I always start out the year with the best of intentions to finish up some of the UFOs sitting in my closet. The new year seems like such a fresh slate to start working on them. Then someone comes out with an amazing quilt that I can't wait to start. Then there are the quiltalongs where it is so much fun to see what fabrics and colors others are using. Oh....did I mention all the swaps too? Oh my!!!! One could really be in over their head - quickly.
Several years ago Melissa had a signature swap. I was new to the blogging world and thought it would be fun. It really was, but my wonderful blocks have sat in a box for all this time. 2012 was my year to get those out and put them together. Ta da......
|I added a little of this.....|
|to create these........|
|Quilted the sandwich and|
|Even added a label! Yeah, a UFO finished!!!!|
From there I went to my yellow and blue blocks that Emily and I swapped last year. I added a few more blocks to make it a little larger and will add a scrappy border on it to finish it off.
Each year we attend a Valentine's dinner dance with an auction. I have started a heart quilt to donate for the auction. This is an easy Moda Bake Shop pattern.
I managed to finish up the last of my Civil War blocks. The year is now finished and I can start to put those together. I think this will be a really nice finish. I love the colors.
A lesson that I learned while sewing this week......NEVER leave your camera on your cutting table!!!! Live and learn, as they say.
I received a wonderful package of hand dyed fabrics from Deborah in the UK. This was a win from the Sew Mama Sew giveaway. The fabrics are absolutely gorgeous and are so soft. They will be so much fun to sew and I know they will work up beautifully. Deborah does some amazing work and you should check it out.
Like many of you, we have been having some gorgeous weather lately. I had a yellow cymbidium orchid that was blooming in the yard and brought it inside to enjoy it even more. There are six stalks of flowers on this plant and these are the first two to bloom.
That was my first week in 2012. I hope that I can continue to finish off some of the other UFOs I have sitting around AND work on some new ones.