Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2010 In Review Quilting Accomplishments

Looking back over the past year reminded me of so many of the wonderful projects I've done. I can't believe all I accomplished and the goals I reached by completing so many UFO's. Sometimes I didn't feel like I was accomplishing much, but looking back I had some big finishes in 2010. I made a lot of samples, tons of gifts, and lots of baby quilts. I only made 2 for us and the rest were gifts, but it just shows how much I love making baby quilts. I went back through my Webshots album for each month and picked my favorite project for each month. So here's a run down of 2010!
January 2010
My brother Jim's Crown Royal quilt. This is one that took a long time, but I felt so good when it was finished. I'm making a second one to give to my little bro Ed. It's a good thing he's patient!
Crown Royal Quilt
February 2010
I completed the top for the Keep On Quilting wall hanging I started at the Peeps Retreat in April 2009. I love all the siggies and remember the great time I had there every time I look at it. It's now on the wall of my sewing studio.
March 2010
I wanted to make a 9 patch/snowball quilt, so I started this one in pink scraps and some white stash. I didn't know who I was making it for at the time, but when my blogging buddy Colleen had her little girl, I knew it was meant to be. I loved quilting with the hearts.
April 2010
I didn't do lot of quilting in April, but ended up making this cover for my binder. I started my graduate class and I spent many hours with this covering the book with all my research.
May 2010
May was a really slow month for me. I was extremely unmotivated and tired. I now know why, but at the time I just thought I was lazy. I made this baby quilt for my friend Lindsey who was having a girl in July.
June 2010
I fell in love with a Jewel box quilt on my buddy 1I's blog and decided I had to make one. I used my purple scraps (yes I still have purple left from the wedding fabrics, even after this one!).  I love how it turned out, but the blocks were smaller than I anticipated. I ended up having all the fabrics in my stash. I made the baby quilt for my friend Janelle who had a little girl in April. She loves purple!
July 2010
This was probably my favorite quilt to make all year. My cousin Molly asked me over a year ago to make a t-shirt quilt for her wedding. She's very ritzy so a homemade quilt from me was not something I would have expected her to want. I made this one for her and turns out she forgot about giving me the shirts, so the night before the wedding I gave it to her, so was shocked. She loves it and uses it often. I love making quilts for people who appreciate them!
August 2010
We didn't know if we were having a girl or boy, so I made this sign language quilt that we could use with either. I fell in love with this fabric and turns out I have enough to make yet another quilt! Someone having a baby this year will probably be the recipient.
September 2010
In September mom and I attended the quilt retreat with the Badlands Quilters Guild. We had a great time and with plenty of room to work I finished this top for our queen size bed. I fell in love with the brown/teal batiks in OH and bought plenty to make this one. I love how it turned out and used a wool batting when I quilted it.
October 2010
My co-worker Jacey and I were due about the same time and her group had a surprise shower for her, so I whipped up this baby quilt for her since she was doing an animals theme. She ended up having her girl  12.24.10... I'm still waiting!
November 2010
Paul asked me to make a wall hanging for his boss Bob for Christmas. Their party was the beginning of Dec. so I worked hard to get it finished in time. I spent a lot of time on the intriqate quilting. He loved it!
December 2010
I made this sewing themed quilt on a retreat weekend with my mom in November and finally got it quilted in December. It's my "take to the hospital" to keep warm quilt and it's totally for me! I absolutely love all the sewing, crafting, quilting fabrics in it.

Probably my biggest accomplishment was the number of bags I made this year. It just seems like I was always making bags.
This year I made:
Large Quilts - 6
Throw Quilts - 4
Baby Quilts - 11
Tablerunner/toppers - 15
Wall Hangings - 2
Pillowcases - 1
Bags - 64
Accessories - 35
Quilted quilts for others - 5

I also:
Gave Away - 80 quilts/bags
Made Samples - 30
Finished UFO's - 14

I had 959 hours for the year at an average of 80 hours a month! I did a lot of hand sewing in that time which I've come to enjoy and cherish my small take along projects. I feel great about the number of UFO's I finished. I also was held in tack as to the fabric I bought. I have some left I bought for the Valentine Tablerunner and some for a snowflake table topper, but otherwise what I bought was all used this year! If I could just get all my UFO's done from when I worked at the quilt shop and was constantly buying fabric. I'm keeping better track of my stash usage and I feel like I'll be kept on track this year to finish past projects.


Colleen said...

Bet ya can't guess which one is my favorite :) Great job in 2010. Can't wait to see what you'll accomplish this year!

Barb said...

Wow! I can't believe all that you've accomplished. I feel like such a slacker. Couldn't pick a favorite though ~ they are all amazing! Keeping you in my thoughts for a wonderful arrival soon.

Sara said...

Wow - lot's of great projects. It's amazing how much you accomplished in sewing, while working, going to school, etc. Way to go!

Judy said...

Wow! You have accomplished so much!
All very pretty and amazing!