2018 in review – volume 3
Today I wrap up a summary of all the crafty things I did in 2018. I am hoping this blog can be more of a journal in 2019, not just an annual report.
Lots of baby quilts in 2018… here we go…
A bit of improv and a lot of my favorite colors. This quilt was donated to Project Linus.
An orphaned block that I turned into a quilt for Project Linus. Tying quilts is always more work then I think it will be.
A quick Project Linus quilt using strips and fun Carolyn Friedlander fabric. Not happy with the quilting on this one. But living is learning.
A yellow-and-blue beauty for project linus when I was serious about using up my scraps.
More serious scrap usage for Project Linus.
Probaby my favorite quilt of the year. Used up so many wonderful scraps and I love the effect of the improv on 1/2-square triangles. This one will be delivered to a friend this week as a gift to a special little guy.
I almost love this one. Almost. Made for a friend to give as a gift. I so wish I had used a lighter grey for more impact.
Some orphaned + new trip-around-the-world blocks made into a Project Linus quilts.
One of my favorites from 2018. Based on a class by Elizabeth Hartman on Craftsy. Love the effect. Gifted to a sweet woman at work for her brand new baby boy.
This one was my most-loved quilts on Instragram. Made for the granddaughter of a dear friend. I do love it. But oh so much work. It will be well-loved for years though.
A Project Linus quilt. Blocks made in 2014. Quilt top put together in 2016. Finished in 2018. #progress
Made from lots and lots of scraps for Project Linus. A cacophony. But a cheerful cuddly cacophony.
A quilt I made for a friends baby boy and then I wasn’t sure it was good enough to give to her. Ended up finishing as a Project Linus quilt.
My last project linus quilt to hit my goal for 2018. The pinks and yellows are in the wrong places in some rows. And that is ok.
I had lots of lovely backing fabric for baby quilts in 2018. Here are some snippets.
That is 14 baby quilts in 2018. 14. That is a lot.
I did some other quilt making…
I made a thing to remind me to hustle.
I made a tiny teeny little miniature quilt for my aunt’s dollhouse.
I finished a big quilt – a Colorado memories quilt. I don’t have a picture of it with the binding. It has blue binding.
I finished another big quilt – a queen size for our bed, using french-inspired fabrics and Denyse Schmidt’s big charming pattern. Missouri Star quilted this one. Putting on the binding was a big charming battle. I wish I had used more fabrics and colors in the squares, but it still has a sweet french vibe.
And I made some pillows for our living room. I didn’t make the cat, but I help keep him alive.
2018 in review – volume 2
Next up – BAGS!
First, is letter-writing kit bags. This became my go-to present in 2019. I even created one for myself 🙂 It is super handy to have a little bag in my work bag with all I need to drop a note to someone – including stamps (that seem pretty elusive in the modern world).
I made 26 (TWENTY SIX!!!) letter-writing kit bags. That is a lot. I love them, and now have a backlog of bags for gifts. And I made so many I restocked my zipper inventory.
I also made two goat-related totes for friends. Goat-related totes are cool. I love the little detail of adding a chain purse.
I made 3 carryin’ bags. All of them are noodlehead patterns. I will never work with leather again. Way harder than it should be. I do love the 241 tote though – I made this one for my mom and am thinking I will make one for myself pretty soon.
And I made myself a little needlebook. Because.
2018 in review – volume 1
The beginning of the year! When I am conscientious about moisturizing and blogging. Here goes…
I made a lot in 2018 – lots of baby quilts, of course. And finished up a lot of WIPs. And I also did this magical thing where I abandoned projects I didn’t want to finish. Very scary and liberating. Just deciding not to do something I don’t want to do. Hear me roar!
This is the first of a series of posts recapping my crafty accomplishments… first up, stitchy and embroidery projects. I wanted to do more seasonal decorating in 2019, so a couple projects are related to that…
I made some sweet little felt hearts to celebrate Valentine’s day on my Valentine’s day tree. Pattern from Purl Soho.
And I made some wee felt eggs just in time for Easter. Pattern and materials from Purl Soho. I am feeling less like I want to do seasonal decorating in 2019 – and then I see these little sweeties. I am torn.
I finished several embroidery projects that I am very pleased with… mostly Namaste Embroidery patterns. In fact, all of them except the circles on the pillow and the pink bouquet.
And then there are 3 other random stitchy projects…
An abstraction of my wedding boquet, because I wanted to try fabric painting.
A floaty scarf with tassels. This is another Purl Soho project. I love the scarf. I HATED making all those tassels.
A tiny dresden. Just because.
Taking things slowly
I am hearing the lesson of slowing down, doing less. There are parts of my life that are full – and I can’t change that. But I can put less pressure on myself to move quickly during my down time. In 2019, I am going to do more of I want on a less-agressive pace.
I am going to do some slow projects. I have been knitting again. And there are some quilts I want to finish that will take a while.
I also am just going to play if I want to. I have been doodling and drawing. And watercoloring. I am not putting pressure on myself to become good at drawing. Just going to do it as long as it is fun. So 2019 will be slow and fun. I like that.
Another baby quilt recap…
My destiny is baby quilts. Which is ok – because I love them. With a baby quilt, you can finish in a weekend, use fun colors, and try out some ideas. Here is a recap of some baby quilts I have made in the last few months…
- This is based on an Elizabeth Hartman class from Craftsy. I love this quilt. I love the blue and the grey and the composed, funky vibe. This was made for a friend’s first baby. The only thing I would have done differently is quilt on the diagonal. My straight-line quilting always looks kind of meh.
- This quilt was started from around-the-world blocks I had from 2014. I made some turquoise and low-volume blocks to finish out what I needed. I love making these blocks – but they are decptively time consuming. This one will be donated to Project Linus.
- This is one of my favorite quilts I have ever made. But it did need one of those labels that says “This took forever!” This was made for a grandbaby of a coworker. I love this quilt – love all of the fabrics that I picked that should have special meaning for them. And I loved how much it was loved. I quilt to make something that will be loved. And this quilt will be loved. I also used some precious backing for this quilt. I love the birds and the roses.
- For a few weeks I was on a kick to get all of the quilts done for my 2018 Project Linus goal. This one had been pieced forever. I finally got it basted, quilted, and bound. I just love this quilt. So pink and pretty.
- Last, and probably least, is this acid trip. I had all of these orphan blocks I wanted to use up. So I threw them all in one quilt. Included are some abandoned curves, a wonky trip-around-the-world block, and a stopped EPP hexagon project. I know it is a lot. My grandmother used to use the phrase “cheap and cheerful”. I love that phrase. This quilt wasn’t exactly “cheap” when you consider the fabrics used, but it is cheerful and it used lots of scraps. This will be another donation to Project Linus.
Five baby quilts recapped!
Hi – I had a lot of fun making two improv baby quilts.
This goal for the first one was to use about a bunch of 1/2-square triangle blocks. I learned the trick from Jenny to sew an extra seam when making 1/2-square triangle blocks so you have a whole other block, rather than a bunch of triangles that are harder to use.
I have made several quilts using this method, so I had A LOT of 1/2-square triangles. I was able to use them all and added some other improv piecing to make this adorable quilt to donate to Project Linus.
I love the outcome so much. The palette and piecing make me so happy. And I made a boy’s quilt!
When I posted this quilt on instagram, a friend asked me to make a quilt for her niece in purple and grey. I got about 1/2-way through making a giantized swoon block and then decided I hated it. The grey was too muddy for the block to have impact. So I started chopping and adding in some more improv. You can see remnants of the swoon block shape in the quilt. It took 2x longer to make than I expected, but I love the results. Again, I think the restrained (at least restrained for me) color palette makes all the difference.
I loved making these quilts. Improv always takes longer than I think it will though – so it may be a bit before I take on any more of these.
I had lots of goals in April and got taken away by some new projects. I only got 3 things done, but I did reduce my backlog to 22 (from 23 at the end of March).
Here is what I got done:
Blue and purple project Linus quilt completed. I am not completely in love with this one, but it is done.
And I completed this embroidery project. Probably the toughest one I have done to date. I am absolutely in love with it. Pattern is by Namaste Embroidery.
And I also finished this embroidery project. The wreath pattern also is by Namaste Embroidery. I took the phrase from The Secret Garden. This one was fast and fun, compared to the succulent embroidery project. I love all of the vines in all of the different greens. I used some silk floss in this project – what a dream to work with. I think it could be very addicting.
This one really is a message I need right now. I need to make myself stronger in so many ways. Work and perseverance and my own two feet.
I started one new project in April… that I should have gotten done in April. Oh well. May needs to be the month of baby quilts – 2 for friends and 2 for Project Linus. I just need to not completely get sucked into my Long Time Gone quilt.
A month ago I turned 44. Never in my life have been worse off in regards to my health or my finances. It’s bad, ya’ll.
But I am happy. I love my job. I have a great family. And I love all of the crafty possibilities.
And I had a great birthday!
I got lots of flowers and treats. And I worked on an embroidery project using the most luscious silk thread from my friend Marsha. All in all it was good. And my finances and health can only get better.
Blue and white
My husband and I took a quick trip to Lincoln, NE a week ago. It was the penultimate weekend before Ken Burns’ quilts were leaving the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
I am so sorry we waited so long to go, because I am going to gush about this exhibition and now it is too late. BUT! Here is a video of the exhibition that you can watch. It was really moving for me.
Many women in my family have quilted. My great-grandmother, my great aunt, and my grandmother all quilted. I am lucky to own a quilt my great aunt pieced and my great grandmother quilted. All by hand. And for my college graduation, my grandmother made me a gorgeous wall hanging representing the beginning of life.
After college, when I was flailing and sad, my mom taught me to quilt. It was an oasis in chaos – and started me on 20+ of creating as an escape. I went through many different phases, but being back to quilting the last 4 years has been my oasis again.
I love the exhibit – loved seeing the craft I love elevated and lauded.
When I came back home, I craved a project that would echo the work and style of what I saw. Because blue and white are his favorite colors in a quilt, I decided to pull out my blue and cream and white stash and work through it for a sampler quilt.
I am making Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. It will look gorgeous in the blues and creams – and the name is absolutely perfect – evoking the quilts and women who came before me and their gifts to me.