Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 is here! 2013 Review

Happy New Year!  What a year 2013 was!  I was looking back through photos for the year and what went on in the sewing room.  There were a lot of small finishes--many for the Senior Craft Shoppe--mug rugs, tablerunners, a small quilt for my Blogversary, some St. Paddy's day decorations--but all that sewing stopped when I went back to work full time in mid March after having been mostly unemployed for six months prior. 

I did manage to kit up some of my unfinished BOM blocks from 2009's Moda Greenpiece project to work on during the bus ride.  The next couple of months were pretty light for blog posts.  April saw me working on two very different baby quilts, both of which were finished that month. 

Here is my friend Leslie with the Houndstooth quilt--she had a beautiful baby girl named Katherine and called Kate.

And here is my daughter Elaine (on the right) with her friend Allison and the Mod Circles Baby Quilt (Moda Bakeshop).  Allison had a beautiful baby boy named Jude.

The remainder of the year was pretty slow in the finishes department.  I made more mug rugs for a friend's daughter, worked on Greenpiece blocks and borders, made an embroidered pillow for my daughter, finished three larger quilts (one for my nephew's wedding gift), and one more baby quilt.  And since June when we found out that we are going to be grandparents, there have been plans in the works for nursery projects.  January is going to be a very busy month of finishing the baby quilt, making curtains and a bassinet liner, and whatever else comes up, all before the big event coming up late in February. So very excited!

Part of my sewing slump this year had to do with what I learned from my doctor in October: that I have an underactive thyroid gland--finally a reason to pin my constant fatigue to!  It wasn't until November that I started to regain some of my energy after being on thyroid pills for a month, and was actually able to sew after work again.  Up to that point I was so totally exhausted in the evenings that I wasn't doing anything.  

As far as goals for this new year, I haven't picked a word for 2014 so much as a direction--follow through.  Too often I adopt a "I'll do that later", when now is a perfectly good time and will be a lot less trouble while the idea is fresh or the task is at hand.  Calendaring "personal sewing retreat" days once a month is also on my agenda, hopefully with my sister joining in.  It is so much fun to sew with someone at last!  She pushes me to keep going and I help her with rounding out her ideas.

To all of you who stuck with the past year's scanty blogging, I thank you and hope you'll continue to look in at what's going on here at Annie's Quilt Orts.  May your 2014 be full of good things!


Janet O. said...

I'm looking at all you have done through the year and wondered how you can say things were "slow" or "light". My goodness, you have created a multitude of things.
And to have that thyroid diagnosis must be a relief! It can really mess with you, and until you know what the problem is, it can make you think you are crazy. But isn't it great that it is treatable? Thyroid issues run in my family, but I have escaped it so far.
So exciting to have a little one on the way! Good luck with all of the preparations! : )

Kate said...

Congrats on a productive year. You did get a lot done and now have the energy to go along with the momentum you have going.

Mary said...

I am so glad you are feeling better. You had quite a year in 2013. I like the idea of calendaring personal sewing retreats!

At the corner of Scrap and Quilts said...

Thanks for a great year of sharings. I'm happy to hear your energy level is on the rise. Looking forward to another wonderful year of your posts. I wish you a very productive quilty 2014 overflowing with joy, health and tiny baby kisses. :)
Take care.

At the corner of Scrap and Quilts said...

Ooops! I just saw that the email followup was not clicked. Sorry,

Libby said...

Love your action phrase. Last year I adopted something similar (if not now, when?) It worked so well, I'm keeping it again *s*
Happy New Year!

Shay said...

Lots of lovely things in your post Annie. I can see a ton of creative pursuits there - I still think you outstripped me in the sewing stakes!

Glad you found out what was ailing you and are on the road to having plenty of energy again. You're going to need it to be a Nanna!

Happy New Year to you and yours. 2014 is going to be such an exciting year for you!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

My My My!! What a good girl you were in 2013! A great collection of all the quilty wonderful goodness you accomplished!! If this was a light year I would like to see what would happen if you REALLY got your butt in gear!!!

They are all lovely….including those four sweet gals!!
(that's including YOU!)