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Looking Back – 2012

This last year was a big one for me, and it almost feels like two years given how much stuff was packed into it!

I started the year with a few creative goals. I’d just learned to quilt in 2011, and there were a lot of things that I kept seeing people talk about that I really wanted to try in 2012.

  • Virtual Bees – I joined NuBees for three months, and 3×6 for a month.
  • Swaps – I’m in the Sew Sew Modern swap, which started last month, and concludes in January.
  • Quilt-a-long – I joined the Mod Pop QAL and have had a great time with that!
  • Make a tutorial – I created a tutorial for both the Broken Herringbone and Shattered Chevron patterns (apparently I like broken things).
  • Curves – I started with some shallow improv curves with my Antelope Canyon quilt, and then tackled deeper curves with the Mod Pop quilt.
  • Paper-piecing – Conquered and now addicted! I’ve even begun making my own patterns, I’ll post the outcome of that later this week.
  • Free-motion quilting – I got started with this at our sewing retreat in October, but I admit I still go to straight line quilting because I’m not super comfortable with FMQ yet.
  • Sewing clothes – I didn’t get to this one. I am signed up for a Craftsy class, so definitely in 2013!

I had one major life goal for 2012 – finish my PhD. In June, I graduated with my PhD in computer science, and it STILL hasn’t really sunk in. It is seriously the biggest and most intimidating/difficult thing I have ever accomplished in my life (well, until I have kids!) and was the culmination of 7 years of quite a lot of work. I also gave the graduation speech which pretty much feels like sealing the deal on conquering my fear of public speaking, too!

In addition to that, I helped with the creation of Play Crafts which has been really rewarding. I also taught my first quarter at UC Santa Cruz which was rewarding in a very different way.

I’m really excited about 2013, and to see what it brings. January I begin full-time working on creating more tools for Play Crafts to bring you all!

But for now, here is a mosaic of completed projects in 2012 . Minus two angel blocks and a mini-quilt which just got mailed today and will get posted after they arrive at their destinations.

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1. mod pop crinkly, 2. mod pop crinkly back, 3. nyan cat finished!, 4. done front, 5. back done,
6. anne side, 7. 3×6 blocks done, 8. NuBees September Hive 5 – Shattered Chevrons, 9. Dice bag for a writer friend, 10. Laptop sleeve,
11. laptop sleeve, 12. for gillianms85, 13. Front of the HST quilt, 14. Back of the HST quilt, 15. NuBees June Hive 2 blocks,
16. gillianne, 17. inspiration photo + quilt, 18. plus quilt front, 19. Plus quilt back, 20. Baby quilt front

Happy last day of 2012!

-Anne

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