Thursday, January 10, 2013

This Year and What I Hope It Brings

I've joined the Lovely Year of Finishes over on Flickr. It's not anything I have to make for, or even keep a schedule for. It's just a place for people to hold each other accountable for finishing their projects. I'm not really looking for accountability and I certainly wasn't looking to "join" ANYTHING new, but this feels right. A place to share stuff I've made. A place where people will look at it and maybe feel just a twinge of excitement over my finishes, as I will feel glad for theirs.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

We were asked to introduce ourselves and I felt I was able to nicely sum up where I am now and what I hope for this year:

Oh dang. This feels like an AA meeting!

Hi. My name is Danny and I have a problem with finishing quilts.

I am a 25 year old SAHM. I am the director of a small, local quilting group making quilts for people with cancer. I am also the Bee Mama for Stash Bee and the chair for the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild Bees. I participate in Stitch Tease - An International Mystery Quilt Bee, although if I'm being totally honest, I'm REALLY far behind on that one! I love fabric and color and seem to sew a little bit every day. I like diet coke and tea and a slab of tiramisu every now and then, although I do eat healthy most of the time. Being mommy is my highest priority so I spend lots of time playing "The Lion Eats the Princess" and "Hide and Seek" and memorizing sing song books about furry animals.

This year I would like to make more for my family. Last year was quite ridiculous. I had NOTHING to share at my guild's end of year show-and-tell because nothing I made stayed with me. I plan to join less and sew more. I plan to complete projects I've started for me and my family and not start lofty projects for other people that will cut into my precious family time. I guess I just want to have fun this year and have something to show for it!! I'm sure we are all in the same boat!

So now comes the time when I share what January will look like:

- Flannel baby quilt for a friend. The top is completed on this one. Just need to stitch in some batting, back, and tie.
- Flannel Plus Quilt for my best friend in the whole wide world who has NEVER received ANYTHING handmade from me. Yeah, and it was supposed to be a wedding gift a year ago. Shame. I feel shame. But the top is put together on that one too.
- Flannel Diagonal Quilt (?? The name needs work) for me. Something warm and cozy I can snuggle with my man under while we watch Psych this winter! It's back on in February. Oh, and I've almost finished the top. It will be the first quilt I will have made for me.
- Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt. Top is finished. This was a REFRESHING quilt, to say the least!
- I Spy quilt. Top is complete. Just need to quilt it.
- Beatles Quilt. Top is complete. Just need to quilt it.

And on that note, the reason all these quilts have been piling up?? The no good, terrible, dirty, jerk of a Viking doesn't quilt. Long story. I promise it's coming soon. Anyway, I bought a new Juki to take her snotty little place. More on that one later too.

So, there's January. There's what I've done so far. I promise there will be more pictures once the baby is back to 100% and I can take her outside.



  1. All that AND getting up to date with Stitch Tease ;)

  2. Welcome! I am so glad you are joining us! We are a fun group and full of lots of encouragement! Can't wait to see all your fabulous finishes!

  3. Memorizing sing song books about furry animals?! Now who isn't sharing her talents? ;o)

  4. I cannot wait to see your quilts all finished, and I'm really glad you got a new machine. You are sweet to give so many quilts away, but you will be so happy to have some too!

  5. It's nice to make yourself accountable, even if it is only for your own peace of mind.

  6. Good luck with your list! I'm hoping this link-up keeps me honest this year. ;)

  7. I agree with you about sewing more and joining less. I also gave away most of what I made last year. That's part of why I'm taking a "bee break." I too signed up for the Lovely Year of Finishes. I'll be looking forward to seeing yours!


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