my 2011 sewing recap

it was a big sewing year for me!  i started blogging in march 2011, and that really seemed to kick me in the pants – blogging rather than posting things randomly on flickr kept me sewing more regularly (because i was playing my viewership stats like a video game – AHEM!), and sewing multiple times a week also made me feel like my skills really improved this year (thank goodness, because i need all of them for my project run & play shenanigans).  i started sewing in mid-2009, so i’m still constantly learning, but now have a nice base of knowledge to work from too.  pretty neat to realize that.

i had lots of firsts this year – first quilt, first clothes for me (a shirt, a dress, and a never-blogged, never-worn skirt – hey, it happens!), first guest posts (bibs here and elbow patches here), and first giveaway.  it’s really fun to realize i’ve actually joined a great little community of bloggers – even though most of us have only met online, i feel like we all share this crazy sewing obsession, and are real friends that i could go to lunch with and the conversation would flow even though we’d never “actually met” before.  i love you guys!

here are my blogged projects from 2011 (sorry, not linking to each one – feel free to take a stroll back through the ol’ archives if you are curious).  these are pretty much in reverse date order, or ask me and i can help you find something:

and here are a few projects that i completed early in the year, before i started blogging and was still only posting to flickr:

1. hoot doorstop, 2. quartet of boy bibs, 3. sprinkle gift, 4. knitting tote, 5. sister garland, 6. reading nook, 7. doll wardrobe, 8. sweet little dress, 9. fishy bean bags, 10. corduroy pants, 11. necktie onesie, 12. counting bean bags, 13. oilcloth coin purse

in 2012, i hope to sew more clothes for me, make at least one more quilt, really learn how to sew zippers into garments (the failed skirt is largely zipper error), work to decrease my stash rather than continuing to add to the mound (that’s what everybody says, right?), and maybe throw in a project for my husband?  that could be interesting.

thanks so much for your support and encouragement, i really appreciate it.  blogging wouldn’t be any fun if it was just me talking to nobody.  🙂

cheers to 2012!


18 thoughts on “my 2011 sewing recap

  1. Erin says:

    you definitely don’t sew like you’ve only been at it for a couple of years- i love everything you make!!! glad to have found your blog too- i love being inspired and it’s cool to know there are other mad-about-sewing mamas in the world out there! happy new year… can’t wait to see your project tun & play creations! whoo-hoo!

  2. Lucinda says:

    Wow – what an amazingly productive year!! So glad you decided to take the plunge into the blogging world:) Your blog is super inspirational and I love your aesthetic. Here’s to a great year of sewing in 2012!

  3. Vanessa@DesignsbySessa says:

    OH how I love that bib with the mustache and chevron!!! That is adorable! You did a GREAT JOB sewing this past year! Doesn’t it make you feel so good to look back and see all that you accomplished! My list was nowhere near as extensive as this, but it still gave me such a boost of confidence! I’m so proud of you! 🙂

  4. Tara says:

    All of your work is amazing! I think the first time I saw your handiwork was on flickr and I am always so excited to see your name pop-up (like at kcwc, project run and play and once upon a thread)! I love your photos and design aesthetic. I look forward to seeing what 2012 holds for you!

  5. gail says:

    okay, that is a r i d i c u l o u s l y impressive collection of handmade goodness – what a productive year! thanks for making such amazing and inspirational stuff, and for sharing it with us!! like everyone else, i can’t wait to see what you create in 2012 🙂

  6. Brittany says:

    Wow! I am seriously impressed by all you made this year! You have such an artistic eye. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

  7. kim says:

    It is so awesome to see this recap! The quantity is impressive on its own (man, you are productive!), but it is really the individual items that amaze me– you make such seriously beautiful stuff! Get through this week and I am sure you will be feeling a lot more confident and at ease– I know you’re going to rock this competition! Rooting for you all the way!!

  8. erin says:

    i’m going to go ahead and say:
    “i told you so.”
    really, truly, i am very happy you started blogging. you are awesome as is all you sew.

  9. Trinh says:

    wow! you and your creations are truly impressive. it’s been really fun to read your blog and to follow your successes in the blogging world. hope you had a wonderful christmas and here’s to 2012!

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