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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 In Review

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone had a  wonderful Christmas!  Ours was full of family, which made it perfect for me.  For Christmas Eve, we had dinner here at our new house with my husband and I and 9 other family members.  As I sat at the table and looked around I was so happy that I got a bit misty-eyed.  Christmas dinner was also here and after that we spent the afternoon and evening playing games, playing with my baby nephew, and just visiting.  It was kind of old-fashioned and fun.

I have been wanting to assemble a post with all of my quilts that were finished this year.  I would prefer that they all be totally finished--quilted and bound, but there are a few tops that I'm showing too.  I'm sure I may have missed at least one or two, but considering I did very little quilting the second half of this year, it is still quite a lot of them.

I participated in the Schnibbles group off and on.  These are the ones I did this year.


 Jersey Girl

 Short Story


I also made another pattern by Carrie Nelson, Sample, out of French General scraps.

One of my most prominent projects was the Blogger Girls' Block of the Month.  It was so much fun to be asked by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts to be one of the featured bloggers, and I loved the fabric and the quilt.  Here it is, all finished, quilted, and bound.

Another huge project was Talkin' Turkey.  I got to take a class with Bonnie Hunter for this quilt and it was so much fun, that I finished it.  I love red!

Other projects include the following:

Early in the year, Moda was sharing free patterns for all of the letters of the alphabet.  It was fun getting them and thinking up projects to make with them.

My nephew's baby quilt.  I'm really going to miss all of the scenic locations where I photographed quilts in Virginia.  I'm going to have to search out some here in Indiana.

This is one of the unquilted tops I'm sharing.  I love this so much.  I really need to quilt it.  One of my plans was to quilt up all of my tops before the New Year (most of them are even pin-basted) but I just haven't gotten to it.

And this is another top.  I won these blocks at guild and they were quite challenging to fit together as they were all different sizes.  

I haven't shared these yet.  A few weeks ago Pam Buda had the free pattern for this pincushion on her blog.  I loved it so much that I made two.  

Here are the other small projects that I recently shared.

This heart quilt was a sew along back in Jan-Feb with the Temecula Quilt Company.  

 I put together all the blocks from my Virginia Bee into this Christmas sampler.  I hunted high and low to find cardinal fabric for it, since the state bird of Virginia is the cardinal.  I guess it is also Indiana's state bird!  

And lastly, I finally made a Twister quilt.  I couldn't start with anything simple, though.  It was lots of fun making this Uncle Sam.

I think that is all I can think of right now.  I'm onto deciding what to do for next year.  I know I'm itching to get into a Big Complicated quilt.  One with lots of pieces.  I happen to know exactly what I want to tackle and already begun the cutting for it.  I will share about it next year.  

Happy  New Year!


  1. You were a busy, busy girl AND you moved, too! WOW!! I didn't do diddly squat but I do have two flimsies needing to be quilted. That's about it--one Halloween, one Christmas! UGH! Oh well...

  2. WOW! You have been one busy productive girl! Love your Uncle Sam--I have a twister but have not made a quilt with it

  3. I think we could tell that you like red! A very productive year and a move/transition for you as well. Happy News Year

  4. Wow...that was a great year in review! Beautiful projects!

  5. What a beautiful group of quilts. They are all so pretty!

  6. Wow, did you really accomplish all that quilting in the same year as house hunting, moving and settling into a new home? Congratulations!

  7. What a great group of quilts! My favorite is Talking Turkey--love it! The pincushions are pretty cute too!

  8. Wow, you have had a stinkin' productive year! *LOL*
    So many things here I would love to make myself. I think I'll go dig out my "Whit" pattern! : )

  9. Very busy year for you and lots of wonderful quilts to show for it.....NICE! Hope your New Year starts with lots of great ideas for the coming year....

  10. Interesting seeing all your projects in one post. Uncle Sam is an interesting one. I have never seen that design. The Blogger Girls block of the month is one I like very much. I wish you many new finished quilts in the New Year.

  11. Love Love Love all of your 2014 finishes. Amazing what you accomplished even while moving and sewing in a small space during the transition.

    Looking forward to seeing your 2015 accomplishments :)