Happy 2018! This Is the Year!

applique felt and embroidered letters saying, "This is the year!"

I love the New Year!

My husband and I got married on New Year’s Day in 2000.

I started Shiny Happy World on New Year’s Day in 2011.

Shiny Happy World is merging with FreshStitches today – New Year’s Day in 2018.

New Year’s Day may be my favorite holiday of all. That sounds silly because it’s not what most people think of as a major holiday – but I love that sense of possibility.

The idea that anything can happen.

Every year I think to myself. . .

This is the year!

And it always is. It’s always the year for something.

This is the year I learn to quilt.

This is the year we move to the mountains.

This is the year I learn to cook without following a recipe.

This is the year I start my own business.

That statement is going to be different every year, and for every person – but I think many of us feel that sense of anticipation and the magic of possibility on January 1.

What are you excited about doing in 2018?

For many of us in this group – it’s something related to craft. 🙂

This is the year I learn to crochet.

This is the year I make a quilt for my bed.

This is the year I learn to embroider.

This is the year I make my first softie – for my first grandchild.

So I have a New Year’s Day assignment for you. Think about your end of this sentence.

This is the year. . .

Pick a thing. One thing that you really want to do this year. One thing you want to learn, one thing you want to make, one thing you want to teach. It can be anything! And that’s why this is a pretty hard assignment. Grab a cup of tea and some quiet time and really think about it.

This is the year. . .

I’ll go first.

This is the year I actually make a quilt using improvisational piecing. I already love improvisational stitching – especially Big Stitch quilting – but it’s the piecing I want to jump into. I’ve got a book I’ve been reading. I’ve been collecting inspiration. I’ve even make a few blocks. But I want to make a whole quilt. And I’m going to use it to upholster a barn door hanging between my studio and my husband’s office.

This is the year!

Now it’s your turn. Tell us in the comments.

This is the year. . .

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World




  1. Joan SAYS...

    This is the year to actually going to finish “all” my projects

  2. Laura G SAYS...

    This is the year I give myself the gift of a sewing room. My back bedroom needs cleaned out and organization from being a former bedroom office storage room. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Carol King SAYS...

    Me and my husband were married on January 1, 1995!
    This is the year I want to write my baby girl’s story.

  4. Tina Lott SAYS...

    This is the year I clean up the bonus room and get organized to work up there again. It is my very own room as big as the garage and I want to be able to work up there without getting everything out and in a mess. That is a big undertaking for me and I have high hopes. Wish me luch and say a prayer too.

  5. Hi!
    This is the year I use my plants to dye fabrics and hopefully make some clothing, curtains, anything from the home dyed fabrics.

    I recently moved back to the country after 10 years of city living and am soooooo excited about digging and building gardens. But I love fabric and sewing too.

    I found a couple of lovely books on dye plants and how to make the most beautiful, natural colours with plants and seeds like goldenrod, rhubarb, walnuts, poppies! The list is really endless.
    One book is, “A Garden to Dye For”, by Chris McLaughlin.

    So this winter I am dreaming of beautiful coloured linens and cottons I can sew into scarves and maybe even easy, breezy, comfy pants. (Anyone have a DIY for those?)

    This is the year I experiment with all of this!
    I look forward to reading others comments.

    Ontario, Canada

  6. Rosemary SAYS...

    I have a new granddaughter and in the 80’s I bought several (ten) cloth cheater books to make for my girls. Well, forward 30 years, I was working, as well as raising my two and didn’t have time to make them. So my goal for 2018 is to make one cloth book a month. They’re “vintage” now and the only way to get one is to try eBay or Etsy, so in that respect, I’m ahead of the game. Our little, Isabella, loves the Mother Goose one, so I am really motivated to make them all for her.

  7. This is the year I start a blog to grow interest in my ornament designs and my children’s book writing 🙂

  8. Happy New Year! This is this the year that I start to make definite plans for my retirement from teaching at the end of the school year in 2019! I’ve already started! I just joined an organization to support the little business I plan to start when I retire. Oh, and I’ve also begun to learn Spanish, just to further show that you’re never too old to learn new things.

    YAY for new beginnings!

  9. I don’t have a ‘this is the year idea yet, but wanted to say I agree with you, love improv piecing! And upholstering a barn door…..that’s an amazing and inspirational goal, look forward to seeing it evolve……hope you’ll share your process as you go along.
    I do

  10. Debbie SAYS...

    This is the year I learn to embroider. I will be doing a lot of camping in 2018 and embroidery will make a nice portable craft for me to take along. I love your patterns, Wendy. You are so inspirational.

  11. Janet M SAYS...

    This year I’m going to teach my first quilting class, and it will be about raw edge appliqué! I’m so excited. I’ve been quilting for 20+ years, but haven’t made a quilt for my bed. Well, actually I did get it pieced last year, and I’m going to get it quilted and on my bed this year!

  12. Cindy SAYS...

    This is the year I have no fear. No fear that other crafts are better than mine. No fear that my crafts aren’t good. No fear that my creativity isn’t as good as others. The craft fair I did last November was a huge success! This is the year I do MORE!!

    Thank you Wendy

  13. Sue Deffler SAYS...

    This is the year I actually work on UFO’s, not just think about it,

  14. Tami Campbell SAYS...

    This is the year I finish my unfinished projects. I have about 5 or 6 that I can think of right now, maybe more. They are anything from amigurumi to a CAL blanket I started last summer.

  15. Mary Lynn Bartram SAYS...

    This year I also well want to finish projects I’ve started. I’ve put them all on one shelf in my sewing room so I can see them.