Welcome to my blog about my quilting journey! I started quilting in 2006 with a quilt of my own design which started as a cushion cover and ended up as a single bed sized quilt! Now I'm totally hooked....maybe obsessed is a better word for it.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

End of Year Progress Report

A few months back I reviewed my goals for 2012 and was making good progress.  Then I made up a list of projects I wanted to do:
  1. Finish binding on wildflower wallhanging - to send to Canada for Christmas - Done - received and happy campers all round!
  2. Red, Black & White swap block quilt - finish quilting and bind - another Christmas pressie - this seriously needs a new name - anyone got any suggestions?  Named 'Red All About It', finished, gifted, loved it!
  3. Craftsy BOM quilt - sandwich, quilt & bind - yet another Christmas pressie! Finished, gifted, another happy camper!
  4. Wallhanging for mother-in-law - piece border, sandwich, quilt & bind - and yes, another Christmas pressie - eeek!  Finished, gifted, loved it!
  5. Native floral table runner - maybe to send overseas(?) 
  6. Native wildflower quilt - finish quilting and bind - not necessarily for Christmas but it would be nice if it was done so I could shock surprise my other half by finishing it! 
  7. Star Quilt - sandwich, quilt, bind and use! (This quilt is for me - the first one I've made especially for me so I want it done before next winter!)
  8. Continue piecing hand stitched blue Cathedral Ceiling quilt - long term project for our room - no rush on this one!
  9. Pillow for Kieran using leftover Chinese symbol to go with his dragon quilt.
  10. Pillow for Simon using penguin fabric I bought online too long ago.
  11. Doggy quilts for Molly before old blanket falls apart.
  12. Bag each for Kerry and Sue - preferably for Christmas this year but unlikely so maybe for next year!
  13. Crumb Quilt from tiny scraps -maybe on sewing retreat in March?
  14. Rainbow string blocks -maybe on sewing retreat in March?
  15. Rainbow quilt with rainbow charms from Quilt Club Australia charm swap - by end of March?
  16. Baby quilt using Peter Rabbit squares - just because they're there and need using. Donate somewhere?
  17. Quilt for Auntie Betty - tube quilt?
  18. Mariner's Compass quilt using ruler set bought in 2011!
  19. Shadow Trapunto Quilt from Geta Grama's book
  20. Scrap quilt using charms from swaps and my scrap squares
  21. I Spy quilt
  22. Christmas Charms - project to use them on - placemats?
Okay, so clearly I've been sitting around doing nothing for months! I guess I have my to do list for 2013 then!

Maybe I should look back and see exactly what I have been doing all year, I mean I must have been doing something, right?

Well first there's Quilting Block Swap Australia - I've made 14 (I think!) blocks for the monthly swaps and 3 (again I think!) Swap Angel blocks. Here's one of my favourites of the ones I made this year:

Finally finished this dragon quilt for Kieran - I really love this quilt!

I made my first bag on my first sewing retreat:

Joined a mug rug swap (another first!) and made this for Kathy:

I learned to free motion quilt and quilted this for my mother-in-law:

Made this for my friend's mum who is battling cancer:

Made two of these for gifts:

 Made this star quilt for me - the first I've made for myself - naturally its not finished yet! I will definitely be quilting this soon!

I turned 50! Had a fabulous fiftieth getaway to celebrate - loved it!

Made this for my mother-in-law for Christmas:

Started and finished the Craftsy BOM - woohoo!

Made this for my step-daughter and her hubby in Canada - they apparently love it!

Finished my first QBSA quilt (well some of the blocks are swaps and some are mine!)

 So I guess I have been doing something after all!  Lots of firsts for me.  This would have been my most productive year since I started quilting. Another first, this is the first year I would say I have started and finished any quilt in the same year and I've done a few this year so I'm very happy with my progress!

Oh, nearly forgot! I also made bags for my sister-in-law Kerrie's ward at her hospital.  This is a few of them, I made some this size for drains for breast cancer patients and some smaller ones to hold some gadget the cardiac patients need to hang around their neck when they get out of bed.

Now just have to keep the momentum going and see how much I accomplish next year - bring on 2013!

Happy New Year!


  1. you have had a brilliantly productive year, congratulations, you should be justly proud of yourself. Looking forward to seeing what you do in the coming year

  2. Phew you have had a busy year, I love the dragon quilt thats an amaxing pattern. And your free motion quilting is spectacular. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year.


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