At the beginning of this year I set two sewing goals. One was quickly discarded and the other accomplished. After all, who could resist making a quilt for this cute guy?
I used the Pow Wow pattern which went together really easily. The quilting was done in rows alternating between straight lines and a meander. The back is a cozy flannel.
Then came all the things I sewed which weren’t on the list.
I had fun making some small projects. Always nice to be able to start and actually finish something in a short span of time!
Time was also spent making progress on projects.
I got another section of that Japanese Basket Quilt completed. The borders are nearly finished and then I’ll just have the flower filled center basket to complete. I made a whole lot of rows for the Moda Trifle Dish quilt. Just two left to go. I’m having a hard time deciding what to use for the sashing fabric between the rows. Finally, I couldn’t resist Lori Holt’s instagram Christmas quilt project. I really tried to just enjoy what others were making but then this darling snowman block showed up and I was hooked. I found the book at a local quilt shop and dug out some scraps and the top is very nearly finished. I even have a backing and binding fabric ready to go.
Last but not least are a couple of unexpected projects that I didn’t expect to do but I really enjoyed.
My son was married this fall and the bride was hoping for orange napkins. We found some in the perfect color but not enough for all the guests. In order to have enough matching napkins we ended up buying lots of matching orange tablecloths and cutting them up. I got really good at pressing and hemming!
This year I decided I really just wanted a little tree in the family room rather than a huge tree. I found the perfect tree at Home Goods and wrapped it with white dew drop lights. It sat on a little table next to the fireplace. However, it really needed a tree skirt to brighten things up. I remembered that years ago I had bought a wool kit at PIQF for a wallhanging. I turned that pattern into a tree skirt and it went together much quicker than expected.
Well, I didn’t exactly work on what I thought I would this year, but I did accomplish quite a bit. Here’s to another year of quilting surprises.
– – marcella