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Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 A Year in Quilts

Wow!  I can’t believe I completed 11 quilts this year.  Honestly, I had no idea it was this many.  I can’t tell you how many times I have felt inferior to all you quilt goddesses out there that complete quilt after quilt, but now I must say, I am feeling a bit silly at it all.

It is kind of nice to take a minute and remember the quilts from the past year.  As I have had to said good-bye to most of them, as they were made for others, either as gifts or commissions.


Miniature HST Quilt – Original post here


Baby Girl Memory Quilt – Original post here


Pink & Green String Quilt – Original post here


Double Hour Glass Quilt – Original post here


Garden Friends Baby Quilt – Original post here


Rebecca’s Memory Quilt – Original post here


With a Twist Doll Quilt – Original post here


Bright Triangles Toddler Quilt – Original post here


Faux String Quilt – Original post here


Modern Folder Star Mini Quilt – Original post here


Drunkards Path Quilt – Original post here

Looking forward to 2012, I bring with me 3 unfinished quilts… and plans for my very first Quilt-A-Long.  I will have more information on that real soon.  So, stay tuned….

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Some of Your Favorite Tutorials of 2011



Transferring Ink to Candles – Original post here


A New Twist on Friendship Bracelets – Original post here


Personalized Easter Eggs – Original post here


Decorative Pin Toppers – Original post here


Machine Embroidery Art – Original post here


Glitter Composition Notebook – Original post here


Quilt Binding by Machine Tutorial – Original post here


The Big Chunk Pincushion – Original post here

As I look back at the past year I am filled with little regret and a great sense of accomplishment.  I want to thank all of you who support me and my blog.  All of your positive encouragement and comments keep me going, especially on those days when I want to throw in the towel and quit.

I have a lot to be thankful for, a great family who loves and supports me, good friends that are there when I need them, and even this blog.  As a stay at home mom with 3 kids, and a husband who travels, it is important to me to connect with like minded people, who share my love for all things crafty. 

Now, I am going to go back to my kids, who are raising quite a raucous in the next room.  I guess my quiet time is over for now….

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Stash #7

Only buying what you like, for no particular reason, can be dangerous.  If you are not careful it could be the start of a new quilt, or even worse a new color way to expand on.


My daughter’s new room is painted in this bright pink and is accented in black and white funiture.  So, when my daughter saw this Bouquet Beauties print by Hoffman California International, we both knew it would be perfect for a quilt to go with her new room.  Then this black and white stripe from the remnant bin and a new project is born.  Now to decide on what quilt block to use…. any suggestions?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Drunkards Path Quilt-A-Long {A Finished Quilt}

I can’t believe I am finally finished with this quilt, and in time to link it up with others.  I made this quilt as part of Kate from Needle and Spatula, and Kristie from OCD, Drunkards Path Quilt-A-Long.   I think I am going to call this quilt The Happy Drunk.


I don’t normally join QAL’s because with 3 kids my time is limited and I never can seem to finish them in the allotted time, but this one spoke to me.  It looked like a great skill builder with the curved piecing.  I followed Needle and Spatulas great directions and the blocks came together effortlessly.  Thankfully, because I was a bit nervous about this one.  Curves are definitely outside of my comfort zone.


  For the quilting I echoed the rows inside and out, with a variegated rainbow tread.  This to was outside my comfort zone.  Normally, I would have just used a white thread and called it a day.   


  Once I decided to use the variegated rainbow thread I knew I had to back this quilt in white, to get the full effect.  I also added some improv pieced blocks to the back, that I made using the leftover scraps.  I think I like the way the back came out just as much as the front.


Quilt Details:

Fabrics: Kona White, Micheal Miller, Robert Kaufman, Heidi Grace and various other scraps I have collected the years.

Finished Quilt Measurements: 60" x 75"

Block and Piecing: Drunkards Path block, in a Scalloped layout

Quilting: Free Motion Quilting, echoing the rows inside and out, with some straight line quilting around the edge, using a variegated rainbow thread made by Superior.

Be sure to check out the other great Drunkards Path Quilts over at Needle and Spatula.