Hello 2012!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope that you are all looking forward to all that 2012 will be.

Here’s a mosaic of a lot of the sewing I did in 2011.

2011 Mosaic

Things that I realize by looking at it all in one place: I’ve really moved away from using white as the negative space in my quilts, and I’ll never tire of improv pieced blocks that are just lotsa lil’ squares together. Actually, I shouldn’t say never. I used to sew wonky log cabins this often and I moved on from those! Makes me wonder what will be next!

In early 2011 I also finished sewing 20 more quilts that I can’t show you yet because they are all in Modern Minimal. Can’t wait to start showing them to you in the next couple of months when the book comes out!

2012 is going to be a big year for me! The next book comes out and I’m going to become a mother. Whoa. That last thing is a big one!

There are also big things in store for The Modern Quilt Guild! Did you see that we kicked off 100 Days of Modern Quilting? And there’s more – much more – coming down the pike for The MQG! What a great year it’s going to be. Hope that you’re all just as excited about it as I am!

Some gift sewing

Only had to make one gift for Christmas this year. A set of place mats!

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I went ahead and used my pattern that I posted a while back.

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They sew up so quickly and easily! I used a Moda Crossweaves as the background and three different shot cottons for the lines. I’m addicted to these solids that have some added texture… I wish I had every color there is!

Have you guys seen that Janome is holding this big ol’ challenge? They are working to build their sewing and craft community, and one of the ways they are doing this is by expanding their friends and followers on Facebook. Here’s the challenge part: their goal is to hit 20,000 Likes on Facebook. When they hit that magic mark, they will give away an amazing Friend-to-Friend prize bundle: TWO great Janome Pink Ribbon machines plus a giant mystery bag full of patterns, books, fabric, notions and more from many of their featured Janome friends. Lots of great stuff for you and a friend to share!

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I love my Horizon so I am super excited to be one of Janome America’s featured friends and I’ve contributed one of my books to that mystery bag of goodies!

It’s easy to enter. First, click over to janome.com where you can read a little about me and the MQG, as well as some of Janome’s other great sewing friends. Leave a comment on the article, and you are automatically entered to win. You can leave a new comment each day, increasing your odds of winning. Then, click to Janome’s Facebook page, give them a “Like” and encourage your friends to do the same. There are almost 18,000 now and the sooner they get to 20,000, the sooner they’ll draw a random winner from the janome.com comments for that amazing Friend-to-Friend prize bundle!

You can read more about it here. Good luck!!

The news in my world…

…is that I’m pregnant!! Needless to say, we’re very excited over here. Though it’s been a rough couple of months. Boy did that “morning” (WTF with that term?!? it’s all. freakin’. day. long.) sickness knock me out. I completely lost my sewing mojo and it has been getting me down.

But things are getting better now! I’ve been feeling better and have actually been able to get myself into the sewing room a bit more. We still have to wait about a month to know if it’s a boy or a girl and then the baby sewing is certain to start in full force!

And because I can’t post with no photo at all… Here’s a couple of ornaments I recently sewed up for an LAMQG swap.

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Happy holidays to each and every one of you!!