Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year!

I've been seeing a lot of year end wrap-up posts popping up in my blog reader these past few days and I must say I'm floored by what so many of you have accomplished. You ladies are incredible! You work (inside or outside the home), raise your families, cook, clean, organize and still find time to create gorgeous quilts, outfits for your kids and even purses and clothing for yourselves.

My own little sewing wrap-up may be small in comparison, but looking back I can see how my sewing skills are improving and my creativity is blossoming. Here's a quick run-down of what I accomplished in 2011:
  • Completed three baby quilts, with two donated to charity. These projects were great opportunities to experiment with straight line and organic line quilting, as well as my first foray into sashing my blocks. 
  • Made several gift sets. The first was a mug rug and matching pin cushion for my daughter's preschool teacher. The second was a dolly diaper bag, diapers, wipes and quilt for my adorable niece, Miss E. 
  • Made a preschool backpack and conquered my fear of zippers!
  • Designed a Darth Vader costume for my daughter's bear. This was quite possibly one of my proudest sewing moments in 2011.
  • Created Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny Halloween costumes for my kids.
  • Whipped up lots of goodies for my Etsy shop and even participated in a craft fair.
Not too shabby, considering I only have time to sew when the kiddos are sleeping.

As for 2012, I only have a few goals so far:
  • Complete the postage stamp quilt.
  • Complete a top-secret quilt to be gifted to a dear friend soon.
  • Try new quilting techniques. I'm slowly venturing into new territory with new techniques like flying geese, simple block pattern design and even (eep!) fabric/color selection.
  • Continue busting through my stash.
  • Buy fabric mindfully. Try not to purchase fabric without a project in mind - that's a hard one!
Happy New Year to you and your family! I'd love to hear about your accomplishments and goals for 2012 - be sure to include a link in your comment if you blogged about it.

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  1. Congrats on your 2011 creations--and wonderful to donate two quilts to charities in need. Wishing you a happy 2012, and lots more crafting! Thanks for linking up at Craft Buds. :)

  2. I love your 2011 finishes! Especially that Darth costume...awesome! Great goals for next year, too.

  3. Thanks, Kelli! That Darth Bear costume is my favorite finish for 2011. :)