I can't believe how much time has passed since my last entry! I have a problem sitting down to my computer and spending an unacceptable amount of time documenting all of my quilts, but I know it has to be done because otherwise there would be no accounting of the many, many quilts I have made - for future generations. My mother was not handy with a needle at all and had no interest in sewing. I must have gotten the sewing gene from her mom, who made almost all of my mom's clothing during the Depression. I think my daughter Laura will be the only one to wield a needle - a knitting needle that is! She is a budding knitter and for that I am very excited. I was into knitting when she was a toddler and I made some cute stuff then. Of course none of it can be found now, but I hope she finds as much satisfaction in her knitting as I do in my quilting.
Here are some of my creations from this past year:
My own Christmas Quilt, 2012
I found this beautiful toile fabric in California, in a fantastic quilt shop called Candy's Quiltworks in Northridge. Soon after, two magazines had excellent patterns that featured toile for Christmas and I had a hard time deciding which one to choose. [I will update the pattern and magazine as soon as I find it in my quilt studio!] I worked on it at two different retreats, so it's taken me over a year to complete. Many thanks to my California quilt lady, Sally, who agreed to quilt it while I was visiting my California family over the Thanksgiving holiday. I think I should line her up for a standing appointment at that time of year! There was no way I was going to ship it back home, so I stuffed it in my suitcase and my daughter shipped my clothes home! I also brought home a new red Christmas toile!
Nancy's Retirement Quilt 2012
You'll have to turn your head sideways for the real view of this great quilt. I can't get it to upload correctly! When my sister-in-law retired in June of 2011, I promised her a quilt to mark the occasion. When I promise someone a quilt, I give them one or two options: color and style (traditional or contemporary). Nancy chose sea glass colors in a contemporary style, which both dominate her home. I knew exactly the pattern I would choose for her, the Zen quilt in an issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. Again, I cannot put my hands on this issue! In my color research, I walked along the West Haven beach and collected some sea glass, stones and shells and then picked fabrics from my stash and bought maybe two fat quarters to complete my selection. I arranged the blocks from light to dark. The backing is a sand-colored marble pattern. I chose a cotton/poly blend for the batting, and my local quilting lady Connie and I picked the swirling waters pattern. Once the binding was finished, I put it in the washer and dryer and it came out so soft and cuddly!
Nancy's quilt back
Tulip Quilt, Summer 2011
Karen's Pink Lemonade
Lydia, born August 2012
These were the quilt highlights of 2012, but there were others, mostly baby quilts, along the way. I made 3 more baby quilts for which I do not yet have pictures, and one quilt in Dad's memory. He left us at the age of 94 and my mother-in-law will receive this quilt made from Dad's shirts on Christmas Eve.
I am looking forward to 2013 and all the quilting challenges out there. HAPPY NEW YEAR!