It's New Year's Eve, and I'm already feeling full of New Year enthusiasm and excitement. Yesterday I sat at my sewing machine and sewed all afternoon, and ate Smarties (gluten free, dairy free and artificial colour free, but extremely delicious - thank you Number Two Son) and managed to finish the top for the 2010 BOM I've been making, Leanne Beasley's Down in the Garden. And I started to remake Tail Feathers, the 2009 BOM that I completely ruined with my machine quilting. These will be 2011 finishes, so pictures to follow.
But I thought I'd tally up my 2010 finishes and see what I've achieved. I've finished 62 items! A whole range of things, from large (An Angels' Story) to small (little quilted house). It's been such fun, and I've learned a great deal as well along the way.
So, next year? Well, I've signed up to do a short course with the Open University, just to keep my brain ticking over; Understanding Shakespeare, which starts in February. I'm really looking forward to starting that. And on the sewing front? Well, I've actually got a few UFOs for the first time in my life, though they're really WIPs. And they're first on the list. Tail Feathers (WISP); Down in the Garden; Hexagon quilt using the fabrics from the Victoria and Albert exhibition; Autumn medallion quilt that I'm hand quilting very slowly. And continuing work on the Japanese quilt that I've started, and am treating as a home-grown BOM.
And then I really do intend to use up my scrap fabric, which is actually most of my fabric now, I don't have anything left that's even as large as a fat quarter except one piece which is destined to make a new ironing board cover. I've signed up to Scraphappy's Rainbow Scraps Challenge, so that should help.
And I know that one or two people want me to make them a quilt, so they'll have to find a place on the list. And then there's the Chewton Mendip Festival, where I'm organising the art exhibition, so that will keep me busy too.
I hope that you've all got plenty of plans to keep you busy in 2011.
With best wishes to you all for a happy New Year,