Thursday, January 2, 2014

The year that was....

It is always good to look back on the year and reflect on how far one has come.

Year 2013 was a bit of an odd ball. I was not as productive in terms finishes but I really honed my quilting/sewing skills all year. I am now confident of some basic techniques and going forward can focus more on the aesthetic. Nothing is more exasperating than having an idea but not having the skills to execute it. My workmanship has improved considerably since I started sewing and can now concentrate on establishing or identifying my style. This definitely going to be the focus of 2014.

Highlights of the year:

1) Sawtooth star quilt 2) Wonky cross quilt 3) Disappearing 9 patch quilt 4) Plus quilt 5) Improv quilt 6) Drunkards path mini quilt 7) Iron caddy 8) Cushion cover 9) Small tote bag  10) Baby coverlet 11) Burp cloths 12) Tag blanket

I am particularly proud of my Variable Sawtooth Star quilt this year. It was the biggest project of the year and I am glad I was able to persevere through it.

I was part of two quilting bees this year in which I was forced to trying things I would not have otherwise. I am totally enjoying this experience and would do it over and over again.

I was also part of a paper piecing quilt along with Elizabeth Dackson of Don't Call Me Betsy. I did not finish all the blocks to date but definitely picked up paper piecing.

New skills I learnt this year:
  • Paper piecing
  • Y - seams
  • Curve piecing
  • Machine binding
  • Finished a king sized quilt with FMQ on my domestic sewing machine.
  • Color theory - picking fabric bundles and stash essentials

I do have a lot of unfinished projects this year, something I need to improve upon next year. 2014 is going to be my year of unfinished projects.

Last but not the least, I a big shout out to all my blog readers and friends who have encouraged me with their comments. For 2014, my blog has an updated look. I also have a nifty logo for my blog. A big thank you to Shaina Longstreet at Shadylane Blog for helping me on this. She was real easy to work with and very accessible. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a facelift for their blog. I am digging the new simplified look. Here is a link to my new Facebook page. Check it out!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year and looking forward to more quilting in 2014! What are your plans for the new year?


  1. You had a fabulous year! So glad we are quilty friends :) Here's to 2014!

  2. Looks like you had a very productive 2013! Glad I got the chance to meet and work with you on your new blog design. I'm so glad you like it. :) Good luck in 2014!! :D

  3. Your sewing is lovely. I've always been told quality over quantity. You certainly have achieved quality. Can I ask why you have opened a Facebook page? I've been toying with the idea and need some ideas. Thanks.

  4. What beautiful finishes! I always say 'there will be next year' and with all these 2013 Reviews...I'll need at least an extra year to soak up and work off of all the inspirations!

  5. Your quilts are beautiful! Visiting from Lily's Quilts :) Y-seams.... eek! This is on my list of want to learn for 2014!

  6. What a beautiful selection of creations! I love the list of things you've learned over the year! I can't wait to see what you make in 2014. :)

  7. my year was less about finishes and more about growing, too. and that's fantastic! you still got lots of nice finishes. it'll be great to see your other projects come to completion in time, too. congratulations! and a happy new year of sewing to you. =)


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