2015 has been an amazing year for me — we settled in as a family of four, slowed our lifestyle down as my husband transitioned into becoming a SAHD, and spent more time being mindful of the things that matter. I feel so incredibly fortunate!
I was also pretty productive this year on the sewing front, especially towards the end of the year. There were quite a few quilts:
A hexie quilt for a friend’s son, my first legit mini quilt for my mom (hi Mom!) using Cotton +Steel basics and a doublegoosed pattern from jelliquilts, a scrappy HST and patchwork quilt for another friend’s daughter, and a scrappy flying goose quilt and delight quilt for my youngest.
And there was a plethora of toy-making:
A unicorn plush for SewMamaSew’s soft toy drive, twin confetti yetis, a fluffy purple guinea pig, a parliament of owls, doll clothes, a velveteen rabbit, a group of mice, and even some baby toys. I also perfected my pattern for cloth dolls, based off a pattern by Jill Hamor. More on that in the New Year!
There was even a little bag making in 2015, thanks to some last minute teacher gifts.
But the biggest sewing accomplishment in 2015 was absolutely my new sewing room. It has revolutionized my hobby in ways I couldn’t have imagined, and I credit it with my year end productivity. I also rounded out my sewing machine collection with a vintage zigzag machine, and while I cannot say my collection is complete… I can say that it is closer to complete 🙂
As I was looking back over my year of sewing, I realized two things: 1) I kept my sewing machines busy and 2) my blog was entirely too neglected. It’s always a compromise: spend what little free time I have writing and editing vs. jump right into sewing. But at the same time, I’m so glad to have this blog as a written record of my creations. So, that’s going to be my big goal for 2016 — more consistent blogging! Other goals for 2016 include:
- Improved photography – a close family friend was kind enough to give me a lesson. I hope to put his tutelage to good use!
- Get back to my Economy Block quilt
- Finally quilt my sister’s wedding quilt. Does that mean I have to learn to use a long arm? I don’t know, but it’s time to decide!
- More sewing with my oldest – She has a few small projects under her belt and is getting more independent with the machine. I’m looking forward to more mother-daughter sewing days.
How about all of you? What were your favorite finishes in 2015, and what are you planning for 2016?
Linking up with Crazymomquilts and wishing you all a safe and happy New Year!