Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2011 in Review

Last January, over coffee with a friend, I declared my 2011 resolution as "to get back into sewing."  Um, I think it's more than safe to say that is one resolution I kept!  At the time, I was feeling a bit restless and had a smidge more free time as the kiddos seemed to be getting past that I'm-sure-to-stumble-into-certain-tragedy-if-mom-is-more-than-5-feet-away stage.  So, after about 3 years away from the sewing machine (gasp!, but what's a girl to do with 3 children under 3 years old?!), I treated myself to a little new fabric and started looking online for some inspiration.  WOW - the online sewing community had exploded during my sleep-deprived hiatus, and truly, a bunch of time went into learning how the modern quilt movement had changed and evolved over the years.  I was absolutely floored and inspired by what I saw - COLOR! - and lots of it.  My eyes craved it and drank it in.  Little did I know back then just how much this neglected hobby of mine would come roaring back into our lives (I say our, because really, mom's obsession affects the whole family :) ).  Here's a few projects from the past year:
A quilt for my son:
 A mini for a friend, with a verse quilted around the border:
A strippy fall quilt to showcase color contrast:
 Another rainbow mini for a swap:
 A lap quilt for a friend's 40th birthday:
A lap quilt made practically in the speed of light to comfort a friend in need:
 A pouch for a friend's birthday:
 A pillow for a swap, using Elizabeth Hartman's  mod mosaic tutorial:
 A full size quilt for my daughter:
A baby hat knit for a friend's new baby:
 A pouch made for Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr:
 Another baby hat for a friend's new baby:
 And one of my favorites (although, this pic isn't the greatest), a strip quilt made with Freshly Cut (HB):
And there's a couple more completed quilt tops (Kona solids challenge made for my son, just to mention one) that I didn't include here because technically, it's not finished.  Wow - Seeing it all together makes me feel productive - and happy!  Here's to 2012 being full of fun new projects and lots of finishes!


  1. Yay for lots of beautiful finishes. I love all of your work Val and your little hats are the most adorable things ever. :)

  2. It was a very productive year. I'm so glad we met, and I'm excited to see where your crafting takes you this year!

  3. Heh, you kind of leapt back into it with both feet then! Love all your creations

  4. Everything is gorgeous! I so envy you this talent. Keep 'em comin'!

  5. Just popped over from Jen's to say hi! Love love love that circle rainbow mini!

  6. I saw your profile over on Ellison Lane Quilts. Your finishes are fabulous! Hope your 2012 is as productive :)

  7. I read your profile on Ellison Lane Quilts, and since I am a very obedient person.....HELLO! Love your site!

  8. I love the projects you shared in this post! I'll be following along to see what you come up with this year :)

  9. SO enjoyed seeing your spotlight on Ellison Lane, and loved seeing your projects on here...especially the mini rainbow quilt with the verse. Beautiful! I just started quilting last fall and am very much a beginner. My blog is at I'll be adding your blog to my Google Reader list!