Silly Season is over and it's back to work for me in a couple of days but it has been a treat catching up with family and friends, feasting, shopping, movies, relaxing...and stitching.
Another block finished for my red Civil War Bride :
And here's another started - guess which one?
It's like dressing a doll and growing a garden - all needle turn applique (with back basting prep).
And now she is dressed and tending her garden:
I have changed a little from the Threadbear pattern - longer hair, appliqued all stems and not added facial features. My embroidery has been
shocking disappointing in the past so I avoid it ...and I quite like this look.
I've really enjoyed the 2014 reviews on so many quilt blogs. The year seems to just fly by doesn't it? But looking at these reviews there were so many inspirations and achievements enjoyed along the way! They certainly kept me going...always looking to the next project.
My quilting 2014:
It's been a year of learning challenges with two particular 'quilty' achievements for me :
- a fascination with exploring clam shell piecing - hence there was a lot of clam shell work!
- a return to comfortable hand quilting - with a better technique and better tools - yay!
Here's a collage of my year's worth of purses and pouches ( mostly gifted) - the start of the clam shell learning curve:
In February I finished Simon (Dutch pattern, started 2013), hand EPP, appliqued and machine quilted:
In May I finished my Medallion (my own design, started 2013) with a sadly faded chintz - hand pieced, appliqued and machine quilted....note the clam shells:
There was just a little start made on an EPP Grandmother's Garden in July - must get back to this:
In August I finished Double X (started 2013, a wedding gift)- machine pieced and quilted:
Started Auntie Green in neutrals (Irene Blanck's pattern) - still in progress but now 'secret sewing' till it is gifted. This was the progress photo shared on my blog in August:
In October completed the top for my Ann Randoll coverlet version (started in a workshop in January) - still to be sandwiched and quilted. Plenty more clam shell practice in there too :)
In December finished my Four Block applique - a joyful return to hand quilting:
...and finished the top of Stars meet Hexagons - EPP by hand and appliqued, still to be sandwiched and quilted:
Over the year 12 blocks of Benjamin Biggs BOM were completed bit by bit. I had a some fun making a collage of them all. They're actually all 12 inch blocks, and all on the same background - just photographed in different light at different times. There are still another 13 blocks and a border to go so no finish for a long time yet!
At the end of the year I felt as if I had spent the whole year working in reds - just because I had four red projects going at the time. But now, on looking back, I see that wasn't so. There was quite a lot of brown and blue happening during the year too!
Looking forward to a 2015 of inspiring quilt blogging - with lots more to learn and create - and maybe finish as well!