Dec 292012

Everyone else in the blogosphere is doing a year end report (or so it seems), here’s mine.

Looking back I’m amazed I managed to finish 12 quilts this year! The year started out as The Winter of Our Last Move (we bought our forever house in November 2011), and in January my sewing room quilt studio looked like this –

The early part of the year was spent trying to settle in and getting the old place ready for market, yet I still managed to finish two quilts in February, and three in March. A Finish-Along run by Quilter-in-the-Gap helped push me to finish things instead of starting anything new.

Then garden season came along and I had little time to quilt. That on top of some sewing machine issues kept me from finishing anything until August. Instead of sewing, I bought the remains of another quilter’s stash, an entire carload of fabric to sort out. I’m almost done sorting and counting.


I injured my hip in late July, then had an impacted wisdom tooth removed in the beginning of August. Those kept me out of the garden, and for weeks the bar stool at my sewing machine was the only thing I could sit on without pain. Good excuse to get some sewing done, right? I finished four quilts in August, before recovering enough to spend all day out in the garden again. We also sold the old house in August, so that was a very good month.

By November I had the itch to stitch something new, yet had the self-control to choose something quick. I made a crib-quilt and finished it by the end of the month.  In December, garden now under a layer of snow, I finished two more, including the horse quilt I’ve worked on all year. A dozen quilts finished during a year where I felt like I was at a dead run all the time, up until mid-October.

And by sheer coincidence, I also finished UFO number 12. So all in all, a good year in the quilt studio. Which is still a shambles but I’ve added shelving and bought more bins. 2013 is going to be the Year of De-cluttering. In the studio, that means sorting and organizing, plus turning clutter into finished quilts. I’m aiming to double-down: 24 finished quilts in 2013. You heard it here first.

How many quilts did you finish in 2012, and how many are you aiming for in 2013?

 December 29, 2012  Posted by at 7:39 pm Year In Review  Add comments

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