Let’s hear it for the boys

I had planned to write about my sewing resolutions for 2018 but it was just turning into a huge list of projects and ideas for things I want to design or make or finish this year so I thought I’d come at the whole “resolution” process from a slightly different angle. My hope is that if I set myself one big resolution it might actually be achievable and I won’t get to the end of the year with half my list still untouched and feel disappointed in myself. Well…that’s the theory anyway!

As my title not so subtly hinted, my sewing resolution is all about the boys. You do see masculine quilts and sewing projects but there is far more girly stuff out there, whether that be fabric collections, colours or patterns. Don’t get me wrong, I do love pretty colours and floral fabrics but I think if I had to assign a gender to my quilting tastes (that’s a weird thing to say!) it would be more male than female. So that’s why for 2018 I’m striving to create more masculine-style makes. I’m not going to say I’ll only make this style (who needs those sort of limitations in their crafty life?!) but that’s my aim for the year.

I’m all for gender neutrality, especially for children, but I’m specifically saying masculine rather than gender neutral on purpose because I think it is a more overlooked style when it comes to sewing. So watch out for lots of darker colours, denim, tweed, plaid and anything else you might stereotypically associated with men.

Whilst I’ve been writing this, a post from Love Patchwork and Quilting popped up on my Facebook newsfeed about the quilting trends of 2018. You can read the full article here but quite a few of them jumped out to me as having a chance to fit in quite nicely with my sewing resolution especially…blue and white quilts, lightning bolts (Harry Potter quilt eeeeek!) and the cosmos.

After a quick look on Wikipedia bit of online research I found that the basic definition of a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something”; pretty vague really which at least means that almost anything could be classed a resolution so that’s a point in my favour. And then I started to think about why people don’t manage to follow through with their New Year’s resolutions and it turns out the main reasons are setting unrealistic goals, not keeping track of progress, simply forgetting about them and having too many in the first place. So I’m thinking I’ve got a few more points in my favour because my resolution isn’t a goal at all (more of a mindset really) so that can’t be unrealistic, I’m writing about it so I’ve got you guys keeping track of my progress, I’m just not going to forget as its going to direct so much of my sewing this year and it’s just one resolution…and one can never be too many…can it?

4 thoughts on “Let’s hear it for the boys

  1. Totally agree that setting too many goals can be a bit backwards. I’ve only chose one this year too! And made no resolutions but chose a word of the year to theme my mindset around 🙂 looking forward to seeing where this takes you – demin and tweed sound like good choices for a quilt!


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