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Year In Review & Link-Up

Sarah @ Sarah Quilts and I are loving all your great year in review posts, and thought it’d be fun to get them all in one place. Some come join our link up! It runs from Jan 1st – Jan 9th. You’ll find the link up at the bottom of this post.

Year in Review Link Party

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Feel free to grab the button for use on your blog. πŸ™‚ I’ve included the code to do so above.

mosaicf6ae7ffe907524799bea0e27659ef585759b87af2013 was an interesting year for me. It was the first year that I really focused on the blog, and I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve met through it! You all really do make the difference. I remember when I started I would sometimes feel like I was writing into the void. It’s much less lonely with you guys here!

Quick, Heather's eating, take the picture!
Quick, Heather’s eating, take the picture!

One of the highlights of the year, was definitely the chance I got to meet Heather Ross at a workshop, and then later got to help her at Spring Quilt Market. It was my first time at market and I think I’m still a little overwhelmed by it. πŸ˜‰ Maybe I’ll work my way up to one of the Fall Markets!

mosaic021fb7a29f7d042d8e3adf9bc486dee0cc11dd14I took a month off and focused on getting better at drawing, and I’m happier with my drawing now than I’ve ever been. That was a huge step towards me feeling like a “real” artist. I’ve taken dozens of art classes, but I have this mental block against me being an artist if I can’t draw! I’ve practiced further throughout the year, and I’m loving that I have that skill available, even if there’s still so much room to grow.

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Katy (LethargicLass) and I in our pj pants we made!

I went to QuiltCon and Sewing Summit, and had such an amazing time! One of my favorite parts of the quilting community is just how downright awesome and genuine everyone is. Meeting people I’d chatted with online was definitely a highlight of both events! Sewing Summit gave me a lot of inspiration for my business, and I’m still working towards incorporating all the things that I learned there.

mosaicb4092843e318d84de933f66383c3fa26c2429c1fI feel like I started to get a better feel for my style in both quilt creation and blogging, and I was able to be a bit more focused in both. I’m really looking forward to seeing where that takes me in the new year! I’m trying very hard to let go of the crutch of obligation sewing, and try creating for myself. We’ll see how that goes. πŸ˜‰ As far as blogging, I’ve scheduled out a year+ of color posts (once per month) and I’m so excited about it!

At the beginning of the year, I set some goals for myself, and then promptly forgot about them. But apparently they stuck around because I managed to meet almost all of them!

  • Create a commissioned quilt – This is the only one I didn’t do, although I did make a quilt for auction. That’s kinda the same thing, right? πŸ˜‰ Commissions are hard, especially after reading about pricing.
  • Do a 12-month long bee – I joined Friends + Fabric 2 at the beginning of the year, and managed to get all my blocks out in time! It was a fun experience, and other than breaking the bee with my paper-piecing request (sorry about that, gals!) I’m really glad I got a chance to participate. πŸ™‚ It doesn’t appear to be continuing next year, and I think I’m going to take a break from bees.
  • Make clothing – I made two things this year, and while I wish I was good at this, it may take a lot more practice. I made a schoolhouse tunic that is simultaneously too big and too small (which is why you never saw it) and I did manage to successfully make a Bess top. I have fabric to make a second Bess top, which I should really get around to doing. πŸ™‚
  • Learn to knit – I took a class on this, and now I know the basics, but I think without someone to come hang out and knit with me, I don’t generally find myself drawn to doing it. The needles still feel really unwieldy in my hands, but I’m loving all the knit projects showing up, so I should really give it more practice.
  • Learn to applique – I learned how to do this in Rachel @ Stitched In Color‘s Hand-stitching class, and used it for all of the dragons in the Dragon Quilt of Doomity-Doom-Doom-Doom.
  • Practice FMQ – I free-motion quilted for the first time, and managed to stitch my quilting foot into the quilting a few times, which made me REALLY nervous to try again. But I found after doing all the doodle sketching in the Dragon Quilt of Doomity-Doom-Doom-Doom that I have a lot better feel for FMQ now. I also played around with a Juki over the break and the saleswoman said I’d obviously done a lot of FMQ, so maybe I just need a new machine. πŸ˜‰
  • Make a bag or two – I made a small tote for our guild’s tote swap, and made Anna Maria Horner’s Multi-tasker tote this year! And a lot of various zippy pouches! Bag making I’m a big fan of. πŸ˜€

Phew! What a great year. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

And now it’s your turn! Link up your year in review post! Please use either the button or a link to the link-up in your post, and don’t forget to visit other link-up participants!

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