2011 – A Sewing Summary

It is hard to believe 2011 is coming to an end. For some reason, this year really just flew by for me. I’ve been spending the last week or so reflecting on my quilting related goals for the past year. I wish I had written out a list, but I know I really wanted to make a quilt out of solids this year {check}, write at least one additional quilt pattern {check}, participate in a quilt along {check}, make a zigzag quilt {nope}, appear in a publication {check}, finish my Katie Jump Rope quilt from forever ago {nope}…

2011 Quilts

It’s funny because I felt like maybe I wasn’t very productive quilt-wise this year…but when I created the mosaic of all my finished projects for the year, I was actually pretty surprised! You can find links to all these projects on the Quilts tab at the top of my blog header.

I think if I could make one statement about 2011, I would say it was the year I discovered how much I love working with solids. I will always be a sucker for prints, but there is just something about making a quilt using all solid fabrics that really inspires me.

One of the areas that has really grown on my blog over the last year was the Tutorials section. I’ve had a lot of fun designing quilts and blocks…as well as cohosting the Summer Sampler Series.

2011 Patterns and Tutorials

You can find links to most of these projects and tutorials on the Patterns/Tutorials tab above my blog header. The only exceptions are my Prism quilt, Rainchino Rails quilt, and Boxed In quilt block which are all in publications.

Probably the biggest highlights of my year were attending Malka Dubrawsky’s Improvisational Piecing class and the Sewing Summit. It was so fun to not only take classes geared towards modern quilting, but meet people who I had only “known” from online.

This year I thought I’d write down a few of my goals for 2012:
· Spend an entire month only using solid fabrics
· Spend an entire month focused only on improvisational quilting
· Read at least one classic novel a month
· Finally make that zigzag quilt
· Develop at least 3 new quilt patterns
· Host another quilt along
· Keep up better with my Google Reader
· Participate in at least one handmade swap
· Attend the Sewing Summit again
· Check out the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild
· Come up with some sort of party when I get my 1 millionth page view on my blog (which should be next month!)

I’m not sure if I will accomplish all of these…but we will see what next year holds. What are your goals for 2012?



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    December 28, 2011

    wow, Faith everything is so stunning when you put it together like this! Love your goals. You really should check out your guild, I’ve been going to Cincy’s for 4-5 months now and I love it. I’m going to write a similar post like this on the first and I’m making it a big link-up for whoever wants to join. I’d love it if you shared this! (not that everyone wouldn’t have seen it already :))

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    December 28, 2011

    I’m glad to “know” you and to follow along. I’m stunned at the display of your quilts. I only wish my days lent themselves to dedication to my craftiness. I am wearing many hats these days and my quilting is not on the top of my list. ONE day, after I retire from my teaching position, and am no longer obligated to the welfare of 30+ students, and such things which tug at my time, I too will be prolific. Your quilts made me re-look at fabrics I ordinarily would turn my nose up at. I LOVE the way you use white fabric and have begun to see solid’s value in the whole composition. Enjoy your 2012…I’m coming behind you, enjoying your ride.

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    December 28, 2011

    Eu adoro seu blog, é muito inspirador.
    Que você tenha um Novo Ano cheio de ideias lindas e muita inspiração.
    from Brasil

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    December 28, 2011

    Love this year’s creations and great goals for next year!

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    December 28, 2011

    Wow! Putting it all together into a mosaic like that really shows how productive and talented you are. Congratulations on a great year!

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    December 28, 2011

    I’ll add my Wow to the mix – what a great looking group of quilts! I can tell you’re drawn to the same kinds of colours I am. In 2012 I want to quilt more (often only on weekends when the kids are napping), work on building my confidence for free motion quilting, try some hand quilting, and really, more than anything, work on my applique technique.

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    December 28, 2011

    Oooh, I love your wrap-up post. It’s so fun to look back and see what you’ve made over time! Also, those are some great goals for next year. You’ve inspired me to work on my 2011/2012 post!

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    December 28, 2011

    Wow! What a lovely Mosaic! I loved the Sewing Summit as well and plan on attending again this year also. You have inspired me to post a list on my blog as well! Thanks!

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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    December 28, 2011

    Faith, just reading your list of 2012 goals is making me tired. LOL. But I bet you’ll check off a whole lot of those items anyway!

    I’m glad I could be a part of several of your 2011 highlights. Here’s to 2012. : )

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    December 29, 2011

    Hi Faith! I love your works and you have been so creative this year! Happy New Year to you and your family! x Teje

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    December 29, 2011

    Holy Moly my dear! So much gorgeousness in one year! May 2012 bring you just as much (there’s no doubt in my mind!)

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    December 29, 2011

    Wow! You have an amazing list of accomplishments for 2011! I am confident that you will achieve all your goals for 2012. I started following your blog in 2011 and am totally hooked!

    One of my biggest goals is to start/finish the Summer Sampler quilt. I have the beautiful Hometown fabric set a side to start on this project after the holidays.

    Thanks much…..from one Illinois gal to another!

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    December 29, 2011

    Finished up my 2012 goals–would love for you to link up your 2011/2012 post at Craft Buds if you’d like! http://www.craftbuds.com/craft-buds-2011-year-in-review-link-party/

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    December 29, 2011

    Congratulations, Faith. It’s been a great year!

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    December 29, 2011

    Great goals and great work this past year. Thanks for sharing.


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    December 30, 2011

    Wow, Faith!!! Your quilts are amazing, and you’ve accomplished so much this year. I love your goals for 2012 – looking forward to all your fun projects. I was also thinking about chicago quilt guild, it just seems a little too far. Happy New Year!!!!

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    December 30, 2011

    So glad I found your blog awhile back. Your 2011 finishes are wonderful. Love what you have in mind for 2012 – very inspiring! Happy New Year!

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade

    December 31, 2011

    Such beautiful handmades, Faith!! I really hope this is the year of the quilt for me! I have two that need finishing and so many ideas for this new year! In the Fall when my youngest goes off to school 🙁 I’ll be working to make creating a full time gig for me. Thanks for being such an inspiration!!!

    Happy New Year to you!!!

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    January 1, 2012

    Gorgeous projects! I love your style. 🙂

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    January 1, 2012

    Happy New Year, Faith! You have made some fabulous things in 2011. I’m looking forward to 2012, more inspiration from you, and a lot more production from me. 🙂

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    January 4, 2012

    you did not feel productive! i love all of your quilts. my goal is to complete one quilt a month this year and quit hoarding. one of my last posts (during the summer) was to quit hoarding. i announced it! did not do it. you look very productive. i love all of your quilts. seeing them altogether gave me some ideas. thanks for your inspiration

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    January 5, 2012

    I’ll send you a list of movies that come up in conversation that you have to see, and the list will be circa 2001. 😉