I know, you already spend enough time on the internet, Facebook, Twitter, email--got it! Me, too. But I look at this as "research" and "educational opportunities". Here are a few more places I've found.
But first: The one quilting goal that is most important to me this year is to improve my free motion quilting skills. I've been a quilter for more than 25 years and have driven a Bernina for most of those years. So it's not the machine that's the problem. It's all operator-error. I know the secret--I've got to PRACTICE! More than I do now. On quilts I care about as well as those that don't have to be fantastic, just adequate. (Note: this goal is so important I forgot to write it on my list! It's OK, I'm over 50 so forgetting stuff like that is allowed.)
Leah Day has an excellent blog and recently finished her 365 Days of Quilting designs. Now she's on to an educational project to help all of us who want to get better. Her best advice: Shut up and QUILT! My advice: if you keep telling yourself "I Can't", you'll be right. I'm going to read everything she writes each week and practice lots and lots. By the end of the year I'll either be able to quilt well enough to satisfy myself or decide I'm only using my feed-dogs from now on--after all, I paid for them, why shouldn't I use them?
The other site I've just learned about is SewCalGal and her 2012 Free Motion Challenge. She'll have some of the top people in the quilting world offer tips on a monthly basis. There is sure to be much to learn from this site in 2012.
Today I got side-tracked with a sweet little project from Temecula Quilt Co. called The 12 Days of Christmas. For 12 days they post a simple 3" finished block. Block 1 is one piece, block 2 is 2 pieces, block 3 is 3 pieces, you get the idea. It took me less than an hour and a half to do the first 9 blocks, including digging out the fabrics:
I figure we all have the same 24 hours each day, it's just up to each of us what we do with it. Me: I'm going to Quilt!