A Year in Review // 2011

2011 Quilts & Minis 

Year in review posts are kind of like holiday posts–required blogging, as it were. I’ve thought a lot about 2011 lately (cross country flights are a good time for this, in between coloring and wrestling toddlers), and 1 thing has become clear. I need to read more. I’ve become a bit unbalanced in my life. My friend Brian told me that if I had ridden my bike as much as I had sewn, I could have ridden to California by now. True.

And yet, I am intensely proud of some of the things I have been involved in this year–State Day of Service projects, 100 Quilts for Kids, 12 Days of Christmas (food) for 50 kids at a local elementary school & the Summer Sampler Series with Lee & Faith. I’m curious to see what 2012 brings…

Top 10 lessons learned from 2011

1. Practice might not make perfect, but man, I am a much more precise and intuitive seamstress than I was 2 years ago.

2. I like learning new techniques. Zippers, linen, voile, paper piecing, bags, etc. seemed so scary and hard a year ago. Next on my sewing to do list–curves & clothing. And finishing projects that. are. so. close.

3.Quilt Market is pretty incredible the first time. Without an explicit reason to be there, I think once is enough.

4. Sewing for others (for commission or publication or bees) can be kind of stressful. I don’t do very well under deadlines.

5. I need to travel less in 2012. See next line and laugh.

6. I loved the Sewing Summit. I hope to go in 2012. There is something really wonderful about meeting so many online friends who share the same passion for sewing. It’s even better if you go with a few people you already know–it takes away some of the “where am I going to sit on the bus” anxiety. I really love the online community, and I feel like I have many friends there. See next line and laugh.

7. I need to work harder to make local friends, or at least get together with friends more. If they would just stop moving, it would be so much easier.

8. I have participated in a gazillion flickr swaps and virtual sewing bees. I have tried things I wouldn’t have otherwise, and I have certainly become a neater sewer. I have made friends and received amazing things in return. I wish I could remake a lot of things I made in the beginning. Bees and swaps take a LOT of time, and I feel like I should make something amazing every single time, and so I procrastinate, because I’m worried it won’t be perfect. And of course it never is. I’m going to gracefully decline or bow out of most swaps in 2012 (see next line)

2011 Bee Blocks

9. I have a quilt I started for my husband 18 months ago that I haven’t “had time” to finish. I have a collaborative quilt for a good friend that was started 10 months ago that isn’t finished. I gathered fabric for a quilt for my son’s “new” twin bed 11 months ago and it is still sitting there… my daughter has a twin bed with no quilt on it (the shame, I know!) I would like to make quilts for my family, including a Neptune string quilt and a Good Folks mosaic quilt for my bed. And finish my quilt from A Notion or 2, and, well, you get the idea! I’d like a few more projects to stay at my house.

10. I love to sew. Which is a relief. Because I have a house full of fabric :) And a lot of ideas for 2012…

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  1. Posted December 31, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Lovely makes for this year, hope you get to work on all the things for you and your family in 2012. Happy new year :o)

  2. Posted December 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Everything you made this year is gorgeous! I noticed you mentioned on your list that you’ve enjoyed trying new things. One of the things I’ve started doing this year is taking part in Happy Quilting’s T.N.T. (Try New Things) Thursday linky party. It’s been a great motivator for me. You can find it here: http://happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com/

  3. Posted December 31, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Wow – what a lovely year! Thanks for inspiring me along the way! 😉

  4. Posted December 31, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on 100 Quilts for Kids and all of your quilty accomplishments this year! Please join our year-end link party at http://www.craftbuds.com/craft-buds-2011-year-in-review-link-party if you’d like. :)

  5. Posted December 31, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Happy New Year! Thank you for the inspiration I received from your blog!

  6. Posted January 1, 2012 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Katie – it was so much fun to hang out with you in real life (twice!) this year! I hope we’ll get to do it again in 2012.

    xo Amy :)

  7. Posted January 2, 2012 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    beautiful projects, kate! can’t wait to see what next year brings.

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