I have to admit, 2013 was just a blur. Every day seemed to fly by...
Balancing maintaining a home, running a very successful at home business (I am a longarm quilter) and starting new endeavors like blogging and quilt design left me quite busy and very overwhelmed at times.
I spent this morning preparing for the new year by updating business spreadsheets, taking a physical inventory for my accountant and reviewing my business plan. This will be my 8th year quilting for others. It is hard to believe it has been that long!
Looking back at my records, I have quilted well over 1000 quilts for others. That is miles and miles of thread!
I have a wonderfully loyal customer base and consider many of them close friends.
One of the great things about quilting for others is I get to be a part of so many wonderful quilts. Many I would never piece myself but from each I am always inspired.
Many of my customers are such talented piecers.
Thanks to some of them, I always get to see the newest lines of fabric.
The fabric and color combinations in some of these quilts make it difficult to not want to make one for myself.
(This hopefully explains why I start so many quilts!)
I usually only share customer quilts on my Facebook page but I felt they were just as important to my success in 2013 as the quilts I made myself.
...and speaking of my own quilts. There were lots of those too!
I started 2013 with a list of 42 projects in the works. This sounds like a lot but some are long term quilts like hand quilting, EPP and applique.
I'm starting out 2014 with 47...sigh. Guess what I will be focusing on this year!
I did finish 60 quilts in 2013. And 6 of them were projects I started many years ago so that was good. Most of these victories were due to joining in some Finish-A-Longs, so I will be doing that again in 2014.
Do you think I can finish out 2014 with less than 35 WIPs?
Of the 60 quilts, 21 were made from scraps and 27 were made from my existing stash. Those numbers make me happy as I really didn't spend a lot of money on fabric. You would think I would have run out of fabric, but I am always amazed at how little fabric you need to make a quilt with.
I think this quilt was my favorite scrap quilt made in 2013. It seemed to have a life of its own and I really enjoyed watching it evolve.
I only made about half a dozen quilts that I actually purchased at least some fabric for.
My favorite quilt of the year was the Star Surround quilt. I rarely get attached to quilts but this one is a keeper.
I plan on joining in to this year's Quilt-A-Long with Melissa. I haven't firmed up the colors yet but I know navy will be among them.
2013 was also the year I had my first publication of an original design. Over the year, there were a total of three quilts published.
You will be seeing more publications in 2014 and if I can find the time, maybe some patterns available for purchase.
What I am most excited about for 2014 is the scrap series I am putting together. As I make my scrap quilts, I will be sharing my process on what inspires me, how I choose patterns and layouts, tutorials on the blocks and even ideas for quilting. The posts will be written in such a way as to guide readers who want to work through their own scraps to sew along and make their own quilt based on their personal style of quilting. I am hoping with each new quilt, more quilters decide to join in.
The best part of 2013 was getting to know so many of you. I am so inspired by what I see in so many of your blogs and encouraged by my readers support and comments. I truly do appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing what 2014 brings. Cheers!