Monday, December 31, 2018

Year in Review {2018 Finishes}

This is a LONG list this year!

1. Claire's Butterflies (pattern here!)

2. Twinkle Throw -- (pattern here!)

3. Garden Plots

4. Farmer's Wife

5. Wonderlust Placemats (and Tutorial!)

6. Sunset Gathering

7. Four Square Mini (pattern *was* on Craftsy, will update with new location)

8. Top Spin

9. Odori Quilt

10. Pinwheel Plus

11. Bias Table Table Runner

12. April Cubicle Quilt

13. May Cubicle Quilt

14. Antietam Baby Quilt

15. Faceted Ohio Star (pattern *was* on Craftsy -- will update with new location)

20. Summer on the Coast (pattern *was* on Craftsy -- will update)

36. Donuts

38. Blocked Rainbow (pattern here!)

This quilt is done but I haven't had time to take pictures yet!

This is even more than I expected to have finished this year. I don't typically set a goal for a number of finishes -- but I do try to finish two things a month -- and this year I nearly doubled that! 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Good Fortune {Clues #5 and #6}

Despite the fact that I was out of state away from my sewing machine for nearly 5 days, I did manage to complete Clue #5 before Clue #6 came out last week.

On the Friday Clue #5 was released, I got home from work early and managed to get the clue nearly completed in fits and bursts throughout the evening that day. By the time we left for Ohio for Christmas, I had all of the units sewn and ready for their final pressing and trimming.

The day we got back, after unpacking and a quick trip to the grocery store, the units were pressed and trimmed. This was another quick and easy clue, and especially so making only half of the prescribed number of units. These units are mirror image sets -- left and right facing, or clockwise and counterclockwise, whichever naming convention you prefer.

On a side note -- what do you  call these units? I usually call them ribbon units since it reminds me of folded ribbon.

I used three different aquas in this step and seven different dark blues. The three different patriotic prints were not ones that I had originally pulled for this quilt and they originally were featured in my Uncle Sam wall hanging. A couple dark blue prints were charm squares given to me by a friend. The aqua paisley print was also used long ago for a baby quilt, the dot is leftover backing fabric (featured in quite a few of my recent quilts!), and geometric lace print is from my Meadow Dance pocket hanger.

For Clue #6, we've been instructed to make neutral string pieced strips, similar to Clue #4. Bonnie's caveat for those who might not want to strip piece these units and use a single fabric for the rectangles is to skip this clue and come back to it once the reveal happens.

For now, I am not planning to strip piece those units and will cut the necessary parts from my background fabric when I need them. Measuring my remaining background fabric, I am more than likely going to need to order more of this dot print to finish the quilt so it's probably better to wait to see how those units will be used.

I also am totally fine with "skipping" a clue for now, as the progress of packing and moving has begun! We closed on our house on Friday and have big plans for painting before we move next weekend.

I still have one finish for 2018 to photograph and post -- hopefully that will happen on Sunday! Yesterday it rained the entire day so hopefully I can at least get a few pictures today.

Sharing at Bonnie's Mystery Monday Link up!

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Border Quilt {Finished Quilt}

In November, I sent off my Border Quilt top with my mom for her to quilt. My intention was always for this to be a gift for my mother-in-law (as these colors are right up her alley!) and having my mom quilt it was really the only way it was going to get done for Christmas.

For the backing, we picked out this gold dot extra wide print. My mom tells me that the bolt says that it is "tan" but it is most certainly a gold toned fabric. Getting the first shot of a quilt on my mom's frame is always exciting!

She quilted a simple stipple all over the quilt. She also was wonderful and volunteered to bind the quilt for me -- she found the perfect blue print in her stash to go with the blues in the quilt.

My mother-in-law was VERY surprised when my parents arrived on Christmas Day and they came with more presents for her! She was beyond thrilled that she has another quilt from me. (This is the third quilt I have given to her, in addition to a tree skirt.)

She said that this will be the perfect quilt for her couch for the "in-between" seasons -- when it is neither baseball season nor the Christmas season.

Many thanks to my husband, who has reached professional status with his quilt holding abilities.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Dianne's Border Quilt
Pattern: The Border Quilt by Patterns by Jen (top was made as part of Jen's QAL!)
Fabrics: Kona Champange for spacer strips, scraps for piecing
Quilting: Meander in off-white by my mom
Size: Approximately 65" x 72"
Started: July 2018
Finished: December 2018

Sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Highlights {Best of 2018}

It's the end of the year -- so that means it's time for the best of 2018!

Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs hosts this party every year and it is so fun to see what people like to highlight from the year. Check out my post from last year! I decided to keep my "categories" similar to the ones that I used last year.

1. Most popular post: On Ringo Lake Finished Quilt
All of my blog posts (and IG posts) about my Bonnie Hunter projects are *very* popular!

2. Most comments on a non-giveaway post: Pinwheel Plus Baby Quilt
I made this quilt as part of the Modern Plus Sign Quilts blog hop! 

3. Favorite Island Batik Ambassador project: 30 Pearls
This ranks among my favorite projects *ever* because I designed and made this quilt just for me.

4. Favorite new Honey, Bunny, and Doll pattern: Twinkle
I designed this quilt for an Island Batik blog hop and also made a baby sized version.

5. Favorite WIP Finish: Pansy Garden
This top was started in 2016 as part of a traveling quilt bee and finished this year.

I'll have my full run-down of 2018 finishes posted on New Year's Eve! I also have two more posts that I need to squeeze in between now and Monday on my last two finishes of 2018 -- hopefully one will be posted tomorrow and one on Saturday!

Make sure to visit all of the other "Best of" posts at Cheryl's link up!