A couple of years ago when I was up a lot nursing my first baby, it occurred to me how very encouraging it is to see morning come each day. A new start. Today could be a great day! Let’s welcome the light and the fresh start it brings.
But how much more so a brand new year!
And most importantly for purposes of this space, a new project year. What quilts will you make this year? What quilts are you most proud of from last year? How does your first quilt last year compare to your last?
After a great email exchange with Anne of Play-Crafts, we decided that it’d be great fun to review our year in quilts and encourage you to do the same.
So this is the first quilt I made in 2013:
Complete with mistakes like this one:
And of course you guys have seen the last quilt I made in 2013:
I feel like I have come pretty far in a year!
Here are a few more 2013 quilts you haven’t seen before because they’re from the first half of last year, BB (before blogging).
And of course there’s the ones you have seen:
Some of these I still really like, others I would definitely do differently now. But I share them with you this way because I want to be mindful of the possibilities this year holds, and really challenge myself to make the most of it. I think these mosaics do tell a story of growth and achievement. I want to take that further this year.
I’ve been hearing buzz that there is momentum in the quilt industry to offer alternatives to the quick and easy trend. Which is not to say that simple quilts aren’t beautiful (I will always love square patchwork) or that we’re going to abandon our beloved beginners. (You know about my beginner’s series, right?) But sometimes it’s exciting to take on more advanced designs and push yourself to the next level.
That’s one of my big goals for 2014: I want to carefully choose a few really complex and time-consuming projects that will (hopefully) yield really special quilts. My hope would be to look back at the end of 2014 and have a few new favorites to rival my penny sampler.
I’m not going to get too specific about my plans. I find that I get sick of projects even just thinking about them too much ahead of time! For now, it’s enough to know that my very first project of 2014 is our barn door quilt-a-long (so excited! I hope you’re joining me!), followed by some major WIP clean up (read about that here). By the time I get through those I’ll have picked out my next big project.
Now Anne and I want to hear from you! Write a blog post about your year in review and your goals for this year and link up with us! Many of you have already written about this, and we welcome you to link up any relevant posts here. (Anne has an identical link up on her blog so your link will show in both places.)