Brrrr! No snow here, but it's still pretty chilly.
I thought I'd better do a round up of my Christmas sewing before we get to Easter. Round up is probably a bit of a grand term, as I only actually sewed one thing.
This was a gift for my sister. I used the free pattern you can find here. The pattern was very well written and it as a nice quick make. My sister wasn't visiting until New Year so I actually made this in between Christmas and New Year. I always like those days - all the bustle of Christmas is done but it's still holiday time and you've got New Year to look forward to.
It was all done over the course of one day. I used some Moda Cross Weave in Grey for the background and then some random green fabric I had in my stash - I bought it at Fabrics Galore, which is an absolute treasure trove of fabric - don't get me started on all the cut price Liberty they have...
Looking at the photo, I think I could have done a bit more quilting on it, but I'm still happy with how it turned out and my sister seemed happy with it, so that's the main thing. I'll have to pay her a surprise visit to check she's using it.
So that was the sum total of my festive sewing. Now I'm starting to think about what I want to do this year. Top of my list is to start doing some FMQ. I bought Angela Walters book a while ago so I think I need to start trying out some of the designs. I have a quilt top almost done that I know I want to quilt with something other than straight lines - I know I'll have to do some practising before I can launch myself onto that.
Besides FMQ, I want to make a few larger quilts, something big enough for our double bed. I've been mulling over a few designs but haven't finally decided on anything yet. February is my month in the FQR Kinky Bee, so I might use that to jump start me into something reasonably large.
Lastly, I want to be a bit more mindful about how I buy fabric. I have a bit of an aversion to fat quarters - they always look so small - so I end up buying half yards/meters instead. That's all well and good, but I don't have the fabric budget to buy half yard bundles of everything I like. So this year is the year when I accept that it's ok to buy fat quarters and to save the bigger cuts for absolute favourites or for blenders and solids.
Hopefully I'll end the year with a diverse stash and some nice big quilts made up of all those lovely fat quarters, that won't all be quilted with straight lines.
So that's my plan for 2013. What are your goals for the year?