Wednesday 1 January 2014

So long, farewell 2013 - hello 2014

2013 certainly went by very quickly!  I managed to create more 'works-in-progress' than finishing the ones I already had.  That's me - a serial-starter!  Not much was crossed off my to-do list so 2014 WILL be the year of FINISHING... I hope!

Despite not crossing things off some of my many to-do lists, I still managed to sew lots of schtuff!!  I tried to create some mosaics with themes so I could make sense of it all.  Here we go:

Bags/pouches/baskets etc:
Small projects:


Mini quilts:

Bee blocks:



2013 Highs
  • Hand printed swap - I made my own screen printed design and printed my own fabric!  I received some really cool hand printed fabric back too!  Printing is something I definitely want to do more of in the next few years.
  • Cushions - I have resisted until this year to make cushions but they are so much fun (and highly addictive)!  
  • Paper piecing - I LOVE to paper piece now and will continue to get better and better the more I sew! 
  • Receiving amazing prizes from some very generous people - thank you to everyone who shared!!  
  • The blog has been a great way to share my crafty shenanigans and to receive encouragement.  It has also been a great place to make friendships so thank you for following and making me smile! 
2013 Lows
  • I only managed to completely finish three quilts and two of these were projects carried over from 2012.  On a positive note, I did manage to sew up 4 quilt tops plus I have one quilt ready to quilt.  This is all good, I realise that, but the fact that I still have 14 quilts in varying degrees of progress is sad.  I will try harder to finish what I start before moving to the next shiny thing!
  • I made something like 48 bee blocks in 2013.  What this means is that it was time spent away from sewing my own quilts (I'll use any excuse!!).  Great experience though but I will be pleased to have fewer bee blocks to make each month in 2014.

All in all it was a good sewing year.  I happily close the door to 2013 and skip across the threshold of 2014 full of motivation, good intentions and hope.  2014 is the year I turn 40 so I have several personal goals to work on as well!   What crazy sewing targets and goals will I set myself for 2014? 

2014 Goals
  1. Six month fabric fast - use what I have indoors
  2. Work on WiP's and PhD's before starting something new
  3. Join fewer swaps, finish up the bees I'm in
  4. Learn to take better pictures for the blog
  5. Re-vamp my blog
And there you have it!!!  I hope you all had a great 2013 and are looking forward to the new year.  Happy sewing!


Izzy said...

That is a huge number of projects! Happy New Year and I hope 2014 is the year of finishes for you. ;-)

DeborahGun said...

wow - Amy you have made so much, despite not finishing many quilts :-) I have enjoyed following your blog and hope 2014 is a great year for you.

Lorna McMahon said...

Happy New Year, Amy! You have certainly made a lot of gorgeous works. I am especially fond of that crow cushion! Those are some great goals for the new year. So glad to have made friends with you this year and looking forward to seeing what inspiring creations you have in store for us in 2014!

MetroQuilter said...

Great set of 2013 makes, looking forward to seeing what you do in 2014. Happy New Year!

gilly said...

Oh my word Amy, that's a whole lot of gorgeous schtuff!!
A busy year indeed. Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2014.

the running hare said...

Amy, you are a sewing phenomenon! What a year of makes. I'm with you on the bees though. Looking forward to seeing your 2014 output.

Kelly said...

You made a ton of gorgeous makes last year Amy. Here's to a fabulous fun filled, sew what you fancy 2014 xxx

Charlotte said...

Happy new Year, lovely Amy xxx

Anonymous said...

wow a fabulous creative year Amy, Happy New 2014!

Joanne said...

What amazing makes! You had a fabulously productive year! Your churn dash mini is still one of my favourite things!
Heres to a stash busting 2014!!!

Sarah said...

Phew! What a great creative year and some useful lessons too.

moira said...

Wowsers, what beautiful stuff you make. Hope we can meet up for a coffee soon x

fiberchick said...

What an extraordinary output! Do you ever sleep?

LethargicLass said...

I thought I knew all the lingo... but what are PhD's?

Sarah Lou said...

Happy New Year Amy! Hope that 2014 is just as successful!

Di said...

Formidable number I'd 2013 makes. I look forward to seeing what you do next in 2014. Di x

Colette said...

What a staggering amount of making! Happy New Year!! x

barbara woods said...

That's a lot of work!!!!!

Indianna said...

An amazing amount of work....fantastic.

Francine said...

Dang, are ya sure this isn't 3 years worth of projects?? I'm inspired by your amazing creativity and accomplishments- thanks for sharing and Happy New Year, girl!