A New Year

Starting off the New Year with a look back at some of my sewing and quilting projects from '09:

A Year of Quilting & Sewing

I realized when I created the mosaic that most of my bed-sized quilts are WIP's - one is in the process of being ahnd quilted, the others are completed tops only. What should be an immediate goal for the new year but instead I've been having fun sewing old-fashioned type blocks, inspired by the book my husband gave me for Christmas, 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone.

Chosen design for my Shrinking Quilters' quilting bee:

chosen design

Practice block:

Practice block

And the final using Jessica's fabrics:

finished block for Shrinking Quilters virtual quilting bee

And from Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix andMatch by Susan Briscoe (a library book I'd dearly love to own):


I cut into some lovely Japanese cottons sent to me from a friend in Japan - the indigo and red print. It's a very loose woven, light-weight fabric that tends to stretch a bit. Next time, I'll definitely starch my fabrics before cutting. I hope to put together a Japanese-style samlper with these fabrics plus some scraps of Japanese prints letftover from a Bento Box quit I made a a few years ago.

So check back for more on this.


Lesly said...

Love your projects so much! Have you thought about what block you're going to use for your month in the shrinking bee?

Claudia said...
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Claudia said...

Oops, I misunderstood your question...

Lesly, good question and I haven't a clue. I'm playing around with various ideas - maybe using circles or something fall-themed (Oct.) like a maple leaf pattern?

wishes, true and kind said...

What a great book (wise husband). I love your block for the quilting bee. I hope to get to mine this weekend -- or maybe a little before.


Dee said...

Ooooooohhhhhh...lovely post from top to bottom!

I'm quite impressed with the pictures and all that you've done in 2009! I can't pick a fave!

Marianne said...

You mosaic is beautiful. It is so neat to see all your work in one place like that! You do beautiful work!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

great mosaic!!! you have a fantastic proyects!!! love your new blocks!

Rebekah said...

Those are some amazing projects from last year! Beautiful job! I still think the snowball quilt is my favorite.

I am definitely going to be checking the quilt block book out...looks like it's got a lot of great stuff in it.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

Can you top these in 2010? You do beautiful work.