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!
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.
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!
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!