2012 Sewing Goals


Can you believe that 2011 is almost over? I certainly can't. Writing my WIP Wednesday posts has inspired me to make a list of what I'd like to sew next year. There are a lot more projects on my wish list, but I know I'll never have time to make them all, so these are the ones that I want to do the most. Many of these projects are already started and on my WIP Wednesday posts, so the list really isn't as long as it looks. I hope. Haha!

Quilts
Sewing
Cross-stitch
Embroidery
Community

Also in my plans for the beginning of next year is a fabric diet. I have all of the fabric and patterns (minus the Retro Flower pattern) for everything above, minus possibly a few backings. So with the exception of backing and sashing fabric when absolutely necessary, some Flea Market Fancy when it comes out, and a possibly little shopping at the Dallas Quilt Celebration, I won't be buying any new fabric for the first three months of the year. If I find something I want, I'll add it to my wish list and see if I still want it when the diet is over. And if all of those exceptions line up in March, I'll move month three of the diet to April instead so that I really have three entire months with no fabric shopping. I have more than enough fabric to keep me occupied until then!

Learning Embroidery


Embroidery

I've been learning embroidery recently, and it's a lot easier than I expected. I've done cross-stitch since I was a kid, so this is really just an extension of those skills. This free pattern can be found here.

Embroidery

It's fun to learn different kinds of stitches. The hardest part for me is the lack of instructions; you can really do whatever you want in embroidery, and I don't know what I want! I'm so used to cross-stitch instructions where I'm told exactly what to stitch where. This is turning out to be the hardest part of embroidery for me, but it's still really fun!

Wedding Quilt


Quilt Fabrics
Two good friends of mine are getting married today. Some girls and I conspired to make them a quilt as a surprise gift.

Quilt Front
We didn’t want it to be girly, plus the bride isn’t a fan of pink, so we picked the blues and greens from Patty Young’s Mezzanine line for the front…

Quilt Back
and Ta Dot in Sea for the backing. Their wedding is on a cruise, so these colors seemed very fitting. We quilted waves using our local long-arm quilting machine.

Quilt Embroidery
One of the girls who contributed does embroidery, so she whipped up this little panel that we appliquéd to the back of the quilt. Another girl picked out the Chinese saying, which is used frequently for weddings, and translates to “As we hold hands, we go through life together forever.”

Quilt Binding
The binding is Heather Bailey’s Sway from her Pop Garden line. So cute, and such a good match!

Quilt
Each girl contributed by designing, machine sewing, ironing, quilting, embroidering, or hand-sewing. This was such a fun gift to make!

Congratulations, Justin and Andrea. We’re so excited for you both!