Happy new year everybody :o)  Hope no-one’s feeling the apres-hogmanay effects too badly ;o)

Anyway, another new year, and being the 1st of the month it’s a Fresh Sewing Day too.  I’ve been a little bit lax with these in the past few months, however now seemed a good a time as any to catch up!

It’s been a busy little year (well let’s face it, it’s never exactly quiet and peaceful round here ;o) ) but certainly an interesting one!  Highlights, in no particular order, were:

  • Running my first QAL
  • Taking part in a number of blog hops and QALs
  • Pattern testing for a couple of lovely ladies
  • Finishing my first 2 bees and joining 2 more
  • Taking part in several swaps
  • Getting a pattern in Fat Quarterly
  • Learning how to FMQ a bit
  • Learning how to pattern draft clothing patterns
  • Learning how to screen print
  • Meeting loads of Europe based bloggy friends (and a few internationals) at FQR
  • Meeting loads of North American based bloggy friends (and a few internationals) at SS
  • Doing the grand road trip with Laura round tons of US National Parks

And to go with all that, here’s my finishes for the last year (I think it might have taken me longer to pull the mosaics together than it might have to finish off some things on my WIP list *ahem*)

Bee blocks from Sew Bee Joyful, Piece Bee With You, Stitch Tease and Brit Bee, plus the Japanese x & + swap blocks:

A year of bee and swap blocks

A few swaps – For The Love Of Solids, Sample Swap at FQR, In The Frame Purse Swap, Hand Printed Fabric Swap, Sailor Mouth Swap:

2012 Swaps

Some pattern testing for Joanna at Shape Moth and Sara at Sew Sweetness:

2012 Pattern Testing

Some sew alongs, blog hops and tutorials – Sew Happy Quilt QAL, Stained QAL, Retro Flowers QAL, Tula Pink QAL, FAL tutorial, Inset Circle Challenge tutes, Modern Mini, Intrepid Thread tutorial, Travelling Handmade for SS, Practical Paper Piecing hop, Purse Palooza, Sew-Less Summer, Merrily We Sew Along, Craft Book Review, Zakka Sew Along:

Sew Alongs, Blog Hops & Tutorials 2012

Foundation Paper Piecing For The Terrified sew along that I ran:

FPPFTT Series Blocks

Presents for my family, plus a blog giveaway/secret santa gift:

Pressies Over 2012

Some bears – Wee Jock and TBB II:

Bears 2012

Some screen printing adventures:

Screen Printing Adventures 2012

Other random bits and pieces, reusable tote bag, phone and iPod pouches for me, notebook cover for me, 2 quilts for Siblings Together (that Ella pieced and I backed/basted/quilted/bound), Umbrella Prints Trimmings Comp entries, ruler tote for me, class items from FQR, travel pouch for my PoGo, Secret Santa stocking for Zaki, 2 Meghan dresses and a Meghan tunic, 2 infinity scarves and a travel scarf:

Random Things From 2012

And I’ve realised there’s still a couple of things I’ve missed o.O  Oh well!  It also doesn’t include my WIPs.  Oh those WIPs.  When I was cleaning I eventually found 29 of them.  29.  ARGH!  Oh well, watch for that post of shame in the next day or two, but I’ve got a couple of SALs to help me through them ;o)

Hope you all have a fabulously productive new year :o)

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