Friday, January 22, 2016

A great end to an old year

It takes me a while sometimes to decide what I want to put on my blog. I finally decided to put those things that finished the year 2015. In November, my father-in-law passed away. He was 93 and wanted to to be released from his earthly life. We are sad that he passed away, but remind ourselves that at 93 he had lived a good life.

The other thing that happened in November is that a quilt friend helped me to sandwich 3 of my quilts that have been around waiting for a while. I am thrilled to say that all 3 got quilted, bound, and labeled before the end of 2015. One was a quilt for a friend's #2 granddaughter, the #1 granddaughter already has hers.
This is the quilt for #2 granddaughter. The picture is not the best, but hey, it's the only one I have of the quilt. I spent more time deciding what I was going to put on the back of the quilt than I did in stitching the top together. And then there's the time procrastinating putting the back together once I decided on it. However, I managed to finish the quilt Thanksgiving Day and it was boxed and wrapped that weekend. I got it our friend's house before Christmas. Don't know if it has gotten to it's intended person or not. Haven't talked with the friend to find out.

The second one I got done was one I had taken a class to learn how to do back in 2005. I got the top done probably in 2007 or maybe 2008. But didn't get the backing together until 2015. Are you seeing a pattern? I am. Anyway, I love the way it turned out and it feels wonderful to say it's done!

It came from a book about Mariner's Compasses. Don't know that I would do another one anytime soon.
This was another one of those, gee, maybe I should finish it. I'm thrilled with the way it turned out and while it's done, I don't know where it will hang.

The third one that my quilt friend helped me sandwich was finished December 31, 2015 and I don't yet have a picture of it. It was a kit that I purchased at some quilt show, somewhere, in some year. I bought it because I fell in love with the quilt and the kit included everything to make it except the thread and the batting. Yes, it included the backing and the binding. The price was reasonable and the kit could be from 2003 as that's the copyright on the pattern or it could be as late as 2010 as I started it in 2011. I will get a picture of it and post it here.

But with those three finishes off my UFO list, I succeeded in doing what I wanted to do for the 2015 year. I got more than 12 things finished, completed several from parts to tops, and finished everything I started in 2015. I am so pleased with the success in 2015, that I'm doing the same in 2016. I will finish more than I start, make complete tops out of more that are still mostly in parts, and I will finish everything I start in 2016.

I am off to a good start. I have only started one quilt and have only the borders left to put on it and then can find backing fabric and finish it. I have one more that only needs borders and I intend to get those on before the end of the month. Till then, Happy New Year.

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