So pretty good year in the creative department considering I have been in thumb jail for the last four months. It feels good also to track my progress. I had no stated quilty goals for 2017 so everything on my list here puts me over and above all expectation! Lol.
I'm breaking things into sections for this review...
I like to set myself a goal to learn something new every year. As examples, past yearly learning goals have included getting a motorcycle license, learning to knit, and taking Spanish lessons. This year, I learned two new sewing skills.
The first was English Paper Piecing.
|Not too shabby for my first attempt - with thanks to a workshop at the Workroom|
The second was to draft a Foundation Paper Pieced block:
|Not a great picture but I drafted this for quilty friend A's "Shine Brightly"travelling quilt|
These are awesome little projects to make you feel like you accomplished something in a relatively short amount of time. In other words, great projects for a newly minted high school principal with not a lot of time on her hands. The first was a gift.
|Made this for my niece's 10th birthday - she might be more rainbow obsessed than me!|
The second was my sneaky attempt to convert my brother's girlfriend into a quilter. Note: it didn't work.
|It's pretty nonetheless and gets used on the daily|
The third was to use up scraps for the first quilt I was paid to make.
|I couldn't waste any fabric since my friend had paid me.|
This was a pretty good eight months worth of effort. Got a little sidelined in the fall with an injury but I will be right as rain again soon! This was a last minute gift for a new baby boy -- got the call on Friday that I was going to get to meet him on Sunday and went to work. 36 hours later...BAM! Fast finish!
|Used up some long hoarded Reunion by Sweetwater fabric and a construction print on the back that I'm not quite sure why I owned.|
The second was the recently blogged birthday quilt for my friend and VP partner K-Dubs.
|Oh Tula and purple - how I love you.|
And the third was my long awaited aviatrix which was always destined for me and which has lived happily on my bed since it was finished.
|This is still one of my favourite things I have ever made.|
I also made a dress this year in an attempt to keep making progress on my garment sewing skills.
|The Tea House Dress by Sew House Seven - obviously I used a Tula Pink fabric.|
And I finished a few quilt tops which will quickly be making it into the 2018 quilty finishes column. The first was the snail quilt I made as part of an instagram sew-a-long with my friend L.
|Yet another project which heavily features Tula Pink fabrics. Yes, I have a problem. No, I won't do anything about it.|
The second is destined for my brother's girlfriend and which WILL be a finished quilt by the time school starts again on January 8th.
|I really like the gradient happening here.|
And the final top - also which WILL be a finished quilt by January 8th is for the new grandson of someone who works in my school. This little guy had a rough go in the first few weeks of life but is getting stronger every day.
|Sleep Tight fabric and a quilt hack from Kitchen Table Quilts|
And that's it!
I've never set intentions for the year ahead but looking at this list of accomplishments from 2017 makes me kind of want to. Who knows, I just may.