Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2012 Wrap-Up

Happy New Year!
This post is a mish-mash of projects hurridly finished and poorly recorded as well as a new jumpstart into 2013. I got a lot of remarks (mostly from my aunt) that I hadn't updated the blog in ages! This was said while across the table from me, but I guess my cat projects weren't there to show off, so here you go, Auntie Lou.
The year finished in a whirlwind of finished projects I wanted done prior to Christmas. I made it! But in doing so, I did a poor job of recording evidence that they are finished, at least in the blog sense.
My sister convinced me to make a dress I wanted the "right way" by doing it in muslin first. Thanks, Devon! Even though it mostly fit I did make some alterations prior to diving in to the real thing.
I, of course, had my usual "helper" throughout the process.

Let it be known: I will not be making clothes for myself again for at least another year. This is awful! It turned out nice but it was so tedious. So boring. Not enough payoff in the end. I'm leaving the clothes to my sister. Not my cup of tea. I'm a quilter thru and thru.
Moving on to the mother-in-law's gift. I got some great fabric I knew she would love and figured if anyone would use a table runner it would be her! I went to work piecing it together.

The pattern called for X's and O's blocks, which were a lot of fun to make.

This is the basic finish, although I added two color borders around the edging equaling a 1.5" solid border and bound in white.

You can kind of see the borders in the picture below, though you may have to look past the cat, who obviously wasn't for quilting at that moment and was more for petting.

Here's the table runner and 6 matching coasters all packed up for Christmas. I finished binding it Christmas Eve, just before packing it. Close call, but I managed.
She loved it!

I also finished Baby Hailey's quilt (who is close to arriving) and hand delivered it to mom, dad, and big brother. This is literally the best "finished" picture I have. I know, I know. Sorry. See it here.

After a whirlwind travel from Seattle to DC to So. IL to Seattle the hubby and I spent one day getting 2012 closed up with errands and spent New Years Day snuggled up in new fabric!

By new I mean "stashed" as I've had this fabric for months and have just been waiting to work with it. With all the gifts and little things out of the way I can now focus on a major project. My very first king size quilt! I'm making a modified Swoon with Quilt Blocks by Moda. SO EXCITED! I got the fabric washed and dried and paired. I spent yesterday napping, ironing, napping, ironing and got all the fat quarters ready for cutting. There are one or two pairs I'm absolutely in love with.

This next weekend should be a blast getting the cutting started, although I have a feeling all I will be doing is cutting as the size of this quilt is monstrous compared to the recent baby quilts I've cranked out. No more babies to speak of, so I'm on a hiatus. For now.
Happy New Year! I'm so looking forward to what this year will bring.

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