Tuesday, January 3, 2012

beginnings.

I love a fresh start and a change in pace. The New Year is the perfect time to start new projects, and there are a few that I am participating in.

1. First is a sock knit-along.  I am knitting with Amanda, Kayanna, Amy, and Amanda!  They are all knitting pros, I'm definitely the beginner in the bunch.  I am using Madeline Tosh sock yarn in oxblood.  It is the richest color, and I love using it so far.  This is my first time using DPN's (double pointed needles), and they are a little scary.  But so far so good!

 

2. I am doing two photo projects: January Photo a Day and the 365 Project.  The January Photo a day is a list of specific pictures that you take every day during this month.  This the list, it comes from this blog, and you can read more info there.  I am posting my pictures on Instagram (@fussycut) and Flickr.


As for the 365 Project, this is one photo a day for the entire year.  I've always loved seeing others do this, but it seemed like a lot of work.  Karyn mentioned the 365project app for iphones/ipads, and it is so easy!  I take so many pictures daily on my ipad, so this will be a fun and simple way to organize.

Photo365 - the beginning.
3. I am hoping to join the rose star block party.  I really enjoy paper piecing, and I am hoping to make this for my table or wall.  The block party is being hosted by Clare, isn't her quilt gorgeous?

4. We wll be starting the Farmer's Wife quilt-along back up in February, and I am looking forward to getting back to these little blocks.  For now, my pretty stack of FW fabrics will be waiting for me in my sewing cabinet.  If you are thinking about making the FW sampler quilt, this would be a great time to start!  Lots of people are starting now that that it is a new year.


What about you?  Do you have any fun new projects you are starting/participating in?
xo, Ang

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 in review

I am a little late, but I can't move on without doing a little year end wrap up! 
I made 7 quilts, and they were all BIG.  The smallest were twins, and the largest was the king sized Flea Market Fancy quilt.  I don't know if I could pick a favorite, I love each of these quilts for specific reasons.  I also finished up my Good Folks Swoon quilt, but I've been lazy and haven't photographed the finished quilt yet.  Soon, I promise!  If you want to see more pictures and read all of the details on any of the quilts, all of the links are listed on the Quilts tab on the sidebar.
Lots of pillows were sewn too!  They continue to be one of my favorite things so make.  You can find all of the details here
I totally caught the knitting bug!  I have made several cowls for myself and for gifts, and I am currently working on a scarf and socks.  I've fallen hard and am completely addicted.

This year I ventured into pattern designing.  I had two quilts, Starry Eyed and Apple Crate, featured over on the Moda Bakeshop blog, and I have a few more projects coming out in the next year of so.  I also shared a few tutorials here on my blog.  I've have learned so much from online tutorials, so it was nice to do my part.
Farmer's Wife QAL - 2011 recap
And last is the Farmer's Wife quilt-along.  Amanda and I started it as a fun little project to work on together, and it has grown to over 1000 members.  I have spent so many hours on these little blocks, and I really enjoy making them. I'm halfway done with my blocks, and I am looking forward to starting back up with the group in February.

So that is 2011 sewing in a nutshell!  Thanks so much for joining me here on my blog, I hope you know how much I appreciate you.  I wish you and your families a new year full of blessings.

with love, Angela