Reflection 2013

This was my first full year of sewing/quilting. I originally started sewing in October 2012, and have been addicted to making things and buying fabric, since. I got a lot accomplished this year. My biggest goal was to try a new project/skill every month. I definitely did accomplish that and feel my skills have definitely developed over the year. Here are some of my finishes in 2013.

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I still struggle with “what is my style”, but I am sure it will come the more I make things. I did discover, I like designing from things I see around me (you also have to love pinterest).  I was delighted when my first quilt design won designers choice award, it offered some validation, which of course we all need :-). Since September, when I discovered threadbias, I have been able to come up with these designs. mosaic365af607ffad9a580baf0547924240a9047a0383

 

I have also kept up with the baking/cooking aspect of my blog but I will admit over the year my blog has shifted focus. Some of my favorite recipes over the year include the triple berry trifle, a Banana Nutella Chocolate loaf, Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins and Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake.FoodCollage

I have big plans for 2014, and that I plan to post over the next couple of days. So, that was my year, how was yours?? What do you have planned for 2014??

I have been checking out some of the blogs on the subject that have been already posted….but looking forward to reading them all over the break.

 

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22 thoughts on “Reflection 2013

  1. a little bird made me

    What wonderful achievements! I hadn’t thought of doing a year in review but seeing yours set out like that is inspiring! I love your use of colour and your piecing work – seeing it all together is a joy for the eyes! I am working on my planning for 2014….. lots of ideas that need some structure!

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thank you. It was fun digging back through the posts an deciding what I would show and seeing how much I tried out 🙂 I definitely needed some structure and need to finish off some WiPs which seem overwhelming at times. Good Luck in your planning, can’t wait to see it.

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  2. oneenglishteacher

    You certainly have had a productive and beautiful 2013 in the sewing category 🙂 I need to work on getting my 2013 recap and 2014 goal setting posts in order. That counts as one of the first goals of the New Year, right?

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  3. Carol B

    I just found your blog recently, in my travels through the xmas-ideas links. I had no idea that you just started sewing and quilting a year (plus a little bit!) ago — your skills are well beyond the beginner phase! Did you know that there are several, perhaps even many?, contests and scholarships that “promising” new quilters can apply for? I was just reading about one that Ricky Tims offers annually; the grand prize is a full scholarship to a retreat at his studio plus $500 for expenses. I think some major quilt shows also sponsor new and outstanding quilters — awards if not $$ (sorry I don’t know more details). Check it out!

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thank you so much!! Thank you so much for the information, I will take a look around and see what I can find. I would like to submit a couple of quilts to a quilt show.

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  4. daisyaschehoug

    I still covet that zippy pouch you made for the guild swap… And your kiwi… And… The list goes on. Everything you make is want-worthy!! I just posted my 2014 plan. My 2013 summary would hardly fill a post, but I have high hopes for 2014!

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  5. Ashley

    Your half square triangle pillow is still one of my favorites from the year. Love! Such a great idea to do a year in review. Loved joining along with you and all of these projects!!

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I loved having you join along, and have thoroughly enjoyed reading your stuff as well 🙂

      I hope your Christmas went well, I loved your quilty family time 🙂

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  6. Erin

    Visiting from Anne and Sarah’s year in review link up.
    I couldn’t leave without saying how awesome that kiwi bird is! He’s so cute. Looking at your mosaic, it’s hard to believe you’ve only been quilting for a year. You’re definitely sewing at a much higher level than I am, so I’ll be interested to see where you take this hobby 🙂
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  7. Anne

    Wow, I’m really impressed that you’ve only been quilting for a year! Your style will develop as you continue (I’m still finding my style, too!) but I wouldn’t worry about it too much, as you seem to have a knack for making beautiful things. 🙂

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thanks Anne. I also expect my style to change and grow even when I think I know what it is 🙂 Thats the great thing about life isn’t it. Agree with you, just so long as the items I make are something I like – we are all good :-). Happy New Year.

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      Thanks I love both, so I am hoping I can still find the balance between my sewing and my other areas of interest. Is it not always about balance and that struggle to get there ;-). Happy New Year.

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  8. sarahschraw

    I am really excited about that really geometric design. I think I commented about it last time but I am STILL excited. 🙂 Also, your food pictures are making me hungry.

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    1. mlwilkie Post author

      I know about those food pictures they make me hungry too…those or pinterest :-). I will be happy when I can start making up the blocks and posting the blocks for others to try. First things first though 🙂

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