Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 - It was a very good year


Quilts 2012

It is time to recap 2012. I finished 10 quilts (the last two photos there are backs to finish off the mosaic). Four have been happily accepted as gifts. One was a tutorial for the 2012 FAL at Quilter in the Gap. Noise gets to go to QuiltCon in Texas. The rest I use all the time.

Small Quilts 2012

I made 9 mini quilts, well Stars is a runner but she might also hang on a wall. Three went to secret partners in swaps. Shattered also gets to go to QuiltCon in Texas. Oh, and Shattered won the mini quilt category in the Tangerine Tango Challenge too.

Bags 2012

I made 11 bags and pouches. Four of these went to secret partners in swaps. Five were created to make two tutorials, one for the September Fluffy Sheep Quilting Newsletter and one for Sarah at Fairyface Design's {Sew} Get Started Tutorial Series. Two bags have been gifted to some special young women. The weekender was part of the Long Weekend Blog Hop.

Small sewing 2012

The other small sewn things group holds gifts, swap items, and pay it forward items. Only the name tag and one set of potholders (item 8) still live with me. And I did get 50 polaroid blocks back for the 50 I sent in Debbie's Picture Perfect Polaroid Block Swap but I have yet to photograph them, oops.

Bee Blocks 1 - 2012

I took part in the 4 x 5 Bee, the Aqua and Orange Bee, the Modern Blocks Bee, Bee Blessed, Free Bee, Always Bee Learning, Bee a {modern}Swapper Bee, and the Modern Stitching Bee. Moving into 2013, only four of these continue and two of those are finishing soon. The blocks take two mosaics.

Bee Blocks 2 - 2012

I love being in internet bees, it is a great way to meet new people and try things you would never have thought of. In 2012 I made 67 bee blocks. I still have one 2012 block left to finish. For 2013 I have decided I need a little more free sewing time so I am not signing up for any more bees for a while.

Swaps sent to me 2012

This last mosaic has pictures of beautiful things that were sent to me in my 2012 swaps. They are so lovely I added more than one photograph. Thank you again to each of my wonderful swap partners. Oh, and I will tell you more about that last package there in a few days, I have not had time to blog a proper thank you about it yet.

In 2012 I continued this blog into its second year. I travelled to London, England to attend the Fat Quarterly Retreat and meet many of my internet blogging friends (I have a ticket to go this coming year too!), I participated a Quilt-A-Long or two and the Finish-A-Long, I hosted my first QAL- the Mod Pop QAL - which is not quite done, I participated in the Travelin' Pic Stitch Blog Hop, I did a bit of pattern testing, I joined the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild, I met many new blogging and real life friends and I had a lot of fun.

Oh and I started a bunch of things that are not finished - I also have chronic startitis. These will be my projects for the 2013 FAL, which I am hosting this year. I hope you will join me for that.

she can quilt

Before you all ask, I have no idea how I got this much done. My house is chronically messy, I never watch TV (but am getting my Christmas gift of a small sewing room TV this week), and I have fallen down in the exercise department. I do intend to improve on those things this year, so I guess I will just have to sleep less this year too.

I think that the real answer to "how do you do it", is that all of my internet and real life quilting friends, people who share with me on this blog, their blogs, on flickr, in bees, swaps, QALs, Guilds, Retreats, Blog Hops, the FAL, and other events continue to inspire me. The inspiration helps with the energy and the time is just found. Thank you all so much.

Added: I am linking this post Fresh Sewing Day which is hosted by Lynne from Lily's Quilts. The blogs who use this link are a constant source of inspiration for me - you can visit the blogs linked there and link up too.

Lily's Quilts

The very best to all of you and yours for this coming New Year. Let's make 2013 an amazing year.

Best,

Leanne

41 comments:

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

What a beautiful year you have had! Simply amazing...

Kelsey said...

Holy Cow!! So much awesomeness!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Really amazing Leanne! Your works and mosaics are so beautiful and inpiring! Happy New Year! x Teje

elle said...

I'm with you, Leanne. Just need more time and possibly a tad less startitus! A finish along? Shoot! That's one I might have to join! lol Great post. Happy New Year!!!

Di said...

It looks like 2012 was an excellent sewing year. I really enjoyed chatting over dinner at the FQ Retreat and I look forward to seeing you again in 2013. Di x

What Comes Next? said...

wow! what an incredible year you have had! Here's to an equally successful and creative 2013 - Happy New Year!

Canadian Abroad said...

I am speechless (for a change). I bow down in awe and can only aspire to be a tiny fraction as good as you. So pleased to meet you this year and can't wait to see you again in 2013.

Prof. S (the enchanted bobbin) said...

A wonderful year!! I hope that 2013 brings just as much creativity and success :) xx

diane said...

What a beautifully creative year you have had. I wish you a happy new year and look forward to following along your finish along

Sarah said...

Again Susan has said exactly what I was going to say :-) Your work is truly stunning, and it was so great to meet you. See you next time! Very happy new year to you and yours x

Anne said...

I think I just got a cramp in my scrolling finger...it kept going and going! :D Seriously, so much beautiful work. :) I am consistently inspired by the gorgeous things you create, and I look forward to seeing what you make next year!

Patchwork and Play said...

Not good enough- you really could do better! LOL!!! Seriously your work is an inspiration to us all! And tidy houses are very overrated!! Happy New Year to you and yours.

Sheila said...

My chin has now officially hit the floor!
Great re-cap, phew!

Rachel said...

Happy new year, Leanne! It was great to meet you at the retreat and, although I won't be there at the next one' I hope I will get to meet you again sometime. Rxx

capitolaquilter said...

Staggering to see your recap - no wonder you were such an inspiration for me and many others in 2012. Happy New Year!

Svetlana said...

oh my goodness, Leanne you have been sooooo busy. All your projects look fantastic, I love seeing them all together in your mosaics, you're a quilting rock star!!!!

Charlotte said...

beautiful and inspirational makes! I'm so glad to have met you and look forward to seeing you in real life at Quiltcon! Happy New Year!!

Toni said...

Leanne, you really have had an amazingly productive year. So many incredible projects! Congratulations on the selections for QuiltCon!

Flying Blind... said...

Wonderful!!!

You didn't mention the random acts of embroidery ;)

Lovely to meet you this year and looking forward to seeing you again in the summer.

Happy New Year xxx

Jennie said...

Everything here is inspirational! You really have had a very busy year - don't worry - my house probably looks worse than yours (except when my Mum comes to visit)! Looking forward to more inspiration in 2013. Happy New year!

Katy Cameron said...

Sleep is soooo overrated ;o) Fabulous makes for the year anyway, and looking forward to seeing what you create this coming year :o)

Happy new year!

Cathy said...

What a pile of lovelies!

Tamie said...

Wow! That is an impressive showing. Inspirational too.

Holli said...

Golly - that's a whole lot of things you created this year, Leanne - and what beautiful things they are!! I'm inspired (and in awe!) - Happy New Year!!

Debbie said...

What a fun post! I love (re)seeing all of your projects - what a very full year indeed! Here's hoping 2013 is just as lovely.

Dianne Neale said...

Ok, I'm going to lie down now - I am totally exhausted. Great to meet you this year Leanne and looking forward to July.
Nos Slow down And give the rest of us a chance!

Elisabeth said...

Happy New Year, Leanne! You have been incredibly productive, I have to say.
It was so lovely to meet you last year.

Judith, Belfast said...

Gordon Bennett! That's a shed-load of quilting and sewing in 2012! What a brilliant year! Here's to 2013 and meeting up again with inspiring bloggy friends from all around the world! Jxo

Anna said...

Wow you have been so busy! So impressive!

Esch House Quilts said...

All I can say is WOW! So many fantastic projects this year - congratulations! Happy New Year!

Heidi Staples said...

Leanne, you are amazing. You really are. I love seeing what you're doing every week!

Kelly said...

Stunning makes for 2012!!

Anonymous said...

You know what....your work rate has my jaw on the floor, well done you!! Puts my year of makes into a incy wincy teeny weeny little place. Some fab makes.

Sarah Lou said...

Just an amazing year, congrats to you! You must work incredibly hard, even ignoring the house work, to get this done. I've decided to use my pouch as a new pencil case at work, it will be cherished!

Sarah Lou said...

Just an amazing year, congrats to you! You must work incredibly hard, even ignoring the house work, to get this done. I've decided to use my pouch as a new pencil case at work, it will be cherished!

Camille said...

Good lord woman! You were a busy girl. You sew such lovely stuff. Hopefully I can make it to QuiltCon and see yoursin person.

Marci Girl said...

All I can say is WOW! Amazing collection!

MariQuilts said...

Stop...this needs to be said....you are making the rest of us look like slugs. I really cannot believe what you have all accomplished. Amazing!!!

OPQuilt said...

Lovely recap. I should keep this blog post on speed dial and look at it not only for inspiration, but also for a reminder of what we all can do when dedicated to our art and craft. It's been a lovely year reading your blog--so glad I found it!

I wish you many more happy years of quilting.

E.

Archie the wonder dog said...

You make the most beautiful things - I love seeing your round-up mosaics! Actually, I love seeing any photos from you, you have such a good eye!

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