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?
Our little quilting group is making great progress this month on our Starry Night QAL, I'm the last to finish!
My latest memory quilt was delivered last weekend, and it's a cute one!
A new applique technique this month really challenged my fabric folding ability!
Starry Night QAL January blocks complete! Our group made 12 blocks last week for our new quilt along :)
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)