Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014- The Backstory

What a year 2014 has been!  I haven't been blogging very much, but I joined Instagram!! 
It's just so quick to post a photo, and write a little blurb.
Yup! I've gotten lazy!
I tried a little harder to keep track of projects done this year. In years past, I didn't do a very good job of labeling photos with the year.
So, this is going to be mainly photo mosaics of my work this past year.
For my own benefit!
I'll start with the quilts.
I am seriously running out of places to put them, but can't stop making them. I think there will be some gifting done in the New Year!
 Top row: Mini Churndash for a swap, Molehills- a baby quilt and pattern testing.
Second row: Postage stamp- love this one! Mini Trajectory- for IGminiswap
Third Row: Vintage 9 patch- started last year, but finally finished it this year. Pathways- using HRT's- I will never give this one away! Elementary- my first "plus" quilt.
Bottom row: Hello,again- a scrappy quilt using some of my stashed away bits of fabric. Diamonds Are Forever- another pattern test, and I used Oakshott and Chambray. Wildly colourful, and I love it!
Last quilt of the year is still in progress, but I have the rest of the fabric now and should have the top completed this week.
The final one isdefinitely my favourite of the year using Alison Glass Handcrafted, Cirrus solids and Cotton & Steel basics. This is going to be huge, and will be a new bed quilt!
There is just something about a "plus" quilt that appeals to me!
Next up is bags, pouches etc
Top row: My favourite handbag and wallet- The Boyd St. Bowling Bag and Necessary Clutch wallet. I still use them! Amy Butler's WEEKENDER!!!
This just about killed me, but OMG, I sure love it now! And Indelible is my favourite fabric of the year! Love the handmade hardware too!
Second row: My first Sew Together Bag. Hmmm- I have a second one somewhere! I didn't find it all that hard to make. I know some people had difficulty with it though. A few travel pouches for underwear which I gifted to friends. A Diva Wallet for our Christmas Gift Exchange for Saskatoon MQG
Bottom row: More of the Diva Wallet. I made 2 of them, and love the one I am using. I have 2 more frames, and plan to pick some gorgeous fabric to use in them!
Crafty stuff:
Well, you know,  just a mixture of different things! Oh, there is the other Sew Together Bag! I gave it away! A few cushions in there too. On the middle and bottom (R) are the EPP cushions all done by hand! Fun, but so darn much work!
do. Good Stitches Happiness Circle- I love sewing for this group, and the quilters are just amazing.
Canadians Quilt {bee}
So much fun sewing for other Canadian quilters! I skipped out on the 2015 round, and now I kinda regret it! 
A Bunch of Other Stuff:

Wow! Just a mixture of different thing. I do a lot of paper piecing, and love to test blocks for some amazing designers. How do they do it?? It boggles my puny brain!!
A few wonky photos here! Like the walrus laying on his side! Maybe he's just tired! I made a pile of microwave safe bowl and plate cozies for friends who wanted to gift them. Worked for me!
Of course, I made socks! My drawer is really getting full, but I find it so relaxing and I need something to do when watching TV at night. I rarely sew at night as the lighting isn't all that good and I get eye strain so easily.
Economy Blocks- yikes! I need to get busy and finish this!
Well, I think that is all of my crap stuff!! It always surprises me that I did so many things in a year!
I haven't really made any quilting goals for next year. It seems to happen that plans change frequently, so I just go with it!
I'm finding the mini quilt swaps to be so much fun!You can try something new, but on a small scale. 
I want to limit my quilts to maybe 2! But, there are just so many patterns out there calling to me! I must resist!
I am also going to sew from my stash in the coming year!
Well....I already know that I'll be buying Cotton & Steel, but, other than that....
Okay, I am in a Liberty monthly club, but that's not NEW!
I can see that this is going to be tough! All I can do is try...
Alrighty then... way to much blah, blah blah.
I'm done here!
Happy New Year to you all, and happy sewing in 2015!