My 3 goals over the past year were:
1. Learn to machine quilt. (Or maybe re-learn). I could do a decent stipple about 10 years ago, but then I had the 5 year quilting hiatus.
So here are my before and after photos:
Leah Day's excellent Free Motion Quilting Project was a huge source of inspiration and practical help. The most valuable advice? Practice! I've saved lots of my practice samples in a drawer, and I love to look back and see how far I've come.
2. Quilt almost every day. I've made good progress on this goal too, although I don't actually keep track of how often I quilt. Making a detailed list of works in progress and the steps needed to complete them has helped keep me on track. Also, by keeping multiple projects going at once, I always have something to do, even if I'm really tired and all I can manage is tying off some thread ends in front of the TV.
3. Exhibit my work in shows. I put my work in 3 shows this year. My art quilt group exhibited at a local gallery, my more traditional guild held a show at a community center, and in February I'll have a quilt in QuiltCon.
So, all in all, I feel really good about my progress on my quilting goals! In my next post I will look forward to 2013 with updated goals.