Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve Reflections

I started sewing in June.

This year, I have made:
7 mug rugs (2 yet to be completely revealed)
4 quilts (one yet to be completely revealed)
2 t-shirt quilts
2 table toppers
1 pincushion
1 wall hanging
1 house block
1 passport cover

Considering that I've been at college from the end of August to the middle of December, and that I started halfway through the year, I think I did a lot! :) And I'm really excited for a new year of sewing.

Just a few things: I'm participating in scraphappy's Rainbow Scrap Challenge for the New Year - as long as I am home for a weekend, I will make something!
I hope to participate as much as possible, because not only does it sound fun, but I'm starting to gather way too many scraps. Though, now that I think about it, you can never have enough scraps! January's color is blue, so I need to get down to my scrap box and start sorting...

I'm also participating in Angela's (at CuttoPieces) Fabric Diet.
No buying fabric for 2 months, and every week that you don't, you get an entry into a giveaway for, what else - FABRIC! You should join if you can! For more of a description, click the button and visit Angela's site.

Giveaway alert: Over at Stray Stitches, Linda is giving away a beautiful pattern called "Flying Colors" and... wait for it... 25 fat quarters and 5/8 year of black fabric. That's TWENTY FIVE, yes. Surely you'll have some scraps after using the pattern! Go check it out:

P.S. I'm currently still pondering what to give away for my first giveaway... hm... stay tuned for that.

Okay, okay - some peeks at what I've been working on.

Harry Potter mug rugs!

This was my first time stippling (besides practice) and I'm pretty happy with the results. This was also my first time attaching binding, because... I'll admit it... I was scared to learn on my own. It looked REALLY difficult, even though I know basically everyone in the quilting world does it. I used a combination of the tutorials from Red Pepper Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts to get the mitered corners and all!

(^The binding has been fully attached since this picture^)

The baby quilt is almost done! I just have to finish attaching the binding today. Here's a sneak peek (more stippling action!):

Last night, even though I measured at least ten extra inches, I ended up about 6 inches short with my binding :(

But, no big deal. I just attached an extra piece. I guess my sister and I can't do math!

Finally, I'm at the cutting fabric stages of making a gathered clutch from Noodlehead's fantastic tutorial. I need to finish it Sunday, though, so I can use it in the city (more about that soon!) Guess what color it is... well, if you've been reading, I think you can guess ;)

I hope everyone has a great New Year's Eve! We're all going out to dinner and just hanging out until the ball drops. I hear there's going to be a short wedding broadcasted in Time Square around 9 PM EST... and I really want to watch!
Happy New Year!

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