“Hello, fellow applique enthusiasts!
Welcome to the first two weeks of 2024! Since the new year, we have had two new cozy episodes of ‘Sewing in Slippers with Sue.’
I’m your host, Sue Pelland, and I’m thrilled to have you join me today as we embark on a journey into the world of creativity, quilting, and, of course, my specialty, Applique!—all from the comfort of our sewing room, and hopefully in your slippers!
From all of us at Sue Pelland Designs, we want to welcome you to a brand new year, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2024!!
As we step into the new year, our focus today is not about resolutions but about honing in on what truly matters to us. We have an exciting agenda planned for you, designed to inspire and get you started on a year filled with enriching creative endeavors.
In our first segment in both episodes , we’ll dive into the transformative power of a setting your focus on Gratitude (Episode 179), and choosing BRAINY goals (#180) This will set the perfect tone for a productive and positive mindset. In episode #180, I’m sharing my focus for the first six weeks of 2024, and setting BRAINY goals (adapted from Dana Wilde and the PositiveMindsetEntrepreneurs Club.
B – Burning.Do you have a burning desire to achieve your goal? Staying focused will be much easier if you are truly motivated to succeed!
R – Recordable. Can you measure how many times or how much time you spent on a goal each day? What can you measure and record that will keep you engaged and excited about your progress?
A – Achievable. Do you goals feel reasonable and do-able?
I – Important Improvement. Does this goal help you stretch, expand or grow?
N – No-Nonsense. Brainy Goals are not frivolous, they are easy to understand, uncomplicated, and straighforward!
Y -Yipee! Brainy Goals are those worth celebrating when you have completed them!
Segment 2: Next, I’ll share my focus with you! Instead of setting a FOCUS for all of 2024., let’s take this in bite-size sements! Following Sue’s journey with the Six Week Intentional Action Course that she is taking with Dana Wilde, let’s use this model for our own short term goals! We’ll discuss the difference between resolutions and focus, sharing various areas you might consider concentrating on for the next six weeks. If your goal is to learn Rotary Cut Applique, I have the perfect 6 week course coming up that will help you achieve one of your goals! Let’s focus on Gradations starting January 16th for those who are new to Rotary Cut Applique!
Segment 3: We’ll dive into part one of “12 tips for RotaryCut Applique”. You can add to your applique abilities by mastering Rotary Cut Applique! This segment will feature our first six invaluable tips for smoother rotary cutting—a must-know for any applique enthusiast, then in the second episode, #180, I’ll round out the 12 tips with tips for cutting circular shapes on a rotating mat.
Segment 4: Afterwards, in our ‘What’s on Your Nightstand?’ segment, I’ll share what’s currently on my nightstand and how it ties into my quilting journey.
Feeling Grateful, How to add more goodness to your gladness., by Kobi Yamada.
Ties that Bind, Marie Bostwick
The Book of Lingings, by Sue Monk Kidd.
Finally, on my bookshelf this week is Four Block Quilts, Echoes of History, Pieced Boldly and Appliqued Freely by Terry Clothier Thompson.
I invite you to share your ideas for focus, goals or books. Join the conversation! Put your focus, your goals, and what is on your nightstand in the comments of this blog post! Your recommendations might just be the inspiration someone else needs.
As we wrap up, I’ll provide a sneak peek into next week’s episode where we’ll delve into the idea of embracing failures—a theme that encourages us to try new things and turn ‘fails’ into valuable wins.
So, kick back, slip into those comfy slippers, and let’s create, learn, and stitch together a fun new year of ‘Sewing in Slippers with Sue.’
Let the stitches begin!