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Wrapping Up The Year 2012


It’s that time to look back over the year in quilting and think about what was made and what was learned.

In 2012, I made about 31 quilts or other projects.  Here are most of them:

2012 Quilts

In 2012, I began selling on Etsy.  I’ve made 27 sales so far.  (I also sell on Artfire, but I’ll be ending that.  I did sell in a shop here locally, which was an interesting, if not lucrative, experience.  I stopped that this summer, but kept up the friendships I made there.)  I’m paying for all my fabric and supplies, and showing a profit, so I can’t complain.  I’ve learned about postal rates and customs forms.  Most importantly, I’ve “met” so many nice people, and found homes for my work all over the country and around the world.  I know they’ve gone to new babies, sick friends, nursing home patients, and favorite relatives, and to brighten people’s homes and offices.  I like that.

In 2012, I’ve given quilts and pillowcases to several charitable causes.  I’ve given two to convalescing friends.  I had one appear in Southern Weddings Magazine. (I’ll post more about that when I actually see the magazine and can show you pictures.  So far I’ve only glimpsed a peek online.  The quilt is there, just hidden behind a bridal party.  The nerve!)

In 2012, I got involved with quilters/bloggers/podcasters on Twitter, and I’ve really enjoyed it.  We’ve shared Sew-Ins and holiday preparations and pets and weather and new additions and illness and our quilt successes and questions, etc., etc., etc.   Mostly it’s just a lot of nonsense and love, and it never fails to bring a smile to my face, if not an outright laugh.  So fun to have friends around the country, and a few across the world. If you’re looking for me there, I’m @scooquilt.

And in 2012, I started this blog.  This is really pretty “out there” for me, but I dove in and did it anyway, and I’m glad I did.  This is my 40th post!  I’ve learned a lot from it, and had a lot of encouragement from nice people.  I haven’t begun to meet my goals with it, but it’s a start.  It’s helped me destash 100+ yards of fabric, and pushed me a bit to finish projects and keep working.  I refuse to be a slave to it, but a little structure is a good thing.  I like being part of the wonderful quilting community.

IMG_0004So that’s what I can recall of my quilt life this year.  How was your year?

2013, here we come!

Author: Valerie

I'm Valerie, also known as Scooquilt. I am passionate about fabric and quilting. My quilts are colorful and modern, but grounded in traditional blocks. My degrees are in Fine Arts and Education. I'm retired from teaching and trying to quilt daily. Reading, gardening, and cats are also important to me.

6 thoughts on “Wrapping Up The Year 2012

  1. Valerie, you were really productive this year! I know none of us can compete with Pam, but I know I haven’t made 26 quilts this year 🙂 Your work is beautiful and it’s nice to hear that you’re making a profit in your Etsy shop. I wish you good luck for next year and all the years to come!

  2. You’ve had a very productive year. It’s been a wonderful year with you being my friend as well! Amazing how we can grow and change so much in such short time!

  3. What a great year you’ve had! it’s been nice getting to know you a little through twitter 🙂 I certainly have plans/goals to reinstate my blogging too. I miss it!

  4. What a great year you have had. Very productive! And it’s been great to get to know you on Twitter. Mary Ann

  5. You asked – here goes: Completed 8 quilts – 4 were gifts. Turned in 12 charity baby quilts and 12 charity baby flimsies – Quilted 3 quilts for others, Made 7 quilts for our VA hospital, started 3 UFOs, made one flimsie for me, and made 62 blocks – some which will be orphans, some for BOMs still to complete, and some for swaps. I was shocked to find I used almost 146 yards this year (but most of that was donations)

    I really enjoy your blog, Valerie – can’t believe you’ve only been doing it for only a year. Always fun to read and am in awe of your wonderful quilts. Look forward to quilting along with you in the New Year.

  6. Love your post! It is so cheerful and positive! GREAT job!

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