I am taking a bit of a sewing breather this week, after finishing Urban Jungle Bag sewing pattern, and it got me to thinking about where I started out as a blogger, and where I’m at now. The 2 photos you’re looking at above are bags that I made in the summer of 2008, way before I started blogging (the Amy Butler Birdie Sling, and the Grand Revival Market Bag).
I reformatted my Pattern Reviews page over the last couple of days, and in doing so, I had to revisit all the project postings that I had made. In retrospect, some of my work was really horrible! I look at things that were fused wrong, or things I made mistakes on. It just proves that there is a learning curve, and you never stop finding out new or better ways to do something.
So, to make a long story short, that was then and this is now. Here are some of my blog and sewing goals for 2012:
* You may see less completed projects on my blog this year than you are used to seeing. I have my heart set on putting out more (free) bag and purse sewing patterns out into the world. These patterns take 7-10 days each to write the instructions for, shoot the step-by-step photos, and sew them up. During that time, I can’t even think about anything else! Maybe you are not interested in bag patterns…or maybe you are? I would like to put out 1 or 2 new bag patterns a month.
* I would still like to get a few quilts made this year (even if they are mini quilts!). There is a particular sampler quilt that is available from local quilt shops carrying Amanda Murphy’s Veranda fabrics. The quilt pattern is called Under the Veranda. I originally purchased the pattern and the Veranda fabric as a kit, but I believe I am going to do mine up in Echino fabrics, combined with coordinating (bright!) solids instead.
* I’d like to make some more pretty things for our home!
* This year, I joined Sew Weekly as a contributor. This awesome website sets garment sewing challenges every week. Although this year is probably going to be a busy one for me, I’d like to finish at least 1 piece of clothing a month…how great would it be to slowly make handmade clothing a majority in my closet!