New Year’s Hopes

1. To finish more unfinished projects (I managed 7 quilts, and several needleworks this year….Hooray)

2. To take most materials for those unfinished projects from my STASH (Heavens, I have enough stuff)

3. To be happy while working on all those unfinished projects…enjoy the journey  (No grumbling allowed…well maybe just a little)

4. To share what I am accomplishing with reports on my BLOG (yes…I hope to post more than a couple times next year)

5. To make more gifts (I really appreciate handmade things…hope others do too)

These are just a few thoughts for the new year and my needlearts addiction!   Last year I made a list of ten things and worked on them in rotation.   To my surprise I really accomplished a LOT.   Perhaps it was not as much as I would have liked, but nevertheless, the quilts I have here and there in my home speak volumes!   Oh, to be even more prolific…don’t I wish.   The rotation really worked for me because  I get bored after several hours on one project.    Then again, a couple of the projects consumed me and I worked on them until they were done.

Besides the quilts you have seen previously on my blog, I made two flannel junior size bed quilts…this blue/green/white monkey quilt and a pink/green/white one with a girl print.   They were done with a “big stitch” quilting that everyone seems to like.

IMAG0160 Monkey Quilt

I also made a “music” quilt for a hostess gift. We went to Colorado for Christmas to spend the holiday with my son, Mike, Michelle and Maya. Because they were hosting my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren already, we stayed with Michelle’s Mom, Carol. She is an expert piano teacher and so I chose to make her a music quilt as a thank you for having us there for the holiday.  This one was also done quilted with big stitch quilting.



Alas, I broke my lovely little camera and am now taking photos with my cell phone. I actually received a beautiful Nikon SLR camera as a gift from my dear husband, but I don’t know how to work it yet and have been taking photos with my phone. They are not very good and I am REALLY going to try to get the knack of the good camera this year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!! May you all be blessed with good health, prosperity, laughter, zillions of friends, and a plethora of needleart!

Amities, Averyclaire



10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Southpaw Stitcher
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 22:55:09

    Happy New Year to you, too! You know how much I love your beautiful quilting and stitching!


  2. Annie
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 08:23:45

    Beautiful work as always! Wishing you all the best in 2014!


  3. Kay Nelson
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 08:45:16

    I’m going to try the rotation plan this year…..I, too, have many, many UFO’s…… Happy New Year!!!!

    Have a great day! Sent from my iPad



  4. Margaret
    Jan 01, 2014 @ 09:38:14

    Happy New Year to you and yours! Love seeing your beautiful work. I need to get back to my UFO’s too.


  5. Anne
    Jan 02, 2014 @ 21:34:44

    I love seeing your beautiful work and am very impressed with your New Year’s hopes!


  6. Virtual Quilter
    Jan 04, 2014 @ 07:09:53

    Happy New Year from Down Under!

    Love the big stitched quilts … quick to do and soft to use. Not suitable for every quilt but lovely on the right quilt.

    I have quite a bit of virtual quilting to work on, and a couple of real projects need to be finished and new ones started. I will probably start the new before finishing the old, but I am sure there is a rule which will allow me to do that!

    Judy B


    • whimseytopia
      Jan 08, 2014 @ 21:58:19

      Judy: I’m wondering what virtual quilting is. Thanks for your reply. Patsye


      • Virtual Quilter
        Jan 09, 2014 @ 02:35:53

        I have a computer program for designing quilts and share the designs rather than make the quilts … I do most of my quilting by hand so real quilts are a slow process. Designing in Electric Quilt is a lot quicker. I am also hoping to encourage others to think differently about the designs they use.

  7. whimseytopia
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 21:57:30

    Your phone camera is doing just fine! I, too, have an SLR (Pentax Kx), and find that just putting it on auto gives me the best pictures. Whatever needs to be done in the way of lightening or bringing things into better focus can be done in my computer’s photo program (can’t remember the name.)

    The colors in this quilt are my favorite. If I ever get my house in order, I’ll be back to quilting and will visit your site for inspiration.

    Happy New Year to you too! Patsye


  8. littlerobyne
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 06:46:00

    Very noble goals for this year. I love the one about using fabric from your stash and not buying more. You’re funny! *smile* I can’t wait to see what you create.


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