Monday, December 31, 2018

what I've been up to

I wanted to end the year with a post of some of the projects I've been working on.  It's been a few months so there's lots :0)
 In anticipation of meeting up with some longtime internet friends I did a little applique, a little handquilting and made 2 little zippered pouches to give as gifts. 
 It was fun to try quilting them 2 different ways.  I could not pick a favorite.

I also took a class with Helen Frost while I was in Houston.  The class was called Starstruck.  She had an different method for cutting and a few other tricks.  It was interesting and I enjoyed it very much. 
 She had this mirror tool to try different layouts with diamonds once they were pieced in rows.  It was cool to see how different they looked.
 I decided on option 2.  I didn't get it completely together until a few weeks later.  Now I have to decide what to make with my star.
 Using the leftover cut off bits was fun too.  There was no way I was throwing them out.  I made this little mini quilt for a friend.  It was quick to machine quilt and bind. 
 I also participated in a sew-a-long with Temecula Quilt Shop in the weeks leading up to American Thanksgiving.  Wow!  I had no idea we were making a Burgoyne Surrounded quilt!  It was so doable broken down into sewing 9 patches and 4 patches etc... 
 I worked on it a little bit everyday until it was a completed top. 
 It was a nice idea to get it quilted and have a new Christmas quilt but...  it didn't happen.  Maybe in time for next Christmas.  I do love how scrappy it is :0)

I also finished the 8th applique block for my Radical Rose and Reel quilt.  8 blocks does not make a very pretty picture but its exciting to see it nearly ready to assemble.  There will be borders to applique yet so lots more stitches to enjoy for this project. 
So that should nearly catch me up.  I look forward to lots of lovely quilty projects in 2019!

Happy Quilting!!  and  Happy 2019!!

8 comments:

Warm Quilts said...

Your appliqué projects are beautiful. The mirror tool you shared on the Starstruck project is very interesting. Well done! Wishing you continued progress on your lovely projects in the new year.

Marie said...

All of your projects are just beautiful and I really like the star option you chose (had to smile at the 'there's no way I was throwing them out' comment - so me!). I also love your Burgoyne Star. I was sorely tempted to join in but it's a really busy time of the year for me so there was no way, but I've got it bookmarked and I'm thinking that it might be a 2019 project - just love it. Happy New Year!

Lori said...

I love your projects and also love seeing my gorgeous bag nearly every night that I hand quilt!! I love it! Thank you again!!
I caught the end of a lecture with Helen- she was very popular! Love your block!!
Happy new year!

audrey said...

Your little zippered pouches are so sweet! Love them! And of course your applique quilt is coming along beautifully. You do such wonderful work.:)

Phyllis said...

You certainly have not been idle, I admire your stitching skills but I also admire your production, how much you get done. Great for us , so much to see in your blogposts, the pouches are lovely, such sweet gifts, I did see the the sew along, but am not very machine oriented so I did not participate, but now I see the outcome, maybe for next Xmas....?? Beautiful applique again. Great post to start the New Year, thank you!

Halland House Gifts said...

Janet, I love your quilts. What a cool thing to do with mirrors. I really do need to work on that “first quilt” before it’s time for air conditioning season. It’s probably been in the works for five years running now. Nervous Nellie keeps procrastinating with cross stitch samplers and other diversions. The top is so close. Judy

Jane in Cumbria said...

I love your applique blocks! That will be a beautiful quilt. The star is lovely too. What fun to see the different ways it can be done.

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

All of your quilts are simply lovely!