Don't get me wrong, I'm not actually blaming you. I know I'm the master of my own sewing room. Its just that willpower is not my strong suit. That, and I've memorized my Visa number (so I don't even have to leave my office chair in search of my wallet) which makes resistance futile when those emails come in announcing NEW FABRIC AVAILABLE just a few clicks away here, here or here. Despite your best efforts to distract me I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I did actually finish a few things. Some of them are pictured here:
Fifteen swaps (wow!) and lots of small projects. Just a few quilts (truth be told, the tops were done long before the year began, but they are now quilted and bound, so I'm counting them as 2010 finishes!). Several quilts were pieced or started. I hope they'll be on the 2011 finishes mosaic in 12 month's time, but I'm not putting any pressure on myself - I'm not good at scheduling creativity and tend to gravitate to what inspires me at the moment, not what's been laying around unfinished for x number of months.
I've got plans, of course, for the coming year. First things first, my side of the bargain in a couple of private swaps need attention (Tracey & Carol, I haven't forgotten!). I joined my first online quilting Bee, which is very exciting. Then I'm super stoked about a plan I have for B & my bed - I showed you some fabric last spring that was intended for a Dresden Plate quilt, but inspiration struck recently when I saw this amazing quilt. Dresden's are OUT, Proverbs are IN. Only I won't be using Proverbs, of course. You'll see.
It will be really, really hard, but I am going to attempt a swap diet. Look at all this stuff I gave away in 2010:
Pretend that the repeat red tea cup pot holder is a blue tea cup, kay? I don't have the hutzpah to go back and make the mosaic all over again!
I loved participating and am thrilled with the fun and friendships I've had and made over the year, (not to mention the incredible gifts that came to me!) but I think my own work needs more attention in the coming months. Please note I said 'attempt a swap diet'. That means responsible swapping, not full-on deprivation. There may be a few I simply cannot refuse - just puttin' that out there in case you are keeping an eye on me.
With that, I say bring on 2011! I hope you'll continue to hang here with me (I do so love your company).