Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Quilting in 2013: The Big Quilts


 Hello! As I usually do at the end of each year, I'm posting some of my finishes for the past 12 months. Each year I resolve to be better organized and save my monthly finishes in a folder; however, that wasn't the case this year--maybe next year I'll have it more together. So here are most of the big quilts...and one mini! I did also make several smaller quilts and projects, and hopefully I can get those together for another post in the coming week or so.

In January and February 2013 I finished a lot of quilts. In fact, I finished 18 quilts for my upcoming book--I'll be sharing all of those projects with you soon!  My first "other" finish of the year was my "Marcelle Medallion," pictured above. I finished it in March after "instagramming" along with hundreds of other quilters to finish this quilt!



 In April I had a few finishes I can share: first I finished my "Row Along" quilt designed by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.


 Next, I finished my first scrappy "Trip Around the World" quilt using the method by Bonnie Hunter and again "instagramming" along with so many others!

  
Another April finish was my very first pattern.."Cross Roads." This quilt really convinced me that designing patterns is something I truly love to do!



In May I finished my Tula Pink sampler quilt. This was a pretty big finish, as this quilt was a couple of years (or more) in the making!



 In May I also finished "Sugar Cookies" which was my second pattern release. It's a fun and fast layer cake design!


 June brought some time to sew just for me...and the first finish of the month was my very own "Hopscotch" quilt. The pattern is by Camille Roskelley, and I had sewed the sample quilt when the pattern was first released. This quilt had been on my radar for quite a while, so it was one of my favorite finishes of the year.




 In June I also made my own scrappy "Painted Ladies" quilt (pattern by Fig Tree & Co.). This is another instance of me wanting to make my own version of a sample I'd previously sewn.



 In June I also made my very first red and white quilt using my pattern "Tribute." This quilt can be made using a jelly roll.


In July I finished my first blue and white quilt using the blocks from Monique Dillard's "Blogger Girl's Block of the Month 2013." Guess what...she is starting a new free block of the month quilt for 2014, and it begins tomorrow...of course I'll be quilting along again!



 In July I also finished "Shine," another of my quilt designs. This is another quilt that was a lot of fun to make!

  
By August I had already started some market sewing, but my Fig Tree "Farmer's Wife" quilt came home from the quilter that month...and I was able to add the binding! September was spent doing market sewing and some upcoming magazine projects that I'll be able to share soon!



 In October I finished up two new patterns-- "Splash" which is a terrific quilt for using your scraps (and those versatile 2 1/2" squares)...

  
And "Blossoms"...another quilt great for jelly rolls or your scraps.



  
My Moda Bella solids sampler quilt was another October finish. I detailed all of the progress on this quilt throughout the year on the Moda Cutting Table blog where I have lots of ideas for posts for 2014.


 While looking through my November photos I realized I was full-swing into making Christmas gifts...and the only quilt I finished that month was my favorite mini--my "Mini Swoon" (pattern by Camille Roskelley). I have more mini quilts on my list for 2014 for sure!


  
Of course there was more Christmas sewing in December, but I did manage to finish up my scrappy Christmas "Trip around the World" quilt.



And I finished up my "On a Whim" quilt (pattern by Camille Roskelley) using my Anna Maria Horner fabric stash. I'm actually just finishing up the binding on this one today. My husband has to work tonight, so I'll be sewing and quilting for New Year's Eve!

In reflecting on the past year, I must say it was a good one--an amazing one, in fact. I know such incredible amazing people in "real life" and on-line and must thank every one of you for your kindness and generosity--truly, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I learned a lot, appreciated the support of family and friends everywhere, and really did come to have a good understanding of where I want to go in 2014. I hope you and yours have a wonderful New Year!

PS. I'd love to know if you have any thoughts about what you'd like to see in the new year here on A Quilting Life! Please leave a comment if you have some thoughts on this topic!


21 comments:

Cardygirl said...

What a gorgeous review of your creative year!

Christine M said...

So many beautiful quilts! You have had a very productive year, Sherri. Happy New Year to you.

Auntie Pami said...

I've had some people ask about a block of the month. I'm ready for a change of pace. I really need to get better at triangles. Hate them!

Lynn McIndoe said...

Happy New Year. We are well into New Year's day here in New Zealand. I always love to see what you are working on, the fabrics you choose, and the lovely photos. I just want to see more of the same this year. Also if you come across any helpful little tips or techniques,hints for more accurate piecing, I would be keen to see those on the blog.

Grandmasewnsew said...

You're such an inspiration! I'm going to try to do more in the new year! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

Olie and Evie said...

Sherri you do an amazing job! I don't know how you get so much done. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful work this year.

Maggie A said...

Great review and so inspirational.......makes me want to sew right now.

Fran said...

What a beautiful tour of your year! So many amazing quilts, love your farmer's wife. Happy 2014.

Carol said...

It was a very good year Sherri! Happy 2014!!!!!

JaneRH said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us...it is so inspiring! Your generosity is also much appreciated. As another commenter mentioned, I would love any helpful hints you can give to be a more accurate piecer. Thank you!

gailss said...

What a wonderful year of finishes for you and love them all....have started a 2014 list with many of these on it. Let the sewing begin....!

mascanlon said...

Such beautiful quilts Sherri! When I see posts like this I am almost tempted to blog! Many of these quilts are on my radar for 2014, thanks for showing my again! Happy New year!

Tiffany said...

Sherri, you amaze me. It's no wonder you are always being asked to sew samples for other people. I am so impressed with the sheer volume of quilts you put out - all of them gorgeously done!

ChristaQuilts said...

Nice wrap up Sherri! You really inspire me to keep pursuing my goals :-)

•stephanie• said...

i'm always in awe of how much you accomplish --- and accomplish with such precision and beauty. {insert applause.}

Karen said...

What an amazing group of finished quilts! You are my idol!

KMSC said...

I have to agree with all the previous comments. You are an inspiration to me to get some quilts made! Your quilts are gorgeous. Keep up the great work!

pandchintz said...

I can't believe how many quilts you made last year!! Such a great job to get them made and so gorgeous to look at. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspirational work in 2014.

Michele said...

Wow! You really did have an awesome year. Yeah for you and onto a very happy 2014.

Rene' said...

Wonderful recap of your quilting year! Looking forward to seeing all you accomplish in 2014!

Judy said...

I got excited when I read your hst post as I have a lot of left over red & white squares that I have been wanting to put in some kind of a quilt now I have some great ideas.

Thanks for the great idea...

Judy

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