Happy New Year, Everyone! I’m finally getting back in gear after a lengthy holiday break. Spent lots of time with the folks, spent way too much time eating sausage balls, and spent the rest working on gifts.
I’m starting 2017 off with a challenge for myself. My goal: to complete one quilt a month for the entire year! It’s not just ambitious…it’s absurd. Especially since I began the marathon with a tough design, one I vowed never to attempt again–curves! This arabesque design isn’t too difficult since it doesn’t require S-curves. The toughest part was cutting out all those little pieces. Most of the quilts are gifts for special people (but a couple are for me).
The quilt below was created for Miss Veronica, one of the most gorgeous babies EVER! Her nursery is decorated in lavender, so I thought this beautiful bird print in mint, purple and lavender would match perfectly!
This big block quilt was my gift to Patrick for Christmas. I made him a small lap quilt a year ago, but I wanted to create something larger and more dynamic for him. I used Parson Gray fabric. The pattern looks complex, but is really very simple, using a 9 patch in the center, half square triangles and basic squares. I love the mod background with huge ovals!
Oops! Out of order! This is the front of Veronica’s quilt! The birds were all fussy cut. Dena, my long arm quilter, chose a gorgeous leaf pattern for the sandwich quilting. I love these colors!
Mom, Bam and I worked on these felt ball ornaments from Purl Soho. The kit was a little confusing at first, but they turned out so cute! I wish I had time to make dozens of these! They’d be perfect in a ball pit!
Skyler got into the ‘Nog. Look at those droopy eyes. Just kidding. We don’t drink nog in our house. He’s just being his usual sweet, yet grumpy, old self. The pups loved this spot under the Christmas tree!
I’m planning to hit the keyboard more often this year. I’ve missed it a lot (and my typing skills have suffered). And I’m hoping 2017 is going to be a better year, a healthier year, one spent outdoors and not in hospitals. “It’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright, sunshine-y day…”