I finished 23 quilt tops in 2013. I like to average one finish a month and I sure exceeded that goal, but last year I made more smaller projects than ever before, which I think is a good thing, more opportunities to experiment and play.
I have an eclectic mix of finishes, I can't say that I really have a style, but I love them all, the traditional prints and patterns, the traditional patterns made from more modern fabric, and all the bright colors that really spoke to me this year.
I won't talk about all 23 finishes, but if you're curious just go to "My Second 100 Quilts" tab, I started the year with 100 and finished with 122.
Something else that I made, that is not on my official list, is my bag. Yes, I made my first bag in 2013.
I keep patterns, quilt books, and quilt magazines that I want to read in this bag and leave it hanging on the doorknob on my sewing room door. Anytime I'm heading someplace where I may have a spare minute, like the beauty shop or dentist office, I grab this purse, throw in my iPad, and I'm good to go. I carry it somewhere at least once a week. I've gotten several compliments on it and I'm pleased with the handles, they're showing no signs of wear.
Out of my 23 finishes I made pattern changes to 12 of them and created my own pattern for 4. That leaves 7 finishes that are exactly like the pattern.
While I do enjoy changing a pattern, to make it more mine, sometimes it's just hard to improve on perfection, I feel that way about these quilts in particular.
and Coastal Lily.
Additionally, of the 23 quilts I finished, twelve were sew-alongs, more than half. I love sewing along with other quilters and really got into the spirit of it in 2013. Here are a few of my favorite sew along quilts.
Autumn in my Garden
Christmas Round and Round
I pieced my first quit using a black background last year and loved it.
Of the quilts that I designed myself, these are my favorites,
Although for Hocuspocusville, I have several reasons to love this quilt besides its design, the stitched blocks were a gift from a friend and it's very different from any other quilt I have. The only downside to this quilt is that it's a seasonal quilt and not out on display year round.
Of quilts that I changed the pattern on, these are a couple of my favorites,
where I added the geese and pinwheel stems,
where I changed the center of the blocks and made a few extras, the "bikini basket block" is still my favorite.
So on my last post I talked about how I started but didn't finish 6 projects last year. When I started reviewing my blog, and counting the projects that I did finish in 2013, I didn't feel so bad about not finishing 6.
And now for the numbers of 2013. My finished quilts had a total of approximately 21,849 pieces and if you connected all the quilts you would have a top that finished at 1,363" x 1,446". If you lined them up on a football field you would almost get to the 40 yard line.
Of all the the things that I remember from my 2013 quilting year, the thing I remember the most, I had a fun year, who could ask for more than that. That's what I'm shooting for this year too, because as I have frequently said, it's not my job, it's my hobby.