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Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Wow, where did 2011 go? It seemed to fly by in a flash, but it was a great year for me quilting-wise – I feel like I made some great progress last year, so thank you to those of you who asked me to make a quilt for you, I had a lot of fun and learned loads!

As I said in my last post, I kind of lost focus a bit towards the end of the year – so many things I wanted to make, but time – as always – is in short supply! I was pulling myself in a few different directions, so I can’t say that the last couple of months were very productive – I did get some Christmas bunting made, however, and some other small bits and pieces. Here are some pics

I made 5 sets of bunting using some of the Christmas Candy range by Riley Blake – so all traditional red and green – and sold 3 of them in the shop too (woo hoo!!) (btw, come and visit us at Storrington Gallery in West Sussex if you are in the UK 🙂  I still have about 50 flags left that didn’t get made up, so I’ll save these until next year.

 

Peace and Joy are a couple of cushions I made to practice my applique and free motion embroidery – I’ve got very rusty! I love these fabrics from Art Gallery – they’re so soft and beautiful to work with, yum.

I’ve also been trying to get a pattern for a mobile phone case worked out – I made this one using some left over quilt wadding (I hate throwing anything away – you should see the tiny scraps of fabric I keep!!) – it seemed to move around a bit though and wrinkle up, so I got some interfacing to try and that’s so much better. I’ll try and post the pattern here soon.

 

The biggest thing I made lately is this sampler quilt top – I’m not a fan of sampler quilts generally, but I saw a few of the Dear Jane and Farmer’s Wife quilts made using one or two colours and thought they looked gorgeous, so I decided to use some of my red and orange stash to make this – it was originally intended for a houses quilt, but I like the way this turned out – it’s a bit too square for me, though, so I need to add another row of blocks I think!

And that’s pretty much what I was working on before Christmas.  

My biggest news – and excitement generally at the moment – is that I’m now the proud owner of EQ7!! I’ve hankered after this all year but haven’t felt I could justify the cost of it but, thanks to my fab parents, I got it a couple of days ago – and I love it!! I’ve already started to put some of my patterns onto it – it’s fantastic how you can manipulate the blocks so easily and change the colours – it must have saved about 3 trees already 🙂

So – my New Year resolution is to get my focus back, finish my business plan and open up an online shop. This year I hope to start publishing some patterns. I’m so excited!

Whatever your plans for 2012, let’s hope all our dreams come true. x

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