Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Recap

Saltwater Quilts 2013 Collage 4

It's recap time again!  I can hardly believe the year is over.  It came and went so fast.  I put together a couple of collages of the projects that I worked on this year.  I love looking back through the year because it makes me feel so productive.  Even with losing a couple months of sewing time due to a big move to a new state.

This was the first time I moved away from my family.  Prior to the move, I lived 20 minutes from my parents and my sisters.  The whole process has been an adjustment and I don't know if it will be permanent, but we are getting settled and making it our home.  I have learned a great deal from the whole experience and I feel like I have gone through some sort of right of passage.  I feel like a big girl now!

Saltwater Quilts 2013 Collage 1

I am really happy with the projects I made this year and look forward to 2014.  I used a lot of bright colors as I always do and it has me wondering if I should try using softer colors every now and then.  Is it too "in your face" bright?

Saltwater Quilts 2013 Collage 2


My goals for 2014 are...

Learn new sewing techniques
Work with more solids
Make more scrappy projects and actually make a dent in my scraps
Make a few projects with free motion quilting
Find new sources of inspiration
...and share it all with you!!

Non sewing related...

Learn how to use photoshop
Learn how to use my camera on manual setting
...Both of these are basically like learning Chinese, I have been working on this for a while and it is slow going!  If you have any tips or top secret info that will help make this process easier, I would love for you to share them! Please!

Saltwater Quilts 2013 Collage 3

Do you have any goals/plans for the New Year? If so, I would love for you to share them. 

Here's to the New Year!
Candace

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27 comments:

  1. Every single thing is delightful, every one.

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  2. Your projects are beautiful! I just finished and posted my year end recap here:

    http://www.lilypatchquilts.com/2013/12/2014-plans.html

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  3. Most definitely not "in your face!" They are all lovely!

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  4. Candace, you sure have a great eye for color and design! Now that you're "more settled", I look forward to seeing more! Hang in there with the snow :)
    www.sewcraftychick.blogspot.com

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  5. Check out your local community college for community classes in Photoshop and using your camera. In my location, our college offers a lot of community classes each quarter. I took an Indesign and Photoshop class a couple summers ago. It was two evenings per week for 6 weeks. It was great. I learned a lot, but both of these programs are pretty complicated. Good luck.

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  6. Hhappy NEW Year Candace! I love your Works and happy bright colours! x Teje

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  7. I totally love the colors you choose, Im totally on the bright side with you, so many adorable projects
    Happy New Year

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  8. Your quilts are not too bright. They are perfect. I really love the chevron quilt with Kaffe fabric and the contrasting white. Very nice.

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  9. Beautiful makes and pictures - Happy New year!

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  10. Every project is gorgeous! Love your color combos! No need to change anything. I'm taking a pretty extensive online photography class starting next week. I'll let you know how it goes! Happy New Year!

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  11. Happy New Year! Love your colour combinations!

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  12. Beautiful projects! You have been busy! I would love to master free motion quilting and paper piecing this coming year!

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  13. I have two specific goals that you can see here
    http://kwiltypleasures.blogspot.com/2013/12/whats-up-my-stash.html
    Get better using EQ7 and taking photos are also on my list.

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  14. Your stuff isn't too bright! I love it. And you are not alone in being confused by manual mode on your camera- it continues to allude me even after taking 2 photography classes..........

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  15. Your handmaids aren't too bright at all!!! And when you see one you know YOU made it! What a great thing to have a style that is just you. :) I'm so excited to see what you create in 2014, and hope we can spend some time sewing together. I for one am glad you moved here!

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  16. I love, love, love your quilts! Your colors are right up my alley. :) Have a great new year!

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  17. Happy 2014! Love your blog... glad you are adjusting to being further away from family... LOVE your bright quilts :) Love your fresh style of writing your posts! Looking forward to another year following you! As for me and my house we are mainly adults all living together so "be Kind" will be our motto for the year... we are spring cleaning and enjoying the warm weather in our new forever home! Kathi

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  18. I am so happy I found your blog. Love the bright colors you use, so fresh. Being 60 something you have inspired me to get out of my little dark box. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Once just didn't seam like enough.

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  19. Your work is beautiful...and inspiring! I am working on my camera skills as well. There is a wonderful online series with Shoot Fly Shoot. If I stopped coming up with more projects to sew ;-) I would be able to practice with my camera more, but SFS's way of explaining makes so much sense to me-and others I have recommended it to. Maybe it would be a good place for you too?
    Happy New Year!

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  20. Happy New Year! I just moved across the country, so my number one goal is to get my sewing room unpacked so I can finally start working on projects again!

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  21. The colors you use are wonderful, no need to change, your photos are amazing so you don't need to learn that but Chinese well that's an awesome goal, have fun!

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  22. Happy New Year, Candace! Congrats on year of absolutely beautiful finishes! Your goals for the coming year are admirable! So glad to have met you and looking forward to seeing what inspiring creations you share with us in 2014!

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  23. My new goal is to track down some of the Christmas Scottie Dog fabric - adorable.

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  24. Candace, your quilts a so pretty and I applaud your attitude about your move....such a thing really is personally "stretching" in so many ways. I'm right behind you on wanting to learn Photoshop and my camera. I'm thinking of taking an online class and Shoot Fly Shoot, recommended above, is on my radar!

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  25. What beautiful projects! I love visiting your site. =)

    My resolution is to set up a better work space and organize my stash so I can more easily jump into projects when time allows. I finished two quilts for my kids just in time for Christmas (http://kaesey.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/welcome-2014/) and I'm inspired to make more!

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  26. Lots of supercute things there!

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  27. I love your bright colors and I think you use them exceedingly tastefully. :) I remember loving that tumbler when I first saw it and I still totally really love it! Good work this year.

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