I don't know about you, but I'm glad 2012 is over. It's been a really tough year for me and my family and we are hoping for better in 2013.
Even though I haven't been getting as much stitching as done as I wanted, I have been able to pull 10 quilts off the long arm quilting machine in the past month. It's finally starting to work more often than not and soon my sister and I (mostly me) will start to learn freehand skills instead of totally relying on digitized files for the quilting. But the edge to edge designs sure do look pretty. We spend a small fortune on 100's of Anne Bright designs but every one so far has been worth the price.
As for 2013 it has lots in store. I'm pretty sure now that I have to have surgery on my sinuses at some point in the next several weeks. But that's ok because I'm tired of being sick and tired. So I'm hoping I'll start stitching on the train more. Night time will be for working on my casket designs - I still have to master Adobe Illustrator but that should be easy once I start to work on it. I'm ready to start working on my stumpwork - that will happen in the evenings also. The stitching frames are too big to lug around on the train. Lot's of quilting in store for 2013 - I have at least 10 more tops to quilt and that many at least that still need to be pieced. Home improvement starts again in January - more hardwood floors going down in my sewing room and spare bedroom (I'll be half way with all the hardwood in my house!) and working on my sewing room! Yeah! I have so many plans for the sewing room. It will be fun to start to get it all together.
Here are the projects that I have finished in the last couple of months.
I have one more that I just pulled off the frame yesterday but it still needs to be bound. So it's going to be my first 2013 finish - unless I get busy right now! LOL!
Have a great 2013!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I'm way behind on my casket project - Tricia has provided four or five small projects to date and this is only the first one (each one teaches a different skill and lets us try out the products before we spend major funds). My design progress came to a screeching halt when I decided to convert all the designs that I was interested in to PDF format so I can move them around the casket blanks and recolor to my hearts content. So I had to go buy a digitizing tablet plus Adobe Illustrator. Still learning how to do the basics.
I've also been spending hours and hours in front of my sister's long arm quilting machine. We have manged to master the basics of the machine and the computer program that controls the quilting and are taking at least two quilts off the frame a week - I even managed two small ones alone last night! It's her year to provide the family with gifts and she wanted to gift at least 10 and we are almost there. I've even been able to sneak in a couple small quilts for me and I'll take photos and post them as soon as they are bound and washed. I'm proud to say that not only am I a piecer, I am a quilter. :-) It's great to have total control of the entire process.