01 January 2014

2013 - A Year in Review

Can't believe another year is coming to an end. I thought it would do a recap my year.  

I published my first pattern this year over on Craftsy, I only sold 4 patterns but I am glad that I took the plunge and created a pattern; very good learning experience. I improved my sewing skills and have fallen in love with paper piecing this year. 

I just finished my last quilt top for the year Skill Builder BOM 2013.  I still need to make a new back for it as I am not have with the selection of backing fabric I used.  I will show more on this when in the New Year when I have completed the backing and binding. 

I completed 5 quilts, 2 Memory Quilts and 6 tops.  I hope to have those 6 tops turned into quilts in 2014.  I also created a queen size quilt of my long arm practice for my pups to snuggle in while I am sewing. 

I made 22 small quilt / wall hangings / placemats and 1 block for Pat Sloan's Birthday Quilt. 

I also made my first duffel bag this year, which turned into 4 duffel bags.  They were so easy to put together.  I also made 3 zipper pouches, 1 tablet sleeve, 8 reversible totes, one 241 Tote and one quilted totes. 

I made covers for 3 tablet hard cases, a peg bag, a bunch of hair boys / lanyards for a girl scout troop, a pair of curtains, a dog toy, 3 quilted pillow covers and an origami tree. 

I have already started planning what I want to accomplish next year and it is already very long (I like to aim high) so I am hoping for a super productive 2014.  So far I have only committed to Lucky Stars BOM 2014, Star Light Star Bright Quilt-along over at Happy Quilting with Melissa and a BOM from my LQS but I am sure that will change as the year progresses.  

I am hoping to greatly improve my long arm skills that by end of year.  I would like to be able to start taking customers quilts.   Only problem is that there are many long arm quilters in my area of Michigan but many of them are computerized or pantograph quilters.  I hope to be able to offer something more unique that enhances the quilts beauty.  Hopefully this will work out.  

I also plan on doing more of my own things as I have so many ideas floating around in my head that it keeps me awake at times.  So I want to try creating what is stuck in my head.   Maybe even publish another quilt pattern. 

I will also be quilting up all my tops that are just sitting on the shelf.  Not sure what I am going to do with all of them.  I think a few of them I might have to see if I can sell. I need someway to pay off my long arm. :) 

I can't believe that at the end of January I will have been blogging for one year.   So excited for the New Year.

Thank you for stopping by and visiting.  Have a safe New Year.




  1. Wow! You've been very busy!

  2. Hello from Lily's small blog meet!! GREAT quilts! You had a very prolific and beautiful 2013!!

  3. Oh, I quite like your PoF BOM quilt - so different than Alyssa's and a few others' I've seen. Beautiful!

  4. Looks like a fun blog I will enjoy with your bright colors and sooooo many projects! Great job. Found you through Lily's small blog meet.

  5. Wow, what a prolific year! :D I love the look of your Skill Builder BoM, and it makes me think I really should get around to finishing mine. :) I think you're right that offering custom long-arm service is a niche that pantograph longer-armers can't, and there's definitely a demand for it.
    Happy New Year, and thanks for linking up to the Year In Review!

  6. A busy quilter is a happy quilter - and you have definitely been busy!

  7. My goodness, if you're aiming higher than what you accomplished this year, when will you sleep?! Whatever you end up making this year, though, I'm sure it will be beautiful! :D

  8. Wow you have done good! I am only half way through my Skill builder blocks so that is one goal I need to make. Love all your work.

  9. you made so much! That's amazing! I love the skill builder quilt. I dropped out in April, I just couldn't keep up!

  10. WOW! What beautiful finishes! I always say 'there will be next year' and with all these 2013 Reviews...I'll need at least an extra year to soak up and work off of all the inspirations!

  11. Wow, busy, busy, busy.....great projects you turned out :) found you through Lily Quilts link up

  12. What a great year! Congrats on publishing your first pattern, it's really cool! I hope your 2014 is full of even more great projects.

  13. A fellow Michigander! How terribly exciting. :) You did an incredible amount of work this year! I love that you didn't use solids for your Skillbuilder. I also love that you finished your practice piece as a quilt for your dogs. :) Thanks for linking up and I'll be following along in the new year.

  14. I followed your link from Lily's Quilts...what a great opportunity to see what other quilters are doing...and you are doing a lot, it seems! I also have a long arm, and am interested to see more of your journey in that department. Carole @ Fresh off the Frame (Canada)