I just had to report on what happened when I first began to work on my January piece.
I considered a lot of shapes and sizes for my BJP pieces this year. At the last minute I created a diamond shape from a 4" x 6" rectangle. As soon as I had it cut out I knew I had finally hit upon the right one for this year. I already had a color palette in mind for January too. However, when I finally sat down to actually stitch, my preconceived plans didn't work out. I kept at it, looking further in my stash for something that "spoke" to me. Well, I wasn't prepared for how loudly it was going to speak! All I stitched down were a few charms and some seed beads but I really felt like some wiser part of me was communicating with me. I hated to put down the work when I had to stop for the night. I haven't been able to pick it back up again yet either but I have a new directive to accomplish first: create a dedicated spot for my beadwork. In the past it has always shared time and space with my quilting activities. No more. I'm taking over another room in our little house so I can move the computer and then use that spot for my beading.
If you want to read the blow-by-blow account of all this it's covered in the last four or so posts on my blog: From the Magpie's Nest.