Saturday, December 31, 2011

Good-bye and Hello

In saying good-bye to 2011, I close a year that has been a huge step forward as far as my quilting goes. Starting a blog 11 months ago today was a brave adventure for me. Putting myself out there in the quilt blog community was a big deal, but oh has it been rewarding! And fun!

It has been a year filled with an immersion into the world of flickr, quilt-alongs that have been truly inspiring, and a variety of swaps (and there is such a variety!) Blogging has spurred me into production-mode, learning new techniques, experimenting with new fabrics, just in general thinking about the process a whole lot more!
(14 minis, 13 lap quilts, 5 full-size quilts)

Though I've got a ways to go in the skills and confidence departments, I am pretty pleased to have dabbled in free-motion quilting this year, and have finally been able to quilt some larger projects myself. I enjoyed hosting a swap with my daughter, Rachel, of Snippets of Sweetness, as well as posting my first tutorial.
(5 pouches, 7 table runners, 4 mug rugs, a pincushion, 
a sewing machine cover, a tree skirt)

I have been a part of two bees this year - the 4x5 modern Quilt Bee and do.Good Stitches, which have both been such fulfilling groups to be a part of - and participated in other assorted block swaps.

It was an unexpected honor each time one of my projects were featured, and I found it so affirming. But without a doubt, the best part of this year has been connecting with new friends who have encouraged and inspired me, and plain added joy to my days. They invited me to be myself, to share my other interests beyond quilting, and it was at their prompting that I made Tuesday at the Table a regular feature.

As far as moving forward, I'm not totally sure, but am still in the process of thinking through some goals. 2011 was bursting with new experiences, expanding quilting skills, and pure delight in creating. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and am so grateful to all of you who joined me on the journey. And honestly, that's pretty much what I hope to be able to say again at the end of 2012.

Linking up with Fresh Sewing Day and The Year in Sewing!
Fresh Sewing Day    The Year in Sewing

24 comments:

Cathy said...

what a lot of work! Good for you!!!!

Leanne said...

I love all your projects, seeing them all together is so wonderful! I look forward to seeing what you make and where your creativity takes you in this coming year, all the best!

Svetlana said...

Deb, wonderful projects, you've accomplished soooo much this year. Your Swoon quilt is my very favorite Swoon around. Happy New Year!

mtnquiltr said...

Such a lot of beautiful projects! I'm looking forward to following your creativity in 2012!

Toni said...

What a year, Debbie! All of your projects look so beautiful together like that. Congratulations on a wonderful year and I'm so excited to see what you conquer in 2012!

Candi said...

Wow! You've made so many beautiful things! Congratulations!

Katy Cameron said...

What a wonderfully creative year, hope 2012 is as creative for you :o)

Marci Girl said...

Oh my goodness, look at all those beautiful projects you have created in just one year! Amazing. It is so neat to see them all together! May 2012 be just as productive, if not more than 2011! Happy New Year!

Lee said...

Wow, Debbie! You accomplished so much! Your quilts are just beautiful, I can't wait to see what's in store for you next year. Happy new year! : )

Kirsten N said...

Such gorgeous projects Debbie! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations in 2012:)

diane said...

You've had a very productive year! I'm hoping to work on my free motion quilting skills this year and finish my swoon quilt.

Tara June said...

Wow, you have been so busy! I'm excited to see more!!

Lynne said...

Just found your blog while cruising through Pinterest. Love your quilts! Happy sewing in 2012!

Kelly said...

Stunning quilts. I absolutely love th kaleidoscope one :) Happy New year!

Heather D. said...

Love it all, Debbie. As usual, your work is gorgeous and seeing it all together is quite stunning! I have to say, I am particularly drawn to those bee blocks, the missing your kiss ones (is that what they're called?)

Happy New Year!

quirky granola girl said...

holy moly! you made a ton of fantastic quilts this year! your mosaics are so inspiring.

Mina said...

Hello,
Thanks for the info regarding the "x and + swap". Your projects are beautiful, I love your fabric choices. Have you created a fabric bundle for the contest over at Quokka Quilts yet?

Mina

Katie B. said...

Debbie! I have loved loved loved reading your blog this year. I think you're one of the warmest people around, and I've enjoyed getting to know you!

Rachel said...

Yay for you! You made some fabulous quilts this year. Can't wait to see what next year brings.

Clare said...

Wow! Impressive.

Jessica said...

whoa, Debbie, your mosaics are gorgeous! I am so happy to have gotten to know you a little this year. Thanks for your encouragement and for linking up!

ScissorsandThread said...

Gorgeous mosaics, you've made so much!

Frederique said...

Wow, impressive work! Great quilts and blocks!

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