I thought that to get the ball rolling again that I would start by answering the questions over at Sew Mama Sew on Reflections and Predictions.
SMS: Looking back at the 2011 sewing scene, what trends stand out in your mind?I think that we're definitely seeing the "coming soon" fabric sneak peaks much earlier in the production process with a long wait for those of us who want to buy it retail. This can be a good thing and a bad thing, sometimes it feels like an eternity until we can get our hands on it! I'm loving the involvement of more men in the craft, as fabric designers, quilt makers and bloggers, they bring a different design aesthetic and create great products.
SMS: What were some of your favourite things related to sewing this past year?I loved a LOT of the fabric that came out this year, it was great to see so many different ranges with different styles, really something for everyone.
On a more personal level, one of the biggest changes for me this was meeting a group of quilters my age who have become firm friends. It's a real pleasure to be able to get together for cutting, sewing, chatting, laughing and brownies!
SMS: What did you make that you're most proud of?I'm going to pick two here because I can't separate them, but I think that's ok because one of them was for me and the other was for a dear friend.
The first is my Cosmo bag from Amy Butler's Style Stitches - In Far Far Away by Heather Ross, this was for me, and I absolutely love it. It was worth every second of angst making it!
SMS: Are there any trends you're over and done with?
Not really. I think that the thing that the quilting industry has gotten better at is appreciating that we are all different, so different things appeal to different quilters. I was a bit over the modern/traditional argument that happened in 2011, there is space for all of us in the quilting industry regardless of how and what we identify with.
SMS: Did you have a favourite fabric collection or print in 2011?I really loved the Prince Charming range from Tula Pink, I missed out on Neptune so Prince Charming was great for me to get. For me 2011 was also the year of Sweetwater - Sunkissed, Hometown, and in 2012 Reunion!
SMS: What do you predict for 2012 in the sewing industry?In 2012 I think we will see more involvement of international designers in the US fabric design scene, there's already Australian, English and Japanese designers and I think we will see more of that as the internet and blogs make us all "closer". I would also like to see more companies doing pre-cuts, I just love them for convenience!
SMS: Can you tell us what to expect from you in 2012? Any big projects or life-changing goals?I've already done one exciting thing for 2012, but there will be a wait before I can tell you about it (and no, there are no little feet on the horizon!) I'm planning to re-design the blog a bit soon, it's time for a refresh. I hope there will be some other life-changing things happening too, but I can't tell you about that just yet either!