Last year I finished 9 quilt and 1 quilted candle mat, made 6 quilt tops that didn't get finished (UFOs), and did a couple of small projects that weren't quilted items (some burp clothes and a Christmas ornament). That makes 12 completed projects for the year, which is always my goal.
I suppose that maybe in 2017 I should try to finish up some those UFOs that I created in 2016. But part of the problem with that is that I'm not sure what I want to do with them, which is one of the main reasons that they didn't get finished in 2016. One of them, however, is currently at the quilt shoppe to be quilted, so it should get done this year with no problem.
I still have one project from my 2015 quilting to-do list that I have not finished - hand quilt something. Maybe I will get around to that this year as well. I do like hand quilting, but it just takes so much time. I am thinking maybe I will do a pillow. Possibly something whole-cloth with a nice quilting design.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Here is my latest effort toward finishing up last year's quilting to-do list. This top fulfills the "make a batik quilt" item on the list. It is the quilt that I had in mind last year when I added that item to my to-do list.
The quilt pattern comes from Eleanor Burn's book, Quick Trip Quilts and is made from batik fabrics that I ordered from Keepsake Quilting's catalogue. For a trip around the world quilt it was really fun and easy to make. Even though there are lots of small pieces in the quilt, you don't sew any short seams. It is strip pieced, of course, because it is an Eleanor Burns quilt, and it comes together really quickly. I highly recommend the book if you are looking to make a trip around the world quilt.
The inspiration for the quilt was a trip to Maine that we took several years ago, in 2009. When we were in Bar Harbor we went into a little jewelry shop where they had a lot of tourmaline gemstone jewelry. Tourmaline is the official gemstone of the state of Maine. They showed us some bi-color tourmaline that was popular, but expensive, called watermelon tourmaline that was pink and green. I thought it was very pretty, but we didn't buy any. Here is a picture of what it looks like.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
I have a set of nesting biscuit cutters that worked really well for the different sized circles. Five out of the seven yo-yos are from the biscuit cutter set. I had to find a couple of bowls to make the larger circles because I wanted my tree to be a little taller. It was really easy, quick and fun to make.