This year I finished 5 mini quilts, 4 simple baby quilts, and 3 larger quilts — including my largest quilt to date, a twin size. (I got halfway through a 4th one too.) I published 1 free quilt pattern, made a quilted tote bag, sewed a shirt, and cross stitched ~85% of a Christmas stocking. I took a class with Carolyn Friedlander and also made my now-traditional trip downtown for Quilt Festival.
It’s fun to see everything listed out like that and realize that wow, I got more done than I might have initially thought!
I made 4 baby quilts this year using the same simple method of pieced top, no batting, minimal quilting, and a minky backing folded around the front using a self-binding technique. It’s a close call, but I think my favorite of the four was the Dogwood Star quilt I made for my coworker’s new baby. I designed my own oversized block based on a barn quilt design, figured out how to do extra large paper piecing, and loved the result.
My Ten Square quilt is officially the largest I’ve ever made at ~65″ x 95″ so that was definitely a milestone. It was also one of the only times I’ve made a quilt that actually stayed in my own house! I love seeing it every day on Emma’s bed and she really likes it too. I’ve noticed a couple of spots on the quilting where the thread has broken — not really sure what would have caused that! — so I need to make a few minor repairs at some point.
My favorite mini quilt I made this year was this paper pieced geometric sewing machine that I did for a swap — and it got lost/stolen in the mail!! I was soooo disappointed. It’s the first time this has happened to me and hopefully the last. I guess I can be thankful it was “only” a mini quilt that was lost instead of something larger, but it still sucked. I hope someone is enjoying this wherever it is…
In the “sewing for myself” department, I’m really proud of the Sailor Top I made for myself. It was pretty easy to make and turned out totally wearable! The only downside was that quilting cotton is really wrinkly — I should have realized this, of course, but I didn’t think about it. I’ve worn this top several times but honestly, I’d wear it a lot more if it didn’t need to be ironed. Someday I’d like to make another one in a different fabric. Nonetheless — this was a win in my book!
I’ll be back next week with some thoughts and goals for my sewing in 2017!