Year End Review

For better or worse, I published goals at the beginning of the year, so here’s the review of my progress:
I met all the goals! (Does that mean I didn’t set them high enough?) I retreated with my buddies THREE times instead of just two! I attended 3 big national shows as well as 2 local ones (all were excellent). I took a couple of fun and useful classes, one of which I still need to write up here so you’ll know about it. I submitted several quilts to shows/contests and 3 were accepted. The one I donated to the Quilt Alliance even won something, and sold for $300 to benefit the Quilt Alliance!  And I had lots of fun, which was really the point of it all.

Here are pictures of a few of my projects from the second half of the year. The pix of projects from the first half of the year are in this post.

Spring Sun, a design by me, using blocks paper pieced from a totally different Judy Niemeyer pattern!

Spring Sun, a design by me, using blocks paper pieced from a totally different Judy Niemeyer pattern!  It took about 2 years, but it’s now DONE.

quilt photo

Zippy Star Quilt and Pillow as shown in Modern Quilts Unlimited, Summer 2014

Michael Miller challenge quilt

Packet of Posy Seeds, done for the Michael Miller spring challenge

modern quilt

Zippy Star I, which sold at the Asheville Quilt Show in September.  This was my “practice piece” for the MQU quilt shown above.

Improvisational quilt

Donation quilt for Ronald McDonald House.  I’m going to work more on using up orphan blocks next year.

And, despite the risk, here’s what I plan for the coming year:

1.  I’ll retreat with my buddies at least twice, probably 3 times again!

2.  I’ll attend one big national quilt show, maybe two.  I’ll attend at least one local show.

3.  I will limit much more strictly the shows and challenges I enter.  It takes too much time and effort that could be spent on making what I want to make 🙂

4.  I’ll continue to make donation quilts, including one for the Quilt Alliance.  Please consider making one for the Quilt Alliance yourself.  You can read about their mission here.  Click on “2015 Quilt Contest” to learn about this year’s challenge.

5.  I’ll continue my blog, and I think I’ll put up instructions for a few easy donation quilts just in case somebody is looking for ideas.

What’s coming up for you?

10 thoughts on “Year End Review

  1. Great post. I’m not sure I’d review my early-in-the-year “goals,” as I’m pretty sure my work didn’t go in that direction! However, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve been doing and I feel like I’ve used my time well.

    As to next year, my true goal (as it truly was for 2014) is to continue to try new things. Even though for me, that sometimes is just changes around the edges, sometimes I find breakthroughs, revelations, and inspirations. It’s enough. 🙂

  2. I love your Michael Miller piece and Spring Sun! (Somehow missed them in the past.) I identify with the push-pull of challenges. I love them, but they take time away from what I already want to do. Working on finding balance too.

    • Hi Jean–Thanks for visiting my blog & inviting me to visit yours! I didn’t enter your giveaway because I don’t need the items, so it would be a waste for me to win. However, I enjoyed looking at your blog & Etsy shop. Good luck! Mary (

  3. You never cease to amaze me with your many talents and ability to get so much done! You go girl! Have a great year! Looking forward to following you in your blog. 🙂

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