At the start of 2012, I challenged myself to finish 12 quilts before the end of the year. I didn't make that target (finished 6 by the summer, quilted 4 for Siblings Together, and then petered out once the academic year started) but it did help keep me focussed. And I managed to make a few pieces of clothing, knit a couple of hats, and sew these cuties too...
|owl cushion designed by Ashley Johnston at We All Sew|
|small cat cushion designed by Eva Hasunova in Stitch magazine|
I'm going to try the same trick again this year, only this time I have a secret weapon - my newly tidy sewing room. I find it very hard to settle in a cluttered environment so I have spent the last day of 2012 cleaning and organising with a view to helping productivity. I'm also hoping that 2013 is the year that this room gets painted.
Each of the plastic boxes (thank you, Lidl) contains the components of a single project, so I can pick a box up and get on with some sewing, without the excuse that I'm missing a key fabric or a vital template. The quilt on the wall in the picture above is a kaleidoscope pattern that I call "Red Lights, Blue Movies". I have a thing for vintage tins - you can see some of them in the photo below. They're full of zips, buttons and other bits of haberdashery.
I love this printer's tray that Mum gave me to store my threads, and the jam jars full of vintage buttons and buckles, safety pins and ribbons.
Another vintage delight - the Sylko drawers hold sewing machine needles, screw drivers, feet and so on. The keep calm sign was a gift from my sister and the radio is my pride and joy. It was a birthday gift from Mr Q and allows us to listen to radio all over the world, so we can listen to the Brisbane morning traffic reports whenever Mr Q feels homesick!