Looking Forward, Looking Back

At this time of the year I am in two minds …looking forward to the new year with anticipation, but still looking back at the old with surprise as to what we actually achieved in the past twelve months.

We wrote about exhibitions we enjoyed,

July is the month that everyone looks forward to the popular  Victorian Quilters exhibition in Melbourne. This year we sponsored the challenge with Aurifil prizes for the winners

Fran won first prize with her entry “The Jungle & Totem Poles”

Another exhibition that we enjoyed was Quilts in the Barn. It is an annual fund raising exhibition that is well worth visiting.

blog photosQuilts in the Barn 2012 012

and we wrote about our stitching projects,

We featured Hand quilting  with cotton Mako’28  in a lot of our posts

Crosshatching quilting all finished

Crosshatching quilting all finished

We shared our differing versions of the 2012 Aurifil Embroidery Block of the Month .

Judysew4th stitched her blocks with Cotton Mako’ 12,

MY Summer colours

MY Summer colours

while I stitched mine with Lana.

The February Aurifil Block of the month stitched with Lana wool thread on a felted wool fabric

I even wrote a post about  how to replace other threads with Aurifil thread colours  so that you can stitch your embroideries with your favourite (Aurifil) thread.

Ladybirdee used Lana for a lot of her stitching projects this year,

Some of the threads I used - perfectly blending in with the felted wool.
Some of the threads I used – perfectly blending in with the felted wool.

Judysew4th joined the machine quilting challenge and

The February FMQ Challenge

The February FMQ Challenge

KnitsnQuilts worked on a lot of her favourite appliques

The finished cushion.

The finished cushion.

 We shared posts about our customer’s stitching.

We love seeing (& sharing) the projects that our customers are making with Aurifil

Zoe’s embroidery pattern uses Cotton Mako’ 12

Zoe Clifton's beautiful embroidery design stitche din Cotton Mako' 12

Zoe Clifton’s beautiful embroidery design stitched in Cotton Mako’ 12

This motif below is part of a beautiful hand embroidery  stitched with Lana thread by Jeanette,

A beautiful beetle

and for a change of pace, Marlene’s machine embroidered quilt is stunning

The bottom corner of Marlene's quilt

The bottom corner of Marlene’s quilt

and Juliet sent us a photo of her  pieced quilt. As you can see it is a star!

Juliet's "Star" quilt was stitched entirely with Aurifil threads

Juliet’s “Star” quilt was stitched entirely with Aurifil thread

We posted tutorials about techniques that we have used this year,

Knitsnquilts showed us how to transfer the design to the fabric to simplify the placement of applique pieces:

Cut out windows for the placement of bias stems leaving some bridges.

Cut out windows for the placement of bias stems leaving some bridges.

We shared a post to show you how to make a quick wrist pincushion and

My raggedy old wrist pin cushion was made from four small half-square triangle blocks

My raggedy old wrist pin cushion was made from four small half-square triangle blocks

how to make a simple cushion cover

Our cushion with a seaside theme

Our cushion with a seaside theme

We even wrote a post about how to edit photos for your blog

To speed up the page loading time it is a good idea to resize photos for blogs

To speed up the page loading time it is a good idea to resize photos for blogs

and we wrote about events where we represented Aurifil.

The Summer & Winter Australian wholesale Quilt Markets are highlights on our annual calendar.

We decorated the side wall with Ladybirdee's glorious quilt

We decorated the side wall with Ladybirdee’s glorious quilt

These are smaller events than the USA Quilt Markets, but they are just as important for us, as they allow shop owners to visit with the Australian textile craft wholesalers in the one location, and are a great opportunity to see the latest & greatest products.

We enjoy using these opportunities to introduce the new Aurifil products.

The new Kit Art Collection of Aurifil threads from Edyta Sitar is very appealing

The new Kit Art Collection of Aurifil threads from Edyta Sitar is very appealing

So what is ahead for us in 2013?

Find out by bookmarking our blog so that you can keep up with our activities in 2013.

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