It is always good to look back at the year that was and see how far you've come and contemplate on what lies ahead.
First the year that was.
For me 2014 started and ended on a high note with 'Antithesis' being placed in the final ten for the Riley Blake Challenge in February and 'Ode to the Past' being accepted for QuiltCon 2015 in December. Both were a pleasant surprise and huge confidence boosters.
During the course of the year I worked on different kinds of quilts, each time learning a new skill.
|1. Hexie mini 2. Rainbow wall hanging 3. Ode to the past 4. Greek cross quilt 5. Riding the wave of optimism 6. Flowery ballerina 7. Fade 8. HST series - II 9. HST series - I 10. Antithesis 11. Charms quilt 12. Bohemian Rhapsody|
I also participated in my very first quilting bee. Scrapbeelicious - an online bee and an in person one with the CJMQG guild. Both were really fun and forced me to try things I would not otherwise. I also made a bunch of good friends in the process.
2014 was also the year I attended my first quilting retreat - Mid Atlantic Mod. I cannot begin to describe how much fun it was. The highlights of the retreat were shopping at Burkholders, the tote bag swap and putting progressive quilts together. I know atleast one of the quilts was accepted for QuiltCon 2015.
I also participated in the Supernova Friendship swap with Heather from Quilts In The Queue, a fun collaboration. I not only made a good friend but looked forward to seeing her blocks arrive each month. Can't wait to finish the quilt. Finally a quilt that will stay with me.
2014 has also been a year of big changes for me which has taken much of my focus and energy. On the upside I have made a ton of new quilty friends in Seattle. Can't wait to do more sewing with them in the coming year.
Last but definitely not the least I am thankful for the quilting community and all my blog readers that provide me the support and inspiration on a daily basis to push myself outside of my comfort zone and try new things. It is this, that really keeps me going.
Now for 2015.
Being mindful of all the changes I need to get accustomed to in the coming year my plan is to keep things simple. Continue to make quilts I want without any hard commitments which should give me plenty of flexibility to get adjusted while still keeping things fun. I am excited to sew with SMQG in the coming year and their support has already made the transition much easier.
Hope you have a great holiday and wish everyone a happy new year!