Saturday, December 31, 2016

End of the Year Recap 2016

Hello!  It's that time of the year where we look back to see what I have accomplished during the year.  This was the year of blocks. I feel like I've accomplished a lot this year.  I made lots of blocks for several different projects this year and maybe even finished a quilt or two.  Shall we see?

In January, I started off strong and showed you my four small finished quilts. Four!

Awards Banquet was my own design. I was using up scraps from the black, white, and purple Improv Quilt.

Dog Gone Cute is a pattern by Lorna Mahon from Sew Fresh Quilts. This picture and the one below it were taken in the summer, when the lighting and temperature were better.

Winter Scene. I made up this design too.  I was trying to clean up my studio, and using fabric that was not cotton.

Scenic Route is made with scraps of the Cultural Fusion quilt which will be shown below.  I don't think you'll have any trouble recognizing it when you get to it. I made up the design for this too.

In February, I finished these small project. I'm still not quite sure what they are. I gave one to my daughter as a mug rug and hung up the other one on my bulletin board.

Also in February, I finished piecing the Cultural Fusion top. It still needs to be quilted.

I also finally finished Cheddar Cheese and Crackers. It had been a UFO for too long. I am so happy to have this be finished! I hand quilted it.

Throughout the year, I showed you the circles I made for my circle quilt.  The goal was a circle block a day, starting in November.  Well, those blocks got stalled to get other projects finished, and then other things took up my time, and the anniversary came and went. This is just a few of the blocks to help you remember this project. There are other blocks not pictured and more made since this picture was taken.

Another blocks project is the 1857 quilt. This is the most recent picture I showed on the blog, but I have several other blocks prepped, and all of the applique has been sewn down.  I've been doing them by color instead of by block.

Yet another block project was the Adrinka Block of the Month.  This picture is the latest shown on the blog also. I've made more blocks since then.

In October, I finished making the Star Wars top. I haven't started quilting it yet.

In December, I quilted Daisy's Chickenpox. I will show it in its separate reveal post when it is finished!

One of the problems with having a recap in December is that it is too dark to take good pictures. This means you will be seeing pictures I have shown throughout the year instead of the current status of the projects. Hopefully this means when you see the next picture, you will be so impressed at the amount of progress I made on it!

Linked to Best of 2016 Linky Party
Moving It Forward 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Quilting Daisy's Chickenpox

Just to prove that this is a quilting blog, I am quilting Daisy's Chickenpox.  I gifted the tile quilt to my sister, but this one has all the safety pins!  I did relent and buy more safety pins, but I still wanted to get this one done before sandwiching yet another quilt. This one was next in line, and it didn't seem fair to bypass it for another quilt.

The store where I bought the machine says I don't need a walking foot. Strange that they don't have a walking foot for the machine, but it does work just fine without one.

Edited to add: I see I did say walking foot. I meant darning foot.

Monday, December 5, 2016

November Collages

I had a hard time choosing the photos for this month. There were more than 400 pictures to choose from, and trying to find a handful was not possible.  So instead of just a few or a collage, I made three collages for you.  This month, I looked for textures and closeups of things we mostly ignore or take for granted.

First up, is fences.

Next up is trees, including an unusual bird sighting.

Last one is textures.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

October College

Yes, I do know that it is December, not October, but I thought you might be tired of mourning trees, and wanted to give you something nicer to view.  This is a collage of my favorite pictures from the month of October.  That month, there were some soccer games, some Halloween decorations we saw on the way to a political rally, some traveling, and some unusual neighborhood glimpses. There is no water near the park where all those geese were, and there was a small fire in a neighbor's house. I have a new camera and those red barns and tanker shots were taken while the car was speeding on the freeway. Don't worry, I wasn't driving.

I'll get the November collage soon.  There are too many pictures to choose from, and technical difficulties caused a delay in getting that collage done. But at least it got me a chance to bring out the October pictures.