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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013 Wrap up

I was going through all my posts and realised that 2013 has been a very quiet year for me.

I have had a lot going on in my home life and this has meant I have been a bit distracted for a good portion (read most) of the year.  It's really only these last two or three months that I finally got my sewjo going.

So the year that started with me getting my own sewing room has not really included a whole lot of sewing.

Small projects, I achieved two things -

In January I whipped up a needlebook as part of Rachel's Handstitched Class.
Needlebook

and after that I did nothing at all until September when a finished up my owl crosstitch 


I finished two quilt tops.  Not "quilts" but I'm counting this as a win.

In October I whipped together the Carpenters Wheel


And, of course, in November I finally finished my fabulous Swoon.


I also made one pieced quilt back and a couple of Santa Sacks...

But that's it.  That's a year of my life.  I had such plans, but it clearly didn't work out as planned.

But you should see my list for 2014 :-)

E xx

16 comments:

  1. Erin, I love reading your blog. It just seems to ooze life and enthusiasm - even when your sewjo is taking a bit of a backseat for awhile. Best wishes for a wonderful and sew-full new year!!

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    1. lol. thanks Nina. Hopefully next year will be more productive and we won't have a sewjo drought right in the middle!
      Hope your new Year is filled with lots of joy and lots of sewing! E xx

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  2. But when the stuff you make is THIS awesome, quantity is not important! I can't wait to see your 2014 goodness!

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    1. LMAO!!! That's a bit of an overstatement!!!! Thank you though, I'll definitely take it ;-)
      As long as we're having fun who cares what we're making or how much of it there is.
      Looking forward to 2014.
      E xx

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  3. Gah. Like I moron, I just skipped away from this post where I was writing a comment, so that I could doublecheck something even though I was 95% certain I wasn't full of crap. Damn it.

    Anyway, I was saying that most of my favourite blogs are the ones where people just kind of finish things here and there and maybe start some more things and talk about their lives or whatever, more so than the ones where the year end wrap up is like "I finished 32 quilts this year, which is 4 fewer than last year. What did I do with my time?" because I can barely manage to scrap out a couple hours here and there and I've got practically no demands on my life (other than a 40ish hour work week and transit time).

    I think your needlecase is pretty magnificent, and your Swoon is obviously incredibly beautiful. Also, I love that you used brown because so many quilters hate brown and I love it (and yet never seem to use it!).

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    1. :-D We've all done that, at some point. I'm impressed that you came back to right it all again. I usually consider it the universe telling me to be quiet and stop jabbering so either significantly reduce my comment, or don't leave one at all.

      thank you. I have spent the morning looking at the amazing mosaics that people are putting together to show off their year and feeling like a bit of a bloggy fraud, so I'm glad my lack or results and lackadaisical style suit you :-D

      I am not a big brown fan, but when I was pulling colours for the Swoon, I found that lovely bright teal-ly blue and it just worked so well with brown that before I knew it my cart was full. I almost went with a green and I'm so glad I didn't. (also I like that you call it incredible *blush)

      E xx

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  4. The name of your blog say it all, lol. Just kidding. Both your quilt tops are lovely!

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    1. ha ha!! It so does though!! I am in the middle of my week holiday and I have yet to touch my machine. this is my opportunity to really knuckle down and get stuff down, but I'd rather stay in bed :-)
      Happy New Year, Vera!
      E xx

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  5. Fortunately it's not a competition or a race, so you made just as much this year as you needed to. :D I really love that owl cross stitch and of course your swoon! BTW, how's your modern medallion quilt going? :)

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    1. You're so sweet. Funny you should ask, as I literally just hit publish on an update to the medallion! The short story is, it's going slooooooowly. But it is on my top three projects for January.
      E xx

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  6. Hi Erin, found you through Lilys Quilt link up, love the blog :) I lost my sewing mojo for a few months last year but I'm hoping it's back now, looking forward to seeing what you get up to this year :)

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    1. Yeah my sewjo took a hit right in the middle of 2013. So far 2014 is shaping up with lots of sewing excitime, so hopefully that continues :-) (and thanks for the lovely comment about little corner of the internet)
      E xx

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  7. What totally cute owls!! Off to explore your blog! I've lived through house renos too! Used to live in Karratha WA, love Brisbane, but now back in the UK.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. I really love them and think I'm going to make a little one for my sewing room. Haven't started him yet, so he'll be a while away :-)
      I've been a Brissy girl all my life, but hopping to go to the UK in 2015.
      E xx

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  8. Love that needlebook! I'm taking the Penny Sampler class, and I just LOVE her teaching!

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    1. Thanks, Liane. I really enjoyed Rachel's teaching style. She has so much detail, it's really wonderful. Are you going to sign up for her colour class?

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