Wow, 2020! Looking back at 2019, I’m amazed that I got any quilting or sewing done at all! It was my year of travel and adventures. My excursions took me to wintery Nisswa MN, sunny Anna Marie Island FL, amazing Santa Fe NM, incredible Zdar Nad Sazavou Czech Republic and historic Mackinac Island Michigan! And if you add in working at quilt shows, family fun vacations and shopping trips, I left my home state 11 times last year! I will do my very best to keep it up this year!!
On the quilting front, I was happily surprised that 44 customer quilts, 19 charity quilts and 7 personal quilts were under Winifred’s needle in 2019! Here’s some of the quilts I gifted in 2019.
I should have kept a count of how many Hot Pad Table Runners that I made with my sisters! Lots! And the last group included some trivet sizes and sports theme, great for gifts!
And I’m still making zipper pouches for anyone who inkles that they want one! Each one is it’s own style, you never know what side the zipper pull will end up!
Speaking of numbers, here’s to celebrating 94 year, 64 year and 4 year old birthdays! In 2020 we’ll hit landmark birthdays together!
I might as well keep going with a personal accomplishment of losing 16 pounds and going to 211 Jazzercise classes in 2019!!
Happy New year and thank you to my clients who trusted me with their projects in 2019, I look forward to 2020!
Every year we travel to my brother’s house in Missouri to celebrate Thanksgiving with a big family reunion! This year I was able to deliver a surprise quilt for my niece Jenny who is graduating with a Business degree in December! Her daughter, Alexis (on left) gave me the idea earlier this year and if you know quilters, we are always looking for someone to gift a quilt to! Alexis received a quilt from me when she graduated high school, here’s a link to that quilt! The quilt pattern is Squiggles in Christa Watson’s book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts. I hope all of you had a great holiday weekend and now it’s December! Woohoo!
This summer I traveled to Czech Republic to deliver a baby quilt to my nephew’s new baby, Nikola Lily! Her older sister, Simona, received her baby quilt via my sister when she visited in 2017. This time, I was able to deliver it personally with my 2 sisters! In addition to meeting the latest member of our family, we had a grand time exploring Czech Republic!
I love it when I can stitch their name in the quilt and add my personal signature “Love – Aunt Linda”!
My sister found this “vintage” panel while organizing and I decided it’d be a fun gift for Nikki, too!
Where will I go next to deliver a quilt? Not sure, but I hope it’s another country!!
Here’s my 2018 by the numbers! I ended the year with a career grand total of 998 quilts! I keep a diary of every quilt that was loaded on my longarm since starting my business and soon I’ll hit that 1000 mark! Last year I quilted 44 customer quilts, 9 charity quilt and 6 personal quilts. Here’s a sampling of 2018 customer quilts. Click any picture for a larger view.
As usual, I made wedding and baby quilts. Here’s a sampling of those!
I should keep diary of crafty sewing projects. I have no idea how many of these I’ve made.
My sisters and I have had a few sewing weekends, too! We completed 15 Hot Pad Table Runners and have several more ready to finish! Click the hyper-link to purchase your own copy of the pattern.
Grocery bag holders, yoga mat straps, eye glass case, tablet case, dolly diapers, child tea towel aprons, dolly aprons, dolly quilts! And the list goes on to whatever idea we can come up with!
Last year was a year of travel and quilt shows and so far, 2019 looks like it will be too! I can’t really say how much blogging will be going on, many “famous” bloggers have called it quits recently. I plan to keep posting on Instagram and Facebook occasionally, feel free to comment or contact me there.
What do you do when your sister calls you asking for a quilt for her best friend?! You go to your stash of almost finished quilts and finish it! I originally called this “The Big O Quilt” but when my sister explained that her friend did a huge favor for her, I changed the name to “Big Hugs Quilt”! I didn’t have a quilt pattern, it’s half square triangles and squares arranged to make a big “O”. It’s a great use for a fat quarter bundle that you don’t know what to do with!
The quilting is a freehand edge to edge, “Swirled Feathers”, it’s a fun design to stitch out!I even found a fun label with a perfect sentiment to complete the quilt!
While it seems I’m only quilting for myself, I have been very busy quilting for others! Here’s an antique/vintage Dresden Plate quilt quilted with freehand feather meander.Some of the plate wedges were very worn and faded but most were in good shape, It’s fun to stitch old quilts and observe the fabric designs and fabric type!