If I had to sum up my quilting year in ten words or less, "Plenty of Starts with Few Finishes", "Big Ideas Resulting in Big Flops" or maybe just "High Expectations/Modest Outcomes" would be pretty good choices.
2010 was my 6th year of quilting, and up until 2010, I had pretty much finished every quilt I ever started. For some reason, I was really hard to please this year, I started 17 quilts and finished 11, one quilt short of my goal of 12, leaving 6 UFO's! Wow, that's quite a jump, to go from no UFO's to 6!!
It all started with this,
the pattern, Paprika, by Fons and Porter and the fabric 19th Century Reds. I saw this finished quilt at The Road to California Quilt Show in January, bought the kit, but didn't like it when I started piecing it at home. I didn't like the block size, so I shrunk it down, then I thought it looked too busy. Lesly at Pickle Dish made this quilt and I thought hers looked great. I'm not so sure why this quilt doesn't look good on my design wall, but I've still got the fabric and hope to do something with it sometime, but it won't be Paprika. So technically I guess this isn't a UFO.
I also started a jelly roll sew along,
made 4 blocks, lost interest, and quit. This technically isn't a UFO either, I have no intention of spending any more of my time on this project.
Remember that Stars and Coxcombs fabric I was all in love with,
I don't even remember the pattern name that I used when I made these geese, it was a sampler pattern, and for some reason, it just didn't appeal to me once I got going on it, the fabric I still love. I will use this fabric for something, but not the sampler pattern, so I guess technically, this isn't a UFO either, just some fabric looking for a pattern, a pattern that calls for some flying geese!
Remember my great idea about making a few hexagons to go with my Grandmother's blocks?
Getting my hexagon project organized was fun, actually making the hexagons and the flowers,
not much to report there. This is one project I'm going to finish, sometime, I would classify this as a work in progress.
This was the main reason I didn't meet my 12 projects in a year goal......2 months this summer spent on A la Mode and here is where it stands...
a great center, cute border, but a little problem with the size......I've still not decided what to do about this. The one thing I do know, I want this quilt on my bed this summer, so I better do something and get it quilted otherwise no summer baskets for my bed. Of all the projects I started and didn't finish, this one really breaks my heart, I love everything about it, except for the fact that the center doesn't perfectly fit the border, because I didn't think of the border until I had the center done!!
This was my last non finish,
to add more borders or leave it be, that is the question....... How perfect to end the year with one more project that I don't know how to finish.
Every now and then, as the year progressed, as I was struggling with my fabric choice for a pattern, or really making myself miserable by changing up a pattern mid stream then wondering how to finish it, I would tell myself, "Thelma, when are you going to learn to leave well enough alone, why try to continually improve on what a professional has already designed".
Then I think of this,
Madeline's Good Fortune, where I combined two of Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles patterns to make one wonderful king size quilt. I just love this quilt, and for once I got it all right, the fabric, the design, everything just came together. So I guess if having a fewbumps in the road is what it takes to make the quilt of your dreams, I'll take the bumps......I think!!
Out of the eleven quilts I did finish, (you can see them in detail from my Lifetime Quilt List, #54 was my first finish for 2010) I am over the top in love with 5 of them, truly happy and utterly satisfied with another 5 of them, which leaves one so so finish, Mocha Trail, and once it's quilted I may like it a little more, a pretty good year really.
I think A Mazing Abundance was my biggest surprise, I had low expectations,
but once it was finished, I fell head over heals in love with it!! This is a wonderful pattern, good for any style of fabric. I wish it looked as good in this picture as it does in person. If you saw this quilt, you would immediately add it to your To Do list!!
I had high expectations for Route 44, and was not disappointed, and so happy that I finally incorporated some dot fabric into a quilt!!
I was fortunate enough to attend 3 major quilt shows in 2010, The Road to California, The Chicago Quilt Show, and AQS Show in Paducah.
Out of all the quilts I saw, this one was easily my favorite, Shakespeare in the Park, a Judy Martin pattern. I have no idea who made this version but my hat's off to them for the wonderful fabric selection and superior piecing. I would LOVE to make this pattern!
The border on this one was enough for me to start considering hand applique.....
I saw both of these amazing quilts in Paducah.
I also took some classes with Carrie Nelson
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and met some blogging friends face to face. For someone who doesn't like to leave home, I sure got out and about in 2010!
So even with my starts and stops, and a few disappointments, I would say 2010 was my best quilting year ever, but I think 2011 will be ever better!
Next post, my 2011 goals!!