End of year quilting review for 2017

Back in January Meridethe at Pomegranate and Chintz had a linkup in regards to 17 UFO projects for 2017. It was not about attempting to finish them all but progressing somewhat on each one.

My original 17 in 2017 January list is HERE for my records. I had come up with 20 projects.  Once I’d worked on a few during the first month or two, it dawned on me that I’d prefer to not progress on each one…..or I’d have the same list at the end of the year! I decided to just focus on a portion  of the list.

Some of the projects on my list were as small as only having 4-5 blocks started while others were in the end stages, just requiring one more block, or a border, etc.

Referencing my original list and post I see that I ended up working on 11 out of the 20, with 6 finishes, 1 close to being finished, and progress made on the other four.

Some Quilt Finishes :
  • February 2017 : Finished tying and binding this gradient quilt for my youngest son / I’d started it while participating in  a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project
  • April : Stars and Spools was completed : Applique, EPP hexies and extensive hand quilting
  • July : Tied my Quilty 365 quilt top
  • August : Scrappy Granny finished : extensively hand quilted
  • Also in this collage another border was completed for the Flower Medallion.
Stars and Spools will probably always be my favorite quilt because I made it up as I went along :)
 While the center basket is from a pattern, I am also making up my own borders. It’s been a long time since I completed the second one. I hope to return to this next year.
I tied the 1857 Album quilt ( couch quilt size ) and gifted it to my son’s family, where it is in constant use. They have several of my quilts down there and I’d sent my Snowball Quilt home with my oldest son in November for his birthday.
 The WHIMSY table runner was quilted very simply and given as a gift at some point in the summer.
whimsy table runner TOP on line
 The projects that have seen progress over the year :
This Botanical top is currently in the hoop and I am hand quilting the last block:
 Little Baskets: had a few started at the end of 2016 and 36 are done as now ( using the RSC color suggestions of the month for these)
Airship Propeller Blocks : again, using the RSC color suggestions of the month…and hand appliqueing them, I had five done in the beginning of the year, and have completed 15 thus far.
Elizabeth’s Pride Applique : I had 7 completed at the beginning of the year and 13 are done now.
   Looking over my review I was surprised, as I didn’t realize how many on that original list I did tackle after all ! :)
Here’s wishing us all a wonderful New Year :)
Also sharing at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. I’ll be working on applique on more little baskets as well as some hand quilting.    Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts as well.

Applique, Quilting, and a Christmas Recap

My oldest son, girlfriend and her son came in from St. Louis over Christmas. They stopped at Ogleby Park in West Virginia on Saturday night for the Festival of Lights.  Then they split their two days between our family and his dad’s.  One of their gifts for the children was making slime.

The other gift was some controllers to go with the XBOX that my youngest son and I went in on for the kids.

Here’s the middle son’s family ready to go to a Christmas Eve party. I can’t believe that they didn’t get poor Merle a blue bandanna to match for the picture ! :)

I am happy to just use the girl’s photos from their Facebook posts. I never brought out the camera once…though I had a cold and how can you take photos when your nose is running 24/7 requiring a blow every ten seconds? Well, you cannot :)  Nor did I want to spread my germs and stayed away for most of the celebration. It’s just not worth it to make everyone sick along with you.

My youngest son’s dog Koopa had sympathy and cuddles for me…if I am watching something from Netflix on the computer, he jumps behind me and cuddles up. I started watching “The Last Kingdom” after finishing up “The Crown”.   I loved the second season of the Crown as much as the first. “The Last Kingdom” is riveting…I just turn my head away a lot during the battle scenes!

I finished up the motifs on an Elizabeth’s Pride block ( left ) and then started the prep and applique on another one ( right) a week or so ago. I finished it up the day after Christmas.

I think that I have just one more small block to applique prior to tackling the center one. It’s something that I work on here and there….no hurry.

I’ve been doing more reading than quilting over the last few weeks but I have made progress on the last Botanical block. I finished hand quilting the one set of parallel lines and am now on to the second to create the cross hatch.

I hope that you had a nice Christmas. We had a White Christmas with about two inches of snow on the ground that morning. Just enough to be pretty but not enough to cause too much trouble. I am in Southwestern Pa. I read that up north, Erie PA set some records….they got over 4 feet of snow .  We’ve had close to 3 feet here off and on ; I know what that is like. I certainly wouldn’t want that over Christmas. Yet I know that the horrific fires in California continue on….so much destruction and loss.  Snow melts eventually. Fires consume :(

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