A look back at 2008

I’ve seen several “a year in review” type posts today, and it seems only appropriate that I do the same.

Last year at this time I never would have imagined that I’d have a blog, or that I’d become a quilter, or that I’d rather buy fabric than clothing. Who would have guessed!

In fact, it’s only exactly one year ago that my mom taught me how to sew. At the time, I wanted a reusable market bag. I figured I could get her to make me one, and that would be the end of it. Instead, I seemed to have gotten hooked…

I started this blog in June of 2008, with the intention of it being a photo blog (hence the name!). My interest changed to sewing after being inspired by all the crafty people out there who have their own blogs, or who share photos on Flickr. Through the wealth of information available online, and through the help of other bloggers who went out of their way to provide helpful suggestions (thanks Alissa!) I somehow became a quilter.

I finished these 10 quilts in the last half of 2008, and I have 5 others which are well on their way to becoming quilts. I think there will be many more to come… I am really looking forward to 2009 and all it has to bring! Thank you to everyone who visits my blog and to all of those who leave such kind comments. I truly appreciate each and every one.

(and if tree skirts count, then here’s #11!)

I wish you all a very happy new year!

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29 Responses to A look back at 2008

  1. 1
    georgia says:

    Wow! i had no idea that you had only been quilting for such a short time. Your quilts are brilliant! I think my favourite is the ‘bits of colour’ one – i am definitely going to have a go at making one of those, I love the Amy Butler one with the rectangles too, and the spotty dotty one, oh and the zig zags…okay, I love them all. Happy New Year to you!

  2. 2
    Katherine says:

    WOW!! Just a year ago you started to sew….Good Gawd!! Your awesome :0)

  3. 3
    Tracy says:

    I only found your blog 2 days ago and have been blown away by your talent and AMAZING quilts. Now to find out you have been at this less than a year? Unbelievable.
    A question–what kind of white fabric are using in all of these? I just love your style and designs.
    Thanks and Happy New Year.

  4. 4
    Amber says:

    I had no idea either – that’s amazing! You definitely have loads of talent and loads of creativity!! Keep up the amazing work!

  5. 5
    Alissa says:

    Here’s to sewing for only one year and getting completely addicted!!! We’re in the same boat with that… your quilts are all so beautiful and I can’t wait to see all that you make in 2009. Happy new year!

  6. 6
    Jennifer says:

    It was about a year ago that my addiction began too, and you’ve really inspired me! Happy New Year!

  7. 7
    abcgirl says:

    you have a wonderful eye for quilt design and i just love seeing what you create. thank you for sharing!

  8. 8
    adina says:

    Wow, I had no idea were such a new quilter. I’m really new too (although I haven’t posted anything about quilting yet). I can’t wrap my brain around how you find the time to make ALL those quilts in such a short time. Way to go !!!

  9. 9
    Janis says:

    I think you are shocking everyone — add me to the list. Your work is amazing for someone who has sewn a lifetime, but one year?! . . .

    Maybe you are posting in your sleep and you just don’t remember that you’ve been sewing for decades and it’s been a struggle to get this good and you’re actually a seasoned professional who has won many awards . . . AND you have three good elves to help you because how else can anyone get this many quilts done in six months?!

    Way to go!!!

  10. 10
    Nichole says:

    I am so impressed that you finished all of those quilts in only 6 months. AND that you’re a new quilter. They are all so beautiful! I look forward to seeing what you create in 2009. 🙂

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    terriaw says:

    I really love the selection of quilts you made this year! My favorite is the zig zag quilt. Great job in 08!

  12. 12
    kama says:

    impressive! i love to see your quilts. did you take a class?? i am starting one on sunday!

  13. 13
    anina says:

    Very, very impressive! You should be immensely proud of yourself.

  14. 14

    I remember when I first stumbled on your blog 🙂 It’s been fun to watch your addiction grow! And of course your collection of quilts is great!

  15. 15
    Julie says:

    I think it would take me the whole year to sew one…I am in awe of your 10! I feel honored to have one of your early market bag projects. It has seen much use!

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    Kerri says:

    all your quilts are beautiful! my goal for the year is one a month. thought that would be good for me being a beginner quilter!!!

    thanks for your insiration and can’t wait to see what you do in 2009!

  17. 17
    Dewdrop says:

    Tree skirts definitely count. I (like many others) cannot believe you only started sewing a year ago! You are a natural and very inspiring.

  18. 18
    Amy says:

    You’ve had quite a busy year. I had no idea that you’ve only been sewing for a year. That’s truly amazing. You have a gift! I’m happy to have met you in 2008 and am looking forward to continuing to get to know each other in 2009. Thanks for everything.

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    Kathy says:

    Wow. I can’t believe you’ve only been sewing a year! You have a great talent.

    I have been sewing a few years, but recently got the obsession feeling about it. I really thank my mother for teaching me to sew as a girl. And my sister for keeping the passion alive.

    I love seeing your projects.

  20. 20
    Amy says:

    I’m really glad I found your blog! I have three girls that all need quilts and I am loving all your quilts they are so beautiful! Lots of inspiration, thanks!

  21. 21
    tess says:

    wow, your quilts are fantastic, and so many in such a short time. xxxxx

  22. 22
    Jessica says:

    Your quilts are gorgeous. I love the modern style and I love that they’re so different from each other and from anything I’ve really seen. They’re amazing! Great job!! I’m just a project-when-I-have-to quilter and have been inspired. Thanks!

  23. 23
    Katie says:

    Your quilts are beautiful! I think the zig-zag one is my favorite, love the color palette and the simplicity. You make me want to learn to quilt :). Wonderful work.

  24. 24
    Frogdancer says:

    Snap! I’ve only been sewing a year too.
    Quilting is so very addictive. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a little body curled up watching tv wrapped in a quilt I made for him. (Though I don’t know why I say ‘little’ body… my kids are all taller than me now!)
    Great job with your quilts. You’ve been so productive! (I only finished 6…)

  25. 25
    Sara says:

    Wow! I learned to sew about a year ago but went on an 11 month hiatus. What an inspiration!

  26. 26
    Donna says:

    I just stumbled across your blog the other day and I’m SHOCKED (and inspired) that you have been sewing for a year, only!!! I just got my first sewing machine and while I don’t have a mom to show me to sew I’m keen to get going!!

    Will follow your great work with anticipation.

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    april says:

    I have to say, WOW too. I love your quilts. I especially love the middle one in the third row. So simple and sweet. I will have to come by here more often.

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    joy says:

    I just found your blog through Sew Mama Sew. You do an awesome job! I am a beginnner sewer for about a year & a half now but am so afraid to take the quilting plunge.Do you have any recomendations for beginning quilting (i.e. books , paper piecing, blogs)? I do pretty well with a good tutorial but I wondered if your first ones were from books or tutorials.I would love someone to point me in the right direction.

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