Year in Review – 2012!

Happy New Year everyone! At the end of every year I like to reflect on what I accomplished during the last 12 months, and think about what I want to do over the next. I had a very busy 2012. And this isn’t even all of it. I seemed to enjoy making pillows and bags this year too.

I will be honest, as the year comes to a close, I am really, really exhausted. Last year I wrote out some goals for 2012 and looking at them, I think I had a lot more energy then!. I thought it’d be fun to see how I did.

Goals from Last Year
· Spend an entire month only using solid fabrics – Well, no I didn’t consciously do this, but I did make several solid quilts, some you’ve seen and some you haven’t seen yet! Here’s a couple of my favorites.

· Spend an entire month focused only on improvisational quilting – No, but I did do a bit of improv sewing

· Read at least one classic novel a month – No…wow, I’m on a roll. LOL I did read a lot of fluff and trash though, that counts, right?

· Finally make that zigzag quilt – No zigzag!

· Develop at least 3 new quilt patterns – Yes! I spent a lot of time creating new patterns and tutorials for my blog, my shop, the Art Gallery Fat Quarter Gang and various publications. I am really proud of all of these.

· Host another quilt along – Yes! This year I hosted the Solstice Stars Series and made this beautiful quilt.

· Keep up better with my Google Reader – No, major fail here.

· Participate in at least one handmade swap – Yes! I participated in the For the Love of Solids swap.

· Attend the Sewing Summit again – Yes! And I even got to teach. And it was amazing. Recap here.

· Check out the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild – No, but I have been attending the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild since it started up this year, and have met some great people including Svetlana!

Looking ahead to 2013, I think the one goal that really comes to mind is to try to take on less. I have a hard time saying no to people and opportunities (and I’m so grateful for all of them!), but I will be honest when I say I’m a bit burnt out. I would really like to take the first 6 months of 2013 and just be creative, do some selfish sewing and just relax – and of course blog about those things. What do you think? I hope that doesn’t sound boring, I promise I have some pretty exciting stuff coming up for this year as well and I can’t wait to share it all with you.

Here’s to a great new {relaxing} year!



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    Jan Barnett

    January 1, 2013

    Faith…your quilts are just gorgeous, and you’ve inspired me to try making a solid quilt this year! So…I’ve added that to MY goals for 2013! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    Julie Babe

    January 1, 2013

    Everyone needs a break to refresh and rejuvenate! I say do what you enjoy and you will probably find that you get a lot more done than you had planned, which is nothing. I also have a hard time telling people no, but have learned to be more choosy with my “yes” replies. It has eliminated a lot of migraines and helped me to prioritize better. Enjoy your relaxing new year! We want more “Fresh” Lemons Quilts and not “Old Rotten” Lemons! 😉

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    January 1, 2013

    I think slowing down for a few months and saying “no” to more is a great idea! 2013 is going to be pretty crazy for me personally (I’m interning for my school principal’s license) but I will definitely be sporting the “slow down” resolution for 2014!

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    January 1, 2013

    All I can say is, “wow” – your accomplishments blow me away! I was inspired by your baby zigzag quilt and made 2 of them. Please do rest and do what’s best for you, there is plenty of inspiration to choose from. Thanks for your beautiful designs!

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    Debbie-Esch House Quilts

    January 1, 2013

    No wonder you didn’t keep up with your google reader – there are 32 beautiful quilts in your mosaic! You have been one BUSY lady.

    I decided to read more this year too. I did pretty well in the first part of the year, but the second half… Mostly I read pretty light and fluffy stuff. After designing and making quilts and running a family, my brain can’t handle too much depth 🙂

    Happy New Year!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    January 1, 2013

    Faith, you’ve had an incredible year and have certainly earned a well-deserved break. I’m sure it won’t be a bit boring!

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    Lyn mcCarty

    January 1, 2013


    I recommend reading an author who includes quilting in her stories. Sandra Dallas explores the lives of women, and I find much meaning there, but one of the big things I have gotten from reading about pioneer quilters is how precious each piece of fabric really is. I think we tend to take it for granted because it is so available. I have so much fabric! My goal for 2013 is to really appreciate each piece, each color, each print, as I sew.

    Thanks for your inspirational ways of looking at color and patterns.

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    January 1, 2013

    Thank you for sharing all of your ideas and quilts for all of us. I do hope that you are able to have some time to continue to develop your amazing talents. Have a very Happy New Year!

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    January 1, 2013

    wow, Faith, what a productive, beauty making year you had. All your projects are so wonderful. I’m so glad to be in the quilt guild with you, you’re such an inspiration. Hope 2013 is really fun, creative, and relaxing for you, all at the same time.

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    January 1, 2013

    Congrats on all the great accomplishments of 2012 I think you are on the right track with slowing down a bit. Even then you will still accomplish a lot and have a great time doing it. It’s all about balance in your life 🙂 Happy New Year!

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    January 1, 2013

    Happy New Year! I think it’s definitely OKAY to have super busy/productive years and then relaxed/NO PRESSURE years every now and then. Quilting/sewing should be FUN and sometimes you just need to go with the flow! 🙂

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    January 1, 2013

    Beautiful year! Thanks again for the Solstice Stars – I so enjoyed them and the quilt I made with them. And YES take the time to *enjoy* what you do!

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    diana alexander

    January 1, 2013


    Not a bad year at all! I love your use of color and your designs are fresh and fun. Thanks for the inspiration…here’s a a great 2013~Happy Quilting!

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    Linda A

    January 1, 2013

    Love your output during 2012 and I think you should go with how you feel! Enjoy the journey.

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    Billie Gunther

    January 1, 2013

    I do hope you take time to relax more and enjoy your sweet family. You do circles around most folks! Weight in on what is most important to you and what really matters in the long run. One can never do it all.
    Happy New Year! May this year bring you more peace and love.

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    Beth Schroeder

    January 1, 2013

    Faith – You have accomplished so much. I also live in the Chicago suburbs, and had no idea Naperville had a modern quilt guild!
    Have a wonderful new year and thank you for your incredibly inspirational blog!

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    January 1, 2013

    Congratulations on such lovely finishes! It’s always a pleasure to see what you’re up to. Selfish sewing? We all need to recharge sometimes. It will be fun to see what you create. All the best in 2013.

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    Julie Naatz

    January 1, 2013

    Your year was very remarkable. The quilts are blossoming with energy and color. So beautiful. I think you reached goals you didn’t conscientiously set out to meet. Congrats!

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    January 1, 2013

    They’re all incredible! But my favorite has to be Pick Up Sticks. I wish I could do bold solids like you do!

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    Angela Baker

    January 1, 2013

    Hi Faith, I can’t thank you enough for your blog and your work. It is the number one quilt source that inspires me these days. I want to copy practically everything you do, but of course, I know that’s kind of dumb — I only need the inspiration to go in certain directions and that’s what you do. Keep on as long as you’re inspired and able! I discovered you in 2012 so that was one small thing that made 2012 better. Here’s to 2013!

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    January 1, 2013

    Wow, what a fabulous year you have had! Thanks for sharing it with all of us. A break to relax and enjoy what you do sounds perfect! I would bet boring is not on the agenda- best wishes for a great 2013!

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    January 1, 2013

    fun faith!! and yes, it’ll be good to take it easy for a while. 🙂 all the work you did in 2012, woww!!

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    January 1, 2013

    Can’t blame you for wanting some time to breathe! We all need that on a fairly regular basis. Life is so short and time seems to fly – one needs time to relax and refresh too. We will look forward to your posts as you desire to make them. Meanwhile, enjoy the months ahead as you pursue some of your own dreams. Happy New Year!

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    January 1, 2013

    Take time for some selfish sewing! Take a well earned break! I live your quilts and so enjoy following your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Carole M

    January 1, 2013

    I’d say that was still an amazingly productive year! You got a lot more done than I did, that’s for sure! I think I need to do one of these “this year’s goals” posts. The list will be much smaller. I always fail on keeping up with my google reader. I have a hard time saying no to blogs, but then get so many I fall behind! Happy New Year!

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    January 1, 2013

    Beautiful projects!

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    January 1, 2013

    Kind of refreshing to see that others didn’t meet all of their goals this year, but I think that’s good because it shows you are fluid and willing to adapt to new goals! Love your new patterns this year, and looking forward to more in 2013. 🙂

    Join us if you’d like!

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    January 2, 2013

    Why shouldn’t you do some selfish sewing? Your day also has only 24 hours, right? And you have little children. I also decided a while back to do only selfish sewing this year. No handmade gifts, only for my children. That feels really good. Happy new year.

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    January 2, 2013

    Wow! You did so much! And your goals were kind lofty weren’t they, hehehe? Good on you for wanting to relax and sew what you like when the mood ales you. That’s what it’s about. We don’t want it to become a chore do we!

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    January 2, 2013

    Wow Faith! You should be so proud of yourself. That is a lifetime worth of activity in one year. I really support you taking a small step back for the first half of the year to catch your breath. Don’t fall into the American dream as described in the movie Hope Floats: you take something you love, and you twist it and torture it, trying to find a way to make money at it, and when you’re done you can’t find a trace of what you started out loving.

    That’s why you should always hate your job. That’s the moral, right? 😉

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    January 2, 2013

    That’s a huge list of accomplishments, Faith – and beautiful work, too!

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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    January 3, 2013

    You may not have hit a lot of your specific goals, but I happen to think you accomplished a TON in 2012! Glad I could do some of it along with you. : ) Happy 2013!

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    January 5, 2013

    Ah, Faith! You are an amazing talent, and I hope that the new year rejuvenates your sense of wonder thereby giving you a fresh wave of energy! I wish I could see you at the Naperville meetings :O( that’s a seriously great group!

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    AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

    January 9, 2013

    Whoa. Holy cow! Amazing quilts of course. Congrats on a great year. There’s nothing like some down time too spur your creative spirit. Enjoy!