Top row: Beach Cabanas Among Friends; Circle of Geese; Friendship Medallion (and the bed headboard that says, "It's another beautiful day..."); Disappearing Four-Patch
Bottom row: I Spy; Great Granny Along; and Stairs to Heaven and New Life, the latter two which were donated.
Of the nine UFOs I challenged myself to complete in 2012, disappointingly, only three were finished (Circle of Geese; Friendship Medallion; Disappearing Four-Patch).
As far as "things" go, these are the 11 items I made, fewer than the 17 in 2011. There's a shower curtain; purse; several buntings; a runner; Christmas stockings; bench cover; owl rice bags; and earbud pouches. Oh, and the headboard seen above.
Granted, I spent a lot of time getting ready to move - sorting, purging, donating and selling (including selling a house!) and packing. Then there was moving, shopping for a house and furnishings and... well, all of that took time away from sewing. But I have absolutely no regrets. The whole moving-to-a-new-house thing was a happy, once-in-a-lifetime experience for which I'm extremely grateful. Sewing-wise, let's just say I hope to create more, and finish more UFOs in 2013.
Already in my future, at least for January, I see lots of free motion quilting. After yet again resetting my sewing room, I'm ready to get started.
I'll be quilting with my Pfaff Grand Quilter which hasn't seen the light of day for at least eight months. In the past few months I've been sewing and quilting on my Bernina QE 440, but I've decided I prefer quilting on the Pfaff, without a stitch regulator, and on a machine that has a 9" throat (distance from needle to the body of the machine) to accommodate larger quilts.
I still love my varnished, hollow core doors - a big slippery surface for supporting any size quilt.
Three pin-basted quilts are waiting for my attention. To warm-up, I'm starting with this BQ design by Maple Island Quilts. The top was quick to sew - about a year ago! - using up great hunks of fabric. It has lots of open sections in which I'll try out modern quilting designs from the book "Free Motion Quilting."
BQ will be a good practice piece before I begin quilting my Madrona Road Challenge quilt that must be finished by January 28.
This blog is a great outlet for sharing, while simultaneously creating a chronological diary of my creations and activities. Therefore, this is my last 2012 post which will appear as the final page of my printed, 2012 Flourishing Palms blog book.
Now let's bring in 2013 with joy, and anticipation. Happy new year! Linda