When I was skimming back through all my posts from 2013 last week, I couldn’t help but take a little pride in some of the things I made! I read a lot of sewing and quilting blogs these days and always bemoan the fact that I can’t get as much done as them — but they don’t have full time jobs! In many cases, their blogs ARE their jobs! And so although life with my energetic toddler makes me feel like I never have any time to myself, it’s not entirely true. Remembering some of the things I did do reminds me of that. I don’t have a lot of time…but I do have SOME time.
I did some quilting, of course. My single favorite quilting project of 2013 was the triangle quilt I made for Emma. I love that it’s for my daughter, I love the pattern, I love the colors, I love everything about it. It makes me happy every time I see it. Another highlight was the Harry Potter-themed paper-pieced taggie toy I made for a friend’s new baby. It turned out even better than I’d hoped — and in the process I learned how to paper piece, which came in useful towards the end of the year when I jumped into the Lucky Stars Block-of-the-Month club. I liked that so much I joined for 2014 as well.
I also made my first two wearable items (that weren’t pajama pants). I did the tunic top in a class at a local sewing shop and although I haven’t worn it (not really my style), the process taught me a lot. A few months later, I made a simple A-line skirt that turned out great, and I’ve worn it several times.
Moving on to other crafts, I was excited to get an embroidery lesson from my friend Rachel and I’m looking forward to doing more of that in 2014. But the star of the year was obviously Emma’s cross-stitched Christmas stocking, which I finished in December after nearly 14 months of work.
Last but not least, I can’t neglect to mention my Master’s project, for which I’m making a series of posters celebrating unmanned spacecraft and rovers. After several years of putting it off, I’m finally going to get my degree in Digital Media Studies. Pretty cool, eh?
Here’s to making more awesome things in 2014!