Saturday, December 31, 2016

My 2016 Crafty Finishes

Holy cow, another year is over!  Well, over for most of the world, mostly over for us here in Alaska...

I didn't do nearly as much fun crafty stuff as I would have expected to, but what I did do was fun and, if I do say so myself, pretty awesome!

The year started with some lofty goals for the first quarter, but only one those ever got finished:

Berry Bravo Quilt:
I had a lot of struggles with this quilt, conceptually, but finished it fairly quickly (for my standards), and it's been well loved ever since!  And I just love seeing pics of the whole quilt, I really love the design that I decided on!

Big Bear Little Bear Baby Quilt:
Now with this quilt, I knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I ordered the fabric.  I didn't finish it by the birth of the recipient, but gave it to her daddy a couple months after she was born.  I just wish she didn't live so darn far away, cuz I've never gotten to squish her...  *sad*

Holly Hobby Stocking:
A couple of times I have ordered a Mystery Parcel of fabric - it's where you don't get to select what you get, but what you get is a way awesome price!  When I got this Holly Hobby fabric in one of those parcels, I knew I would be making something for my sister!  I finished this in less than an afternoon, and it was a lot of fun to make.  The doilies for the cuff, toe, and heel are from my wedding decorations.  :-)  The best part was hearing her reaction when she opened the gift - it was awesome!  And that is someone I will get to squish when we visit in 2017!

Other than those, can I call doing my very first garden "crafty"?  It sure took up a lot of my time...

And I did a really quick little project that has made the process of quilting way easier:
My Design Curtain!
So, you can't see it so well in this black & white pic, but I have a large batting hanging on the wall in our guest room.  I call it a curtain because it's on dowels hanging on hooks, which will make it easy to take down & fold up whenever we have guests.  I am so excited about this because I was using the guest BED to lay things out, and a design curtain is way easier to use than a design bed!

What's hanging on the design curtain will be one of my 2017 Finishes.  No details now, as it is to be gifted once complete!  I have lots of ideas/plans for being quilty/crafty in 2017, and they will all reveal themselves in due course...


  1. I just found your site via Beth at cookingupquilts. I'm fascinated by your blog. I live in Peoria Az so our lifestyles are quite different except for quilting! Love your stocking. Genius idea to add the crochet doilies. I also line your "berry" quilt. I"m a 68 year old gramma (5 grandkids) just retired last summer and love it but may have to get a part time job soon due to unforeseen expenses this year. i take care of my brother who is in early stage of dementia but functioning well and care for my special needs 12 year old grandson every other weekend and any time my daughter needs me. However, I love to spend as much time as I can quilting/sewing. Anyway, enough about me. I'm impressed with your courage to live where you do. Beautiful area but quite apart from others? Best wishes. Mary in Az.

    1. Hi Mary - thanks for stopping by.
      We're not too remote - we have next door and across-the-street neighbors, and live in what this country girl would call a neighborhood. Just that we live 2.5 hours away from WalMart... :-)