Reflections + Predictions wrap-up, plus Free Fabric Friday!

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We hope you enjoyed our Sewing Industry Reflections and Predictions series this year. We’d like to thank our contributors for taking the time to thoughtfully reflect on sewing and fabric trends. Our own reflections and predictions are represented by the people we chose to be part of the series–they’re all individuals who impressed us in 2011 and who we expect will continue to be inspirational in 2012.

A selection from Amanda’s Bird-a-Month series.

Amanda Carestio: Amanda doesn’t just work with the talented authors at Lark Books, she is an amazing talent in her own right.  She sews, she embroiders, she works with felt and it’s all fabulous. We are very appreciative of her enthusiasm for everything she’s involved in–whether it’s part of her job or part of her hobby. Be sure to check out her work on her digs & Bean blog.

Amanda’s Neutral Quilt

Amanda Jennings: We were following lots of wonderful trends in 2011, including cross-stitching, traditional blocks-gone-modern, and sewing-in-real-life among others. We couldn’t help but notice that Amanda Jennings was involved in all of it. We love her Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery designs; we were blown away by the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along (which she organized with Angela of Fussy Cut); and we were sorry to have missed her class at Sewing Summit. Amanda is incredibly skilled with all things needle and thread and we’re sure we’ll see lots more from her in the coming year. Be sure to check out her blog, hey porkchop!

Michael Miller Color Stories Debut/ Spring 2011/ Salt Lake City

Kathy Miller: It’s my perception that most owners and CEOs in this industry are not very accessible to their customers and don’t seem to be very involved the public aspects of running the business. If you’ve ever been to Quilt Market, you know that this is not the case with Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics. She’s always there, setting up one of the best booths at the show,  which she most certainly had a hand in designing. She works alongside her employees, showing fabric and writing orders. She’s also extremely involved in choosing designers and forecasting trends. She has a passion for color and design that comes through loud and clear in everything the company does. Be sure to check out Kathy’s interview and take a look at all the new Michael Miller collections.

Tasia in the Minoru Jacket, a Sewaholic Patterns original.

Tasia Pona: Tasia is the owner of  the fabulous new company, Sewaholic Patterns. We love her designs, her very informative blog, and her wonderful attitude. We know we’ll be seeing great things from Tasia in the years to come.  Don’t miss the article she wrote for us and be sure to bookmark her Sewtionary–there’s tons of great information there that you’ll come back to over and over again!

Simple Simon & Company pajamas featuring Children at Play fabrics.

Elizabeth Evans & Liz Evans: If you’re on Pinterest, you most certainly know the work of Elizabeth and Liz  since their many wonderful Simple Simon & co tutorials for children’s clothing are pinned like mad.  And no wonder–every picture is adorable and their staging and photography are top-notch.  Seriously–do not miss their projects! Simple Simon is creative and fun and we absolutely can’t wait to see what they do next!

Katy’s favorite quilt, Hexagons featuring Anna Maria Horner fabrics.

Katy Jones: One thing we love about Katy is her ability to unify. Whether it’s colors, styles, or people, she brings them all together into something smashing. When it comes to fabric choices or quilt designs you never know if she is going to pick something completely modern, clean, traditional or girly-she seems to like them all (and do them all very well.) The same is true with people–she’s a great leader in the online community and the life of the party in person. She and the rest of the Fat Quarterly team are a constant inspiration. We can’t wait for their new book and whatever else 2012 will bring . Browse Katy’s blog, Monkey Do, and don’t miss her on Flickr.

Kim’s Improv Quilt

Kim Fraser and Stephen Fraser: We have endless respect for Kim and Stephen and the way they’ve built their business, Spoonflower, into a integral part of the sewing industry in just a few short years. We look forward to their weekly design contests which we use as an opportunity to check out new trends and place our bets on rising stars in the design world. We think their collaboration with Michael Miller was brilliant and hope to see more of the same in the future. We were so happy when they won the American Express contest on Facebook–they definitely deserved it! Be sure to follow the Spoonflower blog and their Facebook page for exciting updates, contests and new products.

Amy’s Graduation Quilt from Modern Basics

Amy Ellis: Amy is one of those people who always seems to be organizing an event or accomplishing something wonderful. Her bi-annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival is always a big hit, and her book, Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style has received excellent reviews. Amy and Erin Singleton also organized the first Sewing Summit, which was enjoyed by all the attendees we’ve talked to, and will certainly continue to be a popular event in the fall. Visit Amy’s Creative Side for tons of great quilting tutorials and inspiration.

Deborah’s Nautical Quilt

Deborah Moebes: I know how hard it is to run an online business and raise a family, so I’m completely amazed by all that Deborah has going on. She has an online fabric store, Whipstitch, as well as a brick-and-mortar store in Atlanta. She writes e-courses, tutorials and books plus witty and informative blog posts and hilarious tweets. Smart, funny and talented, Deborah has a great eye for trends and talent. Make sure you follow the Whipstitch blog for great projects and tips, plus a few peeks into Deborah’s busy life.

Jacquie’s service project sewing.

Jacquie Gering: We’ve been following Jacquie for several years now and have enjoyed watching her work evolve. We love the way she shares her processes and her progress on her quilts, and not just the finished piece. Jacquie’s efforts on the Modern Quilt Guild board have helped it grow into the popular and influential organization that it is today. We can’t wait to see her bridge quilt come together and we’re truly looking forward to the new book she wrote with Katie Pedersen. If you love modern quilting, we hope you’re following Jacquie’s blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio.

Anneliese’s Chevron Chenille Blanket

Anneleise: While we were scoping out great tutorials for Handmade Holidays V, we kept coming back to Aesthetic Nest over and over again. We didn’t feature all of Anneliese’s projects, but that’s only because we restrained ourselves. Anneleise has tons of great ideas, writes clear tutorials and has a fabulous, approachable style. We hope we’ll see lots more from her in 2012.

Anna Maria’s Bonne Nuit Quilt, a bonus project in her
upcoming embroidery pattern collection
called “Love From A to Z” ~ More info here.

Anna Maria Horner: When it comes to Anna Maria Horner’s work, can we just say that we love it all? All the fabric, all the needlework, all the projects and patterns. She is an exceptionally talented artist, a fabulous sewist, a great business woman, and a really, really nice person. Every year we look to Anna Maria to not just spot trends, but to start them. Check out Anna Maria’s blog for the latest from her (gah! the needlepoint!) and like the Live Create Love page on Facebook, which is a collaboration between Anna Maria and Janome.

Again, a huge thank you to all of the contributors, and also to everyone who played along on their own blog and added their post to our little Reflections + Prediction link party.

FREE FABRIC FRIDAY! It’s been awhile. This week we’ll give away one yard of fabric to 8 winners! To enter, comment here and/or in any of the Reflections + Predictions posts from our contributors. Each comment is another chance to win. Have a wonderful weekend!

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295 Responses to Reflections + Predictions wrap-up, plus Free Fabric Friday!

  1. tia says:

    thank you so much for introducing me to some AWESOME new crafters. I Know most of the brilliant ones you featured, but you have brought some brand new ones to my part of the Internet!

  2. Jen says:

    Love the bird motif! elegant

  3. Jen says:

    Love the bird motif!

  4. Kristin says:

    I love Anneliese’s Chevron Chenille Blanket!!! So pretty!

  5. Karen Norris says:

    These quilts are so inspiring.

  6. Carmen says:

    A lot of great ideas here – especially Simple Simon & Company pajamas and the hexagon quilt!

  7. Jon says:

    Happy new year to SMS and thanksfor the enlightened post!

  8. Beautiful fabrics. I’m probably to late to enter, but had fun looking anyway. : )

  9. Joanna B says:

    Thanks so much for these articles. It is so fun to see so many others work. So many beautiful quilts! 🙂 Thanks, too, for the chance to win fabric. Just what I need! LOL

  10. Marion says:

    Wonderfull series. I learned a lot from them and enjoyed their favorites

  11. […] (typeof(addthis_share) == "undefined"){ addthis_share = [];}FFF One Yard Winners from our Reflections + Predictions series: Cheryl, Jo, Cheri (gould), Robin (chocolatechippers), Kelsey (kelsiface), Lauren, Meredith + Erin […]

  12. Pattij says:

    Really enjoyed the series a lot! Always fun to see new blogs!

  13. Amber R. says:

    I love the flower quilt and the chenille chevron quilt. Thanks for the great links and ideas!

  14. katy says:

    i hope it isn’t too late to enter! Those quilts are beautiful – and such great inspiration of my goal to do one project a month this year.

  15. Carrie E. says:

    Projections is so fun- especially seeing names of those folks I follow! What a fun giveaway! Thanks!

  16. Abbey says:

    Love the Aesthetic Nest. She has such great taste.

  17. Lindsay says:

    What a great collection of quilts and blogs. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Desiree says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. And thanks for the Projections series…it was very inspirational.

  19. Brandy says:

    Thanks for the introductions. I found two new blogs to be inspired by!

  20. Mom C says:

    Enjoyed all the post’s info. Trends are interesting, fun to see who’s leading out on many. Thanks.

  21. Lara says:

    i would love to see that Michael Miller color story wall in person. what great eye candy.

  22. MBMeadows says:

    Thanks for all the predictions!

  23. lm says:

    This has been a great series. Rather than some faceless plastic robot, we see that these are fabulous, yet strangely qyirky and normal folks I might meet at the grocery store!

  24. Izza says:

    I really enjoy reading the reflection, predictions post.
    Thanks you SMS!

  25. datcat says:

    It was a lovely and informative series … thankyou. Both for the series and the giveaway.

  26. Jodi G. says:

    What a great series. Tons of information and so inspiring.


  27. Julie says:

    Thanks for some new inspirations and ideas. The Sewaholic patterns look fabulous!

  28. Makaela says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!! I love seeing all of the new fabrics and the people that come up with new designs.

  29. Renae says:

    Fun stuff!
    Always like to see what others might be doing.
    Though I’m sure I’ll just keep doing my own thing regardless of any trends.

  30. Tsigeyusv says:

    Thank you for exposing fabrics and artists about whom I was not yet familiar.

  31. Melissa says:

    Brand new sewer here and I am really enjoying this blog!

  32. So many great reflections, but this is the only post I’ll comment on. I’d feel wrong posting on their reflections when I didn’t have anything to say until you mentioned ‘free’

  33. Kelsey says:

    That sewn/embroidered bird hoop is amazing– I love how graphic the design is.

  34. quilterbell says:

    Great ideas, thank you for the chance.

  35. Katina says:

    I’ve had fun reading about everyone and all the new blogs I have to still discover!

  36. Kristin says:

    I love, love, love the sewaholic’s jacket pattern. Gotta get that!

  37. Melanie C says:

    I loved this week’s blog posts…great inspiration!

  38. Jeane says:

    Thanks for a chance on your giveaway. I enjoyed the reflections and predictions.

  39. Mary Beth says:

    Fun stuff…thank you for your work in putting the blog together!

  40. shree says:

    Nice article with information on other fabric artists!

  41. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

  42. Kathy says:

    Thank you. It was an interesting series of reflections and predictions to read. I long for tha day I have a little studio and a lot of time to myself… til then it’s lovely to see what others are thinking about!

  43. Thanks for all these great posts and for bringing back the Free Fabric Friday! 🙂

  44. lorraine says:

    bird a month series how who what where when WOWO

  45. Shannon says:

    I love Anna Maries work too. i will check out that fbook page…

  46. Sydney says:

    This was such a great series that I really enjoyed reading. Thanks for coordinating everyone!

  47. elsa says:

    Wonderful predictions. I’ve got so many things I want to do this year, only hope I can get them all done!
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Nicole says:

    Thanks for all of the suggestions! I can’t wait to check out all of the blogs 🙂

  49. vicki says:

    Thanks so much for doing this series, I really enjoyed it!

  50. Tam says:

    I love the chevron blanket. The piecing might drive me mad but the effect is lovely.

  51. Angel Holland says:

    Some interesting ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. Amy G. says:

    That bird a month is beautiful. Thank you for sharing all the info with us!

  53. Susan says:

    I love the reflections and predictions series. thanks for the giveaway!

  54. Ramona says:

    This has been a really fun series and introduced me to a couple of blogs I haven’t seen before. I love all the inspirations. It excites me to start my projects for the year

  55. beth says:

    Great series – now my to-do list is so long it will run into 2013!

  56. Heather says:

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  57. Joy says:

    I love the reflections and predictions series. Thanks for the inspirations and giveaway!

  58. Donna says:

    Thanks for the reflections and predictions stories. I enjoyed reading each one. So inspiring. Thanks for the giveaway, too!!


  59. Lori B says:

    Tons of great information! Thank you!

  60. bwilliams says:

    Thanks sew much! I now have a few more sites in my favorites list!

  61. I have really enjoyed the series. So informational and inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

  62. Lisa Uotinen says:

    Thanks for the wonderful insights into the year and the beautiful pictures!

  63. Kate Dawson says:

    I really enjoyed reading these reflections and predictions. I particularly like Amanda’s neutral quilt.

  64. Mandy says:

    Thank you for the interesting read, beautiful photos and links.

  65. Melissa says:

    I really enjoyed reading this series! Thank you!!

  66. Addie says:

    this is a fantastic annual wrap up and look ahead. thank you!

  67. robin says:

    I love the nautical quilt and also the hexagon one. 🙂

  68. tanya says:

    very inspirational!

  69. Amanda says:

    Wow! What a great source of inspiration.

  70. Lots of inspiring ideas!

  71. Lucie says:

    Thank you for all your inspiration… now all I need is the time and the money 🙂 So much fun to read your blog 🙂

  72. Beth T. says:

    I love this post. As proud as I was to see the names of quilters and designers whose blogs I follow, it is exciting to see some new names–I am off to check them out!

  73. Jennyroo says:

    I have seen quite a few faux chenille blankets, but that turquoise chevron one is absolutely AMAZING!

  74. Debbie says:

    So truly inspiring! I’ve got a lot on my sewing wish list this year!

  75. jm says:

    Free fabric? Yes please!

  76. Emilee says:

    I loved this series. Really got me thinking about what projects I will want to work on in 2012.

  77. Linda R. says:

    Thanks for the wonderful wrap up and a chance for a give-away!

  78. KaoruMarie says:

    thanks for theses reflections + predictions. I’m new to quilting and these posts have been great for learning about all the great quilters and designers out there.

  79. Penny says:

    Great information. Love the series

  80. Ginger says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I enjoyed this series.

  81. Anne says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. These have been very informative posts.

  82. Erin says:

    thanks for the give away…

  83. Cathy Byrd says:

    I’m a newbie – Will definitely read up on your postings. Want to learn more.
    I am amazed at how much you all do and wonder when you sleep? Maybe your sleeping with one eye open and one hand working?
    Surely do hope some of that rubs off on me.
    Thank you for the chance to win.
    Cathy Byrd
    byrd at

  84. Camille says:

    The sewaholic jacket is fantastic!

  85. Eileen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. AnnaPK says:

    I have so much on my “hope-to-do” list for this year!

  87. able mabel says:

    I am a brand new reader to your blog. What a thrill to find it and all the eye candy it is filled with!

  88. kim says:

    Love Deborah’s Nautical Quilt. I wanted a HST project and it provided all the inspiration I needed.

  89. Joanna says:

    Thanks for the fabric giveaway! This has been a great post–esp since I’m kind of new to your blog. A great summary of 2011!

    You are book marked for the future!

  90. Dawn says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I love the predictions and can’t wait to see what 2012 brings to the quilting world.

  91. Jezibels says:

    Really loved the reflections and predictions, you know what is super about it? The photos and seeing what other people are doing in their crafty artful lives, thanks for that!

  92. Lee says:

    i really enjoyed this series! loved seeing all the projects and quilts! very inspiring! thank you!

  93. traci says:

    i’ve been eyeing the “farmer’s wife” book for awhile now. thanks for the info! if i win some fabric, i’ll start my farmer’s wife quilt! i’m not a farmer’s wife, but a farmer’s daughter!

  94. Diane says:

    I love how Sew Mama Sew keeps up with what is being done in the creative world of fabric!

  95. Tina says:

    oh my gosh – this is the most beautiful collection of projects I’ve ever seen.
    Should make a bookmark oder screenshot of it.


  96. Jamie says:

    I loved reading all of these, so fascinating how everyone has such different perspectives!

  97. Jen S says:

    I like reading about all these sources of inspiration of last year. I think it’s turning into some new inspirations for me this year! Question is: where to start? Embroidery, quilting, sewing clothes…

  98. Virginia says:

    Thank you so much for your constant inspirations! Love the quilts.

  99. DebbieKL says:

    I love the Simple Simon & Co PJs!

  100. Jackie Bellinghiere says:

    I follow you on facebook and love your pictures! I would love to win your fabric giveaway, too. Thank you!

  101. Caitlin says:

    love, love, love that hexagon quilt!

  102. Valerie says:

    I loved looking at all the quilts in your inspiration series! The Hexagon quilt was my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

  103. Becky Greene says:

    Thanks for the return of the giveaway and the great series of articles!!

  104. cheri says:

    Love the bonne nuit quilt! Cute!

  105. Beth says:

    Thank you for sharing the great projects and designers. I woul.d love to win!

  106. Sara says:

    I liked reading the reflections+predictions posts from all the bloggers you didn’t feature, with the button links on the first page – especially badskirt’s review.

    Also that Bonne Nuit quilt just kills me. So beautiful.

  107. Kay says:

    Looking for another reason to sew or quilt!!

  108. Christine M says:

    I love that Minoru Jacket!

  109. JamieS says:

    These artists may intimidate me with their skill and creativity, but they also inspire me with their talents. I really enjoyed the series. Thanks.

  110. Rebecca Kennedy says:

    It’s great to hear what so many talented people are up to! Makes me look forward to learning some new things this year.

  111. WandaFish says:

    Thanks for the round up! I’ve loved reading the reflections and predictions from such talented and influential crafts people 🙂
    Yay for another yummy giveaway too!

  112. daniela says:

    love it all, this is wonderful to brows through. i want to get back to the machine….

  113. Fenna says:

    would love to win 🙂

  114. Teri McInerney says:

    beautiful quilts!

  115. Debby Beatson says:

    So many inspiring people. I’m very much a novice sew-er, (using old sheets etc to practice on before I buy any expensive fabric!!!). But articles like this make me want to get better & better once I realise what’s out there for me to try!!!

  116. Shannon O. says:

    I love those Simple Simon & Co pajamas.

  117. Ioanna says:

    Loooooove them all!

  118. Anne Marie says:

    Great projects.

  119. deborah says:

    Thanks for the series… lots of talent reflected here.

  120. Alicia says:

    Its fun to hear from such a diverse group of people. Thanks!

  121. Jessica says:

    Oh Anneliese’s Chevron Chenille Blanket amazing!!! Gorgeous.

  122. Cid says:

    Kim’s Improv Quilt! Love the color combos. It’s just a happy quilt.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  123. Sherry J. says:

    There are just not enough hours in the day to visit all the blogs i want and sew up all the quilts i love. thanks for the info!

  124. These posts were really interesting and helped me to get a broader perspective on the fabric industry. Thank you! I would also love to think about trends in sewing in dolls and toys. That could be neat, too, and is a part of the fabric industry, too.

  125. Tonya says:

    I love your information! Thanks from a Sewing Mama!

  126. karla costner says:

    🙂 ohhh so inspiring. love the jacket! and need the fabric!

  127. Jamie says:

    I have been mindfully avoiding these posts, as a I have a ton of unfinished projects staring me down. And now I need to add the Bonne Nuit quilt to that list!

  128. deborah says:

    i love that chevron blanket. love. i wish i had the patience to make it!

  129. Great wrap up post (and always a treat to end the week with such lovely eye candy!) I’m so excited for Anna Maria’s embroidery patterns!

  130. Elisabeth says:

    So much creative inspiration in one place! Thanks for helping us discover new links and ideas.

  131. Judith says:

    This has been a truly inspirational series. What a fantastic way to start off the new year.

  132. After reading all the predictions, I think we’ll have a colorful sewing year.

  133. Pat V. says:

    I love Amy’s Gradation quilt. All these photos are so inspiring! I have lots of new ideas…

  134. Another great series this year! I love knowing that I was a part of all that happened last year and get inspired and excited for what’s coming up this year!

  135. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful quilts, stories and ideas!

  136. Kelli says:

    I love seeing what different people feel about the things I like to think about too. This is such an enjoyable series of posts!

  137. Jennie P. says:

    I have enjoyed this series 🙂 It introduced me to new things.

  138. Amy B. says:

    Thanks for bringing us some interesting reads from designers!

  139. Kristin H says:

    That hexagon quilt is amazing!

  140. taysha riggs says:

    Great giveaway! New fabric would be great for some new year sewing

  141. Kristin M says:

    These perspectives from the different people were quite interesting.

  142. Eva Fernandez says:

    That hexagon quilt is gorgeus!

  143. Mystica says:

    Inspirational and thank you for the giveaway.

  144. Fabienne says:

    Its been a fun and inspiring series. I learned alot. Looking forward for 2012!

  145. Taryn says:

    So good to read all this and hear the variety of styles. 😉

  146. Wendy says:

    I enjoy reading this series every year; thanks for introducing us to so many up and comers–I’ll be looking forward to what they have in store during 2012!

  147. Sandy says:

    It’s been fun reading all the reflections and predictions. Thanks for the giveaway!

  148. Samina says:

    I can’t stop swooning over Katy Jones’s hexagon quilt! It’s absolutely gorgeous & I’d love to try to replicate someday.

  149. Michele says:

    I’d love to win!

  150. Sandy says:

    I just loved this series. I learned so much and was introduced to people and business that I otherwise would not have. Thank you for a wonderful series!!!

  151. Nan says:

    I am soooo inspired now, I’m off to my workroom to start sewing!

  152. Sally says:

    I have really enjoyed reading these great predictions. Love all the quilts and projects.

  153. Char says:

    This was just a wonderful series … I hope to be able to see more like this in the future. Learned so much, started many discussions … LOVED it. While I loved it all, top on my list for a new little one that is to arrive later this year, will be Anneliese’s Chevron Chenille Blanket. Wonderful idea, can’t wait to start it!

  154. Gill says:

    Thank you! I have so enjoyed this series! and discovered some great new blogs on the way!

  155. Valerie Boudier says:

    Really enjoyed the series and have picked up a few more blogs to follow

  156. erin jewell says:

    I love Michael Miller and Anna Maria Horner fabrics, their work is so cheerfull and inspiring!

  157. Cinnamon says:

    I love that Minoru jacket! Can’t wait to see what else she comes up with.

  158. Ann says:

    I really enjoyed reading all the interviews, some from bloggers that I follow and some new to me.

  159. Maureen S says:

    I do love that hexagon quilt. But my goodness, the time that went into putting that together.

  160. Liz says:

    Love that hex quilt!

  161. Jenelle says:

    Thanks for sharing the thoughts of such wonderful people. I enjoyed getting to read along.

  162. Larissa says:

    Yay for a fabric giveaway!

  163. Jen V says:

    The Minoru jacket looks fabulous! Thanks for continuing to provide inspirations, dialogue & community, SMS.

  164. This has been a fantastic series, and I’ve enjoyed every single post .. thank you.

    a yard of fabric … that would be lovely!

  165. moira says:

    I agree with pretty much the lot! Especially Katy from Monkey Do – v.inspirational for us newbies.

  166. Marita says:

    What a great collection of inspirational items. The quilts are gorgeous!!

  167. Lynn says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and for always providing interesting blog entries and ideas.

  168. Sarah says:

    I love Simple Simon & Co.! Thanks for posting all of these great inspirations.

  169. Laura says:

    Jacquie Gering is one of my favorite quilters. Thanks for featuring her this week.

  170. Deborah S says:

    Thank you for helping us to look back and then forward. It is always exciting to see all of the unbelievable talent that there is in the sewing community, and a community it is, as I sometimes feel that I know these talented women from reading their blogs, where they give us a glimpse of their lives and their creative process. Thank you, Sew Mama Sew for bringing this information to us.

  171. Jodi Buckmister says:

    Loved all the articles! Jodi B.

  172. Megan says:

    I’ve wanted to do something with hexagons for a while now, and I love the quilt you featured from Katy. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  173. Heather H. says:

    I love the wrap-up. Inspiring projects…and I think I’ll be making that adorable Minoru Jacket soon! 🙂

  174. Nancy Hamblin says:

    This was a fascinating series. I enjoy sew mama sew more and more!

  175. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and look forward to many more interesting and inspiring interviews.

  176. Sarah R. says:

    Love this series of posts!

  177. Dell says:

    Great wrap up. Thanking for always sharing such great inspirations.

  178. Chris says:

    I really love the blend of old and new that is prevalent these days. It’s fun to see everyone’s ideas, too. Thanks for sharing.

  179. NikT says:

    Wonderful wrap-up of the series, I really enjoyed the whole thing! Thank you!

  180. RP says:

    Love the kids pajamas!

    Off to pinterest to look for more/patterns!

  181. Briel says:

    Loving the improv quilt and the bird embroidery! Makes me want to make… something.

    Entering the free fabric friday as well, thanks for all you do!

  182. Amanda Iles says:

    Would LOVE to win a yard of fabric for use with my 2012 sewing goals!!

  183. I learned a bundle reading these posts, and am excited to see the new fabrics when they arrive. Kim’s improv quilt especially captured my fancy!

  184. Deanna says:

    Katy’s hexie quilt is on my list of faves in Flickr. Very inspired to try something like it!

  185. Margaret says:

    I really enjoyed reading all of the “Reflections…” posts. Thanks to you and all of the contributors.

  186. Erika says:

    thanks for the giveaway opp. I have loved reading the Reflections and Predictions post and have discovered some new things along the way.

  187. amorette says:

    wow, that bonne nuit blanket is amazing! thanks for the tip!

  188. Cheryl says:

    Thank you for reflecting on these talented artists and inspiring me along the way.

  189. Abby says:

    I love Sewaholic patterns! I just bought the Minoru, and even though I won’t be sewing it up along with the tutorial Tasia’s doing, I’ll definitely be referring to her awesome website when I do stitch it up!

  190. Jennifer N says:

    I loved the Reflections series because it introduced me to a couple of new blogs. Thank you for sharing. Now that I have a great sewing machine, I look forward to being able to develop my sewing skills. I’ll be here looking for tips and ideas.

  191. Tara E says:

    would LOVE this!! thanks

  192. Julie says:

    i follow most of the people you mentioned on their blogs. It’s great to see what projects they are working on during the year. They all inspire me.

  193. Christine says:

    I am in LOVE with those pjs in that fabric. I want them grown-up sized!

  194. Gwen Windham says:

    I always enjoy your posts– interesting and inspiring! The first thing that jumped out a me today is something that I have just recently began to notice– something that is a surprise to me— I love the color grey in a quilt!! I don’t have much grey fabric– it’s just never been a color that called to me– but lately, I have seen some of the most beautiful quilts incorporating the color grey, and that is something that I definitely plan to do this year! Thanks you for the chance to win!!

  195. Karen A says:

    This has been a great series.

  196. Heidi says:

    This series was so inspiring to me as a beginning quilter. I feel like I’ve learned so much from these interviews, most importantly to make sure that I don’t let the fun get out of it. Thanks for sharing the thoughts of these wonderful women with us!

  197. Hannah says:

    It was a lot of fun reading all of these posts, and I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more handwork options this year too!

  198. i’d love a free yard of fabric 🙂 fingers crossed!

  199. kelli says:

    Thanks-just found your site. Very fun.

  200. Andrea H says:

    Thanks for doing this series! I enjoyed it immensely.

  201. Jenn says:

    Hi! I loved this series; thanks for sharing!

  202. Shelly says:

    Thanks for all the reflections; it was a fun read. I agree about Simple Simon & Co – I see their tutorials all over Pinterest! They are definitely popular, and for good reason!

  203. Love seeing all the modern quilts and getting to know everyone a little better. Thanks

  204. Mom Wald says:

    2012 is going to be wonderful, full of color, creativity, and fabric! I think I need to try that new take on Grandmother’s Flower Garden with fresh fabrics.

  205. kate C. says:

    I missed the post with the hexagons – I’ll have to go and check it out. The quilt is beautiful!

  206. Lynnette says:

    I absolutely love Ana Maria Horner’s Bonne Nuit Quilt – the fabric is beautiful, the pattern is so right, and the embroidery is perfect.

  207. Carmen says:

    I always think the Reflections and Predictions tradition is so cool. I just do my own thing and never think of overarching trends, so it’s really great to hear real insights into us crafters as a demographic. Thanks!

  208. Ashley says:

    Love the service project fabric, what is the piece for?

  209. Marci Girl says:

    I love all the Reflections + Predictions interviews, it is always neat to get everyone’s opinion!

  210. krystina says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  211. Kate says:

    I am still completely in love with that chenille blanket. Maybe when I get my other 8,000+ projects done, I will tackle something like that. I think I would layer a few different hot colors of fabric together to get a really fun, bright look.

  212. Barbara says:

    I couldn’t possibly say which post I enjoyed most. Thank so you so much for all the inspiration.

  213. Jenny C says:

    love the predictions posts!

  214. Katie says:

    That was an incredibly interesting series, I look forward to another year of sewing!

  215. SewLindaAnn says:

    That was a lovely post about these women, I read all except one I think and I’m off to check her out online!

  216. jeanine says:

    love fabric fridays!!!

  217. kathyh says:

    I enjoyed your trend series and visited many of the above to see what else they are doing. Some I was familiar with already and the interviews were great.

  218. Stacie says:

    As a beginner at quilting I have been very inspired by all the beautiful quilts your interviewees have been sharing.

  219. Regina says:

    Love the eye candy – so many good ideas and so many talented people!

  220. Sabrina says:

    Love all the ideas shared on this blog. I am a newbie and this is one site I check every day for inspiration. Thanks!

  221. Allison C says:

    Very inspirational quilts! Really love Amy’s quilt with the solids. I need to try making an all solids quilt soon!

  222. Lynne says:

    The Bonne nuit quilt is fabulous! Great series of posts, so interesting!

  223. Steph W says:

    After the great inspirations and predictions, I can’t wait to get started!

  224. Melissa Jensen says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  225. Lee says:

    I really enjoyed all the predictions from these lovely folks. Also enjoyed visiting the blogs, sometimes for the first time.

  226. Alina Rodgers says:

    Yes! I hope I will win this time. I can make something for my little girl with the fabric.

    Thank you for the chance and have a nice weekend!

  227. Nina says:

    I took delicious ideas from Reflections+Predictions posts. Thank you all.

  228. Debbie says:

    What a wide range of talent. it’s so interesting to follow and learn.

  229. Steph says:

    Love all the beautiful quilts you featured–I really need to get motivated this year and actually complete some of the projects on my to-do list!

  230. Christina G. says:

    This was a really interesting series. Nice to see input from such fabulous artists.

  231. Lori says:

    Wow I LOVE that chevron chenille blanket!! Gorgeous!

  232. Java Jane says:

    What is not to look forward to? Thanks Sew Mama Sew for being a never ending source of inspiration!

    First project of the year: some quick burp clothes for a pregnant niece.

    This to be followed by hand hem stitching handkerchiefs made from linen I ordered from your store. Gorgeous stuff! That is my suggestion, by the way, for a Valentine gift. Quaintly old fashioned, but I believe something that would be appreciated.

    Best wishes,

  233. I am excited for a new year of sewing and learning new things. I love this website. So inspirational!

  234. Cheryl says:

    I loved the series! Great job

  235. sook hyun says:

    i’ve been so excited to try the Minoru Jacket pattern!

  236. Becca S. says:

    Wow, those are some fabulously talented women! I’m just starting out sewing myself, but hope to someday be able to turn out well-crafted beauties like you featured here. Thanks for showcasing them, and for the giveaway!

  237. stephanie o says:

    Love all the ideas you give us, as well as the network of information. Thanks!

  238. Joanna H. says:

    I really enjoyed this series. It was lots of fun to see how my favorite designers as well as the other bloggers felt about last year and the year to come.

  239. Erin says:

    I really enjoy this blog, especially since you open my eyes to new and fabulous designers. Thank you!

  240. Tammy says:

    I sure would love to win. 🙂 Thanks for the chance!

  241. Shelbi says:

    I have enjoyed keeping up with all the ideas on your blog!

  242. Anya says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  243. Kacey P. says:

    My goal for 2012 is to try and sew a garment or two for myself. I’m going to do my best to channel Tasia!

  244. Michaela says:

    Ok, that Nautical Quilt by Deborah is inspiring!!

  245. Beth says:

    SMS, I love this series that you do. It always opens my eyes to something I didn’t catch during the year and makes me anticipate a great year of creativity to come. Thank you!

  246. Jessica says:

    Love the recap, so inspiring! Thanks for the chance to win!

  247. Ashton says:

    I love the Bird a Month idea. I have recently attempted hand embroidery and am going to be trying to do a similar theme for a quilt to be pieced later this year.

  248. Melissa Williams says:

    I love the new Anna Maria Horner reflections.. and fabrics of course. Thanks for the inspiration!

  249. Jess says:

    Ahhh, these quilts are making me want to break out the sewing machine! Must make time to quilt today!! 🙂

  250. Rachel says:

    I love that hexagon quilt. So inspired right now!

  251. Laura says:

    I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures of favorite sewing projects in all these posts. So much inspiration!

  252. urbanvegan says:

    So many inspiring photos and stories! I am ready to sew more in 2012.

  253. Fran says:

    Thanks for a great wrap-up, so good to read about some of my favourite bloggers & creative people & great to discover some new people. Thanks for an inspiring read.

  254. Julia says:

    I love Anna Maria Horner’s Bonne Nuit quilt, I can see why it’s her favourite!

  255. Lindsey F. says:

    A new year begins. It was fun reading all of these reflections and predictions.

  256. aimee says:

    that quilt with the hexagons is AMAZING! wow. happy free fabric friday 🙂

  257. Alex says:

    I love all the reflections from the past year. It’s really inspired me to branch out a little more in the year ahead, and I can’t wait to try out that chevron chenille quilt!

  258. Tiffany says:

    I loved finding Simple Simon & Co, as well as Spoonflower- I hadn’t seen either of them before, so greatly appreciated finding them in the Reflections + Predictions posts from this week. Now all I need to do is order some of that awesome fabric!

  259. kelly jo says:

    What a great wrap up! There are some many wonderful projects!

  260. SofiAlgarvia says:

    I loved this series, it has been a wonderful aproach to fabric tendencies and designs. And it was a amazing panel of designers!
    And thanks for the oportunity of winning fabulous fabric!

  261. Becky says:

    It’s interesting to see all of the different styles of these quilts.

  262. Sparrow says:

    I’m a little late finding your blog, but I’m loving it! Fantastic information, and very well written and organized. I will definitely be following some of the blogs you’ve suggested. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future!

  263. Kritta says:

    I loved this series! Thanks girls for putting all this together. You girls are amazing!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  264. Erin says:

    I really enjoyed this series of posts. I like to hear what other people have done this past year and what is coming on the horizon for them!

  265. Colette says:

    I love Anna Maria Horner’s prediction of less wonkiness and more handwork for 2012.

  266. Sarah says:

    Thanks for running this series. It has been incredibly inspirational for me. Reading the thoughts all of these creative folks has definitely gotten me ready for 2011!

  267. Cheryl says:

    Amazing work from these sewists. Gorgeous stuff!

  268. Patricia says:

    Lots of inspiration here-thanks!

  269. Brie says:

    Such beautify quilts! Especially the Neutral One and the Hexagons!

  270. it’s been great toread everyone’s reflections and predictions. I’m looking forward to another great year in the craft community!

  271. Laurie says:

    Loved Tasia in the Minoru Jacket! She’s cute as a button and very talented.

  272. ste says:

    Wish I had the confidence to make the Minoru jacket – it’s awesome!

  273. slacker says:

    hexagon flowers are my new fave! thanks!!

  274. Toni Spencer says:

    Lots of good selection and now I have some more blogs to follow

  275. Kate F. says:

    Thanks for a great round of Reflections/Predictions! I loved hearing from the authors of some of my favorite blogs and finding some new ones.

  276. Joan says:

    Thank you for the generous giveaway! I’d love to win some gorgeous fabric.

  277. Jeannette says:

    Thanks for the round up of all these fabulous Year in Reviews. Thanks also for providing the list of questions ahead of time so that some of lesser known bloggers could play “grown up” and add our thoughts to the blogosphere. 😉

  278. evelin says:

    I love that nautical quilt!

  279. Munaiba says:

    I really, really like the chevron chenille blanket. What a clever idea.

  280. RITI says:

    Wow ! I loved reading about the reflections and predictions blogs. Lots of inspiration to start sewing with new gusto for 2012 .

  281. angelina says:

    chenille chevron!?
    stop it. please.
    ive never seen anything so so nice.

  282. Caroline says:

    What an amazing collection of talented people. All of these quilts are simply beautiful!

  283. Jmcupcakes says:

    I am inspired to make the chevron quilt in2012 from Aesthetic Nest, I hope chevron is a trend that lasts!!

  284. Mary says:

    Thanks for this series the posts have been really fascinating to read. Look forward to the same series next year,

  285. Carolyn says:

    Thanks for the roundup. Spoonflower really has my attention.

  286. Christina Aiton says:

    I just love Amanda’s neutral quilt – I’m collecting neutrals for one of my own. thanks for the chance to win some fabric!

  287. Mhairi says:

    I love all these predictions, they have been so much fun to read. It has really given me something to think about and reinvigorated me for 2012.

  288. Thanks again for the annual Reflections & Projections series. It’s a favourite!

  289. Rachaeldaisy says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading your reflections and predictions series. Great to hear from some familiar faces and meet some new interesting people!

  290. Marie Kissinger says:

    What lovely inspirations-all are so unique in their own way-just love to see all the creativity.

  291. Usha says:

    Each of the contributors are so talented, the colour combinations and the prints are absolutely awesome.


  292. charlotte says:

    I love Anna Maria Horner’s quilt. I also want to go look at those kid patterns. I have somehow never heard of Simple Simon and Co.

  293. Christiane says:

    Thank you for bringing all these inspirational quilters together.

  294. Bianca says:

    Yay! This has been really fun and informative.

  295. Sarah McGrath says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, also I really enjoyed the reflections and predictions series, great inspiration!

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