Monday, January 02, 2012

Year in Review 2011

Happy New Year! Bonne Année! I got home last night from Paris - post and pictures to follow (although I really didn't take many photos...). Promise.

I thought I'd do a little Year in Review post for 2011, more to remind me of what I did before I begin a new "Finished" list on the right-hand side of the page.

2011 was quite a busy year for me, both personally and professionally. Here's a quick rundown of the highlights. This was the year that...
1.  I experimented with many FMQ designs (Green and White quilt - January)
2.  I made a quilt of my own design (Be Yourself - March)
3.  The OnlyChild and I took a trip to San Antonio together (July)
4.  The OnlyChild started university (September)
5.  I finished my Master of Education degree (December)
6.  I returned to Paris with the OnlyChild (December)

I made 7 quilts in 2011. Not too bad. I try not to put too much pressure on myself to increase output. I'd rather appreciate the process and complete each step in my own time.

I also made quite a few holiday projects this year, for gifts and for decorating.

There were lots of other smaller projects completed too.

11, 12, 13. Christmas aprons  14. Valentine's bunting  15. Owl towels

And I can't forget... the Artists Trading Cards for my swap (which ended this year), Washi Easter Eggs, a couple of other dresses, and some knitting projects.  

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with what I accomplished in 2011 and I'm looking forward to what 2012 will bring. I have a few projects on my list: the Swoon quilt, a quilt made with Ghastlies fabric, finishing my red and grey bow tie quilt and the Christmas strings quilt, and I also have a pattern and fabric for a Christmas stars quilt. I want to make a jacket from the Sew Serendipity book (I have the fabric already) and probably there will be a new dress or skirt added to my wardrobe. My non-sewing related list includes a school trip to Italy during Spring Break and my high school reunion in August.

Who knows what else will pop up?


Pat said...

Very impressive list of projects you finished, Rachel! I have started doing a pictorial notebook of my entire quilting journey....which began in September of 2005. I figured it was easier than having to remember to put labels on everything I make. LOL

What Comes Next? said...

Welcome home and happy new year!
You did have a busy and productive year! Sometimes it amazes me when I start to look back at what I did - before blogging, I'd never have known just how much I did - it probably wouldn't have been as much, either - there is just so much inspiration floating around! Much luck and success with all your endeavors in 2012. Can't wait to hear how Paris was.

Emma said...

Welcome home. I hope you and your daughter had a wonderful time in Paris.

Just think, you did all of that while working and finishing a masters degree. I think you've had a wonderful year. Here's hoping 2012 treats you just as well.

Thimbleanna said...

No Way! You're back already? I knew it was going to be short, but holy cow. You must be exhausted. I can't wait to see the pictures.

And Wow! I'd say you had a very prolific year -- that's a great line-up of projects -- Congratulations!!!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Great bunch of finishes...I bet you're really pleased :o)

Lynne said...

Welcome home!

Michele said...

What an impressive year!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

You finished (and did) a lot in 2011. You should be very pleased. Happy 2012!