Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 in Review

Happy 2016 to all!  My wish for each of you is all the quilting time you want and for life to treat you well.  I decided I would share the quilts I finished this year with you today (well, ok, tonight.)  First a few statistics.  From my monthly fabric in and out book, I figured out I finished 17 quilts.  11 of them were UFO's as of Jan. 1, 2015.   6 were started and finished during 2015.  12 of the quilts were donated to worthy causes.  The other 5 are living at home for the time being.  I am particularly proud to finish off 11 UFOs.  I've got several quilts ready to be quilted but haven't gotten to them yet.  If I just quilt the ones that are ready to go now it will be a great start for a successful 2016.

Heart Quilt -- Jan

Boy Happy Quilt Feb
Another Happy Quilt
Penguin Stripe -- April

Blocks from Queen Bee group -- Feb
Love Shack -- May

Kitty Cats -- June 
Wild Dogs -- June 

Quatrefoil Table Runner 

Trip Around the World -- August

Floral Triangles -- July

Stars Table Runner -- October 

Heart Teddy Bears -- October
Soccer Bears -- October

Birds and Houses -- November

Nickel Quilt -- November 

Evidently I didn't get pictures of every quilt I made this year.  I should work on getting sharper pictures too.  I take most pictures with my iPhone.  It is actually a better camera then my actual camera.  

I also made a Professional Tote that I'll also share as it was involved as making a small quilt. 

Professional Tote for Aimee
I'm linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday at Quilt Infatuation.  And, Can I Get a Whomp, Whomp at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  That should be posted tomorrow so I'll update my blog tomorrow. 

Happy New Year and Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Design Wall Monday -- 12-28-2015

It's the last Design Wall Monday of 2015.  I'm going to share some of the things I made for the grands for Christmas this year.  Although the presents were well liked there was a small hitch.  None of the embroidered fleece hats fit the child it was made for! Bummer.  Natalie's fit Ellie so Natalie agreed to let Ellie have it and I have agreed to make new custom ordered hats for Natalie and Sophia.  

Hats and mittens ready to be wrapped up. The mittens fit fine.  The grey kitten went to Ellie.  New hats will be made the first week of January and sent to Natalie and Sophie. 

Here are two of the reindeer cross stitches ready to become ornaments.  

Here's one ready to be wrapped.  These were really cute but are a bit too big so next year I need to pay more attention to the size.  

I did pretty well on the goals this past week.  Of course, the goals were mostly things that HAD to be done by Christmas. 
December 21, 2015

Finish ornaments
Enjoy lunch out with friends
Go to Star Wars Movie
Wrap presents
Finish embroidering secret stuff
Enjoy Christmas with the kids √√√√√
Keep on working on antique 9 patches

And here's what I'll be doing the last week in December, 2015. 
December 28, 2015
Keep on working on antique 9 patches
Pick an older project to finish and get on it!
Cut out a quilt with the new AccuQuilt Go
Cut some scraps into useable shapes
Make a donation quilt for 2016
Rest and enjoy the rest of the year!

I'm looking forward to using the AccuQuilt Go.  Plans are to start cutting scraps into usable shapes.  I may decide to add a few more dies before I can make much of a dent in my many containers of odd shape scraps!  

I hope your Christmas celebrations were joyful.  Let us all enjoy the last week of 2015 and welcome 2016 with hope. 

I'm linking up with Monday Making at Love, Laugh, Quilt; Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts; and Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times. Spend some time seeing what quilters are up to this last week of 2015. 

Happy Quilting All! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Little Reveal

I went to lunch with some friends yesterday -- we like going to Buffalo Wild Wings.  Usually on weekdays at lunch it is fairly quiet.  Not yesterday -- music was blaring.  TV's were on.  None the less, we had a great time talking and eating.  

We also exchanged our Christmas presents. Now I can show one of the secret embroideries I have been working on recently.  I've been giving these gals embroidered towels for several years now.  They've already gotten Christmas, Valentine's Day, and fall towels.  This year I was aiming for the Fourth of July.  But, I actually did something that will work for all patriotic holidays. 

The sad part of these towels through the years is I've only made myself one of them.  And, thinking about it, I think it was a reject from the fall monogram. Maybe I should make myself at least one of each design I've already made for them. 

I've really enjoyed doing all the embroidery this year.  But I'm ready to get back to piecing and quilting again.  I've snuck a few blocks in over the last few weeks.  I'm hoping to cut out and sew a new quilt next week.  We'll see if I can.

I've still got a few presents to wrap and some desserts to bake.  I feel pretty relaxed this year compared to past years.  Tomorrow it is pie and cup cake day. 

I'm linking up with Let's Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.   One of my goals for 2016 is to post more than once a week. I've gotten some great suggestions from Nancy who blogs at Wyoming Breezes. How do you keep up with blogging more than once a week or so?  Any ideas are gratefully accepted. 

Happy Quilting All!