I try to give myself a word each year to inspire me and keep my focused. My word this year is sew. Which I use all the time, but really my plan this year is to learn as many sewing techniques as possible. I've done quilting and embroidery and some simple projects like pillows and curtains. But this year I want to learn how to put in a zipper, make a shirt, make a skirt, create a button hole, and in general just get to know my sewing machine and everything it can do.
I signed up to be a sewing buddy through the Whip Stitch Sewing Buddy project. I'm looking forward to taking some courses on Whip Stitch and having a sort of pen pal who is also trying to learn some new sewing tricks.
I have in mind a few small projects to start like coin purses or clutches to practice putting in clasps and zippers. The first big project I think I'm going to try is a tunic. I really like this pattern. I bought it and downloaded it so I don't have an excuse not to start it sometime soon.
I'm looking forward to reporting on my tussles with hems and button holes and arm holes!