Friday, January 4, 2013

Year in review

I know I'm a little late, and 2013 has already started, but here is a look back at my quilting goals over the past year.
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.


  1. I started quilting (for the first time) in August of 2012. My first sample looks about as good as your first sample does. I'm getting better. I hope to be able to put out a sample that looks like your after photo soon.

  2. Good for you Sara! I hope you have lots of fun along the way!