I am taking a bit of a sewing breather this week, after finishing Urban Jungle Bag sewing pattern, and it got me to thinking about where I started out as a blogger, and where I'm at now. The 2 photos you're looking at above are bags that I made in the summer of 2008, way before I started blogging (the Amy Butler Birdie Sling, and the Grand Revival Market Bag).
I reformatted my Pattern Reviews page over the last couple of days, and in doing so, I had to revisit all the project postings that I had made. In retrospect, some of my work was really horrible! I look at things that were fused wrong, or things I made mistakes on. It just proves that there is a learning curve, and you never stop finding out new or better ways to do something.
So, to make a long story short, that was then and this is now. Here are some of my blog and sewing goals for 2012:
* You may see less completed projects on my blog this year than you are used to seeing. I have my heart set on putting out more (free) bag and purse sewing patterns out into the world. These patterns take 7-10 days each to write the instructions for, shoot the step-by-step photos, and sew them up. During that time, I can't even think about anything else! Maybe you are not interested in bag patterns...or maybe you are? I would like to put out 1 or 2 new bag patterns a month.
* I would still like to get a few quilts made this year (even if they are mini quilts!). There is a particular sampler quilt that is available from local quilt shops carrying Amanda Murphy's Veranda fabrics. The quilt pattern is called Under the Veranda. I originally purchased the pattern and the Veranda fabric as a kit, but I believe I am going to do mine up in Echino fabrics, combined with coordinating (bright!) solids instead.
* I'd like to make some more pretty things for our home!
* This year, I joined Sew Weekly as a contributor. This awesome website sets garment sewing challenges every week. Although this year is probably going to be a busy one for me, I'd like to finish at least 1 piece of clothing a month...how great would it be to slowly make handmade clothing a majority in my closet!
In spite of all these, I would still like to put as much of an effort into my blog as I am able. I will try my best to keep the posts going, in between writing new bag sewing patterns and working on other sewing projects in between.
What are YOUR sewing goals for 2012? :-)