I would like to recap my 2015 quilt related accomplishments. Many of them are tops, I really did little to no Free Motion Quilting during the year of 2015. I did have three quilts quilted during the year.
Some of the blog posts I was about a month or two behind. Usually I am finding myself sewing or surfing with my extra time, or board game playing, or football watching, or video game playing, or playing solitaire on my phone, or chatting with ladies from 4 other quilting states at the big quilt show this year.
You get the picture. Distractions abound.
From the beginning of the year, I did spend a lot of my weekends quilting, even if they weren’t documented immediately afterwards.
I will try to recap my quilt life 2015, using some familiar pictures, some new.
I started off with the last round of the Twilter Round Robin quilt I was working on for Diane.
I did the last bargello style border (green to blue waves). I drafted this from graph paper. I made more work for myself than I needed to because of the multilevel greens that I added.
I completed the quilt top for fellow quilter (and also once “quilt” podcaster) who lost her husband suddenly in the fall of 2014.
Looking back through my archives, I can’t believe that I forgot to blog about this quilt. It was meant as a nice surprise for Ruthann. She wanted something “green and sciencey”. I had seen this quilt in a book I got in 2014. I had emailed a bunch of other people in our group, most of which remembered Ruthann, but not all of them had.
I had a list of the strip sizes I needed, and instead of the other people sending me “completed blocks” I asked if they could send strips and/or strip sets. I was amazed at what was sent on this quilt.
And I did lots of extra work, cutting up and only using a portion of what was presewn for me just so I could have a lot of variation on the quilt.
I completed the top in early January, and completed the finished quilt in May, after our meetup with Jackie from Sew Excited Quilts quilted this quilt (and one other) for me.
I had overestimated the size of making 5 full DNA strips, so the last one became a “bed runner” which was quilted separately by me at home.
In Feb, at the annual guild retreat, I finally finished my borders and my backing for my Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt.
In March, I translated the quilting pattern from my Dancing ribbons quilt to ceramics. I need to mount this.
I also finished the borders on my weave quilt after figuring out how to do the ends.
I brought a small quilt I had worked on a few years ago, a disappearing four patch quilt, to the lady who was quilting my Royal Red quilt. Sandy from Artfully Quilted did the honor for me for the red quilt, and also works on donation quilts for the local hospital. I was happy to donate my disappearing four patch, even though I was originally going to practice free motion quilting on it.
I think sometime I worked on the back for the weave quilt, I didn’t finish it, but I got some pieces together for it. I usually piece my backings so I don’t buy the extra large fabrics that often. But it takes some time.
April I made some things for the quilt show, in addition to another quilt block for another quilty podcaster.
I also received my fantastic Round Robin quilt back and in the squeak of time, got arrangements for this quilt to be in the regional festival. I think I was on top of the world one minute of the day, and I was crying in disappointment the other part of the day. This quilt, didn’t almost make it into the show, and I am blessed that things either worked out for it to be there, or someone gave up a spot or something else happened to allow me to have the quilt in the show. Anyhow I can only take credit for the center, some of the fabrics, and the tiny outside border.
May was the finish for the show, getting all these quilts ready with labels, sleeves, and everything prior to June. It was also time for me to get extra wound up for inviting some friends to Kansas City area.
May I also met with Jackie for our (now annual sorta) sewing day at her studio!
June was our regional quilt festival, and fantastic meetup with friends and with guildmates, seeing other friends’ quilts and making new friends.
In July I finalized my “watermelon dresden” pattern for myself, and worked on getting my studio organized, and set myself up for the fall of scrappy quilts.
August, I was getting myself organized and sewing all the 16 patches that eventually became my Arkansas Crossroads quilt. And getting more strings for the hashtag quilt swap.
And I was starting to make shoo flys for the disappearing shoo fly quilt.
I also took some time out to make a few small blocks for other small projects. These went to different quilts for different projects, but are both definitely “my” style.
I made my hashtag blocks to be sent out to the twilter swap.
And received some different ones in return.
Then the end of the year I started sewing together all the scrappy pieces I was working on in the fall.
I think I just blogged about unsewing and resewing my Winslow’s Corners quilt, which took up some of my November time.
I experimented but haven’t yet committed on a low contrast, but high saturation scrap chevron quilt. (still in many smaller pieces)
One weekend I looked at all the scraps I had left over from Ruthann’s quilt in the spring and put together a different top for picnicking.
And on Thanksgiving day, got my Watermelon Dresden quilt layout figured out with actual fabric pieces I am working on.
Currently I am in a “small battle” (with myself) as I ran out of the background fabric needed to make the quilt. The shop that sold it to me in November, I called, and they don’t have the same fabric anymore. I am working out how to do it since I started some of the border pieces already in one fabric.
Actually, the quilt will have lots of background space due to how I set the border pieces. I figure there will be lots of room for background quilting on this quilt.
And since I am writing this in January, I will hold off on my latest quilt block project. That is actually finished – for January anyway.
Oh… and in April, just before all the mess for the quilt show started, I attempted to quilt my Samurai Sudoku quilt. But I was having a bad day, things weren’t lining up right. I haven’t yet told myself to rip out and start over on the quilting, but I almost have. I have been avoiding the longarm rental since I have to make a decision on this quilt that I will not like to make right now.