I love the end of the year because it gets me thinking about events and accomplishments of the past year. I've actually been thinking a lot about blogging and quilting recently. I have mentioned before that I have a constant debate with myself on what direction to take this hobby. I tried many new things this year, and it's been a fun challenge. I have a few ideas for next year that I'm still working out in my head. It's fun to plan and get excited about new projects.
The in-laws were in town the other evening. My father-in-law asked me how many quilts I'm working on right now. I really had to think. I have no idea how many WIPs I actually have going. I plan to organize my WIPs in the coming days and get a handle on what I actually have going on. I'd really like to work through many of those projects in the coming year. I'm trying to set some tangible goals for myself next year. I really need to focus a bit.
On to other things. This week I've been quilting.
I wrapped up watching all the videos for the Craftsy class Machine Quilting Negative Space. I decided to jump right in and give it a try. I tried out this floral design that is quite heavy quilting. It took a lot of time on this small baby quilt, but this was a perfect project for practice. In the past I've almost always gone the quickest route when it came to the quilting. I just wanted to get it done. I'm changing my mind on that lately. If I spend 20-30 hours putting a quilt together, I might as well put a bit more time and effort into the quilting.
For my Nursery Versery quilt, I wanted something much softer. I chose to do the exact same design only on a much larger scale. This actually went really quickly. This quilt is 48" x 48", and I finished the quilting in just over 45 minutes.
I have two quilts and three minkie blankets to bind. Binding is all cut and ready to be stitched up.
I received a box of these books earlier this week! It was fun to get them in the mail. These will all be used for various giveaways next year. All the bloggers in the book have lots of books to giveaway so you'll have multiple opportunities to win over the coming months!
I did a little shopping yesterday. The two quilt shops I generally frequent had sales for 12.12.12. I went to pick up a few FQs of boyish novelty prints for a few Christmas projects.
I threw in a few for the stash as well. You might be seeing more of these colors around here next year. I'm loving navy and green together. This is a huge switch for me. I have lots of green in the stash, but mostly lime green. I think I have exactly two navy FQs in my box. It will be fun to add these in an come up with a new project.