Sunday, December 31, 2017

Finishes for 2017

This year's finished projects may not initially hit me with the wow factor like last year.  Still, I did a lot of sewing.

Top row:  A Season of Change, glittery flower, Songbirds
Bottom row:  three charity quilt tops and Confetti
A Season of Change was my stretch project:  in design, applique, trapunto, and using the glittery string fabric.  It took forever to do.  Love the result.  The mini flower quilt was just for fun to use up the extra glittery leaves I had cut out.  Songbirds was one of those inspired-obsession projects I seem to hit upon at least once a year.  At least it was a heck of a lot smaller than my mother's quilt!  Confetti was a fun baby quilt.  I got to use a bunch of fabric from my stash and try out a wavy quilting pattern (that I will definitely try again!).

I picked up several yards of vintage fabric at a Tea.  Suddenly, that became my focus for several months - now that the fabric was in the house, I needed to use it to get it out of the house.  Crazy, eh?  Last year I learned of a quilting group that did charity quilts and I wanted to contribute.  So I made three quilt tops - two of them with pink, blues and greens of the vintage fabric.  The third was primarily from a series of Rob's flannel shirts that had worn out cuffs and elbows.  Fun to make, felt good to donate.

Clockwise from upper left:  wonky mug rug, shopping bags, my awful dress,
vintage mug rugs and a knot bag
There was a lot of vintage fabric.  Some of it was upholstery weight stuff, so I made shopping bags and a few mug rugs, which I gifted to the women who gave me the fabric.  Lastly, I made a few knot bags from the fabric - I particularly like how the nest fabric looked!

I had an extra wonky block from the baby quilt that I made a mug-rug out of.  Had fun quilting that.  My last non-quilting sewing project of the year was a dress from hell.  Nothing went right on it - it was the most frustrating project I worked on this year.  OMG, I was so glad to see the end of that.

I'm hoping for more finished quilts (not just flimsies) in 2018 than I did this year.  I have at least two throw quilts to complete.  I have fabric for the first one; the other is in planning.  My next stretch project is scheduled to be a New York Beauty quilt.  I really want to get to that - it's been in my head for at least a year.  I have two scrap quilts in progress - I should get enough triangles to piece that one together.  At the rate I'm going, the hexie quilt requires a few more years to collect pieces.  And then there's a bag of 2" squares that I've been accumulating - time to see what I can make with that!  Lots to do!

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6 comments :

  1. What a great year you had! I love your Season of Change! Wowsa! Your projects are incredible! Well done! Happy New Year!

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  2. So productive! And I know the quilts take lots of care and time, but I have to say that knot bag with the branches and nests is my favorite "finish" :) Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  3. Good luck with that New York Beauty. They're wonderful quilts, just not something I've ever wanted to accomplish. There used to be a class to do it the easy way at Emma's QCB&S in Franklin, MA. Good luck with it. I'm sticking with my needleturn and wool applique, also lots of knitting. Have a good year.

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  4. Oh, I think there is oodles of "WOW" in your finished pretties of 2017! Here's to more wow through 2018, lovely Sally!!

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  5. Lots of beautiful projects were done in 2017. Good luck with your New York Beauty. And many more other finished projects in 2018. ;^)

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