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!
I’m back today to share another quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival, the Rosy Windows Quilt. When I was designing projects for the book, I spent a lot of time thinking about inspiration. I kept coming back to the 2011 Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. I really, really loved the red and white quilts.
I decided to take that idea and put my own spin on it. Inspired by the red and white, I designed this quilt using two shades of “red” – or my idea of “red”. I then incorporated little punches of additional color at the center of each block. It ended up being one of my favorites.
This block is also *not* paper pieced (probably some of you are cheering)! So this is a great project for beginners.
I hope those of you that preordered the book on Amazon have noticed that it is now “In Stock” in the US and Canada! I have received several messages from those of you that preordered (and regular ordered) that shipping notices have started going out. So that is maybe a little Christmas miracle.
Katie, Lee and I are going to take next week off from sharing book quilts and will be back following Christmas with the last few projects! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing everything so far. I am keeping a Pinterest board with all the project posts in one place if you’d like to see them all together.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone and thank you so much for your support over the last year. It means so much to me!
Between snowball fights, taking the kids ice skating, preschool holiday programs and baking cookies, I managed to finish something this week! (I know, pretty amazing). A couple of weeks ago I shared this photo…
I decided to make four blocks from a pattern in Elizabeth Dackson’s Becoming a Confident Quilter book and turn them into a mini quilt. Not too mini, as the blocks are 17″ squares. I paired the Oakshott Cottons with some linen. Because I wanted to keep things interesting, I made one block with the Essex Linen black background.
I really love these colors. They remind me of the Amish community. For the backing I used strips of additional Oakshotts and Essex linen. I quilted this with straight lines, that radiate in a “V” shape on each side. It was my first time quilting this pattern, so I am trying not to be overly critical of myself. I did get better as I went.
I also wanted the binding to blend with the front, so I matched the binding color to the background color in each block.
It was great working with Oakshotts again. I know they are a bit pricey but they are definitely something special. Elizabeth’s pattern was also wonderful. Perfect for beginners on up and I love the modern-traditional look of the design.
Update! You can find Oakshott cottons in the US at Contemporary Cloth.
Today I wanted to share something fun I’m doing next month at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, WI (just a bit north of Milwaukee). On Saturday, January 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lee Heinrich, Jeni Baker, Jacquie Gering and I will be participating in A Menu of Modern. This is an all day event with lectures, trunk shows, panel question and answer, lunch, and a book signing reception. Signing up also gives you access to the “Modern Perspectives” exhibit in the Barn Gallery. The cost for this event is $49 and you can sign up here. Maybe forward the link to that special someone who never knows what to get you for Christmas?
Then on Sunday, Jacquie is teaching her Slice and Insert Improvisation Workshop. I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about her classes so of course I’m signed up to go! That class costs $59 (a steal!!) and you can sign up for that here.
I hope those of you in the Northern Illinois/Indiana and Wisconsin area will join us!
Only a little over a week until Christmas and things are looking quite magical here. We’ve had so much snow over the last week, I’m fairly certain we will have a white Christmas! And I even managed to score a photo of the family so I had to share. This almost never happens!
I hope you are having a wonderful December with your friends and families!