I always like to end the year with a post of what I accomplished – this is not a bragging post – it is a record for me of what I did – I like to keep track of things – maybe you do too? This year I made a lot of small quilts and machine quilted a lot of them for practice – I will continue to quilt both ways – some by hand and some by machine until my fingers give out on me and I have to switch completely over to machine – I hope that won’t be for a long time still – but one never knows.
In January of 2013 I made and finished two string pillows. This was something I normally do not make. Don’t know why – I just do not do pillows and rarely work with strings.
Dizzy quilt top was made in 2012 and hand quilted in January 2013 – crib size
My picnic tumbler quilt was an experiment with spray adhesive for basting and I did not like it and it was also machine quilted by me – I tried all year to learn to do it decently and by the end of the year with the help of a new machine I did it. I use it on the picnic table when we are camping.
A baby quilt – machine quilted for Operation Homefront – baby quilts to military moms
Another baby quilt for Operation Home Front – this one also machine quilted
Two more baby quilts – this one hand quilted big stitch
This one I practiced one again machine quilting.
I made 7 big hexies from sewing fabric together and cutting them out in hexies – hand quilted. Pieced hexies – make your own fabric from scraps by sewing them together and then cutting our your pieces.
I practiced the machine quilting again on a table runner
The Bow Tie Medallion came off the hand quilting frame in June hand quilted! This top had been made several years earlier. (queen size)
Check Mark – machine quilting practice once again – couch size
My quilt top that I worked on in 2012 and the first half of 2013 was complete and is waiting in line to be hand quilted in 2014– Patchwork of the Crosses– hand pieced
After a lot of starts and stops on Uncommon, Common Bride I finally decided to make it smaller and not at all like the original - I am hand quilting it right now and will finish in 2014 – this is the top before I started to quilt it. It is a mixture of hand piecing, needle turn applique and machine piecing. Only the center is the same as the original pattern. I put this part way quilted quilt on my hand quilting frame just the other day and will finish it on the frame as it was just too big for me to work comfortably on in the hoop.
Love Entwined as it is now – I hope to really make progress on this one in 2014 – I haven’t worked on it in ages. This is a BOM and will continue all of 2014 – I hope to get caught back up I am four months behind and stay caught up. This is all needle turn applique.
I made a lot of the following blocks and didn’t care for them and handed them off to another to make two veteran’s quilts out of them – this is just some of the blocks.
The Pinwheel quilt – made in 2012 and hand quilted in 2013 this is couch size.
A Nine Patch quilt , machine pieced and machine quilted – it is a full size quilt and my mother has it now.
A machine quilted log cabin table runner
Child’s Play – crib quilt, machine pieced and machine quilted
Hand Piecing hexagons for Diamonds are Forever – maybe finish top in 2014 I still need a lot of diamonds – about 85 I think and then they of course all need to be put together!
Carousel finally finished after taking a month to machine quilt it in December – it was made earlier in the year. This quilt is 56 x 68 inches – machine quilted.
I started the Floral Fantasy blocks on January 26th – I have taken a lot of breaks from it but keep going back to it – I do hope to finish the top sometime in 2014. I finished the last block last night and took a new photo of the top. Next step sew this all together add the border strips – then the border applique will be put in place –you have to sew the border strips on also before final applique because the pieces overlap on to the half square triangles and corner stones.
Red and Green – sorry no binding on it and no decent photo but it is off the frame and binding is being stitched. I really wanted to get this one done by the last day of 2013 but I will not get done with the binding, I will show a completed quilt in the next week or so I’m sure. I just didn’t feel like working on the binding yesterday – burn out! I finished an applique block last night and that was it.
So what is on the quilting outlook for 2014 –
#1 Hand quilt Uncommon, Common Bride
#2 Hand quilt Patchwork of the Crosses
#3 Hand quilt Insanity Revisited – Dear Jane number 2
Floral Fantasy – finish the top
Love Entwine – get caught up and stay caught up LOL
Diamonds are Forever – finish the top? if I do I do, if not then not
Mini Tumblers – queen size charm quilt – start on it anyhow
Fancy Dresden Plate – Get started?
Ambitious plans – probably – and of course there will be small scrap quilts to toss in the mixture which will be machine quilted – I’m saving the hand quilting for the quilts that take a lot of time to piece and applique – the machine for the faster quilts. I won’t get done with this list – but this isn’t a for sure list – just a maybe “this is what I will do” list isn’t it? And we all know that we can change our minds and do a quilt that isn’t on our list and maybe more then one at that.
Thank you everyone for stopping by during the year, leaving comments of encouragement and compliments – I do appreciate all of you stopping by and taking the time to comment – I try to answer all of you but I am sure I miss some now and then. Have a Happy New Year everyone and best wishes for your quilting journeys in 2014.