I don't make New Year's Resolutions - mainly because I know I will fail! A resolution usually requires a huge behavioral change, and I know that's something I am not good at. However, I do have a goal for this year. We recently had a conversation on the About.com quilt forum about those special fabrics that we've had for a long time and just cannot bring ourselves to cut into. I have only one of those, and it's a beaut!
I have two yards of it, and best I can recall - I bought it in either 2009 or 2010. I've initially chosen it for a mystery quilt a couple of times, but I have always chickened out at the last minute and went a different direction...So my goal for 2013 is to find a pattern for this beautiful piece of fabric. Wish me luck!
Back to the things I worked on during the Christmas holiday...I have some pictures...
I finished the leaves quilt. If you recall, all I had left to do was put the binding on. And YAY! It's done. I machine stitched to the front and hand sewed to the back. I had been machine stitching to the back the last few, but I wasn't really happy with the way they were turning out. This took quite a bit longer and made my hands hurt for a little while, but I think it was well worth the effort.
I made a few heart blocks from 30s fabrics for a friend who has been sick. Another friend is putting all of the heart blocks together that she has gathered from several to make her a quilt. Such a lovely thing to do...
Just in time for the next row of the Bee in my Bonnet row along, I got the mittens row completed. It went together quicker than I had anticipated. Wonder what will be next - next clue comes out this Wednesday. Not too late to join in....
One more picture...This is a small quilt I put together for another friend who is not feeling well. She is going to get showered with mini quilts over the next few weeks. I can only imagine how that would make a quilter feel --- to get quilts from friends all over the country when things are looking bleak. I really hope it brightens her day.
I had made these little 3" blocks in December 2011 when the Temecula Quilt Company hosted a block a day - 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. The block for Day 1 had one piece, the block for Day 2 had two pieces, etc. I had also framed them back then to make them 5" so they went together very quickly. Used a fat quarter for the backing, used scraps to make a scrappy binding, and just a few hours later - a mini quilt was born!
I am not only proud of the quilt, but the fact I was able to put it together so quickly with things that were already made. That is my goal as a quilter - to be able to put something together to brighten someone's day without a lot of fuss. Now I know why I do all of these block of the day, block of the month, etc. It's not only the camaraderie of doing something with a group, but it's also having a variety of things on hand that can be tossed together quickly.
Have a good week! I have a few more pictures for next week.