When I made my 2014 Goal Visualization Quilt, I thought maybe I was at the beginning of a series. I typically start each new year with a list of resolutions or measurable goals or whatever you want to call them, so why not document them in quilt form? I knew that I would have to really simplify my designs if I were to make this a yearly project, since my first goal visualization quilt took me 3 years to complete. So I set about planning this series, each year writing down my resolutions and then sketching a visual representation for each year. And now, four years later, I’m finally getting around to making the quilts.
For 2015 I grouped my goals into 5 categories:
Strength for fitness related goals,
Center for things related to spirituality and mindfulness,
Work for goals related to finishing art/quilt projects,
Family for things I wanted to make time to do with my husband and kids, and
Routine for some simple daily self-care habits I wanted to build.
I represented each goal as basically a box to be ticked. And X means I accomplished the goal for the year, an empty square means I did not. Even though at a lot of these boxes were empty at the end of the year, I still found it a valuable exercise. This process of “failure” helps me hone my goals each year and make them more realistic, helpful, and useful for me.
This quilt measures approximately 56” square. It was quilted by Nikki Maroon and Mitch Hopper took photos for me.