|Clockwise from upper left: Stained Kites, sewing machine case, Lighthearted Love, Mom's pillow,|
mini hearts, Key West Memories, Parrot Plumes
I tried a lot of new patterns and techniques. Some projects were to use fabric on hand, others were to try new patterns. The Singer 99 case cover came about because I couldn't bear keeping such a cute machine in such an ugly beat-up case. The pillow and the feathers were paper piecing patterns I found - I was excited to have an opportunity to make them. I was inspired to make the table cloth and heart quilts from fabric (or thread) I was given. I swear my best ideas come from stuff handed over to me rather than the fabric I buy.
Stained Kites was the only planned-on-purpose quilt. I imagined and designed it for nearly a year - purchasing fabric, cutting out kites and bookmarking freemotion quilting designs that looked interesting.
|Clockwise from upper left: clothesline bowl, oven mitt, knitting bag,|
fabric baskets, NYB mug rugs, quilting practice pouch, selvedges mug rug
The last little items were were trial runs. Practice quilting for the feather quilt ended up as a zippered pouch. My first attempts at New York Beauties ended up as a pair of mug rugs.
In the end, I averaged at least one project a month. My backlog for 2017 is already piling up! I have gifts to make, a pile of string triangles nearly ready to go and at least two I-need-to-try-this patterns simmering in the back of my head. I need to get sewing!