Looking Back 2013, Moving Forward 2014

2013 was a big sewing year for me. I tried a lot of new things and I released 4 new quilting patterns. Very exciting! At the end of 2012 I set some sewing goals for myself, you can read about them here. Today I wanted to check on how I did.

2013 Sewing and Quilting Goals

  1. 12 months – 12 finishes – Join me in A Lovely Year of Finishes – Update: I aced this one! 12 goals and 12:
    2013 ALYoF - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
  2. Start My Crazy Quilt – I’ve been collecting fabrics since I was a pre-teen (and many were gifted to me by a wonderful family friend), it is time to do something with them!  Update: I didn’t cut into my crazy quilt fabrics but I did make lots of progress. I started a crazy block and learned a ton of embroidery stitches. I also collected more fabrics while I was in CA for Christmas.
  3. Do something with all my Hexies. Update: I finished 2 hexie projects. A Hexie Pillow for Anne and a journal cover with hexies for my mom. I am still making hexies for my ultimate goal of a hexie quilt using Simply Color and Simply Style.Rainbow Hexie Pillow - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.com
  4. Make pajamas for Anne – UPDATE: I am happy to report that not only did I make her one pair of pajamas, but I made her 2 pairs! I also made her a pair of pants (with no pattern!), 3 skirts, 2 dresses (one with a button up back and one with an invisible zipper), and her Halloween Pink Tiger costume. I feel like I made a lot of progress in the area of clothes sewing!
  5. Learn how to use my Ruffler Foot – UPDATE: I did not do this. Bummer! However, after inheriting my new to me Featherweight, I did purchase a book on sewing with different vintage feet, so I am looking forward to conquering this one in the new year!
  6. Sew a dress for myself – UPDATE: I did not sew myself a dress but I did sew myself a beautiful skirt, which I wore on Christmas Eve. That’s like sewing half a dress…right?!?Babette Skirt Pattern Review - https://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

Sewing & Quilting Goals for 2014

  1. 12 more months – 12 more finishes!!!
  2. Publish 4 more patterns – 1 per quarter would be my ideal goal, but I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t do 1 per quarter, so long as it is 4 total.
  3. Continue plugging away at my crazy quilt.
  4. Work on restoring the Vintage Singer 99K that belonged to my Great Grandmother. First order of business will be taking her in for a cleaning and to check the electrical – which I am by no means qualified to do myself.
  5. Continue sewing clothes for Anne – so long as she will let me I want to take advantage of being able to sew for her. It really does bring me a lot of joy to see her wearing things I have made for her.
  6. Sew from my stash as much as possible! I started doing this in October and didn’t buy any new fabric in November and December. I would like to continue this trend of not running out and buying the latest (gotta have it) fabrics. I will still buy fabrics and batting to finish projects (like quilt backings) but I would really love to just use what I have.

Have you set any sewing and quilting goals for the new year? What are yours?

Happy New Year!


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9 Responses to Looking Back 2013, Moving Forward 2014

  1. Missy says:

    Those are some good goals, and you had some great accomplishments!

  2. Vera says:

    I’m not setting up any goals really. Good luck with yours and Happy New Year!

  3. I have to make me a quilt girlfriend……. I am laying in a quilt with holes my sister gave me 20 years ago, OMG……I know, and it wasnt even hand made. My goal is to put myself in perspective………Make me a Quilt top and send it off to be quilted. You did great and your fun to blog with too.. Keep it up and I will see you published soon.

  4. Katy says:

    You had a fabulous year! I hope 2014 is bigger and better and healthier for all of you 🙂

  5. Susan says:

    I have set some goals – always have to have goals so I know where I’m going! I love that you finished so many things on your list. Almost all of them! I wish I could sit and crazy quilt with you. I’m going to be doing that a LOT this year, again. I’m returning to a project I dearly love, the Moms blocks. Multiple moms, not mom’s. =) I look forward to seeing your progress with that ruffler foot!

  6. CeLynn says:

    If I did not set goals I would just be floundering around… Congrats on all those Lovely Finishes for last year,and good luck on all the finishes to come in this one 🙂

  7. Mara says:

    Great Job on all of your finishes! And good luck next year, I need to sew more for my daughter too, I love her reaction when I make something just for her.

  8. Carrie P. says:

    12 for 12! that is awesome! Have another super year.

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