A Look BackDecember 31, 2006
A quick look back at my quilting progress in 2006. I had 3 main goals for the year and I was fairly successful at filling those goals. The goals were:
1) to explore new techniques and to develop a style for my quilting
2)to finish one art quilt every 2 months
3) to practice on my new longarm quilting machine
Through the Journal Quilt Challenge I was encouraged to explore a lot of new techniques and learned which ones I enjoyed. That, in turn, moved me closer to developing a style. The challenge also helped to fulfill goal # 2 as I finished 7 journal quilts through the year. I spent a lot of time practicing on my new longarm and I am much more comfortable with it now than I was when I got it in January ’06.
I found that my quilting priorities took a turn sometime during the year. I think that it was a result of getting the quilting machine. Before I had the quilting machine I kept most of my quilting at a small size; less that 40″ square. I just was not comfortable quilting larger pieces on my DSM. Because of this size restriction most of my work resulted in art quilts. Only a few baby quilts were actually “usable”.
Now that I am able to work on larger pieces I’m enjoying making quilts to actually be used; lap quilts and bed quilts. How nice it is to be able to give away quilts that I know will bring comfort to the recipient.
So it was a good year of quilting for me and I am looking forward to what 2007 holds…