I’ll be out at the Almonte guild tonight to talk about quilting intentions for the New Year. I did something similar last year for the OMQG and posted about it here.
Tonight’s talk will touch on a lot of the same themes … organizing, finding time, learning, finishing, sharing, having fun. Did I miss anything?
I’ve got a few new links for things happening online this year. The host for the Finish-A-Long 2015 is Adrienne at On The Windy Side, and a Year of Lovely Finishes continues to be hosted by Melissa at Sew Bitter Sweet. Leanne at She Can Quilt and Nicky at Mrs. Sew and Sow started a link up for scrap quilters; look for the Scraptastic Tuesday linky party at both blogs on the second Tuesday of the month.
This pink and white postage stamp was my scrap quilt finish from 2014; 200 — 2.5″ pink squares cut from scraps with alternating white squares made this pretty quilt.
While doing my research I came across The Bee Hive at Blossom Heart Quilts. The Bee Hive is a new year-long series of quilt block tutorials (2 each month) that are perfect for quilting bees.
Another finish from 2014 — the String X Bee Quilt. I want to thank my bee mates — Lisa, Patti, Sheila, M-R, Anne-Marie, Chelsea,Shena, Carly, Dominique, Jaclyn, and Janet for their help in piecing these blocks. I’ve bowed out of the group for this year, but I had a lot of fun sewing blocks for everyone this past year.
My friend Lorna over at Sew Fresh Quilts has just started a new quilt along — and she assures me there is no paper-piecing involved! Lorna’s quilt is being made in Northcott solids, but I’m sure we can find some Kona equivalents if you’re interested in joining Lorna’s Elephant Parade.
I finished a lot of UFO’s last year, but I did not finish my City Sampler quilt (started 2013). I made some progress though, with the blocks done and the sashing started. It’s definitely a contender for first finish of 2015.
I’ve picked a Kona grey for the sashing – it might be Steel, or Medium Grey. Anyway, it seems to be working with all the blocks, and it’s so satisfying to see them framed so nicely, each one a little work of art!
And because it’s a new year, I wanted a new project to dive into at yesterday’s OMQG first sew-in of the year.
How about an easy strip quilt in a rainbow of saturated colours? I’m using a jelly roll in Fancy by Lily Ashbury with Kona White sashing, and the Skinny Strips free pattern from All People Quilt. And in spite of all the chatting and socializing, I managed to get a good start on this one.
What’s on your quilting horizon for 2015?