Jan 5, 2011

reflections 2010

Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?
Hmm, everybody seemed to be very excited about participating in bees and swaps as part of the vivide online community. Hexagons for anything instead of flowers and mug rugs were also some trends. Another trend, which I am still not sure whether to like or not, is the frequency new fabric lines are coming out.

What were some of your favorite things?
Getting to know a lot of other crafters! I met some amazing and inspiring people online :)

What was your very favorite fabric collection or print?
This would be Echinos Spring 2008 collection, being slow enough to discover it only last year. The fabric feels gorgeous and I love most of the prints and color combinations.

What was the best thing you made in 2010?
Does finalizing count? This little critter would be it. Not? Well, the best thing I did last year is actually nothing I can show. It is about trying some techniques as tackleing free motion quilting. About stretching my comfort zone regarding fabric choices, color combinations and else. About less procrastination and more finishing things. About not worrying all the time that I will mess everything (it still might happen but it is not the end of the world). It all sums up to getting more confident. Love it.

What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?
Hard to pick one. Here are some of the wonderful things I saw.

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What do you think 2011 has in store?
I assume that more independent designer will get more attention and that the market for organic fabrics will grow. Hope for both.

Anything you’re ready for the sewing world to get over?
Instead of releasing so many fabric collections at the current frequency with sometimes just variations of a them, I would rather prefer fewer collections and more distinctive designs.

What’s on your sewing agenda for 2011? What are you excited about? What would you like to learn more about?
Bags are on the agenda: Travel bag, back bag and messenger bags will need to be replaced this year and I'd like to try sewing me news ones with water proof materials. Didn't try them before. I am also gonna test more natural battings. The regular cotton batting makes quilts a bit heavy and less cuddly. Therefore, I prefer some mid volume polyester battings for my quilts. Will have to look a bit around since the battings have to be reasonable priced, easy to wash and dry and pleasing touch.
The new lines of Birch Fabrics coming this January will hopefully soon be released. Need to make plans for them.

1 comment:

  1. i totally agree with your insights! i am tired of the same patterns being altered just a touch and being released at breakneck speed! i love the new, well thought out lines!