2011: A Review

So it would seem that another year is over.  This year for me has just absolutely flown by so quickly I have no idea of where it went…..

I travelled to Sydney in January, February, May, June, August and December.  Twice for work and the rest for holidays.  I travelled to Mount Gambier on New Year’s Eve 2010 and 2011.

I didn’t work much at my second job but I did work some crazy hours at my first job.  I had 8 people leave my team (with another one on the way as we speak) and I trained another 8 to take their places.  Right now, I’m still one team member down and with the one that is currently leaving this will take me to 2 down and I still have someone going on holidays for 3 weeks in January.

When I did have a full trained team it was awesome.  Unfortunately, those times have been far and few between.  I learnt how to juggle even more and I also learnt how to be flexible and also how to ignore work.

For the year ahead; I want to learn how to be more balanced, how to actually walk out the door on time.  I plan on going to the gym more often and also more consistently.  I have applied to uni to study a Degree in Management with the view of going onto the Diploma in Project Management.  I’ll also help my Dad with his business and work are currently talking to me about a new role that is completely different to the one that I have.

I started going to quilt class in 2011 mainly for the company and to meet people that have the same interests as me.  It was good and I really enjoyed it and look forward to going again next year.

This lead to me sewing more.  I finished 12 quilts (10 quilts, 1 bed runner and 1 quilt cushion) of which 5 were WIPs/UFOs.

2011 Finished Quilts

I also started a few more tops than I finished and I finished quite a few from the bits and bobs stage to a completed flimsy top; there are 13 in total, but I could only find photos of 11 of them.

2011 WIPs

I bought 3 lines of fabric; Sunkissed by Sweetwater, Kingdom by Jessica Levitt and Woodland by Natalie Lymer.  I drooled over Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater and I very nearly bought that as well but I managed to restrain myself and only purchased a Jelly Roll.  I also bought lots of other bits and pieces.  Some to finish quilts, others for backing purposes and some just ’cause it was pretty 🙂

I spent a lot of time on the computer reading blogs and hence I have quilt a few more quilt ideas in my head that I haven’t even begun!

And now, I just want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

May it be full of growth, fantastic opportunities, challenges, ups and downs (to appreciate the ups), new friends, old friends, fresh starts, inspiration, creativity and enough to do it all in 🙂

Pink Fabric Shopping Mission

*Warning: this is a photo heavy, rambling post about my fabric purchases whilst I was on hoidays*

I have just returned from a week and a half holiday in Newcastle visiting my Dad who lives there.  His birthday is at the start of December, so I like to visit then so that I can celebrate it with him.

In the lead up to this visit I had been doing a lot of work on my hexagon quilt and I had started doing the pink borders.  However, I found that after I sewed quite a few rows onto it I didn’t like it as I felt that there wasn’t enough contrast with the fabric values and it looked ‘muddy’ and it also didn’t really fit in with what I had already done.

The Hexagon Quilt

 With that in mind, I went on a fabric buying mission whilst on holidays and anytime Dad took me somewhere I would Google to see if there were fabric shops in the area we were going to 🙂

Sew & Tell {Berry}

On the Friday that I arrived, Dad took me down to Nowra to visit his friend and we stopped in Berry for coffee and snacks on the way.  I visited The Berry Patchwork Shop and Sew and Tell as well. I bought fabric at both shops.

The Berry Patchwork Shop {Berry}

The Berry Patchwork Shop also had an owl quilt on display that was absolutely gorgeous so I bought the pattern for that as well.

Jukejema Quilting Barn {Nowra}

From there we went to Nowra and by chance went past Jukejema Quilt Shop.  Dad was going to continue driving past but I made him stop 🙂  I got more pink fabric and also a jelly roll of Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater that I had been desperately wanting for months.

SewCity {Hamilton}

My next quilt shop visit was in Hamilton at Sew City where they also sell Janome machines.  I bought more fabric from there as well.

Patchwork Product {Rydalmere}

After that visit my credit card was feeling slightly flat as I had also ordered Jessica Levitt’s book online at Sew Mama Sew so I gave it a rest knowing that on the following Friday I would be visiting with a family friend in Sydney who also quilts and she would take me for more fabric shopping at Craft Depot and Patchwork Product.

Craft Depot {Pennant Hills}

Both trips were very successful and I came home with more pink fabric.  There were also some blues and greys that wanted to come home with me and who am I to say no to them?

The Entire Loot 🙂

The next worry was that I may not be able to bring them all home with me as I didn’t know if I had (a) enough room or (b) enough weight room.  I weighed the fabric and it was 1.6kgs.  I then knew that I came across with 18kgs and I had 5kgs to spare so the question was then what else had I bought?  Dad kindly repacked my suitcase so it all fit in and then when the suitcase was weighed it came to a grand total of 21kgs so I made it with 2kgs to spare!

I haven’t cut into any of the fabric just yet as I have been doing some work for Dad, undoing the pink hexagons that I had sewn together and I started another quilt last night (like I need another WIP!).

This quilt is a version of Sarah Fielke’s Made in Cherry quilt.  The pattern is a free pattern on the Lecien site but Chelsea of Pins and Bobbins blogged about alternate sizes and that you could do it in 3.5′ squares.  That then reminded me that I have a whole shoebox full of 3.5′ square sraps that I wanted to decrease so I thought with some black fabric this pattern would be perfect to decrease those squares.  I have done the first 3 rows so far but I’m a bit worried about how it’s going to look in the end.  I think it’s either going to all come together and look amazing or it’s going to look terrible as it is all scrappy.  We’ll see…..

Then, updating my 2011 finishes page, I have realised that I have finished 12 quilts this year and started 12.  Which means that my ufo list isn’t really progressing!  I’m starting new qst as I’m finishing them.  The only good thing is that I seem to be finishing them as I’m starting so I won’t have too many carry over to next year.

Anyways, I think I’ve rambled enough so I’m off to sew some hexagons whilst I wait for Grandma to be finished with the eye doctor 🙂