Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 wrap-up

Hope everyone's been having a wonderful Christmas/New Year holiday!  Mine's been delightfully quiet, as the orchestra has been off from work since Dec. 20.  We'll resume rehearsals on Tuesday. In the meantime, I've wrapped up some small projects.

  A new Bohemian Baby quilt.  This is similar to the last one I did.  The pattern is the same, some of the fabrics are the same but not all of them.  These little quilts have been fun and fast.  And the small size (36" square) meant that I could baste them on my dining room table, instead of crawling around on the (cold) floor.

  I must be the last quilt blogger on the planet to make a mug rug.  But here it is!  The applique block is left over from a past project, and I simply added the orange side borders to complete it.  There's a nice dark purple batik on the back.  These might be the Ruffles Salt and Vinegar Potato Chip of the quilting world-- you can't make just one!
Also on this little project, my biggest accomplishment of 2010.  Note the free motion quilting.  No big deal, just a stipple pattern I call "Disorganized Doodling".  But I finally feel like I have control over the process, rather than it controlling me.

A new product for me, the Office Lunch Set.  I can't take credit for the idea (my mother-in-law came up with it, and she's generous enough to share!) but I think it's a fantastic one.  A single matching placemat and mug rug to keep at your desk to make the working lunch a more civilized experience.  A fun, fast, unique and useful project.  I couldn't be more pleased with the concept.  This is the first set I've made, but I'm planning more.  I think this and some mug rugs would be great to take to the next Wiregrass market,  coming up in February.

Have you made New Year's resolutions?  I usually don't.  But 2010 was an unusual year for me.  I went from  being a violinist with a quilting hobby to being The Quilting Violinist.  It's been more work and more fun than I could have imagined.  In my very first blog post this past July, I mentioned that my quilting philosophy has never been about being perfect.  It's always been about learning and having fun.  So for 2011, let's make a resolution to continue learning and having fun.  Thanks to all of you for helping make 2010 an amazing year for me, and Happy New Year!


  1. Enjoyed reading your post. I have never made a mug rug but I'll be doing one as part of a swap.I love your 2011 resolution, having fun ! And yes what could be more fun than music and quilting ? Happy New 2011.

  2. Happy New Year.... I have enjoyed reading you and seeing your makes.... may 2011 be all you wish it to be...

  3. What a great way to start 2011-- reading nice comments! Thank you Celia and Bubz! And thanks and Happy New Year to all my readers.