Wednesday, January 17, 2018

2018 - Here I Come

I always like to blog about what I want to accomplish in the new year.  One benefit is if I lose my quilting mojo during the year, reading my goals post gets me back on track. Plus I'm just a planner at heart, I never feel like I have to accomplish everything on my Quilting To Do List, the list is really more like guidelines, and I'm a gal who likes guidelines.  And finally, I always get a chuckle at the end of the year when I compare what I wanted to accomplish to what I actually accomplished.

So here's what I'm thinking about working on this year.

One goal stays the same year in and year out, to finish 12 quilt tops, one per month.  Anything more than 12 is gravy.

A goal I had for 2017 was to not start a new project until I pieced the backing and binding for the last project, plus work to get caught up on the backings and bindings from prior projects.  Well I met the not start a new project goal about 50% of the time and worked on the prior projects a little, leaving me in even worse shape at the end of 2017 than the beginning.  So my new goal is to not start a new project this year until I'm caught up on my binding and backing from prior years.



And I'm happy to report that I'm all caught up on my binding!  A first in my quilting life for sure and it feels great.  Plus I only have one more backing to piece and I'll be totally caught up.  A new project is just around the corner for me.

This year I would like to make a quilt top using solids.


Nicole at Sisters Choice made this beautiful Triangles Gatherings quilt while sewing along with Primitive Gatherings.  I think it would look great in solids.  I've printed off the block patterns, all I need to do now is decide on my solids.

Another annual goal of mine is to piece a Red and White quilt, I don't think anyone can have too many Red and White quilts.


I have a long list of Red and White quilts that I would like to make, but 2018 may just be the year I piece A Red Letter Day.


I have two kits I hope to piece.



Merrily, which I have, I just need to put it together, hopefully next month.

And this Swell kit,


which I've preordered from Green Fairy and hope to get to this summer,  so I can get it quilted before Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas quilts, it sure would be nice if I finished about 6 of them.  I would like all my relatives to have new Christmas quilts this year.


I love making Christmas quilts but I love them so much it's hard to give them away.  I should make two Winterville's this year, one for me, one to give a way.

I love this AP&Q quilt along quilt.


The pattern is On the Bright Side.  I think I have enough Bonnie and Camille scraps to make this quilt top without having to buy any new fabric.

And speaking of Bonnie and Camille, I love both these patterns,


but am thinking maybe I could mesh the two together by substituting the bobbin blocks for the stripes separating the spool blocks.  I just love it when I can knock two quilts off my list by piecing one combo quilt.

Last year I finally made Swoon,


maybe 2018 is the year I make Swoon Sixteen.

I've signed up for two Blocks of the Month.  I've not participated in any in a few years.  I enjoy that good feeling of accomplishment each month when I make the blocks but when I stop and figure up how much fabric I could have bought with the money I spent on the BOM it's mind boggling.  But not having to make fabric decisions is worth something, right?  I've signed up for a Kaffe Fassett Mystery block of the month and a Fig Tree Red and Cream quilt.  I'm really curious about the KF mystery quilt, I've made one Kaffe Fassett quilt and really like it, but it's really hard for me to pick out Kaffe fabric, let alone use it.  This BOM will free me from having to make fabric choices and just enjoy the process of piecing the blocks.  I'm trying not to freak out about the mystery part of the project and just enjoy the monthly surprise.

A couple more carry over goals from 2017 are a low volume quilt and a black and white quilt.

Last year I couldn't shake the feeling that I was running out of time, so many quilts to make, so little time, it was exhausting.  This year I'm feeling more mellow, and appreciate what I have been able to accomplish,  I think my one overriding goal is to enjoy every minute I get to spend in my sewing room and love any project that I'm working on, a pretty easy goal.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Miss Rosie - Year of Thelma Sew Along Parade

It's parade time.   Remember how back in February I asked for folks to sew along any Miss Rosie Quilt Co pattern to help me celebrate the year of Thelma?  Well I ended up piecing 3 MRQC tops and had a few friends sew along.  If you have a quilt for the parade please send me a link to your blog or a pic and I'll add it to the parade.

Another quilt for the Year of Thelma MRQC Parade!


This Lucy was made by my Australian quilting friend Helen.  That's the nice thing about technology, we make quilting friends from all over the globe.  Far away friends, a wonderful gift for the year of Thelma.

And here is an addition that Kristen finished in May that I completely forgot about but am so happy to add to the parade.


Cracked Pots - This happy colorful version has me thinking I need to add this pattern to my 2018 Quilting List.  Read more about this quilt on Kristen blog Meadowbrook.


Here are my three, first up, perfect timing, Due South just got home from the quilter.


Connie from Quilts Plus in Indianapolis finished this top for me.  I'm so happy to have it home I put it immediately on the guest room bed.  A nice January quilt while I'm trying to decide where to travel to this year.  With the temps we're having right now, due south sounds perfect.

I also finished two Lucys


Halloween Lucy
and
and Falalalala Lucy.


Sinta and Gail also pieced Lucys.


Here is Gail's version of Lucy
and


 here is Sinta's

And here is Tracey's parade submission


Jellystone.


Great job ladies and thanks for sewing along.

I traveled between Christmas and New Years and then came home with the flu.  I'm just now starting to feel better but still have all my Christmas decorations to contend with.  It will be at least another week before I'm back in my sewing room, but I am working on my 2018 sewing goals which is the next best thing to sewing.    I hope to have that list done by next week.

I hope your sewing year is off to a great start, thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 - My Year in Review

I could not have had a more productive, fun, fulfilling, rewarding or prolific sewing year.  I finished 26 tops, a record for me.  My goal every year is the same, 12 finishes, boy did I surpass that.

One goal for this year was to end the year with no UFO's and that's just what happened.  I finished Zipper (#196) and Ombre Star (#201) which I had started in 2016 in addition to finishing every quilt I started in 2017.




I made two baby quilts, and got the cutest pics of babies enjoying them.


Lilly Rose


I donated two quilts for fund raisers


Merrily #210 and


Hometown USA #185

Both these quilts found great new homes, and combined, raised over $7000 for worthy causes.

I'm so happy I finally tackled that double wedding ring quilt goal that's been on my bucket list for ages, it's an even sweeter accomplishment since I absolutely love what I made.


Great Big Peppermints # 217 - one of my top 5 for 2017.

This also met my Red and White quilt goal, why make one red and white quilt when you can make two?


Lady of the Lake #209

Another 2017 Goal that I accomplished was finally using some of my stash of Carolyn Friendlander fabric.  I ended up piecing two quilts using that fabric and have some left for something fun in 2018.


Sugar Shack, #207

 and

Bits and Pieces #209


And I finally finished a 100 block sampler


This is also one of my top 5 finishes. #215

This is the year instead of sticking to my quilting plan I stopped what I was doing and jumped on a couple of fun and easy social media bandwagon quilts, very un-Thema of me.


Stars and Stripes #203


and Love You Most #195

I intend to be more open to these fun and easy projects in the future, they're a nice break and the finished quilts are great to have on hand when wanting to decorate the house for a special theme.

To round out my top 5 of 2017  I have to add


Fallville #214 - what's not to love,
and


Sunkissed - #204 - This quilt looks much better in person, sometimes it's just the right fabric for the right pattern that makes a quilt special, that's the case with this one.

My Jen Kingwell finish also has to make my top 5 list.


Long Time Gone # 216. I went with colors that were outside my comfort zone but think it all worked out fine in the end.  And even though I struggled with my fabric choices I loved piecing each block.

Due South was a feel good quilt too,


#200 - another quilt that had been on my to do list for too long.  OK, so now I'm up to 6 top fives, lol, who can really pick a favorite, any finish should be a favorite.

But I really do have a number one finish for 2017 - Swoon #194


I busted open all my Bonnie and Camille bundles to create 9 blocks from my favorite fabrics.


Then I splurged on a custom quilting job.  This was another quilt that had been on my to do list for too long.  I've never met a Swoon quilt I didn't love, but I think I love mine most of all.

All the quilts I made this year are listed on my Second 100 tab with pictures and details.  Start with Village, #193 and end with Falalala Lucy #218.

Today is the last day of the Year of Thelma, it has been a wonderful year, and as is the case with most years, I'm sad to see it end.  Since it was my special birthday year I gave myself permission to say yes to things I would normally say no to, and no to things that I just didn't want to do, all guilt free.  As mothers, wives, sisters, and employees and employers, we naturally tend to put ourselves last, I may not always put myself first in 2018, but I won't be bringing up the rear at every turn either, I hope you can do the same.

I'm still working on my 2018 goals, or as I like to think of them, guidelines.  It's always the same old story, so many quilts, not near enough time.

As I reflect on 2017 I am so thankful for the wonderful quilting community that supports and inspires me and makes me a happier and better quilter.  Best wishes to you for all things wonderful in 2018, thanks for stopping by blog.







All quilts are followed by my Lifetime Quilt #.  For more detail on any quilt go to my Second 100 tab, all quilts are listed with links to details.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Falalala Lucy - Last Finish for 2017

Nothing like wrapping up the holiday season with a holiday finish.

This is my third Lucy quilt but my first Falalala Lucy, the other two are Halloween Lucys.



The reds and greens are just an assortment from my stash, some Christmas lines some not.

The red and white background fabric is from the Merrily line by Gingiber for Moda.



I had a horrible time trying to get a good picture of this quilt, maybe the sun will shine again and I'll give it another shot.  It's been so dreary here, I don't mind the cold or snow, but the days of no sunshine are depressing.

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 218
I've named it Falalala Lucy
The pattern is Lucy from the book Miss Rosie's Farmhouse Favorites.
It finished at 76" x76"
It has approximately 1,889 pieces




And this is just a little happy accident that made my day.


Friday, December 29, 2017

Last Catch-Up Quilt

As I was reviewing my finishes for 2017 I noticed that I forgot to blog about this finish.



I had some leftover pieces from my Merrily donation quilt and whipped up this little quilt for my favorite California Pup-pup.



This is Lifetime Quilt 211
I've named it Tucker's Merrily Christmas Quilt
It finished at 42" x 30"
The fabric is Merrily by Gingiber for Moda
It has approximately 179 pieces