Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Best of 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, we like to think back about everything that has happened this year.  Not all good by any means, but what year ever is?  In my little corner of the world, I have experienced a lot of good this year.  Especially when it comes to my quilting and blogging.  :)

Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs is having a Best of 2016 Linky Party for everyone to share their best/favorite blogs posts of the year.  What a great way to go back and see some of the amazing posts from some great bloggers!

Here are my Best Posts,Favorite Memories, and Firsts of the year:

1. "Knots" of Color
This one has to be my very favorite.  After years and years of thinking about it and starting and stopping, I finally finished my first pattern and listed it on Craftsy.  This was a very exciting moment for me.  I made it all the way through the process!  It was so much fun to be able to share this with everyone.  I had a huge grin on my face the entire time I was writing this post. 

You can purchase the pattern HERE.

Another Favorite post would have to be for the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group.  This is more of a favorite experience really.  I had barely started my blog when I was invited to join the New Quilt Bloggers group.  This was exactly what I needed, right when I needed it.  It was an amazing experience.  I learned so much and more importantly, met so many fabulous people.  And they were all quilt bloggers!!  

This post is one of my favorites because it has such a wonderful memory attached.  My aunt (who is my great quilting inspiration) came to visit me.  I was so thrilled to have her come see me and we had the most fabulous weekend.  It was one of those mini vacations that I will never forget!

4. Shadow Block Mini Quilt-A-Long & Hop
This post was another first for me.  Janice from Color, Creating & Quilting and I worked together to gather a few quilters to make some mini Shadow Block quilts.  We finished off the quilt-a-long with a blog hop and Janice has a gallery of all of the beautiful minis that were made.  This post is one of my highest views and comments.  It was a great time and both Janice and I agree that we will be doing another one soon. 

5. Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop - Blooming Berry
This post was part of our New Quilt Bloggers group.  We were given the opportunity to design a block with some scrumptious Cloud 9 fabrics.  This was my first tutorial and it was so much fun to see the diversity of the blocks that all of the bloggers came up with.  

So, those are my favorite posts from 2016!  I hope you have fun reading them.  Also, make sure to hop over to the linky party over at Meadow Mist Designs to see what everyone else has shared.  You just might find some new inspiration.  

Friday, December 23, 2016

All that holiday sewing

I thought for sure I was going to be crazy busy trying to get things done this Christmas.  Nope.
I finished it all early!  I was shocked.  We had a couple of snow days off work last week and what else would you do on a snow day besides make your sewing space all cozy, throw on some Netflix and get to work?  It was wonderful.

I made a cute All Snowed In table runner from the Holiday Wishes book with a Juniper Berry Jolly Bar pack for our office gift exchange.  I added some basic coasters with some of the leftover fabrics.

It was received well.  Was kind of hard to be "secret" when everyone knows I am the quilter of the bunch.  They were hoping I had made something before gifts were even opened.  :)

For everyone else, I made little paper-pieced stockings.  And I do mean LITTLE!  They were probably about 5 inches high.  And of course, I failed to get a photo of those.  Ooops.  There were star ornaments too.  When searching the tutorials, I saw them called Scandinavian stars most frequently.  I was considering doing a tutorial of my own on these, because I had to reference many tutorials and videos before it made sense to me.  Once I figured it out though, they were so much fun to make.

And now that the holiday sewing is all done, I can start a fresh, new project.  I took a peek at my list for Quilting Jetgirl's #2017PlanningParty and then decided on something that wasn't even on the list.  Hahaha.  You can see my list HERE.  

I had purchased a pattern and all of the fabrics for it probably 2, maybe even 3 years ago at a retreat and then set it aside.  It is my first time doing a complete batik quilt and I am excited to see how it turns out.  Here is a sneak peek at one of the beautiful prints:

I hope everyone has a comforting and joyful holiday season!  Smiles and hugs to all of my quilting friends!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Planning Party

2017 Already!?!  You have to be kidding me.  Ok, I just needed a minute to remember that time continues no matter how much you want to slow it down.

Many people use the flipping of the calendar to take a look at what they want to accomplish in the foreseeable future.  They reflect upon what has happened in the past months and I believe, most have a few things they want to change.  I am no exception to this,

Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is having a 2017 Planning Party!  What a great time to focus some of my goals for the new year.

So, I sat down this morning and made a starter list off the top of my head.  I kept my list focused on quilting and blogging so it wouldn't get TOO out of control.  It sure looks like I am going to have a busy year.  I am sure there will be many more things added to this list as the year progresses.

I have separated the list between quilts that I plan on making or finishing and things that I want to practice or learn.

I think the learning and growing part of quilting is just as important as finishing quilts.  I don't have too much here right now, but I am hoping to add to this list as projects present themselves to me.

  • Practice my Free Motion quilting.  I started this in 2016, but haven't done too much just for practice.  I want to grow my skill in this area so that I am more confident at trying new things and enjoy the process more.
  • Learn curved piecing.  I am a bit embarrassed too say that I have yet to do any curved piecing.  It is something that I certainly want to try and add to my list of available design options.
  • Write and publish more patterns.  Not too long ago, I finally finished my first pattern.  "Knots" of Color and added it to my Craftsy shop.  I have so many more things in my sketch book that I want to get out there.
  • And something that I thought of just now, participating in more group events.  In 2016 I joined a few blog hops and a sew-along.  They were SO much fun.  I want to be confident enough in my quilting to join many more events like these.
I have quite a few quilts to get done on my list as well.  I have 4 quilts that I am being paid for that I want to get done right away.  And a test for a new pattern I am writing.  And a few UFO's that I need to finish just for the sake of making room for new quilts.  :)

There.  Goals listed for all the world to see.  Now I will be held accountable and hopefully be able to make a blog post soon that has a number of these things crossed off.

Check out the 2017 Planning Party over at Quilting Jetgirl.  There are going to be lots of link-ups for other bloggers that want to join in on the planning.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Giveaway Day!

Wow, I was almost too late to get into this party.  Just this morning I learned about the Giveaway Day over at Sew Mama Sew.  How did I miss this?  What an exciting event.  New blogs to read AND lots of excellent giveaway goodies!

I have noticed a lot of people using this time to introduce themselves to new readers and I have decided to follow that theme.

I have been quilting for a few years now and I am a self taught quilter.  I am still learning every day and loving each new experience that quilting brings to me. I am mother to a teenage son that is very supportive of my quilting habits and he gives me that second opinion when I am struggling with fabric choices.  I work full time in an office and my time at my machine is limited to the occasional night or weekend.  But I sure do enjoy that time.  Give me Netflix and a full spool of thread and I am one happy camper.  You can check out more of My Story here.

This has been such an exciting year for me.  I started this blog and have made so many wonderful friends.  This has been an experience like no other.  I participated in my first Blog Hop with the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group.  I wrote my first tutorial for the Cloud 9 Blog Hop with that group.  I am in the middle of my first mystery quilt and have done a quilt-a-long for the first time as well.

I have recently started getting more involved with Instagram too.  @adreamandastitch

Another first for me this year was completing my very first quilt pattern.  And that is what I have decided to give away.  "Knots" of Color is a simple quilt that packs a big punch.  It comes in 5 sizes from Table Runner to Queen.  You can find the pattern HERE on Craftsy. If you decide to purchase the pattern and you are chosen as the winner, your money will be refunded or you can have a credit towards a future pattern from me.

The winner will receive a PDF copy of my pattern "Knots" of Color via email.  This is open to international entries (because, well, no postage with email :) )  A random entry will be chosen from the comments below.  Any comment counts, but if you need a prompt, let me know what your favorite quilting tool is.  Or one that you have been meaning to try.  Want a second entry?  Let me know (in a separate comment) how you follow me (Bloglovin, Instagram, etc)  The giveaway is open until 5pm PST on December 11, 2016.  Make sure you include your email in your post if you are a no-reply blogger so I have a way to contact you.  Good Luck!

Head over to Sew Mama Sew to visit all of the other great blogs and giveaways!

And the Winner is......

Kathe G!  Congratulations Kathe.  An email has been sent as notification.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Crown Royal Finish

For about a year now, I have been working off and on with a project for a friend.  I have finally finished it and was able to give it to her in time for her to give it as a Christmas gift.  I don't remember what brought it up, but we started discussing making quilts out of Crown Royal bags.  Turns out her man had been saving them for ages.  She brought them in and I got to work.  I didn't have a specific pattern to use, but more of a design idea.

It was a little difficult because I wasn't working with yardage and I had a limited amount of one of the fabrics (the Crown purple).  So, I made one block at a time.  From cutting to the completed block.  Cutting the largest pieces first and working my way down to the 2 inch squares.

I was so excited to finally finish it.  It turned out great and is the most squishy, cuddly quilt I have ever made.  It is so heavy and warm.  My friend was very happy with it and I was very happy to have it to her on time.

Don't mind the bad lighting and messy living room.  It is dark when I leave for the day and dark when I get home.  I didn't have much choice.

I have started pin basting on my dining room floor instead of spraying on my sewing table.  It works pretty well.

This quilt is also the first one for someone else that I have used my new labels on!  I LOVE them.
I ordered them from  You can find the labels I ordered HERE.  They were so great to work with and they send you workups of your custom labels before printing.  I would recommend them to anyone looking for custom labels.  I am sure I will never use that many labels, but the cost really isn't too bad at all.  It was definitely worth it.

I forgot to get a photo of my label on the Crown Royal quilt, but I did get a photo of my "test" label that went on my pattern test quilt.  Lesson:  Sew the label on BEFORE the binding.  They are slippery and the feed dogs don't grab them real well.  

Now I have three more projects that I have to finish in the next 2 weeks.  Wish me luck.  :)

Linking up to:
Needle and Thread Thursday
Finished or Not Friday