Quilting in the new year – 2013 edition!

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Hello, everyone! Hilary here. Around this time each year, we find ourselves making goals for the year-to-come. Some people promise themselves to lose weight, some simply say they want to cut out a certain food or beverage. Some want to be more active. Some promise to travel to certain destinations. Quilters often make resolutions to quilt from their stashes or not start a new project until they finish at least one already in the works. Ask me how I know about this last one – I’ve heard it from my mother every year for the last… what year was I born?… 🙂

Our goals are sometimes lofty or unrealistic. We’ve all been there before, but have no fear! We’re here to help give little hints, tips, and suggestions for fun ways for you to get the tools necessary to achieve everything you want to in 2013! Let’s start with the most common resolutions:

Eat Healthier/Lose Weight

I would guess that this is the most common New Year Resolution made by people. It’s a good goal to have! Let’s face it, nobody makes resolutions to eat LESS healthy! While we at Quilter’s Compass are not doctors or dieticians, we do think we can help you with this one, should you choose to add it to your list of New Year Resolutions.

It is commonly said that one way to eat better (and save money!) is to make your lunches at home and bring them with you to work. That way, you aren’t tempted by the McDonald’s across the street from your office, or the pizza joint down the street. What better way to encourage you to take your lunch with you each day than to have a fun, stylish lunch bag!

I have made a number of the bags featured in the Lunch Bags! book. I’ve made them for my brother and friend, who are both teachers; another friend who is a music therapist; and this year, I made one for my mom, Barb, who – as many of you know – owns Quilter’s Compass! They’ve received rave reviews from everyone and they are all used quite often. I also asked for one for Christmas last year and my mom made one for me. I’ve used it just about every workday this year. It’s much nicer than recycled plastic grocery bags. As many of our regular customers know, I’ve lost quite a bit of weight over the last 2 years and I truly think that bringing my lunch to work each day is a huge part of how I’ve done it!

Exercise More

This resolution tends to go hand-in-hand with the first one. Being more active is another excellent goal to have! However, keep in mind that your muscles will take some time to get used to more activity. With that being the case, we’d like to direct your attention to the “Soothing Hot & Cold Pack” pattern from CottonWay.

Soothing Hot/Cold Rice Bags Pattern

These packs can be stuffed with just about any filler, but we’ve used the crushed walnut shells and found them to work quite nicely! They’re quick and easy to make and depending on what filler you use, they last for a very long time. They can be thrown in the freezer and used in place of frozen vegetables or heated up in the microwave for a few seconds.

Quilting from Stash/Finishing UFOs

I love this resolution! It’s such a nice feeling to get something finished. For that reason, we started our Finishers Club 2 years ago. The Finishers Club is one of the easiest ways to earn a discount that you will ever encounter. You simply take a photo of a project that’s been started (it could have the pieces cut out, or you could simply need to put the binding on!) and email it to us (clientfeedback@quilterscompass.com). When you finish the project (quilted, bound, labeled, ready for use), send us another photo of the finished item. Depending on the size of the project, you will earn up to 5 points. These points directly translate to a percentage discount off your next purchase. You can accumulate points and use up to 15 at one time. It’s so easy! You get projects finished and out of your sewing room AND you get a discount on your next purchase – batting to finish your next UFO or thread to quilt it, or maybe fabric for a new project as a treat!

We also carry quite a few books about scrap quilting and using up your stash. Stop in to the shop and we’d be happy to show you our selection and give you advice!

I hope you find these tips to be helpful! We’re always full of ideas, so if you’re ever in a rutt or need another opinion, we’re more than happy to help! You can find more ideas for New Year Resolutions related to quilting on our Pinterest board.

We wish you all the happiest of New Years and hope to see you in the shop soon!

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