2015 – The Year in Review

28 12 2015

This has been a year… One that I wish I could go back and do-over, but at least 2016 is nearly here?

While it was a creatively satisfying year in many ways, it was an incredibly frustrating year on the professional front. I was released from the university, my supervisors electing not to renew my contract. Thinking on it still makes my heart hurt – I wrap up a lot of my self-worth in my job, and I honestly felt like I was making a difference, and that I was valued. To learn that I wasn’t, that I didn’t ‘fit within the budget’ – that kind of broke me for a while. I’m not sure that I’ve completely recovered, either.

As I said, creatively, it was a satisfying year. I finished five quilts and participated in a round robin. I think I would love to participate in another round robin, but I would be more finite in what I would want to others put into my quilt – as in, I would specify certain things, whereas I had allowed a lot of creative freedom in this round robin.

That said, I’ll probably continue to abstain from swaps in general. I would like to finish more projects, and swaps only add to my UFO/WIP pile.

Traveling Bee-utiful Swap

1. Lone Star – Complete, 2. Traveling Bee-utiful – February Round, 3. cseawright Traveling Bee-utiful Top-in-Progress, 4. Traveling Bee-utiful April for Forestbuckets, 5. Traveling Bee-utiful April for Sunseak, 6. Farm Quilt II, 7. Something Like Progress, 8. Traveling Bee-utiful – July, 9. Traveling Bee-utiful Swap – September Addition, 10. October Addition Complete, 11. Traveling Bee-utiful November, 12. My Traveling Bee-utiful Quilt Top

The Traveling Bee-utiful Quilt Swap was a fun, but often frustrating, experience. It did push me creatively, which was great. I came away with a better understanding of my creative process. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the quilt top that came home to me. I know for sure that I’m not ready to quilt it.

2015 was also highlighted by several quilt finishes, of which I am quite proud. I’m usually a starter, and still have eleven WIPs to clear out of my queue. I did, however, commit myself to finishing projects by participating in the 2015 Finish Along, and A Lovely Year of Finishes. I fell off of completing projects as the fourth quarter of the year approached – I just didn’t have a lot of time, thanks to the holidays.

Night Sky Completed Quilt - Front

Night Sky was my second attempt at a Camille Roskelley pattern. I did this one as written, and using up my grey, yellow, and white/black fabric stashes. I actually picked this project because I’m a sucker for a quilt-along, but the quilt-along never actually reached completion on the hosting blog.

3xS Completed Quilt Front

3xS (Stars, Squares and Scraps) was supposed to be a leader/ender project to use up my scrap stash, and some neutral solids I had hanging about. It ended up being stupidly fast to piece, because I had everything pre-cut. And then, because I was itching for a finish, I hurried to quilt it.

Embers - Front

I then completed Embers, which was actually the first quilt top I’d done from a Camille Roskelley pattern. I actually had drafted it without the pattern, and re-sized the block to 16″, but purchased the pattern after I’d done all that because I felt guilty. The quilt top had been sitting in my to-be quilted pile for some time, and I just felt like it was time to be done with it.

High Tea Quilt Front

Back in October 2014, I tested a pattern and then the top sat around for a while. I do that a lot… I often get discouraged at the idea of quilting something, because I just don’t have the desire to force a quilt through my domestic machine.

Also, I wasn’t that in love with the top, though I worked from stashed fabrics. Funnily enough, once I’d quilted it and then washed it, I fell in love. Now, I sleep with it most nights.

Spice Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting Mystery Quilt

As I said, I’m a sucker for quilt alongs, so when I saw the 2015 Desert Bloom Quilting Mystery Quilt Along advertised on reddit, I jumped on board. I mainlined the quilt top in two weeks, using only stashed fabrics, and then hurried to quilt it. This quilt went to live with friends that I thought needed a permanent hug.

So, that was 2015 in a nutshell. I’d call it a good quilting year, but I’d really like to do more in 2016. That WIP queue is calling my name. If I can convince myself to be adventurous with quilting, I might actually knock four of my WIPs out fairly quickly.

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5 responses

29 12 2015
Carla

I’m sorry about your job. That must have been quite a shock. Good thing we have our quilting to occupy our minds. Blessings on you in the new year.

29 12 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

It was a shock, and painful because I feel as though I was literally being told I wasn’t worth the expenditure in payroll.

I’ve taken another position in the meantime, and am not closing my mind to other possibilities.

Thank you for the good wishes, and I hope that the coming year is wonderful for you!

29 12 2015
Robyn

Boo to them on your job.
However, quilt-wise you have been most productive. Sadly, this year has been so busy for me I have not been able to finish quilts. I made a few soft toys but no quilts. I will have to get my finger out as we are expecting another grandchild in March.
Good luck with your future. May good things come your way.

29 12 2015
Grey Cat Quilts

I think I’ve been more productive with my quilts because of the job issue. I’ve needed the solace of working in fabric.

Congratulation on the grandbaby to come! So exciting! May the new year bring several more blessings your way!

30 12 2015
mosaicthinking

That job thing hurts but eventually you will be able to put it behind you as I did when something similar happened to me a long time ago. As for the quilts my personal fave is Ember. Love the block in that colour combo. Here’s to a better 2016.

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