It was the year of floral themed quilts....big and small projects. Even though I felt like I slowed down, it appears to have been a busy, and successful year of projects.
I experimented with traditional designs using floral fabrics----in hopes of reducing my stash. But we all know that the more you use, the more scraps you make. So that meant some smaller projects, too.
Watercolor wall hangings , butterfly wings quilt made of string pieces, a table runner, sewing machine cover, a few table top quilt projects, and don't forget the mug rugs! It is these small projects that bring instant gratification to keep me going when I get bogged down with a large project.
There were also a couple of scrap quilts from the scrap bin thrown in and 2 of these were donation quilts.
Looking back I see that the Let's Book It challenge at Vrooman's Quilts----thank you, Sharon-----was the biggest motivating factor for this year. Each month we were encouraged to start a project from our accumulated wish list of projects.....from books, magazines, or on line source. Each one of the large quilts were inspired by this challenge. I am so glad I joined in, even if it took a few months to complete them. It was worth the effort! So I am glad to say it will continue again next year. I hope you will consider joining in and making a few things from your someday wish list.
My favorite quilt from 2015? I can easily name it.....Plume Crazy. (Here's the link to its story. )
I began it as a scrap project for the Let's Book It in the summer. I was taking my time and having fun with it. Then I got the idea for adding plume shapes to the border. A few days into the border, I heard from a friend that she had uterine cancer.....and she was scared to death. Immediately, I knew this quilt would be her comfort quilt.
I cut plumes, sewed, and prayed. Plume Crazy went to the hospital with her, and covered her well through recovery at home. I received hugs, and thanks, and a card. And on Christmas Eve, another card came expressing how much the quilt meant to her. She said she made a donation in honor of it to the Woman's Cancer Fund. It was absolutely the best gift to know that a quilt given would inspire another gift to help others. There's nothing better than that.
And the year would not be complete without a mention of Sir Old Man's projects......it was a big year in the workshop. Revived park benches, a small wood walk for the back garden, restored 18th century cabinet for quilt storage, wood clappers, a small chest, and that big, beautiful, wonderful cherry bed! It was a most successful year. He gave me a hint for the next project......a small cabinet to go by the sewing machine! Giggles, and grin from me......he is adapting a design found in a magazine. Sounds like Let's Book It project has even touched the woodworking shop. See how our influence spreads?
I need to spend a little time on next year's plans. Till next time....happy stitching.