The end of the year is a good time to look back at what we have accomplished in the past 12 months. Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs hosts and annual "Best of..." party and so I will be linking this post up to her blog. I have done lots of machine sewing, hand stitching and knitting this year and it is hard to pick out which projects were my favourites. Here is my best effort!
1. My favourite hand stitching project was "Love Birds"--a counted cross stitch picture that I made for a friend's daughter and her husband as a wedding gift. They have it hanging on their wall and were very pleased to receive it, even if it was several months after their wedding before I finished it!
2. I participated in the Colour Blocks challenge this past year as a way to use up some scrappy 2.5" squares and made several quilts--I still have lots of squares left so there may be more quilts assembled using these colourful scraps! I had lots of blue scraps and made this baby quilt with them.
I also really loved my gray and yellow colour blocks quilt.
3. Last year, I made a scrappy red and white Modern Snowflake quilt for a friend. I wanted to make one for myself this year and used stash fabrics to make this Buffalo plaid version. I finished hand sewing the binding this week and it is now in use in our great room for the winter months. This was the only sewing I did this past week so I will be linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching party on Sunday morning. The pattern is by Modern Handcraft.
4. I am happiest when just playing with fabric to make up my own designs and I want to do more of this in the coming year. I made a wall hanging for a friend for Christmas this year doing just that.
5. I had a couple of sewing goals this past year --use only stash fabrics and try not to buy any fabric except backings and backgrounds. I made lots of quilts using my stash this year including some baby gifts and quilts for family members. Many of them had pieced backs in an effort to use up what I had. Here is one of the quilts I made with only fabrics from my stash, including the backing and binding. I made it to match the colours in the family room of the recipients.
I bought some fabric online during QuiltCon in February and have been using lots of it in my projects--many of which are still UFO's on my list to complete in 2022. Stay tuned--there should be some finishes early in 2022.
Happy New Year, everyone!
I can't have a blogpost without a picture of my favourite grand-dog, Finn and his new squeaky Fox toy!