Monday, December 28, 2015

Some highlights of 2015 ....quilting edition

Sooooo on Instagram people are posting their top or favorite 9 photos of their year. I haven't been doing Instagram that long , (you can find me at carolfun53 if you want to) but I thought I could put together a little review of what I was up to this year.    I'm going to break it into 3 posts... one for quilting, one for cross stitch and one for knitting.... that way it looks like I got a lot done...LOL!

These are my picks for my best quilts this year... the reason they are my best is because I finished them and I remembered to take pictures... yes the standards here aren't real high. Sooooo like they do on all those end of the year review shows I'm starting at 5 and working up to my number 1 to build up the suspense, dontcha know...

Number 5 - Charm Pack Cherry with Batiks

My twist on this pattern was that I added some pieces to the border strip so the design continues  to the edge here and there... thought I was being quite artsy fartsy...LOL! You can find more info on this quilt here.

Number 4- Bar Code

I got the idea for this one from Kvilstina and you can see all the info on the block and close ups of my fabric choices here.

Number 3 - Yellow and Blue Mahalo

This quilt went together in a flash. Now you have to totally lay it out before you get started but after that it is a piece of cake. I love love LOVE the fabrics in this quilt...yellow and birds... a match made in heaven for me. You and read more about it here.

Number 2- Giant Vintage Star... Anna Marie Horner version

This is the pattern I can't get enough of... I've made it 5 times and I'll make it again... you can't stop me... LOL! This maybe my favorite version...all those wonderful large scale Anna Marie Horner fabrics and that lovely gold background. You can read about where I got the pattern here.

And drum roll please...

Number 1 - Go 4 It!

This was my first foray into low volume backgrounds... it was fun...but I've been told that I pick very loud low volume prints...LOL...I buy what I like! If you go to the post on this quilt you can see my low volume prints up close and personal.   I was totally surprised when this quilt was chosen as the winner in the Scrappy category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival- Fall 2015. You can see my winnings from Moda in this post...they were extremely generous and I am very grateful. Can't wait to play with my new goodies.

In looking over my blog for 2015 I noticed several patterns...first I tend to start a quilt, I'm on fire about it, then things cool, and at this point sometimes things are removed from the design wall which is pretty much the end of it for a while as it is put in a lovely plastic bin. Now I do go back and release projects now and again but I should do more of this. I'm not making a New Year resolution, because I don't do that but I am going to really try to try to finish up some of my UFOs. Several quilts only need the borders put on them... I'm a bad bad quilter... I am extremely easily distracted by shiny new projects.  I've even made a little list of the ones I'd like to finish and a couple of quilts I'd like to do. I know shiny new things will cross my path and I'm not going to be able to resist them all but again I will try to try.

Tune in again tomorrow for  look back on my cross stitch projects.... I know ... scintillating stuff...LOL!

happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. Congratulations on the win of #1. I missed hearing about that. It's so fun to see your quilts. They always put a smile on my face because you use such cheerful colors.

  2. I don't do instagram as I don't need anything else to distract me!! So glad you posted them here--love the bar code and Mahalo. My intention is to do a giant star in Christmas colors for next year (hopefully). They're all beauties!!

  3. I just love your amazing quilts. Your sense of color makes them all so pretty. I am looking forward to seeing the stitching too. I have heard a lot about Instagram, maybe I should give it a try.

  4. These are all beautiful quilts! I have seen a lot of Charm Pack Cherry quilts and felt rather meh about them all. Until I saw yours. That border really makes this quilt. I love your Mahalo quilt too. Oh never mind, I love them all. Congrats on some great finishes!

  5. While I do not quilt, I do SO enjoy your quilting and your bold explosions of color! Happy New Year Carol!


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