*** “Create” pattern is by Kristy at Quiet Play Designs. ***

I don’t know about you but I am excited to be starting a new year. It’s funny how a date on the calendar can make such a difference but the future today seems wide open and full of possibilities.

For the last couple of years, I have found it helpful and motivating to go over all my finishes, goals, and works in progress and then set goals for the new year.   I find it gives me direction and focus and that I get much more accomplished.  This year I’m a little late due to some blog issues.

You may have noticed a lack of blog posts since November. I was having some problems with my blog host and platform and my renewal was this week so I decided to switch now before moving would be too difficult and even more time consuming. I am grateful to be up and running again though I still have posts to republish and will hopefully have them all back within the week. I love the new space and format! But please let me know if you notice anything out of wack!

So on with my 2019 review! First up, of course, quilts! I started the year off with finishing a custom quilt for my aunt, Polly. She loved my first traveling quilt.so I made her a collage quilt with things she likes. She has traveled the world so lots of travel themed blocks. I think it turned out so beautiful!

Polly’s Collage Quilt

I participated in a traveling quilt bee, #quilttravelrepeat6. I did my additions to two of those quilts next.

Kerry’s was first. I added the left column and the flying geese on the right. Her quilt moved on the next person.

#quilttravelrepeat6 – Kerry’s quilt

I was last on Marie’s just after Gayle. Gayle and I moved things around just a bit to give it a little more white space. I added a couple crayons, the heart, thread spool, pluses, sewing machine and scissors, the arrow and star at the bottom, and the flying geese on the bottom left. She went on to add colums on each side and along the bottom, making it big enough for her bed, and won 1st Place in the Bee/Traveling Quilt category in St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild’s 2019 quilt show, This is Modern.

##quilttravelrepeat6- Marie’s quilt

I decided to finish up some WIPs, which were beginning to get out of hand. I had a long over due wedding quilt to finish. I tried googling to find the pattern Inused but to no avail though it seems there are a lot out there. It is a variation on a log cabin called a tulip log cabin.

And I got my traveling quilt back and finished it up. I love it! And it won 3rd Place in the Bee/Traveling Quilt category in St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild’s 2019 quilt show, This is Modern.

#quilttravelrepeat6 – my quilt!
Katie and Alex’s quilt

I had this Raindrop quilt top finished, made from fabric gifted to me by my friend, Paula. It turned out really cute! The pattern is called Candy Coated Raindrops by EuphoriaJessica

Raindrop Quilt

I finally finished piecing my triple star quilt. This pattern is from the book Modern Bee. The fabrics are a mostly Terra Australis by Emma Jean Jansen with a little extra orange and blue thrown in.

Triple Star Quilt

I do all my own quilting on my domestic machine. With this one I decided to take my time and get detailed, which you can see in my original post.

I finished up this Japanese quilt block top and gifted it to my dear friend, Becca.

Japanese Quilt

Then I had a lot of random quilt blocks. The charity project for my guild, St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild, for 2019 was Project Linus so I made a few quilts.

Some left over hearts from some charity drives that unfortunately never made it to the mail.

Project Linus Quilt

Test blocks from my Crossing Waves Quilt. You can find this pattern in my Shop.

Project Linus Quilt – Crossing Waves

These were blocks from the freebie table at a guild meeting.

Project Linus Quilt

And these were test blocks from my Star Crossed Quilt, which you can also find in my Shop.

Project Linus Quilt – Star Crossed

I took some quilt blocks from a quilt as you go by Pile of Fabric that I hadn’t finished and made minis to hang on the wall.

Pile of Fabric Quilt as You Go Blocks

I did this mum block tutorial.

Mum Block Tutorial

And I finished this mum mini, which I love! I used Blueberry Park fabric and Kona from Robert Kaufman.

Mum Mini Quilt in Blueberry Park

And I did these to hang above the guest bed to match the quilt. I guess it could be a table runner, too.

Mum Mini Quilt

With the blocks I had left, I decided to make a sampler quilt. I wasn’t too sure about it but when it was finished, I loved it! Its a rainbow mix of color and shapes, right up my alley!

I reworked my original Twists and Turns Quilt and made it easier to follow in this fun version I called Scrappy Twists and Turns. The new instructions and pattern markers are also included in the old version. You can find both patterns in my Shop.

Scrappy Twists and Turns Quilt

I took a really fun class with visiting Heather Jones and designed and made this improv quilt. You can read more about it and make your own in this tutorial post.

Off the Grid Quilt

I made another fun mini, which has now sold, and I need to make another for myself! You can find the tutorial here if you would like to make one, too!

Improv Tree Mini Quilt

I designed this quilt to gift our guild president, Jessica, with. You can read more about it here.

Flying Home for Christmas Quilt – Blue/Teal Colorway for Jessica

Finally, I finished the year with two new Christmas quilt patterns. The first is O Christmas Tree. It is beginner friendly and quick to finish and you can find it in my Shop.

O Christmas Tree Quilt

Next, is, you guessed it, Flying Home for Christmas. I loved this design so much, I wanted to make one. Now, it is put away and I want to make a non-Christmasy version for myself! You can also find this pattern in my Shop.

Flying Home for Christmas

Well, that’s it for the quilts. It was a very productive year! I didn’t really even realize until I started looking through my feed. Planning and goal setting have definitely made a huge difference for me. I’ll share more on that as soon as I finish up my year end review!

Now, your turn! What do you think of the new website? What was your favorite quilt? What would you like to see more of in 2020? Is there something you would like to learn? How do you plan and organize your sewing year? Do you use the Quilter’s Planner? Excel? Something else? I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great day!