Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in Review


I like seeing all of the bloggers' top ten lists these days. It’s fun to see them remember their “best of.” I thought of doing one of those posts as well, but a few of my most viewed posts from this year aren’t actually my favorite projects. They’re just the ones that happened to get featured on the bigger websites were exposed to more viewers. So instead, I’m going to look back over the year and show you my favorite project/post from each month. Thanks for helping make this year great by inspiring me to create!


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I used my Christmas money to buy a serger and have loved that decision ever since. My first project was to make three different tops using the same pattern. I’ve loved each of these tops and have worn them so many times!



February brought the Crafting With The Stars competition… a fun challenge in which I was in way over my head. I do love how I made over this old trunk though! It now stands in my craft room and is used to store supplies.


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While not something I actually made, but something I utilized! I turned a two sided jewelry holder into a great storage solution for my thread and buttons. I love having it and it’s one of my favorite elements of my craft room.



This is probably one of my all time favorite projects. It was for So You Think You’re Crafty… the competition that I felt challenged and pushed my creativity in a way that I now miss.


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I introduced you to my all time favorite presser foot for my sewing machine—the Rolled Hem Foot. Used in so many of my projects, it’s the best time saver for sewing I’ve ever seen.



I love this project because it’s for a boy! There are so many adorable clothes for little girls, it was fun to make something for my Jace. And he loved it too!


I’d say my all time favorite post of the year was when Nolan hijacked my blog and gave me my camera. But my favorite project in July was another sewing tips post on Sewing With Knits.

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I see so many people who are nervous about sewing with knits. Or I’ll read through a tutorial where a blogger instructs to sew a knit fabric in a way that will just cause all the stitches to rip under normal wear. Knits are great if it’s understood how to sew with them. For that reason, I love being able to refer people back to this tutorial.


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One of my favorite projects from around our house this year was when we rearranged our living room in August. It still makes me smile to walk in and see it set up that way.

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And with our rearrange came the purchase and slight modifications to this antique radio cabinet. I love this cabinet!


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I still love this shirt. I really made it in August, but the tutorial went up in September, so I’m glad I can put it on this list. I actually used this top as my audition piece for the upcoming competition, So You Think You Can Sew and made it! It’ll be starting in January. I know, I’m a glutton for competitions.


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I had so much fun making these for my nephews and niece!


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November was a bit of a dry creative month for me, but I do love this project!


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I love this project because it took us one step closer to a completed living room. Funny story for you—I meant to make a cute Christmas tree banner for the chicken wire frame, but thanks to one sick bug after the next, I just didn’t get it done. My dad is in town for the holidays and asked, “So, what’s the significance of the chicken wire?” Oops! Guess I should get something up there!

Thanks for being a part of 2011 for me, I’m excited and looking forward to 2012!

1 comment:

  1. Great job, Jill! What a year!!! I love the year in review! Doesn't it make you feel so accomplished and not lazy!? At least it did for me when I did mine! :) I hope to sew for myself a little more this next year, because I love your items you do for yourself!


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