I was thinking about doing this post in a few days, but I really feel as though quilting wise that my year has finished. Any work that will be done at this point counts towards next year because I'm not starting and finishing anything in these next few days...especially not with my very sick little one who is so miserable right now. :(
But I created a few mosaics a few days ago to reflect on just some of the things that have been made this past year...and really most of it in the past 6 months. Sometimes when you feel like life is passing you by or that you haven't done enough with your time, it is helpful to get a little perspective on what you have truly accomplished. I encourage you all to make a mosaic of some kind...your favorite pieces you've made or received, the projects that you've begun and need to finish, the bee blocks that you've made, the dresses you've sewn, the potholders, mug rugs and other kitchen accessories... Whatever! Make a mosaic of things that you are proud of and let you see what you've done and perhaps what you would like to do in the future. (Sounds like a good 2011 new years day blog post...what I want to make in the next year!)
My mosaics include a sampling of what I've been working on this year. There are other things that I will show you sometime in the future, but for now enjoy these!
First off, a mosaic of some of my favorite bee blocks that I've made this year. Yes, I went a bit insane when I started this year and signed up for a lot of bees. So I have a lot of blocks to choose from. LOL. So if the block I made for you is not on here, it's just because the mosaic was already ridiculously large and your block may have been very similar to another one ( a lot of people wanted house blocks and nine patch variations!) One advantage of being in this many bees is that you certainly see what the trends are and you see what the really original ideas are. Both are interesting and exciting to take part of.
I was and am in a number of different themed bees...you can see all of those on my sidebar. So if it seems like there are a lot of pink and red blocks...well, there are! I'll admit that my favorite bees are the ones where people only ask for one block and give you a bit of a challenge. It stretches me but doesn't overwhelm me because I only have to make the one block. (hint hint to all those out there in bees! You will probably get a better block if you only ask for one. Not universally true which I can unfortunately attest to, but it is often the case.) I definitely have my favorite blocks among those? Do you?
I also thought that it would be interesting to see the different items that I've received from the swaps I've been in. That is something that I had never done before the doll quilt swap this summer, so I think that I've done pretty well with all of my loot! LOL. and I didn't even include the fabulous fabrics that were part of all of these packages. The fabric - a -holic in me delights in those as well.
I've done a number of mini quilt swaps, some mug rug swaps and modern swappers..pillows, etc. I'm cutting down in the next year on the number of swaps in 2011 in order to finish up some bees and then I hope to be back in the swapping game. Although of course there are a couple that I can't give up. ;)
And finally, here are just some of things that I've made this year...and again really just in the last six months. LOL. I'm very proud of these items and hopefully the owners are pleased to have them. It was noted on flickr that I actually don't own a single one of these items. They were all made for other people. So it's a good thing that I took lots of pictures. These are pretty much the same swaps as the list above where I received so many wonderful things. My only sadness is that there are not nearly enough finished large quilts. Many have been started but few were finished. So hopefully you will be seeing many completed quilts in the near future. I need to start knocking those out of the park. And yes, I think most of those are all for other people too. Maybe one is for us. LOL. But for now, this is a lot of what I've made. Again, I have my favorites...do you?
Let me know if you all make mosaics of your own! I would love to see them. It's so interesting to see what we gravitate towards. (I notice that I used a lot of blue and green in my pieces which doesn't surprise me because I have a disproportionately large amount of these colors in my stash! u and not nearly enough purple!)