Looking back, and moving forward

2015 was a big year in quilting for me.  I didn’t finish all that many projects, but the ones I did finish have made me very happy, even if they were not all quilts.

I entered my second ever quilt competition, and this time I won a ribbon with all three quilts I entered.

I’ve joined several quilting groups on Facebook, and they are great.  I have a terrible time getting out to quilting events (I’m an aspiring shut-in.)  My online groups are all very supportive.  They are terrible enablers; constantly showing me tempting eye-candy, and giving me shopping links.

I made a lot of progress on my La Passion quilt.  It is a big undertaking, and it is very time consuming.  I can’t believe how close I am to finishing it.

I started a blog, and it has been more popular that I expected.  I’m enjoying the practice of writing again, and sharing my quilting with the world.

Looking back, I didn’t finish all that many projects this year.  I usually do more, but we had a busy year.  My husband started a new job, which required relocating the family from Texas to New Jersey.  Anything other than hand piecing was not a priority in 2015.

In 2016 I want to continue on my quilting journey.  I will be entering my quilts in more quilt shows.  Winning ribbons is intoxicating.  It seems silly, but I love it.

My first goal will be to turn my sewing room into a studio.  Right now it is a shameful jumble, and I can’t really get creative or productive in there.  This has been the last room of the house to get set up after we moved in this summer, and it still isn’t finished.  I want to be able to see all of my fabric, and be able to find my tools when I need them.  (Where the heck is my magnetic pin cushion and my good pins?)

I’m going to continue blogging in the new year.  I was a good writer when I was younger.  I would like to find that skill again.

My La Passion quilt should get finished this year.  I’m seriously considering sending it out to be professionally quilted when I am done.  It whispers to me, saying it wants to be hand quilted, but I don’t think it realizes how long and hard hand quilting will be.

Finally, I am going to try my hand at some more original designs.  The process of turning the Death Star image into a quilt was tons of fun.  I’ve done that kind of work before, with a coloring book image.  I will be exploring that process some more, to see where I can take it.

Have a wonderful 2016.  May we all find our success this year.

 

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