Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all enjoyed the Holidays and are refreshed for a brand new quilting year with no seam ripping in it yet!

I gave myself permission to stay away from the computer over the last few weeks so I could enjoy time with family, and recharge my batteries in the process. I'm afraid that means I haven't been very prompt at replying to comments, but I very much appreciate your visits in my absence!

I also missed the ritual review of the year's quilting, so I took some time today to assess what I  accomplished last year.

I think I have blogged about all of these, though I think this is the first look at the finished quilt in the lower right corner.  All of these except the black and red Sparkling Trail were started and finished in 2019.  That's unusual for me! Clockwise from top left we have:

Tic Tac Meow - February
Sparkling Trail mini - finished top January 2015, quilted February 2019
Leftovers - May 
Triple Sunset - October
Sprinkled - December
Starlight Plaid- November
Mostly Clear -  September

In the center:
Simply Snow - July

I'm astonished that I do not have a better full photo of Simply Snow, as I was very excited for that finish. I will definitely take better ones when I figure out how to wrestle the pattern into a manageable size.  In the meantime, all the snowflake block patterns without a setting are still available in my Etsy shop.

In the pattern department, I was more productive than in the previous year!

Leftovers, Mostly Clear and Starlight Plaid are available in my Etsy shop.  Triple Sunset is still currently exclusive to The International Association of Quilters, but will be available more widely soon!  Connecting Threads is offering Connecting Geese as a pattern download as well as a kit.

I have four unquilted quilt tops and one unquilted table runner left over from previous years, and I only added two new ones to the unfinished pile in 2019. I think that's a pretty decent showing.

I'm not sure when I'll get to Connecting Geese, on the right.  It's a rich fall color scheme so perhaps I'll squeeze the quilting in for next fall.  Topiaries, on the left, is already about 1/3 quilted.  It is taking longer to quilt than I anticipated, because I'm quilting it more densely than I had planned.  The quilt had better plans than I did.  Quilting pictures of that one coming soon!

Dare I list what I plan for this year?  Let's just call this list inspiration.  I'm sure there will be some distracting squirrels and life in general thrown in here as well, so I won't promise everything will get done, but I can check back here when I don't know what to work on next.

Patterns to write:
  • Sprinkled
  • Topiaries
  • Matt's Kaleidoscope or a variation on it
  • Simply Snow - I will make this work!!!!
  • Another couple of ideas already simmering
Tops to quilt
  • Topiaries - 1/3 quilted at the moment, with a plan for the rest
  • HST quilt - I plan to hand quilt this, so don't expect a finish in 2020!
  • RSC Butterflies quilt - it's basted, but the quilting inspiration has yet to strike
  • Connecting Geese
  • Tiles

Scrap busting (do I really think I'll make a dent in my scrap pile?)

Well, this look perfectly manageable, I think.  It will be interesting to look back at this list in December and see how much of it got done, what was deferred, and what surprises were added. What are you planning for this year?


  1. You had a great year! So many pretty finishes and lots of new patterns. I wish you and your family a happy and healthy new year :)

  2. I love how quilts have plans that differ from your own. Always love the choice of colors with your quilts. They're all beautiful!

  3. Me and my seam ripper made it all the way to January 2nd before we met for the first time of 2020. Might have been sooner if I had sewn on the 1st! Your quilts are all so beautiful, I enjoy seeing what you come up with and the creativity to make them more interesting than just standard settings. Good luck with the squirrels. I also made it all the way to January 3rd before one found me!

  4. I can't even imagine making that many large quilts in a year. They are all beautiful--I especially like your Connecting Geese in the fall colors.


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