Wednesday, 1 January 2014

That was the year that was

And it was a good one, in the main. Everyone was healthy (apart from the bloody dog, but thank goodness for pet insurance), I have a job, the kids are happy, and there is more love in this house than I ever thought possible.

I started the year belonging to three bees, and ended with only one. Note to self: three is definitely too many.

The biggest highlight of the year had to be attending QuiltCon (and winning a ribbon). Teaching sewing to kids comes a close second. And then there are my two very-old-but-new-to-me sewing machines. And meeting Lizzy House. Ok, so there were a lot of highlights.



I made some quilts and started some others. Juicy won the two colour category in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. My blue Oakshott baby quilt (top left) sadly got lost in the post on the way to my new great-nephew. Bloody postal service.

I wrote a few tutorials.

And I made a couple of bags.

And quite a lot of little things.

But the biggest thing for me this year was rediscovering dressmaking (and remembering how much I hate posing for photos)

My goals for 2014 are to finish my WIPs of shame, make more clothes, eat (slightly) less cake, and tidy up now and again. I should be fine with the second, but the rest are highly doubtful. One out of four isn't bad, right?

32 comments:

  1. Wowser another stunning year, looking forward to seeing your makes in 2014

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  2. 1 out of 4 is a big success in my book x

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  3. Lots of lovely makes and amazing experiences over the year - Happy New Year!!

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  4. Loving your work, obvs. Your dressmaking had inspired me into fits of jealous rage! Eat cake and have a great year x

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  5. Who needs to tidy anyway ;-)

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  6. A fabulous year! So many great things to look at :D And from that list, 1/4 sounds perfect!

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  7. Happy New Year, I have a shameful number of WIP's too, I really need to get a handle on them, they're definutely affecting my mental wellbeing!! :o)

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  8. Amazing collection! Look forward to seeing what you do in 2014.

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  9. a brilliant year, here's to 2014, Happy New Year!

    poppyinstitches@yahoo.co.uk

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  10. Thank you for all the inspiring work you share and for the fun too. Good luck with your goals, they sound simple enough.

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  11. Fantastic makes in 2013. I wish you much happiness for 2014. Di x

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  12. Oh but I *loved* your poses :oD You had a magnificent year, hope 2014 is as great for you :o)

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  13. Some of us might need you to do a tutorial for that tidying thing. As for the cake, I assume that means you won't want any brownies this year then?!

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  14. What a busy year, keep up the dressmaking - I love those poses! Happy New Year! x

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  15. Wow....you've had a fabulous year. So sad about the lost quilt!!

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  16. Tidying up is highly overated anyway. You have had an amazing year!

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  17. So many beautiful makes! My favorite has to be your Koi dress - it made me buy yardage ( although I doubt it will turn into a dree - a bag maybe? Bloody shitty postal service :-(

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  18. Hoping the quilt finally gets to it's destination! And haven't you done lots! All quality stuff too and I love your mad poses - they make me giggle! Talking about bees - Lucy has started us off!

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  19. What an amazing year! More dressmaking, more pics of you, yeah!

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  20. wow. you have done so much!! and that totally sucks losing a quilt. i would have cried for days!! i no longer mail quilts without it being certified. just can;t take that risk.

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  21. Wishing you all the best for 2014! Your dresses look fabulous, I really want to make a dress in 2014 too but probably won't have the guts to strike a pose :-)

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  22. i'm seriously in awe of your garment making prowress! the longer i quilt, the less i want to return to that lol :)

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  23. Happy new year, Charlotte! So many beautiful makes. I would love to make dresses and bags like yours, modeling them not so much. Thank you for sharing so much inspiration and your lovely sense of humor, yours is always the best place to visit!
    ; )

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  24. Happy new year!!! I am in awe of how much you have achieved this year with your sewing. So many pretty things. And definitely more dressmaking please, if only for the giggle I get out of the pictures of you posing :)

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  25. Happy New Year!! Man you were a busy little bee! I love/adore/must see more of your clothing poses, so please make more clothes. :D You're coming to QuiltCon 2015, right?

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  26. I was amazed at the amount of work you produced in 2013....what a lot of sewing! you totally inspired me to look back at my year. It was good fun, thanks for the inspiration

    http://littleblackduckblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/little-black-duck-roundup-of-2013/

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  27. Amazing year! You might hate posing, but you look fab in every single one of those photos!

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  28. Hi there, do you quilt on the old singers pictured at the top? I just bought a 201k, and there are at least two other old girls lying about here. I would love to read a post of tips, techniques and pointers for using them from someone who has experience! I know they are Clyde built, literally, but I'm scared of hurting them! :-)

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  29. Grwat year in pics. Still love juicy fruit and it's so great you won with it. Well deserved.
    Hopefully I'll be joining you with the clothes sewing ths year. Though I believe I said that last year too.
    And with goal number three, are you trying to tell me that next time I visit I shouldn't make you eat most of the cake? :)
    Was hoping to pop down and visit between xmas and new year but blinked and it was gone. Hopefully the end of this month if you're around

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