I started quilting in 2009 – it will be five years in the Spring – and I have come a long way since my first quilt. I don’t make the same mistakes anymore, I make new ones! It used to be challenging just to sew a scant quarter inch seam or cut a square accurately. Lining up the seams and stitching rows used to make me sweat. Now all those things seem very basic and easy to me.
In 2013 I tried a lot of new things in sewing. I learned how to make a hidden zipper and sew a pillow. I tackled curved seams. I tried more difficult designs and did not shy away from challenging fabrics like linen. I joined a few sew alongs, signed up for my first Craftsy class and made lots of new friends in the quilting world. I should dub 2013 as the year of the pillow as it seems I made more pillows this year than anything else! Here is a collage of my creative work in 2013:
1. PlPlayfulPiecingPincushions.Stack.030001ayfulPiecingPincushions.Stack2, 2. The Metro Pillow, 3. Chevron Pillows.Front, 4. ReadBetweenTheLines, 5. CompassPillow.QuiltDetail, 6. ModernDiamondPillow.Front, 7. FramedPillow.Front, 8. PlaygroundPillow.Back, 9. DapperTR.Front10001_1, 10. ModernDiamonds. on rail, 11. ModernChevronPillow.front detail, 12. Simply Retro Vintage Pillow.front, 13. SophieChurnDash.draped on table, 14. RetroTableTopper.DetailCrabBlock, 15. VintageFlowerGirl.onbed, 16. KK.front, 17. SpringVineTR.ontable, 18. Starlight.FoldedOverChair, 19. HeartPillow.SideView, 20. BrrrPillow.01, 21. quiltsForBoston – Healing, 22. Simply Retro Vintage Pillow.HiddenZipper., 23. SweetLifein PBJ.Sunshot, 24. FramedPillow.Back.
So today I got to thinking about what I wanted to do in 2014. What new skills did I want to learn? What quilt patterns were calling out to me? Was there something new I just had to try in the new year?
I’ve come up with a list. Nothing is set in stone. These are just some things I want to do and I hope they happen in 2014:
- Learn to make a Dresden block and make a quilt using that block
- Experiment with improvisational piecing
- Use different textures in one quilt: linens, linen blends, voile, satin, silk, etc…
- Continue to experiment with design and consider writing some tutorials
- Learn to applique – both hand and machine
- Start a creative journal where I can document ideas and play with design and come to a better understanding of my creative style
There is probably more!
I hope you’ll come back often in 2014 to see how I’m doing!