The Year In Review


At the end of each year I like to do a post on what quilts I have finished – it is a great way to keep track of what you have made – it inspires me to finish more!

1 – Diamonds are Forever – this quilt was pieced in 2013 – 2015.  I started to quilt it towards the end of 2015 and I finished the quilting in February 2016  It is hand pieced and hand quilted.


2Strawberry Shortcake –   I forgot to write this one down but I think I donated this one to the library for a raffle –I machine pieced this one and machine quilted it – it is a baby crib size.  Made at the end of January and finished in February.


3- Using left over blocks from another quilt I made this table topper – no name – I machine pieced it and machine quilted it.  This one was made in March.


4- This little apple core mat was hand pieced and machine quilted.  I soon tired of apple cores and knew it wouldn’t grow any further – sometimes you just have to face facts that a pattern is not right for you – this was hand stitched over several months and then quickly machine quilted in March.


5-I made this patriotic table topper using Craftsy Boundless brand fabric as a promo for that brand – the fabric was given to me.  I machine pieced and machine quilted it  April.


6-Winter Wonderland was machine pieced in 2015 and hand quilted in 2016 finishing it in June.


7-Butterfly Parade – I machine pieced this scrappy quilt and machine quilted it – it is about 45×60 I think – I recently sold this one to a co-worker of Melanie’s.  I made it in July of this year.


8-Wagon’s West – made in 2015 and 2016 – I hand pieced parts of it and machine stitch parts.  It is hand quilted.   It is 54 x 64 inches.


9-Baby Hopscotch – made with left over pieces from another quilt – made in August machine pieced and machine quilted.  I don’t have a good photo of it other than here laying over the other quilt that I was working on.


10-Hopscotch – like above but was the main quilt I was working on at that time – I had too many units made so made the smaller above in the same way.  It is machine pieced and machine quilted – the largest I have done using my Juki TL-2010Q.  This quilt was given to Melanie and Ric this month.


11-Final Frontier – started in November 2015, the top was finished in May – the circles are all appliqued by hand and the quilt is hand quilted – I finished it November this year.


12-Williamsburg Beauty – top done – by hand and machine will be hand quilted in 2017. I think it is about 64 inches square.


13-The Postage Stamp Quilt – machine pieced, hand appliqued in wool and is in the process of hand quilting.  I started the quilt top in August of 2015. I finished the applique in October and it is now on the frame.  I know I took a photo of the quilt top before I put it on the frame but I can’t find it – the top border is pretty much the same – it is queen size.


I’m pretty sure this is all the finishes – I am still working on these 6 and will continue these in the upcoming months.  These will be a variety of sizes – the scrappy stars –machine pieced -hopefully queen size.  The retro air ship propellers  – machine pieced to the left possibly queen but more likely closer to full size.  The large hexagon quilt – Handful of Scraps – hand pieced.  I intend to get to queen size – it is getting there but quite a ways to go still.  The mini hexies –hand pieced- table topper size? not sure on that one.  The scrappy baskets – needle turned applique will be queen size and the Love Entwined- needle turn applique will be wall hanging size – what you see now and maybe one more border.



So I finished 13 projects have 6 more going and about 5 more in my head LOL.  As you can see I machine quilted a lot more of my quilts this year.  I have been practicing with my Juki and it is coming along pretty well.  I will by no means give up hand quilting until I have to if ever – but I do have arthritis in my hands and it is getting more and more into my thumbs and I know one day I probably won’t be able to do many by hand anymore.

My sewing machine – that I have come to love and have never had one speck of trouble with it – straight stich only – no computerized parts.  You keep it clean, oil it and change the needles – it works for me.


And yes about all I do with my time is make things!  We did not travel this year as I had eye surgery at the beginning of the year and had one problem after another with it but it is finally healed now and the problem didn’t prevent me from seeing well enough to quilt.  Mike has accepted a new contract job which will keep us mainly at home again this year although I will be visiting my sister for about 10 days in the second half of January – she is having surgery and needs some help so little sis (I say little as I am younger by a year and a half but I actual tower over her as she is kind of little) is hopping on a plane and will be spending some time with her –some hand sewing will be coming with me but don’t know how much well get done.  Linking to Esther’s Blog and Quilt Fabrication, Midweek Makers, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, My Quilt Infatuation and  Jo’s Country Junction.

Did you get done with all you wanted to do in 2016?

EDITED:  added Wednesday morning

Goodbye 2016. Hello BIG savings. Don’t miss the End of the Year Sale  at Craftsy.  All sorts of supplies are now on sale, check out the new Boundless line of fabric – solids $5.60 a yard – I love their bright white and have been getting it instead of Kona Cotton – a little more of a savings on it and it feels pretty much the same.  I needed a few notions and got in on the sale that started unannounced yesterday and got an email by last night saying it was already shipped!  Kits, fabric, notions, yarn – it is all there – I even checked out the sewing fabric for a change and ordered some small red checked flannel for a pair of pajama pants – I do not sew much in the line of clothing – but even I can make a pair of drawstring flannel pants – Robert Kaufman flannel on closeout I think at $4.40 a yard? I think that was the price.

Sale through Saturday the 31st at midnight! Click on the links to get you there – thanks.


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39 comments… add one
  • Celia Dec 27, 2016

    Lovely to see all you have done, Karen! You have achieved so much during the year, I particularly liked your Hopscotch and Postage Stamp quilts. Wishing you good health and lots of enjoyable quilting for 2017!

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      thanks – I’m partial to the Postage Stamp!

  • Kim Webb Dec 27, 2016

    It’s nice to look back on all that you have accomplished during the year. I just found your blog this year, but have really enjoyed seeing your progress on different projects.
    Happy New Years to you and safe travels while visiting your sister.

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      thanks for becoming a regular reader Kim – I enjoy hearing from all of you

  • Teri Dingler Dec 27, 2016

    Beautiful works of art, these quilts of yours are! And always an inspiration to me to plug on and get my stuff finished! Ha! Can’t wait to see your next projects!

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      thanks Teri – glad to inspire!

  • Ramona Dec 27, 2016

    It’s always fun to look back and see what has been accomplished during the year. You have a collection of beautiful finishes for this year! I am still amazed at how much you accomplish with your hand quilting.
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    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      thanks Ramona – I hope to be able to keep quilting by hand and piecing too but I know I will become slower – but will be glad to continue to do this as long as I can – I know my hands are not as bad as a lot of other peoples are

  • Ruth Dec 27, 2016

    Sigh. I don’t know how you accomplish all of this, but you do. Amazing woman!
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    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      thanks! I don’t have much of a life I guess 🙂 but it all comes down to not liking to sit still and always have my fingers doing something when I do sit

  • LisaS Dec 27, 2016

    Well done! I’m not sure exactly what I finished this year, but I know it included six projects. I might have to make a list like you did.

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      it is kind of fun to keep a list – I keep a hand written list tacked to the bulletin board that I add to whenever I finish a top or quilt with the date so I can find it rather easily in my photos on the computer

  • maxine lesline Dec 27, 2016

    “WOW”. says it all…but also a “Yeah!” for the hand quilting…that is so special. Such a magnitude of accomplishments must be gratifying… and you can walk into a room and LOOK at something that took a piece of time in your life… not like a guy who golfs daily ….. even with health problems you seem to be making a good life for yourself and thus to your family.

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      ah thanks Maxine – I always like to think my health problems are minor compared to some people –

  • Jan Dec 27, 2016

    Karen I’m loving the Hopscotch. Such a great use for large pieces of scrap. Wishing you the best for 2017.

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      thanks Jan – Melanie is enjoying the Hopscotch quilt and I feel like it was practically free if you know what I mean when you can make use of scraps and not buy any more fabric but a backing.

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 27, 2016

    Wow, Karen you really accomplished a lot this year. I remember all these projects, but when you list them like this, it just amazes me! They are all so beautiful! You really inspire me with all your energy. I love reading your blog and seeing your beautiful work.

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      thanks Dottie – the years since I have blogged I have gotten a lot done – seeing the daily progress seems to encourage me to do more – thanks for stopping by

  • audrey Dec 27, 2016

    So many great quilt finishes! Diamonds Are Forever is probably my favorite. Love that one so much. Great to see your busy design wall! Always more quilts in the queue isn’t there! And no, I didn’t get done all that I wanted/intended to. Still more than I expected though, so that’s good!

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      I love Diamonds are Forever too – maybe because it took almost 2 whole years to hand piece it!! It will stay a treasure

  • Sandra B Dec 27, 2016

    2016 has been a year of much accomplished for you, Karen! Love all these projects…and you know that I love Postage Stamp the most….the scrappiness of this one just speaks to me!!
    I was able to finish up several hand pieced tops this year…now I need to quilt them!
    Like you, I love working out of my stash…when I start a new project I always start off by “shopping” in the stash….it is so much fun!
    For 2017, I am going to try to make a list, and keep better track of what I get done…
    Karen, I have to tell you this….for Christmas, my husband gave me two quilt books…one of them, “A Change of Seasons”, has the pattern for the snow man wool appliquéd piece that you recently finished…Do you have this book as well, or did you work from a single pattern? The other book “Tributes and Treasures” has some great quilts too….Cannot wait to get to working on projects from both of these books!
    Good wishes being sent your sister’s way for successful surgery, and a quick recovery. Keep us posted, and safe travels for you.

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      I have the kindle version of the “A Change of Seasons” – there are links in it for the patterns on line so I can print them out – I have found that for all the quilting books that I have gotten for my kindle that they all have links for the patterns at web sites specifically for that. I won’t be heading to Virginia until the 20th or so.

  • Judy Zoll Dec 27, 2016

    I’ve enjoyed watching your progress over the last year. I will add your sister to my prayer list, take good care of her and return home safely. I will be gone about the same time and I am trying to plan some handwork to take with. It’s getting where I feel lost when I don’t get some quilt related activity on a daily basis.

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      thanks Judy – you have a good trip – I need to get hand work ready also

  • Lee Dec 27, 2016

    Love all your quilts – they look absolutely fabulous. I am still only hand quilting – doing a scrap hexagon quilt at the moment, so especially love your hand quilts and quilting.

    • Karen Dec 27, 2016

      I can’t keep up will all of my quilts if I just hand quilted – I would have stacks of tops to do and I don’t want that – thanks for stopping by

  • Elzaan Dec 27, 2016

    You have been very busy this year, learning and creating!
    These are all great projects and beautiful pieces, even the apple core mat!
    What have I accomplished? Two birthday gifts – a pillowcase and a child hand bag and I have an unpieced quilt that has been staring at me from our counter…my cutting area…for the last 3 months hahaha. Oh, and I made some curtains. Not finished with that either. I still have one more room to go.
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    • Karen Dec 28, 2016

      you accomplish what you can with have a little child to care for as well! with no children in the house and no longer working it is a lot easier for me to accomplish what I do with fabric! – have a great new year Elzaan

  • Béatrice Dec 27, 2016

    Wow, Karen you really accomplished a lot this year, all wonderful !
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    • Karen Dec 28, 2016

      yes I did get a lot done – I really pushed it at the end of the year though to finish more so I would start the beginning of the year with less

  • Deb Dec 28, 2016

    It was fun to see this review…I’d almost forgotten a few of the earlier ones! Such a large body of work completed this year! 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 28, 2016

      Yes I had forgotten that I had finished the Diamonds are Forever quilt at the beginning of the year I thought I did it last year.

  • Susan Dec 29, 2016

    Wonderful year of finishes – thank you so much for sharing on Midweek Makers!
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  • Kate Dec 29, 2016

    Beautiful, beautiful quilts finished this year. You must be a really fast with a needle to finish so many by hand. Congrats on a very sucessful 2016. Looking forward to seeing progress on your other projects this next year.
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    • Karen Dec 29, 2016

      well one of the big quilts was close to a finish at the beginning of the year so that helped – a queen size takes me about 3-4 months to hand quilt

  • Glenda Dec 30, 2016

    Great blog Karen and WOW you achieved so much. Those 365 Quilty circles is still my favourite quilt that quilt just glows. Wishing you all the very very best for 2017 and hope to share it with you. Hugs Glenda
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    • Karen Dec 30, 2016

      thanks Glenda – I love the circles too and they are on the bed still – glad I used wool batting – it is keeping me warm this winter only put one other lightweight quilt on bed for over my legs at night – last winter was two quilts all the time at night.

  • Thimbleanna Jan 4, 2017

    As always, you blow me away with all that you accomplish. I’m looking forward to a fun new year of watching your progress. Happy New Year!!!
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    • Karen Jan 4, 2017

      thanks Anna – I aways remind myself though that I wouldn’t get done with near what I do if I was working outside of the home too – or had kids to care for

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