It’s not too far into January yet, so I think a recap for the past year is still allowed right? I always find it amazing and helpful to myself to set a visual reminder for what I’ve accomplished over the course of a year. Quilting and Sewing is not always a quick venture…certainly not for me at least. And it’s easy to feel like you didn’t get much accomplished because the pieces can literally take months or even years to finish.
So I’m always surprised when I look back over and see that, yes, in fact I did do a few things this past year. 😉
I made a few princess dresses for my gal. I slowed down with that because my original goal was to make less glittery options for her but my girly girl just loves the sparkle. So if I do any more, I know that I need to add more embellishments…an Elsa dress is sounding fun though…
I made Alice.
I’m also very proud of all of the UFO’s that I finished. A bit shout out to the faithful members of Project UFO where we’ve been working for the past couple of years on our UFOs and just staying on top of our projects. It’s really helped to push me to get some pieces finished.
My oldest UFO by far (about 10 years) was finally finished with the help of the fabulous Krista Withers who quilted this for me and we donated it to the emergency care workers from the Sandy Hook shootings.
An Asterisk quilt begun as a bee quilt was finally finished this year and gifted to one of my fabulous SILs.
I finally finished this swoon “mini” quilt that I hand quilted and then gifted to the lovely fabric designer Laurie Wisbrun who has shared so many of her delightful fabrics with me!
I finished up another old bee quilt from a few years ago and haven’t managed to give this one away yet. It’s waiting for the right home!
Making gifts for friends is truly one of the greatest things I love about being a quilter. Whether I’ve made the gift entirely myself from start to finish or been a part of a larger group, these pieces have all had special places in my heart this year.
A strawberry block for a special quilt for Kerry (verykerryberry)
I adore this mini I made for Elena (hotpinkstitches) and I adore Elena as well.
I made this quilt for my husband using my designer bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop for Father’s day. I love triangles and I could do this again!
I made this quilt and gifted it to a favorite newlywed couple friends of mine. It might be one of my favorite pieces from the year
A beautiful group gift quilt that I coordinated for one of my best quilty friends having her first baby!
I rarely get to make patterns from other people, but I did a few this year!
Here are a couple of pieces from Ayumi’s book, Patchwork Please.
One of Penny and Kerry’s paper pieced pattern from Sew-ichigo.
I was able to make a fun quilt top for Heather Bailey using her new line from her free pattern for testing and display purposes. That was exciting!
And I made this gorgeous leather accent bag from Lindsey’s pattern from Sewing Summit (lrstitched)
I picked up more garment sewing this year too and hope to continue more of it!
A Washi dress for myself
and a coordinating dress for the girly
custom fit PJs
the most darling dress that is a combo of Sarah Jane fabric and Liesel Gibson’s dress design.
a three tiered black laced ruffled petticoat
A voile Tova Top ( I love it!)
And then those just for fun things…
a ballet bag for Caitlyn that happily gets used every week!
pretty pouch teachers gifts
cornice board for the bedroom
a voile quilt hand tied to a down comforter aka heaven
I didn’t manage many swaps this year…life was busy! But I did make these items for the sewing room swap.
I went to Salt Lake City for the Sewing Summit and taught a class on sewing curves with my original pattern. What a crazy fun weekend!
I was interviewed by Pat Sloan for her radio show!
Then there is the publishing world.
So far you have seen my Christmas tree skirt from Echino fabrics. This is happily going to one of my best friends!
I have some projects in another book I’ll show you all soon.
And then there was the LITTLE matter of this…
yeah… just a bit of work from this past year. That would be another 14 quilts and 2 pillows that I made that I can’t show you yet. Along with the pattern writing and other book writing… I can’t WAIT to share more of that. This helps keep me in a bit of reality check in case all of these above doesn’t look overly impressive. (Have I mentioned that I’m an overachiever before? lol)
So I guess 2013 was pretty productive. I have to admit that I slowed down at the end…I was just plain worn out. There are new projects on the horizons but I want to be more balanced this year if possible. I’m not quite sure what that looks like or means yet, but I’m desiring that.
Here’s to a hectic crazy 2013 for me and hopefully to a new, more balanced 2014. Let’s see what becomes of that!
43 thoughts on “2013 – a recap”
Very impressive! I was happy just to finish my Mario quilt in time for Christmas!
FYI – the strawberry quilt and SLC pictures aren't showing up. They are private on Flikr.
U had a busy and very productive year. I hope you are feeling better. Send me an update xoxo
Your projects are great. At least those that I seen. Some of your pictures are showing just as black and some as private.
You had an amazing year, love what you made!
Hope you find your balance this year, and have a fabulous 2014 :o)
I love everything! You are an amazing quilter and crafter. Thanks for sharing.
What a fabulous year! I loved your Princess Dress along and actually just finished an Elsa dress for my oldest – she & lil sis are obssessed with Frozen 🙂 Can't wait to hear more about your book soon!
Wow that's a busy year!
Wowee, that is a lot of makes and a big range as well! I am a very lucky person to be on the receiving end from them too, thank you- it makes the sewing world a smaller place! xxx
It wore me out just looking at all your projects–beautiful! I am glad to see someone wanting to find more balance in life, rather than just trying to do more this year than last year. That is wonderful! I am sure you will still have plenty of beautiful finishes to show us though. Thanks for sharing!
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Besides admiring your incredible talent, I admire your generosity and willingness to let go of your projects. The quiet log cabin would have been hard for me to release.
recap loaded just fine, beautiful projects. I am collecting fabrics to make that Christmas tree skirt too. Love it!
you've been SO busy. YOU were the one that got me hooked on the TOVA top, I've made 2!!
Oh dear – now I feel like I made nothing last year (which is probably about right!) . All loaded in just fine
Beautiful work ! Congratulations! it does look like you were extremely busy though, maybe this will be the year that you take more time for yourself.
That's always the hope! I did take more time for myself at the end of this past year. It all comes with a cost.
worked OK for me x
Wonderful! Thanks for posting. Loaded very well.
Thank you so much for checking!! Glad that the fixes seemed to work!
I was able to see all your photos and they are FABULOUS!
Oh aren't you sweet?! Thank you for the lovely compliment!
Wow! I wish 2014 is half as productive for me as 2013 was for you! Beautiful accomplishments!
Every year looks different for me. And it definitely comes at the expense of other things. So keep that in mind too. No competitions…just joy in working on what we love.
All the pictures loaded fine for me. What a busy year! My favorite is the Quiet Cabin and I'm very intrigued by the voile down blanket. Both are on my list for 2014. Happy New Year!
You picked two of my favorites! I definitely enjoy both of those finishes quite a bit. My daughter calls the voile blanket the "beautiful blanket" and that just makes me smile.
Wow! Worth the recap.
What a great recap! Loaded great for me!
It works now 🙂 beautiful makes as always 🙂
Easy peasy. Whew. You have been busy. Love your work.
Thank you so much for checking! I have indeed been busy….but I've been slowing down the last couple of months. I'm trying to get back into the swing of sewing again.
You sewed a ton, but my favorite by far was the Quiet Cabin quilt.
Issues with photos & posts – Looking good from here.
Thank you so much for checking! It looks like the fixes may have worked! Woohoo!
Love all your projects especially The Frozen Star. Recap loaded fine for me too.
It all worked just fine this time round. Such lovelies. I too love the Quiet cabin a whole lot! And I'm very fond of the Frozen Stars too. And your hubs triangle quilt. I'm quite fond of triangles. Glad to hear you're taking time for y.o.u. You're the only you you've got! Life's just plain too short not to. Love today. Hugs.
Such cool stuff!!! Force me to pick favorites and I memorably love the tree skirt and voile comforter.
You are amazing – wonderful projects. Love your blog. The pics were fine for me.
Beautiful! I could see all pictures. I love the Quiet Cabin Quilt. Where can I get the pattern? I'm newer to sewing and it looks like something I'd be able to do ;c) Thanks, I truly enjoy your posts!
That pattern was one I just made up. But I hope to have time to do a quilt along at some point. That would be a fun one!
oh how sweet! Thanks for the lovely compliment and thank you for checking!
You did quite a lot this past year. Good luck on lots of finishes in 2014.