Speaking of family, if you are a regular follower of the blog you may have noticed I have been really slacking in my posts over the last few months. Our family will be expanding this Spring and morning sickness and a pure lack of energy have caused me to fall a bit behind not only in my sewing but also in my blogging.
But before I dive into 2014 and begin planning my quilting and sewing aspirations, I figured I should probably finish sharing the last of my projects from 2013! All of the Christmas gifts have been received so I am finally safe to show off what was made.
As mentioned in my previous post, I really love sewing the Half-Hex Christmas Tree Runner that Missouri Star Quilt Company showed in their YouTube tutorial. That being said, I had a blast making these for some of the women in our lives!
Using an easier pattern allowed me to branch out in other ways, like experimenting with metallic threads! I must say, I love the way they look on festive runners!
I also broke out of my mold for a runner that I created for my mom. I decided to give quilt-as-you-go a try, and I really liked it! I may even be making a quilt for my son using this method in 2014!
Honestly, the hardest part of this project was just letting go and having fun without having a pattern. I am so used to everything needing to be pieced a certain way that it took me a little while to get into the groove of just crazy cutting and piecing. But once I did I had a blast with it!
I also branched off from quilting for quite a few projects. For some men, I made custom bath towels using my embroidery machine.
And for my final items, wristlets for some very special young women in our family! I used a free tutorial for a Bow Clutch.
That wraps up all the gifts I made. For the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 I am experimenting with Glad Press n' Seal for free motion quilting. I am new to free motion but have been dying to learn so I am using my Addicted to Vintage quilt as an opportunity to try something new. Still not sure how I am feeling after only one try with the Press n' Seal but hoping to have a better analysis of it soon!
Wishing you all a new year full of quilting and sewing fun!