Sunday, January 04, 2009

2008 in Review: What Did You Sew?

From 2008
After spending 5 months in Alaska helping my parents, I wasn't sure just how much sewing I actually ever got done back in Oregon. So, I decided to peruse my files and folders and just see what I did and did not get done in 2008!
And while my photo montage is missing some projects and even repeats a few bags, I also made a number of fun quilts.....patriotic comfort ones...... QOV donations.... tiny preemie quilts..... slightly bigger newborn baby quilts, and of course....... comfort quilts for children.
I tried out some variations of photo transfers with patchwork and made 2 journals, and a number of other freezer paper photo transfer items such as pillows.
Then I got all inspired by the recycling movement and the grassroots 'guerilla giving' in Great Britain of shopping bags and made 28 recyclable morsbags...some I just gave away spontaneously to strangers and others as The Gift of an Enduring Legacy . I had sewing accessories fun with 3 wrist pincushions, 2 mugwraps, several patriotic banners, a new sewing machine mat with pockets, and a fun,new threadcatcher.
I continued with my bag crazy stage and made several Japanese knotbags , Fabric Bags and Birthday Card Envelopes and little gift reticules, and my constant addiction....
lots of hotpads and potholders and endless fabric napkins !
I continued my fabric artcard donations to the Alzheimer's Art Qult Initiative and lots of charity quilting.. and then of course..others that I couldn't find photos of and only half remember ever making.....!
Oh yes, I made myself a new kuspuk and then helped 16 children learn to sew and make their own. And then my last trip, I helped 18 children with their leaf print pillows. Such fun!!!
And here, I thought I never even had time to sew this year! I feel better now. Thanks for the sewing therapy review ;)
So, me what you did in 2008 and drop me a link and a line!!!!
Make a Sewing Machine Pad With Pockets
Japanese Knot Bag Tutorial
How To Make A Kuspuk
Make a Wrist Pincushion
Freezer Paper Photo Transfer Tutorial
Blue Star Banner for Military Families
morsbags..recyclable giveaway shopping bag


  1. Wow! That was a productive year! You should be proud of all the work you did.

  2. I kept a running list in the right sidebar of my blog.

    I don't have a collective 2008 photo album but I think I'll do that for 2009... thanks for a very good idea. It is SO easy to lose sight of how much we really DO get done.


Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.