A Year in Sewing – 2012


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I had a stellar year in sewing in 2012, finishing a huge amount of projects and learning new skills. In 2012, I got more comfortable with free motion quilting, tackled bag construction, learned paper piecing, made my first collaborative project, had fun with small projects (like mug rugs, pin cushions and ornaments), and found some new quilting friends both in my town and on Threadbias (an on line sewing community). I completed eleven (11) quilts, one table runner, three bags, and numerous small projects. Above is a collage of some of my finishes in 2012 but here is a more detailed accounting (with links to posts):

January 2012


The Sister’s Quilt – (53″ X 67″ lap quilt) This was a collaborative effort with my sister, Paula and is one of my most favorite quilts. This was my first attempt at quilting collaboratively in a liberated style. And it was super fun!

Summer Sampler Quilt (43.5″ X 61″ lap quilt) – This was my first attempt at paper piecing. I joined an on line quilt along and was really pleased with the outcome.

Rockin’ Robin Pure Bliss (58″ X 58″ lap quilt) – I made this along with several other quilters as part of an on line quilt along. Every quilt that was made used the same blocks, but the individual quilters chose their own layouts, making each quilt unique.

April 2012

Swoon (83″ X 83″ bed quilt) – Here was another on line quilt along which I joined. I love this pattern and it came together quickly for a double bed sized quilt.

May 2012

Scrappy Spring Table Runner (15.5″ X 38.5″) – I got inspired to use up some scraps and quickly pieced this bring, spring table runner. It also gave me a chance to practice some of my free motion quilting skills.

June 2012

Colors of Spain (60″ X 60″ lap quilt) – When I learned my friend, author Beth Kephart, was launching a new book…I decided to make her a quilt to celebrate. This quilt was so fun to make and I was really happy with the result.

Fresh Palette Summer Quilt (60″ X 60″ lap quilt) – I made this quilt from a kit and fell in love with the soft, vintage colors. I had a lot of fun practicing my free motion quilting skills on this one.

Kilah’s Block (12″ X 12″) – I donated this block for a little girl who needed the comfort of a quilt. You can see the complete quilt here.

July 2012

Tahiti Tote in Elephants (15.5″ wide at the top and 11.5″ tall and 4″ deep) – This was my first attempt at making a bag…and it was challenging, but rewarding to complete.

Tahiti Tote in Giraffes (15.5″ wide at the top and 11.5″ tall and 4″ deep) – I donated this bag to an organization that helps kids at risk.

Birthday Modern Mug Rug (6″ and 9″) – I made this little mug rug for my sister for her birthday. Later, I also constructed a mug rug for swap on Threadbias and made some of my sewing friends little mug rugs when we had a sewing party at my house.

Star Friendship Companion Quilt (54″ X 64″ lap quilt) – I finally managed to complete the companion piece to the quilt I made for Laura last year. I was thrilled with this one which took a long time to design.

August 2012

Beach Bag for Mom (20″ wide, 17″ tall) – This huge beach bag used Lucy’s Crab Shack collection – and it is a real celebration of the beach!

September 2012

Kaffe Fassett Blush Quilt (85″ X 85″ bed quilt) – I made this double bed quilt from a kit. It uses the vibrant fabrics of Kaffe Fassett and really brightens up the guest room.

Garden Steps Quilt (60″ X 78″ lap quilt) – For this quilt, I added hand embroidery as embellishment. I made this quilt as part of an on line quilt along, and although it was a very time consuming project, I really enjoyed the hand work.

October 2012

Vintage Holiday Quilt (64″ X 52″ lap quilt) – I made this quilt as part of an on line quilt along. I loved the winsome feel of it and had fun changing up the pattern to include my own design in the border corners.

Pin Cushions – I made a couple of pin cushions for a Threadbias swap … and discovered that pin cushions are not really my thing! Live and learn!

December 2012


Christmas Ornaments – I participated in an ornament swap on Threadbias and also made ornament tags for my packages this year.

Mama’s China (85″ X 85″ bed quilt) – I worked hard to finish this one in time for Christmas. I love this fabric line, and the pattern from Sweetwater was perfect for it.

Whew! My goal for 2013 is to finish up some of my previously started projects and try my hand at some new skills – like applique and hand quilting.

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    • Melissa on December 23, 2012 at 15:20

    These are gorgeous, Wendy! You are so incredibly talented!

    • Susan on December 23, 2012 at 16:35

    Wonderful Quilts; you did a lot last year! I’m trying to pick my favorite: and I’d say I’m partial to Vintage Holiday right now and Star Friendship Companion Quilt. Wow

  1. Such beautiful quilts! Nice bags, too. I’d say you had a magnificent year in sewing, for sure. Good luck with the new skills! 🙂

    • Kailana on December 23, 2012 at 21:22

    These are awesome! You are very talented!!

    • paula on December 24, 2012 at 05:14

    How fun to see all your projects together! I love so many of your quilts and are so proud of your sewing ability – who would have guessed?!!! Love you sis!

  2. They are all so beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, lovely, incredible, delightful… What a talent!

    • Alyce on December 25, 2012 at 14:32

    What an amazing selection of sewing projects – I’m so impressed!

  3. So many gorgeous creations!

    • Molly on December 29, 2012 at 11:12

    Absolutely beautiful – every single one of them!

    • Carol Clemmons on March 3, 2013 at 16:41

    Wendy, I enjoyed looking at all your beautiful projects! I envy your sewing abilities, so talented!!

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