Archive for the ‘2017 Finished Projects’ Category

New Years Eve is here and I thought I’d do a wrap-up of what I’ve finished this year.  I could just direct you to the tab at the top of the page – but thought I’d repost it here with a little commentary.


Sushi was the first finish of 2017.  I thought it was my favourite of the year but it’s my 2nd favorite (Voluptuous Woman beat it by a nose!).  This was based upon the work of Sherri Lynn Woods.  I loved the process.  The wabi-sabi nature of it.  The input from friends on how to proceed.



Next was Splendid Sampler.  It was a comfort quilt that I finished up for a friend who was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease.  One year post diagnosis, she’s doing well.  And, she uses the quilt.  It’s on her couch.  It’s always an added bonus to see a quilt you’ve made being used and appreciated.

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I did a cot quilt to add to a ‘grandmothers basket’.  I used 9 patches that I received in an online swap and made them into a disappearing 9 patch.


January also saw the start of the Mighty Lucky Quilt Challenge.  I have not been impressed with the administrators of this club – however, the lessons are valuable.  I do like this piece.  I like the rust.  It’s in my top 5 or so of the year.

I embellished my jean jacket with some Japanese fabrics and crocheted a scarf.  I actually crocheted two scarves but didn’t take a picture of the 2nd one.

I also made a few bibs and some shibori/indigo needle cases.

Another baby quilt was finished with the bib leftovers.  However, I don’t have a picture of the finished quilt for some reason.


Three more improv pieces were completed based upon challenge scores from the Sherri Lynn Wood’s FB group.  I like the taupe/red one and the pink one isn’t too bad.

I knit 3 luxury spa washcloths for my mom.  I hope she’s using them!   Mom?  They were made with really plush yarn – it was a pleasure to knit them.  I also knit two sets of fingerless gloves (one for me and one for a friend) and crocheted two sets (one for my niece and one for charity) but didn’t take pictures.


Next was Squircles – looks like this was a June finish.  This one makes my top 5 also.  Hand appliquéd.  Hand embellished and quilted with hot pink thread.  Also the border fabric was painted by me.


This is the BOM from Sue Spargo – modifications to embrace my style of improv.  Hand embroidered and hand quilted.  Ok, I like this one also.  🙂


Then there was the quilt in memory of Lila Jane.


And Steampunk.


In September I finished Split Personality – the double-sided curtain hanging between the lounge room and the dining room to block the A/C.

The last 2 months of 2017 I finished off these babies:

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Oh, and this one from a class one of the quilt groups I belong to took at a LQS.

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But my favourite of the year – is my Voluptuous Woman quilt.  I absolutely loved making this and love the results.  Thank you my friend Brooke for the woman image.  Thank you to all my peeps who provided input on her.  She hangs over the fireplace in the little house.


I think that’s it for finishes.  I have several that are close to being finished but I can’t put the final TICK in the finish box quite yet.  There are 5 tops ready to be pin basted and quilted (3 machine, 1 hand and 1 commercially) plus the hand quilting on my hexi quilt and the hand appliqué on my Ruby May top.

Reviewing this – I’m amazed at what I’ve accomplished.  I don’t know that I see a real theme revealed – which is what I was hoping for.  I do know that the quilts I love the most are the ones that start with an idea and develop from there.  The wabi-sabi style.

Tomorrow is the first day of 2018 and I will stick with tradition and start a new quilt.  For luck.  I have 2 in mind – or maybe 5.  🙂  I’ll let you know which one wins.

Thanks for following my blog!  I sincerely appreciate and value your encouragement and support.

Life is good.


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One Block Wonder

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Finished One Block Wonder quilt.


Original fabric on the back of the quilt and borders.  You layer 6 deep and cut triangles then sew back together into hexagons.  Then arrange as desired.


I probably will never do another one using this technique but it really gave me an awareness of fabric.  If you want to investigate the technique further, I’d suggest going to the One Block Wonder Facebook page – there is a wealth of information and creativity there.


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A friend of mine sent her Sweet 16 to my place for a visit.  I’ve named her “Sweetie”.  Sweetie is a bit temperamental but I have had some success with her.  I can’t tell you how amazing it is to quilt with something that not only has POWER but has SPACE.  If I was on the build-up side of my quilting career, I would be sorely tempted to invest in a machine like this.  SERIOUSLY tempted.  (That brings shivers down the spine of Mr. W because of the price!!  ha!)

In the 2 weeks she was up and running (and singing!), I quilted 4 placemats, 2 baby/toddler sized quilts, 1 lap sized quilt and several practice pieces.  I also used the basting function to baste 20 Liberty of London flowers onto a linen base for hand appliqué.  I was up at 6am each morning and out playing with her for 60-90 minutes before brekkie.  It was a total blast.

Earlier this week, she made a loud CLUNK and up came an error message.  I wasn’t able to get past the error so the plug has been pulled and she is awaiting a trip to the repair shop.  Best guess it will be February before she comes back to her temporary home.

Here are a couple slide shows of the finished pieces.

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Boro-style patches on my favourite jean jacket.  




Knitted and crocheted scarf with Wolle’s yarn





Three ‘dress up’ bibs for M&M’s girl-child




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