Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Looking Ahead to 2014...

Within you is a limitless, unborn potential of creativity and substance, and the present experience can be your great opportunity to give birth to it.      --- Eric Butterworth

I love a new year. Not one to make lofty resolutions, I do like a blank slate and the opportunity to dream about a new year and what it may hold.

2013 ended in a nice spot for me. I wrapped up some WIPs and with few demands or looming deadlines ahead, I'm ready to jump in and play with some new fabric and projects I've been contemplating.

I actually finished up these blocks before Christmas and set them together a few days ago. The pattern is Nutmeg Stars from Fig Tree and much of the fabric is V and Co's upcoming line "Color Me Happy". You won't find the pattern listed on the Fig Tree website, but I think she's going to get it posted again. I'll let you know!

Gypsy Kisses from Material Obsession 2.  After seeing Jessica's quilt on Instagram, I knew I wanted to make this one. I'm using my FQ bundle of April Showers by Bonnie and Camille. I have enough fabric to piece all the arcs, but the finish will have to wait until the yardage comes out in March.

This will be an ongoing project this year. Reminiscent of the Farmer's Wife quilt-along, I'm making 60 - 6.0" blocks. It's going to be a special quilt for me, that I hope to finish for a special birthday in December of 2014.

And my AMH Dowry is calling my name. I have a plan and can't wait to give it a whirl!

In other new fabric lines - I've always been a huge fan of Heather Bailey's work. It's been a while since she released a fabric line so I jumped on Lottie Da. I've been working on a Kaleidoscope block that's going surprisingly quick. Hope to provide some details on how to piece this block soon!

What else can you expect to see here in 2014? Some embroidery and maybe even a bit of simple crochet.

One of the things I'm most excited about is a little sewing room makeover. We're putting in new floors in the next couple of months and you know one thing always leads to another. I'll be painting, reorganizing and maybe even a bit of destashing. I've never had a sale before, but hope to offer some good deals on Instagram.

In terms of non-sewing things for 2014, I'm starting an online photography course next week. I'm super excited about it - you'll have to let me know if you see any improvement in my pics here.

And on a personal note - I hope to continue to improve my diet by "eating clean" {and feeling better for it} and embracing my naturally curly hair {a change I made a few months ago}.

Yes! I think it's going to be a good year! Hope you'll join me!


  1. Happy New Year, Cindy! Good luck in all of your new endeavors!

  2. It sounds like a full and fulfilling year ahead for you - go for it! I'm trying to eat better too, but haven't gotten to the point of embracing my curly hair...yet. Why is that women with curly hair want straight and those with straight hair want curly?!!

  3. Love your Nutmeg Stars quilt! And I, too, hope it is soon available again!

  4. You are a true inspiration, love watching your talent

  5. WOW some lovely things going on here

  6. Love your projects! Good luck with the clean eating!

  7. Love Love Love Nutmeg Stars.... the fabric line is GORGEOUS! Cannot wait to see more! Happy 2014

  8. The Nutmeg Stars pattern is in a Fig Tree book called FRESH VINTAGE SEWING (That Patchwork Place), published 2009, but the pattern is called Front Porch Blooms Quilt.

  9. It looks like another lovely year ahead!

  10. You have so much energy. I just quilted one of the Gypsy Kisses quilts and it is such a fun quilt. I love your first picture - such soothing mint colors. Thanks for sharing Cindy.

  11. I the nutmeg star quilt you made, I love the pattern and the fabrics you have choosen!

  12. We have the pattern back up on the site. It is on the featured page too. I LOVE, LOVE your version of the quilt. So much so that I am wanting to make an updated version of ours!

    Thanks for the inspiration! Joanna


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