Thursday, December 29, 2016

End of year wrap up, WIP for next year

It's been an amazing year.

I'm gonna let that sit there for a minute because I'm working on reflecting on the good that is happening in my life.

2016 brought lots of firsts for me.  I taught my first beginner paper piecing class with pretty successful results (and an invitation to repeat it next year).  That quilt, along with a Star Wars quilt (which I tested patterns for) are both are being donated to a local Children's home - a project near and dear to my heart.

For Mother's day I found and sewed something personal for my Mom, and I also played along with the Minion (pattern tester) and Once Upon a Princess Quilt-a-Longs at, Finished my daughter-in-law's multifandom quilt, and assembled the Princess and Cars themed quilts for Christmas gifts. Scattered among the other projects were other pattern testing projects (including broadway related themes, and Dr. Who), and that's in addition to my regular, pays the bills, full-time job, which changed in July and will change again in January (yay for promotions!).

I'm not really a glutton for punishment, quilting is just really calming for me. Three years ago at this time I was finishing my Masters degree and counting down the minutes until I graduated so that I could get my hands on and learn to paper piece my first Harry Potter Project of Doom quilt.  I had no idea it would turn into such a personal journey.  If you are just starting, take strength, enlist help from other quilt board members, find local friends, and spend a bit of time on YouTube.  (As a visual learner YouTube was a godsend).

I can honestly say now, that I find myself less critical and more careful about piecing.  I'm not to the point of making "show only" quilts as I prefer them to be loved, cuddled, used and worn out.  So what's coming up for 2017?  I've put off joining in the Fantastic Beasts Quilt-a-Long at fandominstitches until I finish up several other WIP.  So I'm sure you'll see some of that!  I also have plans to make a few more multi-fandom quilts for Boy Wonder and some lucky nieces and nephews.  I'm super excited since FiS has begun releasing Supplemental Disney Saturday patterns for additional bookcase options!  And I am taking on my first non-fandom, pieced/appliqued book quilt.  More on that later.

Like I said, it's been an amazing year.  I've grown.  I've been given opportunities to serve.  I've helped warm and cuddle both family and strangers.  But mostly - I've learned gratitude in a new way.  Thanks for letting me share.

Christmas Surprise! (Princess and Cars quilts)

I knew as I worked on the Once upon a Princess project earlier this year that I wanted these ladies to go to a special home - and along with a Cars quilt project they did!!  My nieces and nephews (well 3 of them anyway) seem to be enjoying them!!

Methodist Children's Home Quilts (Star Wars and Star)

Earlier this year I taught a newbie paper piecing class that had great response with the intention of not having to make all of our quilts for our Christmas project and they turned out great.  These are a few different pictures of the process.  A good friend did the quilting and it turned out great.

I did take on the boy version myself since I was interested in testing the patterns as well - The patterns are amazing, and they look awesome!  This star wars quilt got LOTS of attention and I've heard from a few other sources that they'd like me to expand some classes, so that may be fun for this new year!!

You can see some better closeups of the individual star wars piecings