Sunday, January 1, 2012
A quilting year in review...
Where to begin? 2011 was the year when I started to blog. I think I might have said to my Husband at Christmas time last year, "I think I might start a blog." And I did! I am pleased to say that I am glad to have said that and gladder still to have this place to blather on about my quilty adventures with occasional thrift shop babble and a little bit of cooking thrown in for good measure. Blogging has also introduced me to some really lovely people. I am over the moon about how this blog has grown and I appreciate all of my followers.
I finished 23 quilts in 2011. I was surprised when I counted them up. This included 2 doll quilts and then the rest are big ones. I had a little feature on the Vintage Sheet Blog. That was exciting! I made a lot of pillows and a few bags. It was a super great year of quilting fun. My stash has grown by leaps and bounds. Supplemented hugely by the quilter's estate sale that I was fortunate to come by. I continue to love scraps and finding wonderful fabric at thrift stores makes me happier than stink! I now have a huge stash of vintage sheets as well. All I can say is there is a lot of fabric in a sheet!
Other firsts would include the Farmer's Wife Quilt Along. I have managed to stay up to date with the 2 blocks a week and will easily complete the quilt in the spring. I have given myself the freedom to not make every block because I just don't like some of them and others are lovely so I will make 2 of those ones.
I have also had some very successful giveaways. Giveaways are a blast!
I have learned a lot as I quilted myself silly these past months. I have branched away from patterns and figured things out. I have really done a lot of free motion quilting and I am happy to say that it looks pretty darn good when I quilt something. Not like in the beginning. Ick! Scary stuff that was! That was way back when I was trying to free motion quilt on an old but nice Kenmore.
I LOVE my new sewing machine. It makes the world of difference in so many ways and I feel very spoiled to have this amazing piece of machinery to call my own.
In terms of goals for the coming year? I am not a big one for goals but I will say that I just want to keep quilting with fabrics that make me happy and hopefully I won't drown my family and friends in mountains of quilts!!!! I do work full time so my quilting happens around work but I still manage to find time to indulge my obsession!
Here is to a great year of quilting fun!
Linking up with a few places, including Lily's Fresh Sewing Day and later with Jessica at A Little Gray.