Saturday, January 2, 2016

Starting a New Year

I dropped out of the cyber sphere for most of December, not always by choice. Now it's a matter of overcoming inertia as much as anything else.

Today I came across this quote from Mark Twain which feels very appropriate:
"Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.
Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual." 
I don't generally do New Year's resolutions. Gentle goal setting has become useful however. To that end I am planning to participate in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again. Not sure that I will make the column quilt Angela has designed. Instead I think I'll make postage stamp stars in the color of the month. I also want to use the practice of monthly blocks to make stars for another Christmas quilt. I've made two so far, just finishing up the second one this season. Of course I don't have a picture of the finished quilt. Getting good pictures is one hurdle in my blogging journey.

I'm doing very well with my version of Quilty 365. You may remember that I'm cutting a 2.5" x 6.5" strip each day instead of appliqueing a circle. This is what I have so far:

The column on the left is comprised of 28 strips. The right one will have 29. The third one will have 28 again, then 29, and so on. I figure 13 columns will get me through the year and make for a nice size personal quilt. There have been a couple of days when it was a challenge to choose an appropriate print but nothing has truly stumped me so far. (whew!)

The quilt tops and backs for our twin granddaughters are ready for quilting. No, I don't have pictures. Not of the quilt parts anyway. I do have this one from Christmas Eve!

The Ohio Stars quilt I made from some of 2015's RSC blocks was quilted, bound, and sent off to a cancer patient in December. It's so handy having a long-arm quilter in the house!

The feathers you see in the photo above are on the back of a quilt for a child in foster care. Two quilts were rolled together when that picture was taken. Below you can maybe see the simple meander we decided on for the Ohio Star quilt.

All of James' quilting is done freehand, which allows him a lot of creative license when it comes to the quilting designs. If you look closely you might be able to see a couple of different patterns in the block below:

Hopefully I'll be able to share examples of his work frequently in the months ahead. :- )


  1. December can be a busy time, so glad that you are finding time to sew again.

  2. I love seeing all the different ways people are approaching Quilty 365. Everyone brings their own special touch to the party!
    Having your own resident quilter is a real plus, eh? Go, you!

  3. Hang on to that long arm quilter, that is what I would call " Pure Bliss" . I do like his designs.

  4. Sorry you haven't been feel 100% Sue.
    I am very envious that you have an 'in-house' long arm quilter. His work is looking good!
    I love the photo of your grandaughters in their matching pink p.j.s. Were they were with you for Christmas day?
    Happy New Year.

  5. Lovely to have you back! I wish you a 2016 full of energy, better health and quilty inspiration!

  6. And lovely feathers those are, too. I don't have facebook. Can you send me his information? I hope you find lots of quilty energy in the months to come. I think I'm going to do Sophie's Lotto version of the RSC this year. All it requires is a little time. LOL Love that Mark Twain quote. It's why I don't make any myself. You're going to have an interesting 365 quilt.

  7. What a nice feeling for you to be back doing something you love -- quilting. I hope 2016 is filled with fabrics, patterns and the soothing sound of the sewing machine!
    I know nothing about quilting, but I do love how your son put the pattern on the Christmas tree to make it look like tinsel 😊 . Wish him all the best in his business venture.

  8. Best wishes for a successful RSC16. LOVE your Quilty365 project! I wanted to start, but there's not enough time in the day. Although... I might be able to use your idea for a quilt of my own. Only time will tell.

  9. I'm strongly considering the Quilty 365 project and like how you have interpreted it. Glad you are finding time to blog again, nice pictures.

  10. Sorry, an internet outage delayed my posting. Your twins are so adorable, sweet girls. The quilting on all three pieces is very good. On the tree it looks like a string of lights, clever. He has imagination and will do well with the long arm. Blessings for the new year.

  11. Glad you're back! I dropped out for December too. Hard to get back in the saddle sometimes.

    Your strips for Quilty 365 are looking good. Good luck for the long haul.

    The twins are too cute in their jammies!

    And your quilts look great! How wonderful to have your very own quilter!

  12. Happy you are back. I was so busy in December. Took a break myself.
    The girls are cute in their Christmas PJs.
    I had forgotten I wanted to do RSC postage stamp stars this years. Thanks for the reminder.


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