Today I am in the throes of yet another attempt at potty training my youngest. You might think that a bathroom accident is unpleasant, but what happened after her accident, in the bath, was much more unpleasant. I am hiding in the basement with a piece of fudge and I will use this time to write a 2014 personal "review" of my sewing accomplishments.
The theme of this year seems to be paper piecing. This mosaic represents several paper pieced projects I have been working on in 2014. The arrows quilt (middle) was the start of it all and a great project for a beginner. I definitely found the deer and the horse to be the most challenging. (The hexagonal flowers are "English" paper pieced and just filled in a gap in the mosaic.)
This past year, I finished twelve quilts and have four in progress. I definitely did a lot more sewing of "little projects." After going through all of my blog posts from 2014, I am amazed at all the things I've made: 16 pillows, 10 bags/purses/totes, 14 zip pouches, 10 toddler dresses, 10 flower pincushions, two sets of curtains, 25 Christmas ornaments, and several other miscellaneous items.
My favorite non-sewn/fabric related project has been the voile windows of my sewing room. I was so hesitant to do it, thinking I might get sick of it or it wouldn't work correctly. But it was so easy and I LOVE it. I am already wondering how I will feel when we move eventually because it's so pretty! The next house better have a set of French doors!
Here's a finish I couldn't share until Christmas was over: a Sew Together bag for my mom:
I chose the fabrics to go with this needlework tote I made her last year:
I am also happy to report that I've given away about a dozen quilts to friends and family. I've really tried to be more generous and not let a few previous bad experiences of giving away sewn items prevent me from reaching out and giving a meaningful gift. Moving made me realize how much I had and that it's not doing anyone any good by having so many quilts sitting in storage. I am not saying this to brag at all, I am actually embarrassed that it's taken me this long to be more giving.
My goals for 2015 include finishing several quilt WIPs:
I also want to make a diaper bag and two baby quilts: one for our family's newest addition as well as one for my SIL who's due just two weeks before me. After my baby comes, I am looking at a life consumed by a 5 year old, a 3 year old, and a newborn. I make no promises for what happens after that!
Happy New Year!