Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Reflections + 2011 Predictions

It has been a great year! I thought I would reflect a bit by filling out the survey from Sew Mama Sew. I also added a couple collages of my favorite things I made this year at the end of this post!

Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?
I noticed lots of the red/aqua combo, hexies, munki munki, mug rugs, and traditional patterns paired with modern fabrics.

What were some of your favorite things? (Trends, fabric collections, patterns, blogs? Whatever you really loved.)

- love the red/aqua combo, linen, hand quilting and stripey bindings!
Fabric collections- I loved Nicey Jane, Modern Meadow, Bliss, and I adore anything my Anna Maria Horner, so much so that I have not yet cut up my huge stash of her stuff because I don't want to "waste" it on the wrong design! I am also quite smitten with Heather Ross and her many whimsical prints.
Patterns- I usually work from inside my own head! Inspiration is everywhere.
Blogs- many listed on my side bar, more under my profile, and even more yet to be discovered! So many talented people!
What was your very favorite fabric collection or print? (If not listed above.)
If I HAD to pick a favorite, I would say.....all things AMH.

What was the best thing you made in 2010?
Whatever I am currently working on tends to be my favorite! In general sewing, I would have to say my favorites were my messenger bags or my ballerina bags.
In quilting, I put my heart into each of those babies, but my favorite would probably be the Nicey Jane quilt I made for my best friend Samantha.
What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?
Soooo many great things! But here is the quilt that kicked off my obsession with quilting (and my AMH hoarding spree) this spring, by Ashley at Film in the Fridge:

What do you think 2011 has in store? (Again, trends, fabric, patterns, etc.)
I predict....I will spend way too much money on fabric again in 2011!! I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Sherbet Pips! And I am sure my favorite designers will not disappoint. Just when I say "NO MORE FABRIC!" something comes out that is too awesome to resist.
I also think there will be more and more "art" in quilts. But I know I will never lose my love affair with the basic square :-)

Anything you’re ready for the sewing world to get over?
I think as an individual, if you love it, go with it, even if the rest of the world doesn't! Everyone needs to find the inspiration that stirs up that excitement within! Sometimes the simplest patterns are most striking, and, unfortunately, some of the most intricate and difficult things are kinda ugly ;)

What’s on your sewing agenda for 2011? What are you excited about? What would you like to learn more about?
I am still new to the sewing world, and can't wait to learn more! Each project I try to incorporate something new, to keep learning and exploring techniques, and to push my limits. I definitely want to get more in depth with my quilting, and have about 10 different quilts in my head right now (and the corresponding fabric already bought!). I also would like to make some more clothes for my daughters, while they will still let me. I am looking forward to the Sewing Summit in October in Salt Lake City, and hope to meet many other bloggers there! I am also gearing up to learn more about knitting in 2011, and am looking forward to branching out. I love all the yarns out there, and am sure I can develop a yarn fetish with very little coaxing :-)

Here is a review of some of my favorite things I made in 2010!

My quilts of 2010 (12 in total):

1/2. Twin quilts set 2 3/4/5. Twin quilts (+1) set 1 6. Nicey Jane quilt 7. Feminist boy quilt 8.The Ugly Quilt 9. McKinley quilt and pattern 10. Disappearing 9 patch 11. Wheels strip quilt 12. My first quilt

Favorite sewing projects of 2010:
1. rainbow spool pouch 2. best tree ever 3. Scottie dogs 4. wedding hoop 5. pillowcase dresses 6. mail organizer 7. Mini-Monet ornaments 8. Messenger bag 9. Camera case 10. Artist bag 11. adventures in knitting 12. ruffle neck dress

Here's to a great 2011! I also want to thank each of you who have been following along on my journey, and for all the support and encouragement you have given me! This blog has truly been a place for me to relax, have fun, share my passion, and get some wonderful positive energy in an often negative and draining world. You guys fuel me up! Thanks so much :-)


JanetK said...

Wow! you have so much to be proud of here - what fabulous FOs! I can't wait to see what you do in 2011...

Amanda Brantley said...

I just found you thru Anna @ Noodlehead! MY GOODNESS, I thought I had gotten a lot done in the last year ; )
I don't know how you do it. And it's all amazing. Sheesh.
I am looking to get into machine quilting-I want to make some sentimental small lap quilts or quillows. Any advice? Amazing books to read? I need to buy a walk foot I believe. And I just got rotary cutters & mat for Cmas-I'm nervous about it. What's the best way to start? Can you suggest a project?

Little Blue Mouse said...

What absolutely gorgeous things you have made. Out of your favourite sewing projects my favourite of them all is the 'best tree ever' hoop. I adore everything about it, superb!

All the best for 2011.

Samantha said...

KUDOS TO YOU...I am in awe! What an amazing year in review! I am very fortunate to call you friend and be the recipient of your fabulous creations. You continue to be an inspiration to crafters (myself included) everywhere!!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see all the wonderful projects you make in 2011!

Rosa said...

Everything you create is amazing... the hoops particularly so though. I'm sure 2011 is going to be filled with even more amazing treasures!

jednoiglec said...

You've made lots of quilt in 2010 - I'm really impressed (I didn't finish any quilts in 2010:(

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