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?
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 :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!
A very sentimental Mom asked me to make a bed-sized quilt from her children's baby clothes, and this is going to be one beautiful memory quilt!