has it already been a week? i feel as though i'm not living up to my blog title lately. not much craftiness going on round here, even in my head.
i feel like we go from one disaster to another these days. someone backed into my new van, cracked the back bumper in a perfect ball hitch circle. no note, of course. i've only had it a month! grr! the five year old launched a hairbrush and hit our 4 month old 55 inch tv that my husband loves *almost* as much as said 5 year old. and we've been without water twice this week, problems with the treatment system. first it was a busted pipe in the field between here and the lake, which meant digging 4 feet down to repair the pipe. really hoping it's not the pipe again. oh, and we had a water leak under the kitchen sink, that was fun. sigh. it can only get better, right?
in better news, i've been rehashing 2012 and that makes me happy! when i sit down and add it up, it's a good feeling of accomplishment! favorites and firsts for me in 2012:
my 1st moda bakeshop project, charm crossing
had a project accepted for publication (101 little one yard wonders, due out spring 2014)
attended spring quilt market and schoolhouse! so much fun! (hi candice!)
became a pattern tester for quiltmaker magazine's 100 blocks vol. 7
tested patterns for peek-a-boo pattern shop, and sewed my first swimsuit!
saw denyse schmidt speak in kc
took an invisible applique class with jenifer dick
took a FMQ class with tia curtis
attended most of the KCMQG meetings last year - that is a first! i'm getting better at making time for me!
helped out with the MQG pincushion swap
and on top of that, i participated in three quilting bees: bee vintage, do.good stitches, and the kc scrappy bee. i pieced several quilt tops (although i didn't get them finished) and various other projects.
mostly drawstring bags, i think i made 12 this year.
so what's up for the year ahead? i have set a few goals for myself, one of which is to submit some ideas to magazines, and another to finally, really give FMQ a try. a third goal is to work in exercise as often as i can. the kids have been helping me with that, and when they are laughing and enjoying themselves it makes the pain a little less :) if you're on instagram, join in with #sweatnsew and we can support one another! i am amazed at how quickly i've gained stamina and strength. i really recommend 30 day shred, it's only 20 minutes for a workout. i'm trying to do it every other day.
and i will be blogging a little less, but instagraming (is that even a word?!) more, i am on my phone all the time now and spend less time on the laptop. and i have the MQG madrona road challenge to complete. i'm hoping to start this evening, i finally came up with a plan!
i took a mini break from the scrappy trip along. but i was back at it yesterday, with three more blocks! i'm up to 12 now. i'm going for 18. i'll keep sorting through my stash, looking for those colors, and in the end i think it will be a fun quilt for the family room. i still don't love it, but can see making another one in a different color palette with a more structured feel. the pattern is easy and they go together so quickly. with jelly rolls, you could knock this out in no time. i think a top made using a kona pacific jelly roll, along with prints (maybe from stamped?) would be awesome!
what about you? do you have any goals for this year? let's support one another and make this the best year ever!