It's been a mixed bag this year for the blog in 2017. I thank all the faithful readers and welcome new followers, who continue to visit my little corner of blogland, despite its diminished light! There were a number of stressors in Real Life that made it hard to have a lot to talk about if I didn't have something crafty or quilty to show, and which sapped my energy to do the crafty or quilty things. My sister Kathy continues to push me along, out of my rut, and I'm grateful she does. I'm taking a step back from some time commitments/activities in 2018 and hope to channel more energy to what I love best--besides my family--spending time with needle and thread.
There were finishes in 2017, nearly every month, including:
Star Crossed, for DD Erica, from APQ mag April 2016 but simplified design. Made with a Ricky Tims' hand-dyed fabric aged in the stash for many years, and a Dimples print in green.
DD Erica's friend received this as a baby shower gift. I just got a photo of her 3 week old baby James on it. So cute.
A very time consuming play but I liked the end product, and so did the scrap owner, Judy.
July was spent readying quilts for the County Fair. I finished a modern Row Robin, a star pillow, and a mini flag quilt. Click on each for a larger pic.
August finishes included a boomeranged charity quilt top I had sewn but handed off for quilting, lol, as well as a top I'd helped design but hadn't stitched. I made backings, quilted simply and bound them both.
Son Nick's Cross Reference quilt was finally finished in September. Pattern from APQ mag April 2017. I made my version smaller and, of course, scrappy.
November saw the finish of another baby quilt,; this is Signed, Sealed Delivered from APQ mag April 2017, I left off the two borders. (You saw baby Grace with her quilt recently :)
I also made my grandsons stockings (last post), a bunch of charity block guild challenges, and finished a cross-stitch or two.
There were also a great number of starts this year, and dearth of finished UFOs from the challenge I joined. But overall, many happy hours were spent with needle and thread, fun Shop hop and fabric shopping with my sister, guild meetings and sew ins, SewTopia and my word quilt top, and a million ideas yet to appear on the blog. For 2018, I have plans to finish more UFOs, devote additional hours to charity quilt projects for guild, and sew up a lot more fabric from stash.
I appreciate all who comment on my work, and invite you back to see what I'm up to.
Happy New Year!