Every year I take a deep breath and do a quilt activity review to see what I accomplished. I had so many good intentions at the beginning of the year, but what did I actually put my energy into? One of the benefits of writing a blog is that I can easily review what I accomplished by scrolling through the posts. I like to review what kinds of projects I started, what was I inspired by, which of my projects I finished, what I enjoyed the most, and want kinds of quilty activities I want to do more of in 2017.
I had 11 finishes in 2016:
#1) a mini paper pieced quilt from 100 Blocks magazine
#2) a quilt-as-you-go bed quilt called Swoon (started in 2012)
#3) a hand quilted quilt made from bowtie swap blocks (started in 2015)
#4) a shop hop quilt from 2014
#5) my last Scrap Squad quilt from Quiltmaker magazine
#6) a 2013 quiltalong from Fat Quarter Shop called Deckade the Halls
#7) a mystery quiltalong from Temecula Quilts called Circa 2016. I made this quilt from start to finish in 2016!
#8 #9 #10 and #11 are the mini Christmas trees that were given as Christmas gifts.
I guess it's not a terrible showing, but it's certainly not the 20 finishes that I had last year! Honestly, what did I do with all my time this year?!? LOL!
One thing I notice is that I make larger, more labour intensive quilts with complex piecing than I used to. And because I mostly do all my own hand and machine quilting, my projects take a while (years!) to finish some times.
Some ideas for next year include more paper piecing, using my collection of 100 blocks magazines for inspiration and patterns, more hand stitching, more liberated/improv piecing, and of course joining in on the usual mystery quilts and quiltalongs that pop up on the websites I visit regularly.
My next post will be the dreaded annual UFO assessment!
Linking up today with the Best of 2016 party over at Meadow Mist Designs.