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2013 Recap

I thought it would be fun to look back over my finishes in 2013… and then realized that most of my sewing career took place in 2013. Oh well, it’s still fun to look how far I’ve come!

Finished Quilts Collage 2013

Pictured left to right: Good Fortune Quilt, Seascapes Coin Quilt, Good Fortune Pillow, Hipster baby quilt, Rainbow Jellyroll Quilt, Autumn Tumblers, Pocket Full of Posies Mini Quilt, Summer Solstice Quilt

This year I finished my first twin-sized quilt, and was lucky enough to have it featured in Kate Spain’s newsletter. I think that was my quilty-highlight of the year, and yes, I definitely still dork out when I think back on it.

I made my second coin quilt, and a rainbow jellyroll quilt. There was also a hipster baby quilt, a tumbler quilt, and a throw pillow added in for good measure. The rainbow quilt is still my favorite quilt to date, it is so cheery and happy.

I had fun learning some new FMQ designs, and then dove in to the most difficult thing  I’ve ever made — my Summer Solstice quilt for my sister and brother in law’s wedding. To do that, I learned all about paper piecing, limited myself to solids for the first time, and managed to finish the quilt top *just* before the New Year. That quilt top is the achievement that I’m most proud of this year. I definitely pushed my boundaries, learned a lot, and became a better sewist.

2013 Toys Collage

Pictured left to right: Henrietta Hippo, Momo Hippo, Poppet the wombat, Grammy’s Wombat, Grandma’s Pony, Fred the Dragon, Fenwick the Fox, Pink Elephant (name TBD), and Miss Mousey.

I also started making toys in April of 2013… which lead me to make *a lot* more toys. Honestly, the toy-making got a little out of control. But, hey, all the toys went to good homes where they are loved by children (or in some cases) adults :)

And lastly, there were a few miscellaneous projects: an avalanche of zippered pouches, some doll clothes,  a couple drawstring bags, a very special flag, a halloween cloak, and a pair of adorable baby booties. Even though most of these projects were spontaneous, they taught me a lot. Definitely a good way to expand your sewing horizons!

2013 Misc Collage

Pictured left to right: QaYG Zip pouches, simple zipper bags, waldorf dress, drawstring bags, To Boston with Love Project, Wool cloak with velvet-lined hood, and foxy booties.

Phew. Just looking at all of that makes me tired, but no New Year’s post would be complete without new goals. In 2014 I hope to:

  • Learn new piecing techniques (I’m looking at you machine applique!)
  • Learn a new FMQ pattern
  • Quilt the Summer Solstice Stars Quilt AKA my first queen size behemoth (help!)
  • Participate in a Quilt Along
  • Keep improving my photography skills
  • Make more quilts!

How about all of you? What were your most satisfying finishes, and what do you have planned for 2014?

Wishing you a safe and happy New Year!

Linking up!

Year In Review

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{ 9 comments… add one }

  • anne January 1, 2014, 11:25 pm

    Happy New Year!! Your rainbow quilt might possibly be my favorite quilt of yours as well. :D That strip and flip pattern is such a great one, and the colors are so lovely in it!
    I didn’t realize you were featured in Kate Spain’s newsletter, that’s SO AWESOME!! Congratulations!! :D :D :D

    And of course I love that summer solstice star quilt. I can’t wait to see that one finished!
    P.S. There is no shame in sending a quilt out. I used to think it was looked down upon but seriously for a queen? Sometimes it just really isn’t worth the back pain.

  • Erin January 2, 2014, 9:07 am

    I was scrolling through, thinking “Oooh, so pretty” when I saw that you made hippos!!!! OMG!!!!!!!! YOU MADE HIPPOS!!!!!!! Sorry but that is a little exciting for me. Despite all your amazing creations (and they are all gorgeous! Such lovely colour choices in all of them. And you photos are so lovely) those hippos have my heart.
    Congrats on a wonderful year. Looking forward to what you do with 2014.
    E xx

  • Erin January 2, 2014, 9:11 am

    Oh no! I think my comment disappeared. :-(
    I had rambled a bit, but in essence said that you have a real eye for your fabric choices (and your colours are so perfect together) and that you have made some beautiful things over the year. Not least those super cute toys! I am a bit in love with hippos so when I saw them you had my heart.
    Happy New Year! Looking forward to seeing all your creations for 2014.
    E xx

  • Barb@Witsend January 2, 2014, 12:56 pm

    I love the fox toy and the fox booties!

  • Julia in Mississippi January 2, 2014, 2:31 pm

    Wow! You have some fabulous finishes!

  • Julia in Mississippi January 2, 2014, 2:32 pm

    I’m especially drawn to the “Summer Solstice” quilt.

  • Jo January 3, 2014, 11:36 am

    Loving that rainbow quilt and totally cute hippos!!

  • sarah schraw January 7, 2014, 9:59 pm

    Wow I can’t believe this is your first year! What a great set of projects. Your toys are ridiculously cute and have such fun details. I’m sure you’ll accomplish all of your 2014 goals and then some!

    Thanks for linking up :)

  • Karen@CapitolaQuilter January 10, 2014, 10:34 am

    Adorable quilts and projects. I want to make some toys and you’ve given me so many ideas, super cute. Oh, and those booties… I’m most proud of the very first quilt I made for for my new baby grand girl, Ring Around the Briar Rosies – little girls are fun to sew for!

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