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!
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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.