2012 The Year of The Quilt

2011 was the year of knitting.  Although I only made it half way to my goal of 12 sweaters in 12 months (plus 2 still in progress), my knitting skills increased greatly over the course of the year with so much practice!  I learned new stitches and techniques, switched over almost completely to natural fibers, and have twice the needle stash.  I was able to share my knitting with my own family and also with a few special new babies we know.  I actually have another pile of knit gifts (mostly pixie hats) just waiting for the right owner.

I knew how to knit before 2011, but focusing on improving my skill was so much fun I've decided to do it again...this year with quilting.  Just like knitting, I already know how to quilt.  I probably did half a dozen simple quilts this year, but they are far from high quality (don't look to closely at my quilting or binding)!  Since the best way to get better at something is to practice, I have decided that this year I am going to practice quilting.

I don't have a specific goal like I did last year, but I do have several ideas for quilts and am doing some reading on new techniques.  I got a few new toys for Christmas (a binding foot and a bias tape maker) that I look forward to practicing with soon.  My mom also gave me some fabric she got on a trip to Hawaii a few years ago and I think it might be the inspiration for an appliqué quilt...the trip was to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary so turning it into a quilt I could gift to her would be pretty special I think!  I have to admit I'm scared to do anything to that fabric yet so it's going to wait until I do a little more practicing first.

My friend Lindsey is also hosting a quilt along and I have hesitantly agreed to give it a whirl.  There is a lot more detail than I have done before in piecing (I tend to do quilts that are large pieces or repeat the same things over and over again), but I'm excited to give it a try.  I don't think I am going to do all 111 blocks, but who knows what might happen in time!  I've already started on the first two blocks and am enjoying it so far.

I will try to post pictures of any quilts I manage to finish or at least an end of year blooper reel.  If any of my readers are expert quilters I'd love to hear your tips and tricks!

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1 comment :

Jen said...

Two new techiques I've just learned are English paper piecing hexagons (hand sewing, very portable and simple) and tumblers. There are so many great blogs out there of quilters.