker next to our name each day that we are at the studio to practice. It is crazy but heartwarming how people get into it! 🙂 Enjoyed reading your goals review, your new goals, big and small, as well as your thoughts on these. I also am intrigued by the Karla quote on worry and anxiety, as I tend to have a fair bit of that in my life, less so now, since I actively work to live in the moment, but I also now feel somewhat vindicated by having had those two feelings all my life, as well as a healthy dose of fear, and I wonder if those have not actually had their fair share of positive outcomes on where I am today…

  30. Sandra says:

    80. I follow you on bloglovin’

  31. Sandra says:

    81. I also subscribed (think I may have already) to Stephanie’s email list.

  32. Pam K. says:

    82. I am not a planner I do everything very last minute. I am intrigued by the idea of planning and hopefully it will help me finish some UFO’s!

  33. Marci Girl says:

    83. I’m a planner, if I don’t make lists then I forget stuff! I’ve been using my phone (the Do! App) and that works ok but I’d love to win a hard copy planner! I’d like to start actually writing down and achieving my goals.

  34. 84. I’m a new follower via IG!

  35. 85. I follow Stephanie on IG. @Marci_Girl

  36. 86. I’m a new follower! I love to make list and cross them off because I like to write things out, but I don’t make them everyday like I should so it lends to procrastination!!

  37. 87. I’m definitely a planner and rarely do things without making a list of some sort. It’s just part of my OCD nature. Yet, despite being a planner, I’ve been known to procrastinate until the 11th hour. I can see some truth in having anxiety push you to get something done.

  38. 88. When you see my post…you will see I lOVE and believe in lists. When we live with intention our dreams come true! Thanks for the fun goal-setting linky!! I invite you are your readers to share and check out my TUesday Archives linky party….join us to rejuvinate your old posts throughout 2016. Val from

    1. 89. PS I added myself as a bloglovin follower, but have ya on my blogroll as well. 🙂

  39. KatieQ says:

    90. I love planning. Making lists and checking things off as they are completed gives me a lot of satisfaction. My main problem is that I tend to misplace my lists or I get distracted with other things that take preference. Hopefully, 2016 will be the year it all comes together.

  40. KatieQ says:

    91. I follow with Bloglovin.

  41. KatieQ says:

    92. I subscribed to the Late Night Quilter’s mailing list.

  42. sarah says:

    93. I follow you on bloglovin. seramiabelle(at)gmail(dot)com

  43. sarah says:

    94. In everyday life (meaning the day to day, things that must be done to function like eating, cleaning, bathing, appointments, etc). I am an all in planner. I have a planner that has a page per day so that I can make lists in it. (I had used the same one for almost 15 years, but they discontinued it so I’m still begrudgingly adjusting to my new one!!!) As a crafter, I am not a planner, excepting when there are times that many things must be done in a very short period of time (like the winter holidays). I aim to change that though, since I have lots of crafty goals for the year ahead and have become better at making time for a practice in art and making. Also, I really, really, really thrive when I can cross things off of lists, as you do 🙂


  44. Debbie Huber says:

    95. I am not a list maker…never have been, and even when I try, it lasts for only a short while.
    I am a teacher and will make personal goals at the beginning of summer, or a Christmas break or at the start of the year.
    I do not tend to forget things. My ability to follow through is more dependent on my energy level when i finally have time available.

  45. 96. Hahaha, I laugh at number 3, “follow” does all social media count as staking?? I also an all of the above for Stephanie count too?

    It’s amazing that your goal was to be more interactive. I so admire to time and devotion to prompt responses, and comments on post. Someday I would like to have your social graces in the quilting community. 2016 also looks like a good year, I am excited to see all the great things that happen this year in our amazing corner of the web.

  46. lorindadavis says:

    97. I am definitely a planner- I have lists and schedules for everything. But sometimes when I’m working on a project I like to fly by the seat of my pants. Thanks for hosting this linky party, Yvonne. It was really great to get my goals for 2016 out into the world!

  47. lorindadavis says:

    98. I follow you here, on IG, Periscope, etc! 😉

  48. lorindadavis says:

    99. I follow Stephanie on Instagram! My new handle is @laurelpoppyandpine

  49. Eva Emilie says:

    100. I’m subscribed to Late Night Quilter
    (ebercast at gmail dot com)

  50. Eva Emilie says:

    101. I try to plan, make lists etc. but it never really works for me. My goal is to be better focused and follow through on my projects. This is a great New Years giveaway!!
    (ebercast at gmail dot com)

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