Twofer - something that satisfies two needs or criteria simultaneously.
I have the need to blog about two subjects but the time to create one post, it's bargain day at Cupcakes n Daisies!
First up, my living room wall hanging update.
I've been hanging quilts on this rack in my living room for over a year now. I went back and read my post about the first quilt I hung after" Oh Christmas Tree", the quilt that motivated me to use that blank wall for displaying my quilts. This time last year I hung "Father's Fancy" and wrote that I wasn't sure I would be hanging any more! Boy I'm glad I got over that idea, I've hung and enjoyed quilts this past year that would have probably never got off a quilt rack or out of the closet.
Like this quilt.
This is Lifetime Quilt Number 30, named Clara's Enchanted Nutcracker Dance. (click here to read all about it) I've made nearly 50 quilts since I pieced this quilt! I love it, yet I've never displayed it, until now. Technically it's a Christmas quilt, made from a Christmas family of fabric. But the print isn't overly Christmas and the colors match my living room perfectly. I plan to enjoy this quilt, for the first time really, for the month of January.
Its sister quilt, Lifetime Quilt Number 29 named Snowbird Migration, is currently on my bed.
The blocks were from Patchwork Party 2007. I made two sets of blocks then went with two different finishing patterns. My original idea was to hang the smaller quilt on the wall in my bedroom, but I don't have a wall big enough to hang it, so I've used the large quilt but have not done much with the the wall hanging until now. It's great to be enjoying both quilts.
For a peak at another finishing option for these blocks check out Judi's latest finish (click here). Someone else is enjoying their Patchwork Party 2007 quilt too.
Next topic - Sew Alongs and BOM's for 2012
There sure are a plethora of Sew Alongs, Challenges and Block of the Months starting up. I'm tempted to join every one of them but you know how it goes, so many projects so little time. So I plan to follow several, like that Building Houses from Scraps Challenge, the Fat Quarter Shops latest Designer Mystery BOM, and this It Just Takes Two sew along. Good luck to everyone who is participating in all these wonderful online quilting bees, I'll love watching your progress.
Here are the two I've decided to tackle for 2012:
I've had a few projects in past Schnibbles parades but hope to give it a better effort this year. Especially now that I have a perfect place to hang smaller quilts. The first project is Full House, a favorite pattern of mine. I plan to use Countdown to Christmas for my Full House, the perfect companion for my Starry Eyed quilt.
I've also decided to participate in this Block of the Month.
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Memories of Provence by Monique Dillard for Open Gate Quilts. I picked this BOM because it's not a mystery, I not only love the fabric, it suits me and my house to a T, and I think the blocks look challenging, in a good sort of way.
In addition to these two projects, finishing Evening Bloom, my needle turn applique project is a high priority for 2012. Other than that I don't have much in the way of plans and really haven't decided what I'm going to work on after I finish Starry Eyed and Full House. I'm sure something will call my name, but right now, I have no idea what it will be. When I do decide, you'll be the first to know!