Monday, December 31, 2012

Ringing in a New Year


I can't believe that 2012 is over already.  Honestly, it didn't feel like Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas until the day was upon me.  Perhaps it has a lot to do with the unseasonable weather we've had this fall.  I don't know....but, the months speed by.  My Gram used to say that the older you get, the faster time moves on, and she was so right.

As we bid 2012 a fond farewell, I have to say it has been a good year for me.  I've had several new and exciting adventures, and I look forward to 2013, and all it has to bring.

As each new year begins, I set goals for myself....things I want to accomplish or new challenges.  For 2013, I want to learn a lot more about social media tools and PhotoShop (which was on my list last year.  I learned a bit, but not as much as I'd like!).  I also want to learn to make a great pie crust, and bake delicious pies.  I love pie!  And soup...I love soup, but really don't have many good soup recipes.  Yes...soup and pie.

The other goal is more personal.  I'm making it a point to be more gracious.  I try to be kind and helpful, and now want to focus on being more gracious.  Kindness and graciousness go hand in hand, I think.  The world can always use more grace and kindness, don't you think?

Would you call all of those things resolutions?  Hhmmm.....I like calling them goals more than resolutions.  Resolving to do something just doesn't have the same positive spin.  I digress......

After we ring in the New Year, put the Christmas decorations away, and eat the last Christmas cookies, we can begin to take some time for ourselves.....to do something we enjoy as we settle into the winter months.  My next Pocket Patchwork Sew~Along will begin on Friday!  I'm so looking forward to it!  (Read my previous post to find out more about the Sew~Along and how to participate.)


I'd like to close the year with a Give-away! 
 
 
Leave me a comment about any goals,  wishes, or challenges you have for yourself in the coming year! 
Post your comment by midnight Wednesday for a chance to win a pair of these heirloom scissors!

  
Wishing each of you a very Happy & Healthy
 
New Year!!
 
And...thanks so much for taking the time to visit me here!
I truly appreciate it more than words can say.
 
Pam

 

111 comments:

  1. I don't think it will be too much of an effort for you to add being gracious to your 'character'! Happy New Year to you!

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  2. Ok, Miss Pam...I have met you, and I can't imagine a more gracious and kind person. I'd say you have already achieved your goal, but i suppose it can never be a bad thing to be kind...enjoy the New Year and I'll look forward to your next sew along. Thanks for the chance to win the scissors...too cute!

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  3. I want to learn/improve my FMQ skills in 2013. I plan to spread more smiles - amazing how a kind word and/or smile improve your day!

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  4. I am very excited to start another sew a long!!

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  5. My goal this year...every month of the year I am going to finish a project that I've already started.

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  6. Happy New Year!
    I am sure, being gracious will be something very easy for you to do! My goals for 2013 are to sell our current home and purchase another one in our price range. As well, I would like to get my health back under control so I can semi-retire by the middle of the year and my birthday!
    I would also like to get my sewing room in control too! I have been working on it for the past year, but right now, you can't tell!
    Thank you for all you do.... I'm looking forward to the new Sew Along!
    Take care, Leslie

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  7. Hi Pam! I always enjoy reading your posts - so upbeat and encouraging!! Great "goals"!! I've been contemplating my goals - would like to visit more - the shut in, old family friends, those that need a little light in their day. I'm such a home body, that is a stretch for me! I'd love to help you with your pie crust - ask my family how mine is!! They call me the "Piemaster"!!! I too love pie!! I have other goals - but too numerous to name here - I'm a bit of an over achiever!! (Maybe I just have too much to work on!! LOL)

    Blessings to you for a Prosperous New Year!

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  8. Happy New Year, Pam. And how gracious you are to have an end-of-year giveaway. I hope to finish a number of quilts, big and small, in 2013. I have lots of flimsies, so am aiming for one per month to have quilted (have to send them out to someone to quilt), and then everyone in my family will get a quilt for next Christmas.

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  9. like most people, I want to lose weight, the physical kind absolutely, Yes!
    but more I want to be the real me, and drop off anything along the way that does not reflect the inner me! I want to let the little girl in me go free and be an old red hat lady in disguise, no more expectations of others, weighting me down, just freedom to be me!, Finally!

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  10. Happy New Year! As I look around my quilt room, I have decided I need to finish at least one UFO a month. I was doing great exercising until the last two weeks of December so starting exercising again has to be a goal for 2013.

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  11. For 2013 I am hoping to see the world with kind eyes and to respond to it with gentle words. I think we are on the same track.

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  12. The scissors are beautiful! I'm a bad one for not setting goals. For 2013 I'd like to catch up on the tops waiting for machine quilting. I don't really enjoy machine quilting but I like to finish my quilts myself. I like your goal regarding graciousness - I need to work on that too :0)

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  13. Happy New Year, Pam! My goal ihis year is to complete all of the many projects I have started.

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  14. I would love to meet you in person someday but feel that I know you from reading your blog. I spent this morning finishing all of the blocks for a homespun house project. My goal is to have it sashed and borders on by the end of January. Lots of UFOs awaiting completion. We shall see. Happy New Year.

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  15. Yesterday I wrote my goals down for 2013. What I want to remember the most is to: Enjoy what is important to me, and eliminate what is not.

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  16. First off, Happy New Year to everyone. I absolutely love your blog and always follow in the sew alongs. It is some of the few items I actually finish and keep up with. Thanks so much for giving of yourself and your talents. I think this year is my year to actually finish some full size quilts that I am nearing completion. Looking forward to the new sew along this month.

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  17. All quilters must have the same goal...to finish some of those UFOs and that certainily is one of my goals. Other goals are to enjoy each day, to think of others more and not be so selfish with my time. I recently retired and retirement is an adjustment...I need to do more fun things! Closets and drawers will still need attention and will always be there!
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Gloria
    gyates625@bellsouth.net

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  18. HAPPY NEW YEAR PAM!
    THIS YEAR I'D LIKE TO GET BETTER AT MY FM QUILTING!
    THANKS FOR SHARING A NEAT GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  19. In 2013 I want to make at least one Christmas quilt and tree skirts for myself and my married children. I actually started today by cutting into my Christmas stash...I have way to much Christmas fabric! But, after reading your goals (I like the word goals better too) I really think I should see about learning to or finding good recipes to make soup. We love soup and I keep saying I need to figure out how to make them at home! Thank you for a wonderful year and for sharing. I look forward to the Pocket Patchwork Sew-a-long!

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  20. Happy New Year and thanks for the chance to win those lovely scissors, I adore scissors and have a couple of sewing kits that I keep a different set in.

    Creativity is going to be my word this year, I've not kept up as well as I wanted to in 2012 to finish things up, so I am going to be good in creating ways to finish things up and start anew!

    Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

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  21. I do SO enjoy your sew-alongs! Thank you for offering the giveaway; seems you're starting early on your "gracious" goal! :) My goal is to read more books and to finish 4 quilts (hand pieced and hand quilted). Two are in the process of being quilted and two are being pieced. I'm sure I will find other projects as the year goes along. Thanks again, Pam, for doing this blog!

    JoAnne
    mjkonkel@tds.net

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  22. Happy New Year!! I was just thinking about my goals for 2013 and I've decided it will be nesting - cleaning up my house, getting rid of all the things I don't need/use/want anymore and concentrate on decorating and just making my home more beautiful. My sewing goal is going to be Christmas - there are so many quilts/decorating items I wish I had done at Christmastime that I have decided to focus on Christmas all year this year and try to get some of these items made.
    Thanks for your beautiful blog and such a wonderful giveaway!!
    Amy

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  23. My goal for 2013 is to quilt, and finish up some of my unfinished quilts, along with beginning several new quilts that are waiting. You see my quilting has taken a side step the past several years due to a personal goal that I focused on and a recent move. But now we have moved, I have unpacked my quilting room, and I have started focusing on what I enjoy most. Thanks for sharing your quilting ideas. Have a happy new year.

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  24. I haven't set any goals yet for the new year. But, as I reflect on this year I think of some wonderful adventures I was able to take including quilting my way to Alaska. I would say that was the high point of my year.
    The scissors are beautiful. I am going to keep my eyes open for stuff like that when I get the chance to dig around in antique stores.
    Happy New Year,
    Kathy

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  25. My only goal for 2013 is to learn to use my new Sweet Sixteen. I think it's going to be a fun challenge to now quilt my own quilts.

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  26. My goals for 2013 include becoming more technologically saavy....in other words "intuitive" usually doesn't work for me! Also I want to learn to enjoy the PROCESS of quilting and stitching.....not racing to the finished project!

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  27. My goal for this year is to get all my scraps cut and to actually start sewing them instead of procrastinating.

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  28. Enjoyed your last sew-along...can't wait for the next. Happy New Year!

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  29. My goal for 2013 was organization - until I heard my niece and her family are moving to Texas in May (military relocation). My new goal for the first 4-5 months is to spend as much quality time as I can with my grand nieces & grand nephew. Happy New Year!

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  30. I really enjoyed reading this post. Being kind and gracious is a wonderful goal. My goal is to give more to people less fortunate, even if it's something small. You are very kind to be giving away those precious scissors.

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  31. I have set a few goals for 2013. First of all, I pray for the tension that has been between myself and hubby this last year to dissolve so we can enjoy the rest of our time together here on earth.
    I have some UFO's I would like to complete; and would like to start doing some hand applique. If I enjoy the handwork, who knows.....I might attempt a small Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
    Those are some cute scissors and I would love to be the new owner. They would go nicely with my take along hand applique when I start it.
    Happy New Year and am looking forward to another year of enjoying your blog.

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  32. I have the same goal as I did last year--use up my stash. I did pretty good, but there were a few new fat quarter bundles that I just had to have! My other goal is to start quilting all the tops I have piling up. My local quilt shop is starting Journey 3 in February--that's one thing I'm really looking forward to. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

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  33. My goal for 2013 is to talk one of my kids I to having a baby so I can enjoy being a grandma even more! LOL I sure do hope they'll co-operate!

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  34. My plan for the New Year is to give back in all aspects of my life...to my family, to work, to the community! I want to sew and quilt MORE MORE MORE, too!! I do have the traditional lose weight wish going on also!!

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  35. I had a really great quilting year for 2012 by keeping is small, simple, and fun. So I am staying with the same for 2013, just expanding on playing with new color and fabric lines.

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  36. My wish for 2013 is for more TIME. Would love to finish a whole lot of UFOs, but unfortunately there's always so many new things to start.
    Thanks for the chance to win these beautiful scissors.
    lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

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  37. I think your goal to be more gracious is an admirable one. No matter how kind or thoughtful we think we are, it doesn't help to add a little bit more. This year, I would like to drop some of the barriers that exist between me and people in my life that I have lost contact with or become estranged from. I want to let go of any petty feelings or misunderstandings that I have allowed to hamper my enjoyment of life. At age 64, I find time moves too swiftly and I don't want to miss opportunities to extend my love to the people closest to me.
    Of course, finishing up my UFOs and getting me sewing room in some kind of reasonable order would be nice too.

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  38. Happy New Year Pam. You have an excellent goal in mind. Graciousness is something that we certainly have a shortage of it and you will set a grand example for many. Ha Ha, I had to laugh when you ask us for our goals, I was fixin' to say "my goal is to get a pair of those cute scissors" and then I read on. Too funny. Be safe, be warm, be kind and loving, and be gracious.

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  39. Hoping to get lots of my tops quilted (1 a month?) as I go on making more!! Love the scissors! Thanks for chance!

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  40. What wonderful goals-kindness and graciousness seems to be slowly fading-how wonderful it would be if each and every one of us adopted those goals. What is my goal? My terrific hubby and I have been the care givers for the last 8 years for a really good friend who is a two time cancer survivor. It is looking like he will not make 9 years and my goal is to lose the 15# put on through those stressful times and to get back to an exercise program.
    Wishing you and your hubby a wonderful 2013!

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  41. On several blogs in previous years, picking out a word to focus on for the upcoming year, was always something I enjoyed doing. My first year's word was prepare, 2nd year be more authentic, 3rd year was gratitude/grateful and this year I'm still pondering the choice of many words. I really like the word kindness. Your kindness in sharing some much with us is very apparent. Can't wait for the sew-a-long. Thanks for so much in 2012 and looking forward to 2013.

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  42. I would love to find more time for my sewing! I love it, but can't seem to get near enough time for it. Spending time with my 2 granddaughters is on my wish list too...they are amazing and growing up so fast. Also...romancing my husband. He is amazing, but it seems like we don't have much time for each other.

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  43. Want a lovely goal to be gracious, however I believe you have already succeeded at it. I met you on the Alaska cruise and you were so kind, gracious and friendly I felt that we had been friends for years. You shared your story of knee replacement and was so encouraging to me. Thank you for that. That cruise was a special memory for me and my daughter and you and Lynne could not have made it any better. You both did an amazing job. I love reading you blog it make me happy it is so much of how I feel and you put it in words, especially when you talk about your love of antiques. You sense of humor is just what I need to read on your blog. You are an amazing woman and have the same love of quilting and antiques that I do. I think that is why I enjoy your blog so much. Would love to have the scissors, but if not just that I got to meet you was a check on my bucket list. Thank you for being you and sharing that with me and all you readers.

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  44. One of my challenges for 2013 is to go through closets and drawers to fling the clutter and organize the important things. I plan to do it all over the house, but my sewing room will take the longest. I also hope to finish several of my UFOs but also enjoy starting plenty of new projects. This year I spent a lot of time on some home improvements early in the year, then worked and worked machine quilting for other people, then the last third of the year concentrated on preparing for my daughter's December wedding and Christmas. I'm ready to sew some things for myself!
    Happy New Year!

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  45. What a Great Goal for yourself, I have set goals for myself for a number of yrs, 30 or more. I set realistic ones. I want to be able to attain them & not get discouraged. My golas have all been personal, smile more, be more friendly towards others, help at least one other person with their difficulties.This past yr Hubbie & I redid the plumbing in a 93 yrs old man's bathroom,he goes to our church. He has not been able to take a shower & didn't want to come to church, said he smelled like a skunk. His wife passed away 14yrs ago on Christmas day. Wanted him to be able to come to church for our candle light service. He is all happy & smells good. I just love giving to people & I will work harder in 2013 to give more of myself. Get so much self satisfaction. May 2013 be a Blessed year for all.

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  46. I love it that you want to be more gracious! That is the sweetest thing I have heard in a long time. I think my wish for 2013 will be to take each day as it comes and find more things to be thankful for than to complain about. Finally, I am one to start a quilting project and then something else sparks my interest so I stop what I'm working on and start something new. Tomorrow (1/1/13) I plan to go into my quilt room and choose 12 of my started projects and put them in order of finishing. That would be one a month, but who knows, maybe I will get all 12 done early and be able to accomplish even more. Yup, that is my plan and I'm sticking with it.

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  47. Happy New Year! I would love to win the scissors, they could come and live with my other scissors! :) I love your blog and look forward to the coming year.

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  48. Your gram was right - somehow those minutes/hours/days/years speed by at lightning speed the older we get - still don't understand how! Quilting and working with wool somehow make our crazy world more sane and I love following you and Lynn and Lisa -- you all make this world a brighter place.

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  49. I have only given a little thought to goals for 2013. I think once the kids head back to school I will be able to relax and think on this. But, one thing I do want to do is just find more time to be creative with fabric....designing, piecing, quilting, etc...
    Have a Happy New Year! Looking forward to the next Sew-A-long!

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  50. One of my challenges and goals for 2013 is to finish the last Pocket Patchwork project and keep up with the new one!

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  51. I've just started a Rose of Sharon quilt pattern by Sharon Pederson. It's an applique pattern & that is something I have avoided doing for 25+ yrs of making quilts. My goal is to have it completed & all quilted before the end of 2013. I have one block started & now I don't know why I have put off for so long! I am now a fearless quilter! I'm also free motion quilting my own quilts this year! The New Year is a great time to start something totally new & challenging! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

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  52. I want to thank you for your first pocket patchwork. I am making it into a queen size for my daughter. It was a comfort during the past two weeks as my family is working towards "normalcy" since Dec. 14th. My grandson is a second grader at Sandy Hook Elementary. He is one of many beautiful children robbed of innocense on that day,but his life was spared. The world has embraced this community and that includes so very many quilters. Would it be okay to give thanks here to all of you who sent pillowcases, quilts, and snowflakes? My heart overflows with the love and support the world and our country have bestowed on this beautiful heartbroken, but spirits rallying to move forward in only positive ways, little town. My grandson is okay. At times he has questions and we answer them truthfully. They return to a new school soon with hopes and fears. Parents working hard to be strong, the children in so many ways, being the brave and beautiful examples. Thank you dear hearts. Surround yourselves and you loved ones everyday as you have embraced us. Happy New Year!!!!

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  53. I love pie and soup too! Isn't that funny? I would also like to learn to make pie crust. My sister-in-law makes great crust, so maybe I'll have her give me lessons. Happy New Year to you and your family! God Bless!

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  54. My goals for 2013 are to be more organized and to learn to do some free motion quilting. I also just want to be a better person in general.
    lsandes@comcast.net

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  55. My quilting goals are to finish the one UFO from 2011 and the 5 UFOs from 2012 that i have. In addition, I want to start a clamshell quilt plus take part in your pocket patchwork. I am sure that more projects will distract me along the way.
    On the home front, I need to purge things that I don't use anymore. I am somewhat of a hoarder so that will be a difficult goal to achieve. Also, I need to organize my computer photos.
    Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013.
    The scissors are beautiful..Charlotte S.

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  56. My Prime Goal To finish that Nearly Insane quilt that happening slowly and needs to be finally finished. Also to Quilt a gorgeous quilt that has been on the waiting list for quite a few years while I mend. Now that I have my Bernina 820 there should be less obstacles and less stress on my shoulder. Read No Excuses :-)
    Happy New Year. Hope your 2013 is filled with Fabric Quilts and Quilters. What more could a girl want.

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  57. It is nice to set down your goals on paper, or computer. I began following you just a few weeks ago and I am looking forward to next year with anticipation. I hope to learn new sewing techniques and sew more, learn to blog much better and have something worthwhile to share. Faithfulness is the first item on my list. Thank you for your generosity, kindness, and teaching leadership.

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  58. Being grateful. Counting my blessings. It's so easy to get caught up in the bad stuff, or things you don't have, isn't to focus on what I do......

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  59. I aim to make 4 baby quilts for our church quilt ministry during 2013. Happy New Year! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. My 2013 has already begun with a new four month old puppy in the house. For myself de-clutter in every way possible. Grab the moment when one of my sons says, "Let's do ....together." Practice applique. Start and finish one civil war quilt. Bake gluten free banana bread. And you are right...kindness and grace,our world would be better with more. Happy New Year!

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  61. I hope to get my sewing, quilting and knitting supplies all organized and accessible...so that I can spend more time actually doing instead of hunting for what I know is...somewhere! I would also like to apply more of my time to our guild's charity quilts - for children and soldiers. Finding more time to work on them will be my way of giving back, and hopefully become more of a way of life. Thank you for all that YOU do!

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  62. I'm going to try to make this a year of paying things forward. I feel very blessed to have most things I need, and family around me.
    Thanks so much for the lovely giveaway.

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  63. Lovely scissors. Thanks for the giveaway and a very Happy New Year ! I enjoy your blog and all the beautiful quilts

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  64. I love your goals Pam! You always come across as a very positive person...guess that is why I have become more interested in your fabric and patterns. I have especially enjoyed your sewalongs! My goal is to win this give away (I hope) and to live each day to the limit..doing and enjoying all that I choose to do. I do hope to get more exercise in, eat better (less), and finish more of my projects. Life is good and I hope it continues. Happy New Year!

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  65. I will try to be more organized!

    Merry Christmas Pam! I enjoy your Sew-a-Longs!

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  66. Your goals for the New Year sound perfect to me...especially the one about making great pie crust. It is a life challenge. I also love pie so I'll be watching for the great pie crust post you are bound to write. My goals for 2013 are to put a dent in my 22 UFO's and to improve my free motion quilting skills. Of course I have a very long list of future quilt projects but I've made a commitment to retire the UFO's throughout the year...and so I'll only begin one project for every UFO finished. Happy New Year!!!

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  67. I generally don't make goals, but I make lists. :-) On top of my list is to get some of the tops I assembled this year, quilted. Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for the fun giveaway. I'll be here Friday too~ love the sew alongs!

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  68. I live in a small home with two grown up boys and hubby. I need to declutter and/or crank out quilts faster due to a growing stash, can't sew fast enough! Time to purge things (excluding fabric of course)! awolk at rogers dot com

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  69. I'm getting a new machine and look forward to that! I'd like to tackle the scraps and make gifts before Dec when it's too late.

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  70. My challenge is to finish one ufo a month between new projects...Happy New Year to you & family from France.

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  71. My challenge is to finish 40 UFO's. Most are completed quilt tops that need to be quilted and bound. Going to have to get a move on, for sure! Happy New Year!!

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  72. I hope to complete more projects that I already have and not try to overdo it the way I usually do.

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  73. My challenge for 2013 is to quilt my quilts. I tend to get to the topper stage and then put them away. I have a hard time deciding on the quilting design and then doing it. Best wishes for a Happy 2013.

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  74. Pam, i must agree, setting goals sounds so much nicer than making resolutions. i also agree that if we all put a bit more effort into showing kindness to each other, the world would most certainly be in a happier state, that's got to be a good thing, right? So, apart from doing a bit of decluttering and tidying up in my studio & wardrobe, you have inspired me to think before i act and show everyone a little more respect & kindness every day.
    Wishing you happiness & fulfillment in all you do in 2013 and thank you for this delightful giveaway.
    cheers :))) Marian

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  75. I hope to sew something every day, learn new techniques, and use up a few of my scraps. I would also like to add - not buy fabric - but I know I would not keep that resolution because you have to keep current on your scrap fabric. Take care and happy sewing. Robert, from northern Iowa . . . .

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  76. I am challenging myself to give something away every week of the year. My way of decluttering my home some what..and hopefully enriching someone else's home... I also want to learn how to free motion quilt.

    Yep those are the plans... we will see.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOURS and wishes for a joyus 2013

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  77. 2013 is going to be a GREAT year!!! 2012 was very challenging and unproductive! One goal for 2013 is to sew, knit or do needle work daily!!! Debra W. Northwest IN

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  78. My goal this year is to have a more positive attitude and to surround myself with positive people. Also, like everyone else, finish UFO's. (I made that a goal last year) Happy New Year everyone.

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  79. A very Happy New Year. My goal is to keep on learning and keep on doing

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  80. Happy New Year, Pam! This year I am going to work on becoming a more patient individual and waking up everyday being thankful for my many blessings.I will be waiting for Friday and the beginning of the Sew Along! The scissors are beautiful and I'm sure everyone would like to own them. Thank you for the wonderful projects that you provide us with and the PWC!
    Margie

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  81. The world can certainly use more grace and kindness! I think that some of the social media venues are becoming such a norm for people that in "real life" they forget to slow down and realize there is an actual living, breathing human being with emotions right in front of them?

    My goals are to resist the constant push and pull of crazy deadlines and slow my pace down a bit. Take time to relax, imagine and create... really appreciate what's near me... in people, in nature and yes, this includes gorgeous fabrics and threads too! :-)

    Have the Happiest of New Year's Pam! Looking forward to seeing your stitches and adventures of 2013!

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  82. Pam, I don't think you need to try to be a more gracious person. I like you just the way you are!! I am going to try to follow Thumper's mother's advice. You know, from Bambi. " If you don't have anything nice to say, than don't say anything at all. Happy new year Pam!! Karen S.

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  83. Hi Pam - Happy New Year to you! Thank you for all the inspiration and knowledge you give to us on your blog. I hope 2013 includes lots of good sewing/quilting for all of us.

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  84. For 2013 I would wish for happiness and good health which is something no one can purchase. With good health, one is able to do much quilting which leads to happiness! Janet Kay

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  85. First, I want to wish everyone reading a Happy New Year. There has been much sadness here in Ct. recently. But, the goodness in so many people has also shined through as a result. As you, I resolve to be more gracious and to do more random acts of kindness as they are called. Here is my hug (((( )))) for all of you. Lastly, I want to say that stitching brings great joy into my life and I resolve to help others enjoy that feeling of peace and accomplishment.

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  86. My goals this year include trying to be more positive, learn more about the electronics (phone, Kindle, computer) in my life and to finally finish the Crab Apple Winter Wonderland I've been working on since 2009! Happy New Year!!

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  87. Happy New Year to all! I like the word "goal" so much better. Much more optimistic and that is something I will strive to work on in the coming year (that and finishing more projects)! My goal for 2013 is to donate a quilt a month to the Quilt4Kids program--everyone needs a warm blankey to call their own. Bless all with good health and happiness.

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  88. One of my "goals" (I like goals much better than resolutions)for this year is to practice, practice, practice. This practice will be in both my piecing and my machine quilting. Another goal is to study/learn by taking more classes and also learning from my friends. And, of course, my goal is to stay healthy. So, better eating and more exercise are on the agenda. And, finally and most important, I want to live my life for the Lord in everything that I do.

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  89. My only goal is to keep up. The older I get, the harder that seems. Keep up with projects, with the grandkids, with the housework, whatever - I just want to keep up!

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  90. Wishing you all good things in the New Year Pam. I need to work on my finishing skills as well.
    Peace and good health to all.

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  91. I do know you, I have hugged you, i have experienced your graciousness. We have not made pies or soup together, we have not spent nearly enough face to face time together. Cheerleading in friendship for your great 2012 has been wonderful and inspiring! You go girl! My goals... To be a better person, more grateful, more faithful, approach everything with more thoughtfilness and be joyful!! Also, continuing to read your blogs and adventures! Love you dear one and Happy, Happy New Year!

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  92. I, too, like others plan, no hope, to finish some of those UFO's that are always lurking in the back of my mind. Like you I also want to learn more about social media tools. But my biggest goal for 2013 - I have thought about it in past years but not put into action - I want to go visit with my relatives that I don't usual get to see (except at funerals or an occasional wedding). For those that live further away - if I am on a trip that direction to take the time to stop and visit even if it means I will be home a few hours later. If I can not visit in person - to send them a note - a letter or card can mean a lot to some.

    Hope you achieve your goals and wishing you a Happy New Year! Can't wait to start your new sew along - my first time.

    Gale

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  93. Hi Pam~

    My goal this year is to complete more projects for myself. I love to give hand made gifts and many of my friends and family enjoy them, but I never seem to keep much for myself. Have a Happy New Year.

    Blessings~Becky

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  94. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJanuary 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    My big challenge in 2013 is packing up after 32 years in this house, 50 years of marriage, and raising 3 children and moving from Illinois to Alabama to be near our oldest daughter. I have a huge sewing room and the thought of packing it all up is a little overwhelming:) And I still have some sewing projects that I want to do:) I guess you could call me a dreamer:)

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  95. Hi Pam, my sewing goals include quilting my year of Schnibbles. I have a number of UFO's I want to finish. I did just recently finish 3 so I want to keep the ball rolling. I also want to participate in your sew along. Only problem is I have to miss 2 Fridays when I drive my Mom to Fla, but I will catch up. I want to curb my buying fabric and work on what I have and using stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  96. Hi Pam, I agree not resolutions but goals. Goal is definitely more positive. One of my goals is to take more time with people and become more patient with them and myself. Sometimes I get too busy, then I'm frazzled and I lose focus on the really important people and things in my life. Thanks for all your hard work making PWSC so wonderful! Peace and happiness to you and your family in the New Year,

    Jennifer

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  97. Just happy to plod along but I do need to give myself achievable goals and not try to keep up with others. Just to enjoy the moment at hand. Best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

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  98. I hope to knock off some of my UFO's,use only my stash except for borders and backing,a couple of charity quilts (small enough that I can quilt) and finish my Dear Jane except for the quilting. Plus all the quilt alongs and Kathleen Tracy's monthly doll quilt. Good thing I'm retired. Better get started.

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  99. My goal is to quilt faster than my stash grows!

    and to have more time for quilting.

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  100. Happy New Year to you! This year I would like to make a concious decision to spend time everyday sewing. I have gotten away from it somewhat and think have a creative outlet makes me a better person all around.

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  101. I too like goals better. I plan to get another quilt finished and one started. And become a more gentel person. And continue to learn.Happy New Year.

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  102. My goal is to be more patient with my mother who is starting to get forgetful. You know your parents will eventually reach this stage, but it's still hard to accept. I will be patient! Also to finish at least one WIP from last year before I start a new one and to try to make one Christmas decoration every month. Maybe I'll actually be ready for Christmas in 2013!
    - sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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  103. Just want to be more appreciative of every moment we're given. And work hard to finish up some UFO's this year. Very pretty scissors!

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  104. Gorgeous scissors!!
    I am trying to "finish" this year - I will probably finish more UFOs into tops than will get quilted but it's a move in the right direction.

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  105. My goal is to finish UFOs; make them smaller for community quild give aways. Also want to be more creative move outside my "traditional box".

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  106. Happy New Year! My goal is to make at least one charity quilt this year.

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  107. One of my important goals this year.....to learn how to be Grandma - first grandchild due in May! Thanks for everything throughout the year! dmf

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  108. One of my goals for 2013 is to be more self sufficient. Rely less on buying and more on producing things myself. Love your work, just found your blog today! Best wishes!

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  109. My goal this year is to spend every minute with my husband. He had emergency major surgery on Dec 23 and we came home from the hospital yesterday but will now have to face cancer treatments and that uncertain future. I have decided to take a leave from my quilting projects but will always have a bag of embroidery to take with us to appointments. Please treasure each and every moment with those you love!

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  110. I am going to try to keep my agenda a bit empty during school hours so there will be more time for relaxed sewing as with a family of three teenagers my days after school hours are full to the brim.

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  111. My goal this year is to work fewer hours so I have more time to quilt and to play! Related to that goal, I want to finish up a few ufo's in 2013.

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