December 23, 2012

2012 Year End Recap

As 2012 comes to a close I wanted to reflect back on what I accomplished for the year and share that with all of you.  Sometimes we do not think there has been a lot accomplished until we put it all together.  Sometimes, we actually surprise ourselves!

I started the year off  hosting the 1st annual Crazy Quilts Are Quilts Too Show!  If you missed it, please click on the link and go check out these many talented crazy quilters!  Lots of inspirational work!  Be on the lookout February 1, 2013 for the 2nd annual show to appear here on this blog!

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I made this table topper for the Spring Is In The Air Table Topper Blog Hop hosted by Madame Samm!



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I started a new quilt while at a retreat in Odenville, AL at Magnolia Place Retreat Center!  The owner had made a similar quilt and it inspired me to start one of my own.  We go for another retreat in April and I hope to have many more blocks finished to show Elizabeth.


 
 


I also made this quilt at the retreat for my niece, Tressa, who ran her first 5k race! I did not get any photos of it once it was quilted.  I will try to do that the next time we go home to Alabama for a visit.

 

 I also made 64 siggy blocks for a swap with the ladies of the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum.  My swapped blocks are upstairs waiting to be made in to a quilt.  Stay tuned!

 

I accomplished quite a bit at the retreat!! I was proud of myself! SO looking forward to April!

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I made 5 batches of my Granny Ella's homemade sweet pickles!


 

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I also took part in Madame Samm's Red/White?Blue Blog Hop! My entries were these 2 blocks which I gave away to 2 of my readers!

  

 

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I was in a pincushion swap on a crazy quilting forum and this one went to my friend Carolyn.

  

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I was also a participant in a Crazy Quilted Snowball Fight on another crazy quilting forum and this one went to Cathy!


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I taught my granddaughter and her friend Jordan how to hand blanket stitch.  They did a fabulous job to be 8 years old!


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I made this block as part of the Think Christmas Blog Hop over at Madame Samm's!


 

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I spearheaded a collection of sewing supplies for my friend Debbie from Oklahoma who lost her home to the forest fires in her hometown in July.  There were 115 packages collected! Thank you again quilters!!

 



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This quilt top and backing was made for the Dots on Dots Blog Hop over at Madame Samm's!  I gave it to my friend Marie who quilted it and gave it to a senior citizen at her church.

  

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This was one of the few quilts that I quilted in 2013.  I loved the name she gave the quilt and I designed my quilting around it.  Love the suns quilted in the solid HST! I was happy while I worked on this fun quilt!

 

 

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The 2nd Annual Men Quilt Too Show was scheduled for October 1 but in lieu of the show we only had a linky party!  Please visit the link and see what these men  have been working on!

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This tablerunner was the result of The Wicked Blog Hop over at Madame Samm's!  It will also go to Marie to quilt up for one of the seniors at her church.


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This Crazy Quilt block went to my good friend  Colleen.

 

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I made 3 of these 6 coin purses for the U R Priceless Blog Hop over at Madame Samm's!  The pig - frog - and warrior - are mine.  The rooster was made by my mother in law.. and the western purse and the pineapple were made by my friend Marie.  I have 6 more right now in the makings for the winners of my giveaway.  They have had to go on hold until after Christmas but will be finished by the end of the year! I have plans for even more! They are addicting!


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We also had the Holiday Lane Blog Hop over at Madame Samm's!  This pillow was made for that and gifted to my mother in law! She loved it!


I also made my grandson's puppy dog a holiday lane pillow.  And I am glad to announce that she finally started using it! :)

 

 

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These 2 stockings were made for a Secret Santa Stocking Swap on the HGTV Quilting and Needlework Forum.  One of them went to Australia... the other to an unsuspecting child in the Walmart parking lot. :)

 

 

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I have started a drive to collect "finished" quilts for the children of the Masonic Home for Children and the Central Children's Home both here in my area of Oxford, NC.  If you can help please visit the link and comment and then send me an email when you are ready to mail and I will reply with my mailing info. Thanks to all who will help with this call for quilts!

 

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 I finish my year end recap off with 2 small quilts that I just finished for a set of twins who belong to my good friend Bonnie.  Bonnie is the reason I have a blog! Thank you Bonnie!







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For the grand finale, I have to tell you what has occupied a large portion of my time this year!  I opened an online Crazy Quilting Supplies Shop!  I have put a lot of sweat equity in to the site and my customer base is growing.

You do not have to be a crazy quilter to find things you can use in your quilting so please go over and take a peek at my shop.  The #8 Pearl Cotton Thread is awesome!  For only 1.75 you get right at 90 yards of thread! This is the Coats and Clark thread - Anchor Pearl Cotton - and comes from their India plant!  I worked with my wholesaler to get the best possible price so I can offer it at the price I have it on my site! 

You will also find wide quilt backings on the site at great prices!   There are books and patterns in the Bargain basement! I am clearing out a lot of my personal stash so watch that page for some great bargains!

There are too many things on the site to list them so you will have to go over and check it out! I have been packaging beads for a week and the bead page will show a lot more product inventory after the Christmas holidays are past us.  Lots more laces and lace motifs as well as other merchandise!!  You will have to come for a visit often to keep up with the new products coming to the site! They are here in the house... I just need to photograph and upload them!

 I will appreciate your support of my shop!

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I want to thank all of my readers who make blogging fun!  Because of your interaction with me via emails and comment forms, you keep me inspired to blog.  I have some new plans for the blog in 2013 and hope you will stick around to see what is on the agenda!  I truly appreciate you all!

I will end by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



3 comments:

SewCalGal said...

Whew, you've been busy. Fun to see your year end recap.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Merry said...

Wow....that is a lot of quilting. So much wonderful work Therica. I have loved browsing your blog throughout 2012. Wish you and your family a terrific Christmas.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Hey Girl,
After reading all that, I need a long nap...LOL.

By the way, did I ever say how much I love that frog coin purse. It just jumped out at me, really, and it so totally rocks....I'm a big frog fan :)

I'm glad you had a wonderful year, we all love to hear how one another has grown and changed over the last year. Great inspiration for a post!

Smiles,
Kelly