And in the blink of an eye the year has gone!  I’ve never really been a fan of New Year’s Eve and I’m not the type to go out and drink the night away.  There are always too many people in too little space and the taxi fare you pay to get there is astronomical; you really might as well be going to the moon!  I tend to spend the last hours of the year in loose pants, cup of tea in one hand and the other, claw-like, lowering itself into a tin of Cadbury’s Miniature Heros.  In those moments, my mind drifts and contemplates what has been and what is yet to come.

The last few months of this year have been wonderful in so many ways, particularly my quilting life.  What first started as a very personal, solo adventure has fast become a bawdy, rambling troupe.  I’ve met so many amazing and inspiring people on the journey and it feel like there’s a lot more to come.  Two years ago, before the words ‘fat quarter’ and ‘half square triangle’ entered my vocabulary, I could never have imagined myself as part of such a vibrant, creative community; having a blog of my own, with followers, and comments, and likes oh my!  I was very much a one-man-band, but through this blog, Facebook and Instagram I’ve encountered so many other wonderful artist who I feel privileged to play along side in this great quilty arena we’ve created.

So, to 2014.  The year is already shaping up to be an awesome one.  Firstly, I’ll be participating in my first Quilt Bee.  A few months ago, whilst enjoying the entries of the Quilt Bloggers Festival, I happened across an entry by a male quilter.  I was so excited to have found somebody else like me I commented at once, congratulating him not only on his amazing quilt but also his gender!  That comment planted a seed, which quickly took on a life of its own, becoming the “No Girls Allowed Quilt Bee”, or the #NGAQB for the cool kids.  13 guys, yes, guys, 12 months and a whole load of testosterone-fueled quilting.  You’ll be hearing a lot more about the bee over the coming year but I don’t think I have to tell you how excited I am.  The group has a really special feeling and I know that each and every one of the members will have something to teach me.  I’ve nearly completed January’s blocks and will be sending them off to their recipient soon!  Want a sneak peek?  Oh, go on then!

2014 will also see me turning my hand to designing a quilt, something that excites and unnerves me in equal measure.  The wonderful people at Fat Quarterly were kind enough to let me lose with a fabric bundle with the task of creating something for their upcoming pre-cuts issue.  I’ve had great fun messing about with paper and colouring pencils over the last few days and am itching to get started.

Aside from hangovers and Hogmanay, the end of the year is traditional reserved for resolutions; things we commit to to make a difference in our or others lives over the coming year.  I usually shy away from such things, preferring to allow the year to play out in its own unpredictable way.  That said, there are a few things I aim to do.  The first is to use more of my stash.  As pretty as it looks, its primary function is to be used.  I’ll never (no matter how hard I try) be able to stop the shopper in me from buying fabric, but if I can use what I buy, rather than just look and smile at it, then I’ll consider that a win.  Secondly, the past year has seen me step up my free motion quilting and that is something I want to continue.  I’ve moved away from stippling towards more adventurous designs and hope to utilise the quilting books I received for Christmas to progress.  I’ll be a free motion feather freak before you know it!

So that’s it for this year.  Thank you to each and every one of you who follows, reads, comments and likes.  You, as much as anybody, have welcomed me into this quiltsphere and I can’t wait to share 2014 with you all.  Happy New Year!

Linking up with Lily’s Quilts for the Small Blog Meet, a great way to meet other like-minded bloggers.

16 thoughts on “LOOKING FORWARD

  1. I am looking forward to seeing all the blocks in the NGAQB! Thanks for the sneak peak! Love the drawing for your quilt design. Can’t wait to see that, too! I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you!

  2. I know I already commented on that quilt design on Instagram but now I’m even more excited for you. Loving what you have going on and I’ll be following along for sure in 2014!!

  3. A quilter, photographer and a writer to boot. You are the bloggers dream! Love what I have seen so far. Looking forward to following you. Maybe I will be inspired to do more blogging.

  4. That quilt design is fantabulous! Sorry I can’t help myself. Sounds like you have enjoyed your year and that there is all kinds of goodness in store. Looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings.

  5. Your block looks amazing, the colours and the piecing are stunning. If you are exploring free motion quilting have you discovered Leah Day’ site?

  6. What a great little baby quilt! I can’t wait to see what marvelous creations come out of #NGAQB, you sure have some talent in that group!

    As well as being a male quilter I believe that you belong to another rare group – the Welsh modern quilting bloggers! I’m glad that I’ve found you and I look forward to following you x

    Oh, a blwyddyn newydd dda!

  7. Pingback: NO GIRLS ALLOWED QUILT BEE – JANUARY | Quilts From The Attic
  8. Hi, just coming over from Lily’s quilts small blog meet archive post (Hense the late comment!) I’ve been watching this No girls allowed quilt bee via Instagram and the blocks look amazing! Very jealous! Looking forward to following you (in non creepy sense)!

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