Everyone knows I'm a crafter. Have been pretty much since I popped out 41 years ago :)
So it is really great when I am gifted things that I'll use and inspire me to keep on creating!
The only thing I received that was on my Wish List is the book "75 Fun Fat Quarter Quilts". I shared the book on my facebook pages back in October when it was in pre-order status. Fortunately, my aunt saw the post, clicked through and bought it for me :)
Even better was that it arrived in the mail on Tuesday - and we had Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve just two days later ;)
I've been flipping through the book three times now, and I think I've narrowed down my choices to 4 quilts I should make soon - I just have to get cutting! Later this winter, my Mom, aunt and I are getting together for a charity quilting bee, and I think 2 of the patterns in here would be great candidates for that project.
I'm not sure yet whether I'll be using these templates, but I have had a clamshell quilt in the back of my mind for a while. I don't think it will be a full quilt, more of a textural element in a landscape quilt.
I made 2 Drunkard's path blocks a few years ago - and hated them. Not a fan of curved piecing. But my sewing skills have improved greatly since then, so maybe I should revisit that type of block. We'll see....
By a landslide, my favourite gift this year was from sister-in-law. In early October, we were at a local quilt show, and saw a display of a class on New York Beauty blocks. The discussion turned to foundation piecing, and how my premier bucket list quilt is the Wedding Star by Judy Niemeyer.
How lucky am I that she stopped at a local quilt shop and asked them to order this full-sized quilt kit?
And I received two packages of batiks to start my quilt from my mother-in-law! Thank you both for working together on this year's gifting. I know what's on my do-to list :)
I also received some fat quarters from my local quilting groups' Christmas exchange - but I forgot to take a picture of those. Carole gave me 4 Christmas fabrics that I've stashed away for a special project for next year...
This was a fabulous year for receiving awesome Christmas gifts - did you get what you wanted?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.
As I work through the Starry Night QAL, I am learning many new sewing techniques. This month I was pleased to try fabric weaving - especially as it could be done while camping sans sewing machine or p…