Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Happy New Year! Every January I spend a little time reflecting on the previous 12 months. What I accomplished…what I didn’t finish up…and my goals for the upcoming year. Last January, my biggest goal was to take it a bit easier. By the end of 2012 I had just submitted the projects and manuscript for the book and I was exhausted. I think I did a pretty good job this year of slowing down. I thought it’d be fun to do a little summary here. (Fun for me anyway! lol)

The biggest accomplishment of 2013 was the release of my first book – Vintage Quilt Revival. We’ve had an awesome response to it so far, and I thank you (THANK YOU!) so much!

I made a lot of quilts this year – some shown above. Probably not as many as previous years, but I’m really happy with what I finished. I have several additional tops that need wrapping up as well. That should probably be one of my first goals for 2014.

I hosted the Lighthouse Quilt Along and was excited to see several of your finished quilts and hear success stories from first time paper piecers.

I visited several quilt guilds to speak and teach, and was lucky enough to attend Quilt Con and Fall Quilt Market. Unfortunately, all the traveling and time away (even just evenings and weekends) got to be a bit too hard for our family, so this year I’m wrapping up my calendar and only attending a few events. I’m sure there will be more time for additional traveling once my kids are a bit older and don’t think I’m cool to hang out with anymore. ;)

I added a new page to my blog, Community Giving, to highlight current ways to help those in need. (Details on the page if you’d like your organization listed.)

And I hosted monthly Great Big Giveaway Days from my awesome sponsors! They were so popular that I’m going to host those again throughout 2014 (yay)!

For 2014, I have a few quilting and blogging related goals:

1 ~ Create more charity quilts
2 ~ Create more gift quilts
3 ~ Spend more time teaching my daughter to sew (and be more patient in the process)
3 ~ Finish some of my quilt tops (at least my Arkansas Traveler one!)
4 ~ Sew with fabric lines less and scrappy prints more
5 ~ Continue to write patterns
6 ~ Work more on improving my photography
7 ~ Destash all the fabric that’s been sitting in a destash pile here for 4 months!

Here’s to a wonderful and creative year for everyone out there!

Comments

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    Carol Wallace says

    Happy New Year, Faith! Thank you for all of your posts throughout 2013 – always a bright spot in the day. And I love Vintage Quilt Revival and look forward to making several of the quilts in the book.

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    Bev says

    Your display of your quilts was exquisite. The work is lovely and love your color choices. Happy New Year and new beginnings in 2014. Must buy Vintage Quilt Revival.

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    says

    Happy New Year, Faith! I have really enjoyed your blog and giveaways. You so inspire me. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this. I know it must be extremely time consuming. Congratulations on your book. I look forward to spending 2014 with you and all your followers. Beth

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    Mabel says

    Happy New Year!! to you and your family. Thank you for all the inspiration you have shared with us, on all your projects. Love your book, well done! (Christmas gift! -More projects in the horizon! To look forward to make…

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    DeborahGun says

    Thanks Faith for all the hard work you put into your blog. I have loved following along this year – and absolutely adore all the quilts you have made. Hope you have a great 2014.

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    says

    Happy New Year Faith! Your work is lovely, thank you for sharing with us! I particularly enjoyed reading your blog/quilting goal list as I have many of these same goals for the new year. I look forward to seeing how we both do!

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    Beth Curtis says

    Really enjoy reading your blog and I LOVE Vintage Quilt Revival! It was one of my favorite Christmas presents. Have a wonderful new year. Looking forward to your posts this year.

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    Jill says

    HNY, Faith =) My copy of your book arrived over the holidays and already I have realized that the Geometric Slide quilt is the PERFECT design for finishing a BOM club blocks I have completed. I never liked the local shop’s finished quilt design but liked the fabrics and blocks — when reading your book it hit me that using 10 of the blocks and your design was my solution. So excited! You and the other girls did a fantastic job on the book, samples and directions. Job well done indeed!

    Can’t wait to continued being inspired by your creativity in 2014, Jill

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      says

      That is awesome Jill! One of the things I was most excited for in the book was the idea of taking one of our layouts and plugging in different blocks. I’m so happy you are going to try this out! I hope you will share a photo when you are finished. :)

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    Tammy says

    Whenever I see Fresh Lemons in my email inbox, I immediately smile and all the other “stuff” goes away for a little while. I stop and click on your link and just gaze at your new quilt or giveaways or read about an idea you have! You inspire me to sew more and worry less! Have a wonderful New Year and enjoy time with your family…yes, it goes by fast!

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    says

    Happy New Year! Thank YOU for such an amazing site! It is my favourite online resource. I cannot wait for March and to receive my pre ordered copy of you first ( of many??) books. X

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