2016 in Review
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Nani Iro Dreams Quilt.
I love the feeling of a fresh new year. It feels like an opportunity to start over. I struggled creatively last year. I spent a lot of time figuring out my identity after quitting fabric design. I made a lot of "just because" quilts. I indulged and cut into precious, hoarded fabrics. I said "why not" a lot more in my creative work. It has put me on a path to finding my voice again. I have a feeling it's going to be a continuing theme for the new year. But before we dive into 2017, let's take a look back at 2016.
The nice thing about tracking my yardage is I have a record of almost everything I made this year, which is cool. I'm probably I missed a few things, but I'm sure this is the best recorded year of making I've had. Some of the gifted makes still need to be shared here. Aiming for next week!
In 2016, I sewed...
13 throw (or larger) quilts, 4 baby quilts, and 3 mini quilts. (Vintage Sheet Scrappy Trip Quilt)
7 table toppers/runners. (Patchwork Halloween Projects)
5 pillows, and 2 pillowcases. (Coffin Block Pillow)
3 curtains. (Indigo Shower Curtain)
7 shirts, 4 dresses, 3 sweatshirts, and 1 pair of shorts. (Archer Popover)
21 drawstring bags, 10 pouches, 8 tote bags, 4 sew together bags, 2 maker's totes, and 2 sewing caddies. (Scrappy Patchwork Drawstring Bag)
And a myriad of other projects, like the mini patchwork stockings!
I released two patterns, the Webbed Quilt Pattern and The Elemental Tote Pattern.
2016 Fabric Stash:
Brought in: 266.875 yards
Destashed/Gifted: 267.25 yards
Sewed up: 250 yards
Net: -250.375 yards
In 2016, I knit...
7 hats, 3 pairs of mittens, 1 pair of wrist warmers, and 1 cowl. (Fiddlehead Mittens)
2016 Yarn Stash:
Brought in: 6520 yards
Destashed/Gifted: 2262 yards
Knit up: 1764 yards
Net: +2492 yards
Dreamin' Vintage Double Wedding Ring wedges.
Let's take a quick look at my 2016 goals and see how I did:
- Knit/Sew with more yardage than I buy. Make do and get creative to come up with yardage for projects.
A+ for sewing, didn't do as well on the knitting/yarn stash. I absolutely LOVED tracking my yardage. One thing I learned and embraced about myself is how much I love to keep track of things. Knowing that each time I brought in fabric or used it up I'd need to track it was huge for me. It was often enough to make my think twice about buying fabric and it was a great motivator to get things done so that I could input it in my spreadsheet. It really opened my eyes to how much fabric I was buying and has made me look at my stash differently. I am excited to continue tracking in 2017.
- Challenge myself to do more piecing for play/to warm up each day.
Didn't do much of this, but have a challenge for this month to knit at least 15 minutes per day.
- Finish Double Wedding Ring Quilt Top. Make approx. 15 wedges per month for 10 months, leaving two months to assemble top.
I fell off the wagon in July, but completed 96 wedges this year for a total of 112. I didn't make the progress I wanted but I did sew up a lot of wedges!
- Sew through some of my garment pattern stash: Emery dress, Derby dress, Plantain Shirt, Lark Shirt, Mercer tunic, Josephine Blouse.
I made two Emery dresses, and two Josephine blouses. Still lots of patterns to work through.
- Start cutting into my Liberty fat 16th stash
I started a long-term quilt project with my Liberty stash, a scrappy churn dash quilt. I'm 5 blocks in.
- Make a list and work on works in progress (WIPs)
Finally made a list in November, but I didn't focus much on WIPs this year.
- Knit Fiddlehead Mittens.
DONE! And having been enjoying them very much.
- Knit another sweater.
Started swatching, but that's it.
- Finish Follow Your Arrow Shawl.
Tore out this project, wasn't enjoying it.
Kawaii Magic Stars Quilt.
All in all, I feel good about the progress I made with my goals last year. I'm excited to share my 2017 crafty goals with you next week. I've been sick with a cold since New Year's day, so I am feeling really antsy to get back to the sewing machine.