Well in 2013 I set up a blog and planned to add to it at fairly regular intervals, oh how that failed!! It was meant to be a record for myself of things I had achieved and also to link with other creative types who I gain inspiration from and who’s blogs have provided me with great advice. So I am going to try again to post regularly and to start the new year off I though t I would share a few photo’s of projects I completed in 2013.
First up is the top I made from some beautiful liberty fabric I found in Grace & Jacob in York. It is a Pattern from the Great British Sewing Bee book and I do love it , so I think this may be one for a few more makes in 2014!
Next up was a quilt I made for a friends newborn…she is now nearing 9 months old, I was so chuffed with it as it was my first real quilt and a huge learning curve. I haven’t attempted another quilt until now!! From some of the left over fabric I also made a beautiful shirred dress for her, with some lovely buttons I got free on the front of Mollie Makes many moons ago!
Throughout the year we have also been decorating our lounge, pulling out the old fireplace and painting floorboards, It has been quite a cathartic process and has ended up with us having a beautiful light airy space in which to add our own little collection of things. It also lead to e decoupaging a set of tables, a new skill and one I thoroughly enjoyed.
The year has ended with me picking up the knitting needles and making mug cosies, initially as presents and then as potential sale items – a path I have considered following for a while but who knows when I may pluck up courage to do so. I have also completed a cross stitch for my son’s room. I wanted to do one when he was first born, as I hard done for darling daughter. However time and life got in the way, but it was completed in time for his 4th Birthday, following a pattern from Sand, Sea and Cross Stitch. I just need to get it framed now, let’s hope that doesn’t take another 4 years to do!!
So what for 2014…. well I have just opened up a half jelly roll and am hoping to complete a small lap quilt…and I and hoping beyond hope that I may finish a hand pieced quilt for my mum in time for her 65th in June!! I have finished all the hexagon flowers and am in the process of working out how to piece it together!!
As you can see I’m not always one for following pattern, am a bit more of a see how things go. I am planning on trying new skills and pushing my boundaries when it comes to sewing, both in terms of dressmaking and quilting, a true novice at both. But I am also open to going with the flow and seeing where things take me. So her is to a happy new year to everyone and hopefully I will be posting again soon. I also think I need to brush up on my photo skills!!!