Favorite 2018 Projects

Over margaritas, quilty friends and I were discussing favorite projects from this past year. I have a few, two of my favorite were an auction package for my school and the Go Teal it on the Mountain. Yesterday, I created a pillow casing from an old feed sack (zipper and all!) and placed a fat feather pillow inside.

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Perfect for snuggling up for holiday break TV binge-watching. 🙂 Anyhoo, here are a few of my favorite projects from 2018:

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I have two unfinished quilts that I hope to work on next week – didn’t quite get them done in time for 2018. Ah, well. So? I hope to hear about some of your own favorites that you’ve worked on in 2018.

Regardless, Happy 2019! May this year bring you and your’s health and happiness.

Have a good 2019! – – Joanne

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Scrap Happy Hometown Block 2

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’ve completed my state/hometown blocks for the swap initiated by two friends. Paper piecing has really intrigued me. Participating in Scrap Happy has done what I’d hope: encourage me to learn more about quilting. So, now I am on the search for a local quilt paper piecing class. 

OCTOBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

I was determined to include fields, forests, waterways — all the way to the coastline of Virginia Beach.  Last SH post, I’d figured out the Blue Ridge Mountain Range.  I added prints and solids for the Piedmont’s rolling hills and sandy coastline.  I thought the batiks worked rather well for the waterways. Eh. That pesky top, left corner, again…

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Scrap Happy Hometown Block

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  I’m posting a wee bit early as we may lose electric power due to outlying effects of Hurricane Florence. One of my quilty friends came up with the idea of a “state/home town” quilt block swap. While I admire appliqué and paper piecing; I am not in the least bit comfortable with my own lack of expertise. So I put it off. For two years. 😛 The other day I got to thinking…what a great way to use up scraps and participate in ScrapHappy! 

SEPTEMBER SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

Virginia, one of the original thirteen colonies, has it all: The Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, the Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountain Range, and loads of history. My hometown is in Virginia Beach.

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I have a vague idea for my design, I’m starting with the Blue Ridge Mountain Range and working my way toward the coast.

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The Wanderer

My dear friend celebrated a birthday and I gifted her with a quilt that I started for her two years ago. Finally.  I rarely name quilts, but this one I titled: “Wanderer.” (She’ll get it). 

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It’s not the best image (too sunny and hot to fiddle with a camera). But, I’m happy with how it turned out. My very first ‘original design.’ Well, go me. 😀 I guess I could have also titled this quilt: “At Last!” Regardless, Happy Birthday DiHi!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Scrap Happy Pillow

Unlike the local public school system, that wisely starts back AFTER Labor Day, I start back to my school on Monday.  It doesn’t help that my school is located one block from the oceanfront, either. (Cue: Little ones sighing as they watch beach goers, surfers, and generally everyone else walking or biking towards the beach).  LOL. 😀

It’s mid-month and time for the ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  There are many ideas percolating in my head, but in getting ready for school to open I’ve only completed a tiny scrappy project. 

AUGUST SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

I just loved the colors and prints of of Micheal Miller’s Flower Shop collection.  For August’s project I sewed a pillow case using scraps from a quilt I sewed for my 86-year old mom. 

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Scrap Happy Basket

 

I am excited to participate in my first ScrapHappy Project hosted by Kate and Gun.  Not only will it be fun to share scrap projects; but I hope to learn more about quilting, maybe finish those WIPs, and leave my own comfort zone.

JULY SCRAPPY PROJECT CHOICE

I save interesting selvages (or selvedge) from various projects. I find I am drawn to the multi-colored, designer fanciful selvages. For my first Scrap Happy project, I used selvage scraps to make the 1-hour basket found at KelbySews.

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