Thursday, 10 December 2009

New Year's resolution 2009: reflections

Remember this post? In the beginning of January, Rose and I made a promise to ourselves and each other that for 2009 we were going to make what we love! We figured the UFO's weren't going anywhere, but we solemnly promised we wouldn't add anymore UFO's to the list. 2009 has been all about finishing whatever we wanted to start! So how has this been going? During this year I have started seven quilts (wow, is it really that many?):

1. The Sugar Camp Quilt
For me, this was the reason for the resolution in the first place; a deliberation whether to focus on WISPs and UFOs, or start something new. I hate to admit it, but this one is still at the "flimsy without border" stage - however I do still have hopes to finish it before the year is over! A little discipline!?!

2. Red & White Swap sampler
Wohoo! It was a lot of fun working on this one! The girls had done a fabulous job on the blocks! And I had a ball testing out my collection of quilt stencils and trying out different shapes in free motion quilting. The sign-up for this swap was in Dec. 2008, so not really sure if it should count… but the blocks weren’t sewn and swapped till January 2009, so I’ll let it ;o) FINISHED May 8th!!

3. Nanny Sharon's Picnic Quilt
A Threadbare Creations pattern I totally fell in love with when Rose published it back in October last year. It was a quick, easy and fun quilt to make! FINISHED May 24th!! Just in time for picnic season (it now have some tomato sauce and strawberry stains - shows it has been used *lol* - need a wash!)

4. Mini Bear's Paw
A reaction from doing those large quilts, I decided to make a mini - in four days ;o) FINISHED May 27th!

5. Sol's birthday quilt
This was started at DJ class with Hanne in March. This sampler was an experiment with blocks of different sizes - the smallest 4.5" and the largest12". FINISHED ehh... in time for her birthday July 29th!

6. Sister’s Choice jelly roll quilt
My oldest jelly roll was cut up in September - it was slow progress on this project, I was a bit un-inspired and I was spending my stitching time doing DJ blocks and working on some old WISPs. But this week I made the decision to get it done! I brought the binding to quilt guild last night, and I hand stitched quite a bit. Coming home I figured I was on a roll, so I spent a couple more hours on the sofa with needle and thread. And behold, it's FINISHED December 9th!

It has fleece on the back:

Not sure how much I enjoyed quilting fleece... So it's not very heavily quilted :o)

7. Carolina Christmas
This mystery was started in late November, and we are up to clue 5... I still have a little ways to go on step 4... I'm going to give myself a bit of leeway on this one - it is a huge quilt, and it has lots and lots of piecing... if I can get it finished in January I'll be happy!

Looking at my list of finishes I see I have been quite productive over this year, sewing smaller things in between these quilts. And if I can get the Sugar Camp Quilt finished by the new year - I will give myself a pat on the back and say "good girl" ;o)

Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida


Merete said...

Så flink du er! Du har jo virkelig nådd det målet du satte deg, og laget mye fint.
Ha en fin dag!

Annelies vdB said...

Well done Anne Ida.
You made a lot of beautiful quilts.

LeKaQuilt said...

Du har hatt ett produktivt år! Mange flotte quilt her. Jeg har glemt Nanny Sharon, min ligger her ferdig topp uten vatt..... Den får bli ferdig neste år også får jeg heller nyte synet av din quilt :o))
Lykke til med Sugar Camp Quilt, jeg heier på deg !!!

~Jess said...

You got so much accomplished! I'm always in awe of anyone manages to get a large quilt done and a few small ones in a year :-)

I only got 4 quilts done, all around 36"sq +/-

Gudveig HN said...

Du har vært utrolig produktiv dette året! Mange store flotte tepper har det blitt... Flink jente!

sjoko said...

One thing to add: Well done !

Diana said...

Wow, you got so much done! That resolution was a great idea.

Rose said...

Oh hun, the SC looks great, I love the fleece on the back!! When u look at what u have done this year, u must be proud.....thats an impressive list and gorgeous quilts!
Do we have to count the CC in as a 2009 project cause I was really happy I was up to date?? lol(kidding)
Must do this resolution again, it has kept us both focused....great idea!!!
Hugs xxx

Rose Marie said...

You have done very well! Will you be doing the same plan for 2010?

Guðrún said...

I think you can give yourself a pat on the back now, you have finished a lot of projects.