Reflecting on My First Year of Sewing!

31 December 2011

It all started last year when one of the teachers I work with brought some of her creations to show me.   I had never touched a sewing machine until last Christmas but her projects had inspired me.  I asked my mom if I could borrow her sewing machine and it was all over!  I had found my "thing"!  Over the past twelve months,  I have tried a variety of projects trying to develop new skills.  I still feel like I know next to nothing about sewing but I have loved every minute of the discovery.  Here's a look at my past year of adventures in fabric.
From left to right:

1. My Mom's birthday quilt.
2. A queen sized pinwheel quilt.  It was the third quilt I have ever done and I decided to wing it without a pattern. (Looking back that probably wasn't the best idea, the process was very slow, but it all turned out great)
3. A Synchronized Squares Quilt  from the ps i quilt sew along.
4. A wedding quilt for my sister-in-law.
5. A Block Keeper to keep my finished Farmer's Wife Blocks
6. My first swap!  "Pretty Little Pouch Swap Round 2"
7. Teacher Tote
8. My first attempts at embroidery.
9. A quilt for my husband.  He will fight to be able to use that quilt in the evenings!  He has warmed up to my hobby. :)
10. The beginning of my Farmer's Wife Blocks.
11. Mini Design Boards to help organize intricate blocks.  So useful!
12. My second swap.  Pillow Cover for "For the Love of Solids Swap"
13. Mug Rug to go with the pillow cover
14. My third swap.  A pincushion for the "Sewn Spaces Swap"
15. Random Tote
16.  My first commissioned project!  An x-large tote for a new bride!
17. Traveling Sewing Kit.  My own pattern, I was pleased with how it turned out!
18. My fourth swap.  "Pretty Little Pouch Swap Round 3"
19. A birthday gift for my dad.  He was a military guy who loves Jesus and his country. 
20. Mug rug for my desk at work.  My first attempt at a wonky block.

These are just a few of the projects that I was able to attempt over the past 12 months.  I have gained so much from trying each and every one of these.  There are so many more things I would like to learn but I think I have a good start.  Instead of making a New Year's resolution maybe I will make a list of all the new things I want to learn next year!  Sounds like another post to me. :)


  1. What a fantastic first year you've had sewing......some great sewing there, are you really a newbie?? Stunning work.....isn't it great when you find your 'thing'?

  2. Wow! Great work for your first year! This was only my second year sewing and I posted a mosaic on my blog too. Found you through Lily's Quilts and I enjoyed your blog!

  3. An amazing first year of sewing! This is great work and lots of it too!

  4. Wow, great quilts! I love the #1, 2, 5, 10, 12... well, all of them!


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