Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010, hello 2011!

Although my last post was sort of a recap of 2010, I thought I'd come back and do an official goodbye-to-2010 post, along with some thoughts on what I hope to accomplish in 2011.

Overall, in 2010 I finished about a dozen projects.

2010 finishes

1. Pinwheel Baby Quilt - Front, 2. Perfect 10 quilt top, 3. Bibs and burp cloths, 4. Potholder swap - front, 5. Friendship bag swap, 6. Quilts for Kids - finished quilt, 7. PTS3 Pillow - finished!, 8. Handsome Hexie Swap, 9. DQS9 - All done!, 10. Urban Home Goods swap package, 11. Verna Scruffily Quilt, 12. Scrappy Hoop Swap - finished!

There were more projects than this (bee blocks I made for others, projects I've started but not yet completed, and a few little things I never took a picture of) but these were the main items I finished.

Although it's not that many, I feel good about the number of things I accomplished!  I finished four quilts, several swap projects, and lots of other little items.  I felt like my skills improved quite a bit as the year progressed.  I have a lot more confidence in my quilting and sewing skills today, at the end of 2010, than I did at the beginning!

So what's in store for 2011?  I don't think I'm going to have a list of items I want to make--we've already seen how bad I am with keeping to those lists given the fact that I finished not a single thing from my 2010 list!  But I do have a list of goals, or new years' resolutions, if you will, for 2011.

1.  Be a better blogger!  This is a huge one for me.  I am so terrible about coming around to post on my own blog.  Sad, isn't it.  The truth is that I'm often limited due to photo-related issues.  I work a full-time job--meaning I have very little opportunity to take photos during daylight hours, which means most of my pictures are dark and/or ugly.  Who wants to put that on their blog?  So I wait for the perfect photo-taking opportunity, and inevitably forget to ever post anything.  Then, my good camera takes a memory card type that my laptop doesn't have a slot for, so I always have to go find the separate memory card reader, and the cord, and plug it in, and now I don't have photoshop since my old computer died, making it difficult to edit the raw photos from my camera....anyway, as you can see, I struggle with photo issues!  But my goal this year is to not let that stand in my way and post more often!

2.  Make more quilts.  This is another big goal.  I have SO much fabric--it's ridiculous really how much I've accumulated in the last year and a half, and I need to USE IT!  Quilts are a great way to use lots of fabric!  I would like to set a goal of 6 quilts this year, that's one every two months. I think I can do it!  I just need to set my mind to it.

3.  Sew a few garments.  I have several super-cute clothes patterns for my daughter, that I haven't yet tried.  Very very soon, she is going to outgrow the sizing on some of them.  So I need to get over my fear of garment sewing and make her more stuff!

There are so many other things that I could add to this list, but I need to keep it realistic.  I'm hoping these few items are things that I can actually stick to throughout this year!  I'm going to give it my best shot.

In the meantime, I've got a few days off this weekend (nice daylight hours) so I'm hoping to take a few photos of the couple of little projects I finished recently (and now that I think about it, which should be in my mosaic above but aren't because of the lack of photos).  Plus, I'd like to get in a little sewing time, obviously!   So I'll say goodbye to 2010, and I'll see you back here next year!


Jennylou's Projects said...

You've made some great projects this year, Jen!

Don't be afraid of garment sewing, especially for little girls, it's not that hard at all. :)

Anonymous said...

I so understand where you're coming from on the taking photos front. It's so difficult to get good pics in winter.

Good luck with your 2011 goals!