Year In Review & Link-Up 40

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. 🙂 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. 😉 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.


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. 😉 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? 😉 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. 🙂 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. 🙂
  • 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. 😉
  • 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. 😀

Phew! What a great year. 🙂 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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40 thoughts on “Year In Review & Link-Up

    • anne Post author

      Of course you did! One of the highlights of the year!! <3
      It was one of her online courses. It's not offered anymore, which is why I didn't link to it. :/ It was to make the modern medallion quilt and some other side projects. 🙂

      • Susan Raineri

        Anne: What a lovely display of quilts. It is great to see how many and how much you have accomplished. In doing the FMQ, have you considered “quilt as you go” method? It cuts the big quilt thing down to a size that is easy to accomplish. I would be honored to show you how.. Remind me at the next meeting…I could show you at the next sew day. Maybe do a demo and bring one that I want to quilt…??? Your site here is just wonderful! Happy New Year, Dear!

        • anne Post author

          Thank you Susan! I actually was part of a Block of the Month group that was doing QAYG for each block but I never got beyond making the first two blocks, and never got them quilted. And that was back in January of 2013. lol But I really do want to get more comfortable with that method, since it does seem a lot more manageable. 🙂 Please bring it to the next sew day, I’d love to see! The way the blocks are attached was always a bit mysterious to me!
          Happy New Year, Susan! <3

  • sarahschraw

    Great post Anne! I think one of my favorite parts of these posts is that it is helping me organize in my head who made what this year, especially in the early months before I started getting to know & remember everyone. For instance, I don’t think I remembered that it was you who made that Angry Birds quilts that my son is obsessed with. 🙂

    You are going to rock 2014!!

    • Jenny

      I was going to say something similar: I saw many of these photos even before I “online-knew” you, so now I’m thinking, “oh! I remember those half pajama pants,” but at the time time did not “know” you. Kind of weird.

      • anne Post author

        Hahaha I do the same thing! I’ll fave things on flickr and then at some point realize that I have 5 or 6 things from the same person. I really enjoy the year in review posts because it sort of helps gel in my mind a person’s set of work. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      I am the same way! I totally forget who has made what by the time the year ends, and it’s so fun to be reminded. 😀
      Is your son still a fan of Angry Birds?
      Thanks for your friendship and support, Sarah! It’s been great getting to know you this year!!

  • capitolaquilter

    So impressed at all of your accomplishments and those were only the ones you set out to do, not all the other stuff you didn’t even see coming (I’m assuming that’ll be a whole other post). Happy Dance for your linky party. I need to make my December mosaic before I can compile 2013 and even begin to think of 2014!

    • anne Post author

      I’m pretty sure the mosaics cover all my makes for the year, intended or not. 😀 It makes me a little tired just lookin’ at it! And I’m realizing that I did a really bad job at whittling my WIP list down. lol
      Oh well, there’s always 2014! 😉
      I can’t wait to see your year in review. It’s going to be MASSIVE!

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Vera! 😀 I’m really looking forward to working with new designs in the new year, now that I feel like I’m finally getting an idea of what my style is. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      I’m already saving to go to 2015! 😀 So hopefully I will meet you there!! The quilted pouch is the Bloomin’ QAYG (by Let’s Eat Grandpa) effect on a Noodlehead Open-Wide Zippered Pouch. 🙂 I made it for a pouch swap at Sewing Summit! So much fun. I really need to do a pillow with the Bloomin’ QAYG. It’s such a fun thing to play with!

  • The Sassy Quilter

    Love all the fun you have with color! So great getting to know you and looking forward to 2014. What a great linky idea!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! It’s always so enlightening to do these mosaics, because I always have to convince myself to do them. “I didn’t do enough to bother this year.” and then I go ahead and do it and am always a bit shocked!

  • Am L

    Love your wrap up. You know I’m a big fan of your broken herringbone, and I’m making a (hopefully secret) quilt for my hubby out of that pattern. I loved, loved, loved your dragon quilt! I have had no luck with FMQ. I had hoped to take the class at Julie’s this month, but it doesn’t look like that will happen now. I highly suspect my machine is the culprit of my free-motion woes. Happy New Year!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! 😀 What colors are you using for your husband’s quilt?? I wanna see! 😀 😀
      From what I understand, many of the woes from FMQ are actually due to my FOOT! It is one of the kind that goes up and down and apparently that causes a lot more issues such as stitching your foot into your quilting. lol
      I got one of those supreme sliders though, and that helped quite a bit, even with the up and down foot. So that’s something!
      Is Julie’s class not happening anymore? Because of her being sick? 🙁

      Happy New Year!!

  • jayne Willis

    Every time I see a ‘Year in Review’, my jaw drops! Talk about busy people! I get a million ideas seeing them! I figure the year is not long enough for that many ideas to come to fruition!

    • anne Post author

      There is no way any year is long enough to account for all the inspiration out there! 😀 I’m loving all these year in reviews because it’s like a condensed pinterest or flickr search! High potency loveliness. 🙂

  • Erin

    Aren’t I terrible! I just realised that I have been going through all the links making sure I comment and share the love but I didn’t send any love your way! I’m sure I said something about how fabulous you are and how lovely it is to get all these finishes. Must be going quietly insane over here…
    Welcome to 2014, Anne. I have really enjoyed watching you sew over the last year and I know that “the next year has big things in store for you.
    E x

    • anne Post author

      Hahaha no worries Erin!! You are FAR from terrible, and you’re awesome for commenting everywhere. 😀 <3
      Welcome to 2014, to you as well! 🙂 It's been great fun getting to know you over the last year. 🙂 I am excited to see what you make in 2014, too! 😀

  • kris

    Nice job. I don’t think drawing is a prereq to being an artist. You are creative and that is all it takes. I love your year and look forward to seeing more of you.

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Kris! The drawing thing is one of those irrational self-judgmental things. 🙂 I don’t think OTHER people need to be able to draw to be artists, but apparently it was a requirement for myself. Like I said, totally irrational, but there it is!

  • Celine

    You had a great year. Lots of lovely finishes to look at. Thanks for your lovely post about contest on Leanne’s blog as well. Very informative. Happy new year.
    I just added my link to your party 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Thanks, Celine! I’m so happy the contrast tutorial was useful for people! 😀 And thank you for linking up! I’m working my way through the link party to check out everyone’s posts, and I look forward to reading yours. 🙂

      Happy New Year!

    • anne Post author

      Oh, not yet. I should write that up. 🙂 They’re actually Saint Bernards (but could totally be boxers, too, with different tails 😀 ) that I gifted to our vet staff. If it’s not up next week, they’ll show up the week after. I’m going to try to make a pattern for them as well. 🙂
      Thanks for following!

  • Rachel

    Anne, it’s been nice getting to know you a bit this year. I remember meeting you at Quiltcon. =) I totally hear you on the commissioned quilts being hard. I really don’t want to be “hired” to make a quilt. Would much rather make one I like and then they buy it! Haha, doesn’t always work out, but feels much better! Pricing a quilt that you don’t want to make means charging a fortune. And really, quilting time is pretty priceless =)

    • anne Post author

      Hi Rachel! It was really awesome meeting you at QuiltCon and getting to see some of your quilts in person. 🙂
      You bring up a great point, I would be much more comfortable with someone buying a quilt after the fact. I’m not sure I’d enjoy the stress/process of trying to match someone else’s design vision. Pricing seems difficult regardless of whether it happens before or after, but that’s something I’m trying to get over. 🙂 (It really is okay to charge for my work! I can do it!)

    • anne Post author

      I have fabric to make another one in double gauze, but am a bit intimidated by said double gauze. 🙂 My clothes making skills are pretty tragic, so the fact that I could make a Bess top speaks very well of the pattern!!