Sunday, 30 December 2018

2018 - My quilting year in review

It's the last day of 2018 and time to reflect on the year that was.  It's a time of change in our household because my oldest son has just finished his university degree (Bachelor of Software Engineering) and my younger son has just finished High School and is about to start on his University degree - also in Software Engineering, but at a different University.  

I like to review my progress against my goals at the end of each year. Way back in January I blogged about my quilting priorities for 2018 (you can read that list here).  Although I reviewed my progress back in July, I still like to do an annual review and remind myself of what I have finished during the year.

So what was on that list that I created almost 12 months ago?

1. Tropical Hexagons.
I finished this quilt in January and took it along to show Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably at the class I attended in Wellington.  It was great to be able to show them I had finished it and loved it.  You can read more here. 

2.  Southern Stars Challenge for QuiltNSW
I finished my first ever improv quilt and entered into the challenge at the Quilt NSW show in Sydeny, Australia.  I was thrilled to win a Judges Commendation for it.  You can read more here. 

3.  Capital Quilters Exhibition
I started and finished a quilt within seven months! That's speedy for me.  This one was for the Churn Dash challenge at my guild's exhibition.  I won a Judges' Commendation for this quilt too. You can read more here. 

4.  Sue Spargo Instastitch
This quilt is still a WIP.  I did some more quilting on it, but I think I need a bigger machine to reach some of the hard to reach places.  It's quite heavy and bulky to manoeuvre on my domestic machine. 

5. Half Square Triangles
I finished this quilt and called it my Picnic Quilt. It's very scrappy because I won these blocks in a Block of the Month competition at my guild.  You can read more here. 

6. Ballet with Kaffe
There's been next to no progress on Ballet with Kaffe, but I do intend to revive this quilt in 2019. In fact I pulled it out this week to check on progress, and have already sewn a few more pieces into place. 

not the best photo - but it shows where I'm up to

7. Glitter
I've finished piecing all the blocks, and just need to join them all up now. I promised Jen Kingwell this would be finished before October 2019, so I need to get started on the hand quilting as soon as possible. There are 152 blocks in total - so more than are shown in this photo.

8.  Cobwebs
The top is finished, and I've even started hand quilting a few of the blocks.  You can read more here. 

9.  School Prizegiving quilt
Back in December 2017 as I was sitting through my son's school prizegiving and I had a good idea for a quilt.  I've made a small start on it, but it will be a long term project so it's tucked away now.

10 . Kaffe Fassett Green Diamonds
I started Green Diamonds at the Kaffe Fassett class in January 2018.  I've only joined a few of the diamonds together so far. 

11.  Cartwheel quilt
This is a pattern from Quilt Grandeur that I've admired for some time.  I finally got my hands on some Parasols fabric so I just had to have a go at this quilt.  I still need to add the ric rac and join the blocks, but I've finished all the foundation paper piecing. You can read more here. 

12.  There was another Kaffe Fassett quilt on my list, but I've resisted starting that one.  

Then there were the quilts that weren't on my list, but just had to be made:

13.  Lady Wigram
I hand pieced and hand quilted this quilt for my mother in law.  It was a pattern and templates called Bella Ruby from Treehouse Textiles in Melbourne, Australia. You can read more here

14. Gnome quilt
I saw the patterns for the gnomes and it was so cute I just had to make it for mum and dad for Christmas. 

15. Batik Bliss
I won these blocks at our Guild's Block of the Month.  They were all square, but I wanted to try a different layout, so cut some smaller and joined them in an improv fashion.  I gave this quilt away to a local charity.  I've decided that I'm going to try and make one quilt a year for charity.  You can read more about Batik Bliss here

16.  Good Fortune - The Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt.
I've seen people making Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilts in the past, and I decided I'd really like to join in this year.  So far we've made a lot of small blocks, but I have no idea how they're going to join together.  All will be revealed in January or February. I'm learning a lot of very useful tips and techniques from Bonnie along the way. 

It feels good to have finished 7 quilts in 2018, and progressed quite a few more.  The majority of my quilts are hand quilted, and that takes time, so 7 finishes feels good to me.

I'll publish my quilting priorities for 2019 early in January.  Some of these quilts will carry forward, but there will also be some new surprises.  

If you've written a review of your quilting in 2018, you'll be able to link up to the next Peacock Party which starts on Friday.  


Kara Benavides said...

Thank you for sharing your journey. Beautiful quilts. You inspire me

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love your picnic quilt and cobwebs - and I see you are doing Bonnie's mystery as I am - I do wonder what the final quilt will look like! Happy New Year

Elaine said...

So many beautiful projects! I have done several of Bonnie's mysteries in the past and loved all of them, I resisted this year but I wish I had joined in now I see your blocks and Karen's too!

Linda said...

I always love your gorgeous bright vibrant quilts and this post shows them off so beautifully.
Looking forward to seeing the quilts you make in 2019.

FlourishingPalms said...

It's so good to see your quilts in review. You definitely go for color, and I love that too! My favorite quilt is your in-progress Glitter quilt. I have such respect for you as you make it. I attempted one block - cut from the paper template and machine sewn - and it was an abysmal failure. Making it with the acrylic template and hand-piecing would definitely improve chances of success with it! Isn't it nice to review where you've been - what you've made? Seven quilts is fabulous for having hand-quilted them. I hand-quilted only one this year, which managed to be juried into QuiltCon, so it will be interesting, in February, to see how it looks with others in it's category. Congratulations on your ribbons! That's something many of us aspire to.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

It's fun to see all your progress over the year in one place. Lots of stunning quilts even if they still have work to be done. I've had the tropical hexagon and the cobweb quilt in the back of my mind for ages. Maybe 2019 will be the year for one of them. What pattern did you use for the cobweb? Wishing you the best for 2019. Cheers!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

I've I'd just clicked the links before asking about the pattern for Cobwebs I'd have found the answer. Thanks for all the links.

JanineMarie said...

Seven finishes is fabulous!! If there were prizes to hand out for most colorful year in review, I know you'd win first place!