Year in Review

2020 Year in Review and 2021 Plans

It’s the time of year to look back at all that I’ve accomplished in the previous year. I did a lot of sewing in 2020! Over 40 projects that included:

  • 3 Table Runners
  • 4 Wall hangings
  • 12 Bags/Pouches
  • 3 Decor Items
  • 13 Pieces of Clothing
  • 2 Quilts
  • 9 Round Robin Blocks
  • 1 Cross Stitch

I already have an endless list of projects for 2021. The list seems to continually grow and I have no doubt this is because I like to sew so many different types of things. I want to continue to do a little bit of everything, so I need to focus on rotating through these throughout the year.

More bags!
I absolutely love making bags! Having a completed useful and professional looking bag or pouch is really satisfying! My main goal this year is to make a purse for myself. I could really use a new one and I’ve got the fabric already purchased and the pattern picked out! I’m thinking about making the Sew Sweetness Baker Street bag:

FREE Pattern+Video: Sew Sweetness Baker Street Bag
Sew Sweetness Baker Street Bag

Clothes for myself
In the past I have mostly concentrated on making clothing for my kids. In 2020 I lost 20 pounds and I want to celebrate this by making myself clothes to wear. I have had a few blouses, dresses, and a hooded sweatshirt pattern on my “To Make” list for years, but wasn’t as interested in making them as my size was changing and I didn’t want to even take my measurements for fear of reality. Now that I feel great in my clothes again, I can’t wait to sew for myself! I’ve had McCall’s M7359 Misses’ V-Neck Dolman Sleeve Tops in my pattern stash for awhile:

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McCall’s M7359 Dolman Top

More cross-stitch!
Having completed two simple small cross-stitch pieces now, I would like to move on to more intricate, large works. I purchased Santa’s Village by Country Cottage Needleworks and my goal is to start and finish it this year!

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Country Cottage Needleworks – Santa’s Village

Seasonal wall hangings
I would love to have a wall hanging for my entryway for every season. I want to make them all a similar size so I can easily switch them out. Not to mention this will give me more practice on my new longarm I purchased in 2020! I’ve had this 4-patch mini wall quilt tutorial bookmarked for awhile:

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4-Patch Mini Wall Quilt by Jedi Craft Girl

Cat quilt
I have dreams of making a large cat quilt featuring all of the cats I’ve had. I have all the supplies purchased and a pattern ready to go, I just need to start making the cats! I will be using the “Jazz Cats” pattern from The Cat’s Meow: Purr-fect Quilts for Cat Lovers by Janet Kime. I picked this book up at a garage sale awhile ago!

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Jazz Cats quilt from The Cat’s Meow book

Sew Sampler finishes
In 2020 I subscribed to the Fat Quarter Shop Sew Samper subscription boxes. I love these monthly boxes! I have already accumulated a few boxes that are waiting for me to make them! My goal is to make each project so I can work more on my quilting skills. It’s going to be hard to keep up, but most of the projects so far are small quilts. If I reserve some time each week to cutting fabric for these, it would make it easier to pick these up and piece them when I have a free moment.

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August 2020 Sew Sampler box pattern

I’m looking forward to lots of great sewing this year! I also plan on dedicating myself to adding more content to this blog. In the past I have used it to track my project completions, but didn’t add many details. I now hope to share my experiences and inspire others in their sewing journey.

Happy 2021!

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