Sunday, December 30, 2018

High Road Quilter's 2018 In Review

In the past, I showed my finishes for the year, but last year, I showed a summary of my quilting year. I liked that better so I am doing that again this year.


In January, I resumed work on the Circle 365 quilt. I started with block 201 this year.

I also showed you my progress on the On Ringo Lake quilt which was started late last year as a mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter. Pointless Puzzle was a small quilt top I started with some leftover blocks from On Ringo Lake.

On the January 30, I showed you my finished Adinkra quilt, which was started in 2016. It set a pretty high bar for the rest of the year.


In February, I kept working on the circle blocks.

I made these little quilts for a Valentine's Day swap. The one I sent to the swap recipient took a nap at her post office so it was pretty lucky that I had made two, and I was able to send her the second one. I got the first one back more than a month later.

I kept working on On Ringo Lake and finished making all the blocks.

I did some stitching on my orange crazy quilt block.

Also in February, I made a tiny book to fit in the French mints tin.


In March, I kept working on On Ringo Lake blocks.


In April, I kept working on On Ringo Lake blocks and the sashing.


In May, I kept working on On Ringo Lake, practiced some crochet and stumpwork. I also started taking an online crazy quilting class, which I did not finish.


In June, I finished the On Ringo Lake quilt top and promptly set it aside. This one took a great deal of time, and I am so proud that I was able to keep working on it without getting side tracked.

I made another stumpwork lady.  I did some more work for the crazy quilting class.


I made this small flag bird.


In August I made a Death Star for the Droid quilt and worked on a vintage stitchery.


In September, I started Sweet Land of Liberty sewalong, and the Colonial Bricks quilt.

I also finished the small quilt I made with On Ringo Lake fabric. It started out being called Pointless Wonder but had a name change to Unassuming Quilt at the last minute.


I kept working on the Colonial Bricks quilt. It was supposed to be a simple and quick quilt, but other quilts keep hopping in line in front of it.

I made these two little quilts in October.

In October, I made a belated housewarming present.

I also made more Sweet Land of Liberty and circle blocks.



Throughout the year, I have been making a few circles now and then. I've made progress on the Circle 365 quilt. I've passed the halfway point.

I finished the This Droid is Not For Sale quilt.

I finished a latch hook my daughter made and turned it into a pillow.

I've been working on quilting my drunkard path quilt. It is my oldest UFO.

I've started an ATC holder.

I started the Sunlight in Winter / Garden Mosaic quilt. This slowed down the progress on finishing UFOs, but my quilts are used to jostling for their place in line.

With all of the small quilts I made this year, my average finish time has gone down significantly. It now takes me an average of 251 days to finish a quilt.  I generally don't mind that the number is big, because fun, not productivity is the goal. Also, I would make simpler quilts if I wanted quicker turnaround times, but the simpler quilts don't hold my interest and sometimes leave me disappointed with myself for not choosing a more challenging quilt when I do finish them.  Once the drunkard path quilt gets finished, that average number will go back up. But I do like that number to be smaller, so I might need to make smaller quilts in 2019 to make that number smaller again!


Libby in TN said...

Congrats for sticking with ORL. It turned out beautifully!

Kate said...

You had a very productive year with both big and little finishes in there. Congrats on finishing off ORL, it turned out beautifully!

Kyle said...

It's always delightful to look back over the year of stitching and see so many beautiful accomplishments Wishing you another happy and productive year.

Fiona said...

You have done heaps of interesting projects... I am always amazed at what you create...


laughing gas quilts said...

What an interesting year you've had! Clearly, your quilting is all about having fun, and you've made some great projects along the way. I love those stumpwork ladies! I have to say I'm impressed with your recent devotion to blogging too.

Allie said...

What a fun year, and such beauty to show for it!!!! I can't pick a favorite - they'd all make the list!!!!

Barbara said...

What a great collection of quilts! Happy New Year1

O'Quilts said...

Wow I am definitely impressed...Such creative variety!!

Emily said...

I love seeing your year this way! What a wonderful variety of creative pursuits!