A View of My Quilt Life

Friday, January 31, 2014

Last Day of January Recap & NewFO Link Up

This month was pretty good.  I'm happy with my progress so far this year. I am participating in Barbara at Cat Patches 2014 NewFO Challenge. Click here to see everyone's new projects on  January NewFO Linky Party.

My January 2014 quilt stats:

1 Quilt finished - Hand quilted Irish Chain wall hanging for my Studio.

1 Top finished - machine pieced Bonnie Hunter 2013 Mystery Quilt Celtic Solstice. The block assembly and arrangement was announced at midnight (Eastern) on New Year's Eve.  That set off a mad rush to my sewing machine for some serious chain piecing to turn all those 3 inch units into blocks and then a top.
Caribbean Solstice

1 new quilt started. LQS (Pieceful Gathering) Daring Downton Debacle Challenge - 1st month of a 5 month project using Andover Fabrics's Downton Abbey collection - machine pieced first row completed. It's a NewFO.

1 new hand quilting project - 9 ring Double Wedding Ring wall/table top quilt. Since I didn't piece this, it is a NewFO, too. This went into the hoop after the Irish Chain came out. So far, two of the nine ring sections have been quilted, working on that third section.

1 new design on the starting block - silk dupioni in jewel tones wall hanging. Tentatively scheduled to be sent out for custom long arm quilting and entered in LQS annual show.


The design is just barely a rough sketch in my head and it may never be more refined than that. I'm thinking this needs to be a free form improv piece.  Possibly. Maybe. We'll see. I'm not sure. 

If you are keeping track, how did you do for January?


  1. Wow, you've been busy! The Irish chain is lovely - I didn't realise you had hand quilted it. I will look forward to seeing what you do with those gorgeous silks.

    Your Caribbean Solstice is beautiful.

  2. Lovely Irish Chain - my favorite! Your improv piece is off to a beautiful start. The colors are divine.

  3. Love your hand quilting! And you got your Solstice into a top - mine's still in pieces.

  4. You have been busy! I love your Irish Chain - it is one of my all-time favorite patterns. The last one I made ended up being "The Quilt That Grew & Grew"! (100" X 120") It had a secondary pattern of a heart in it, by using 2 different fabrics in the "plain" blocks.
    The mystery quilt is stunning! Great name too.

  5. I don't know which I like better, the Solstice has such gorgeous colors, but I love the colors changing through the Irish Chain, both are really wonderful!

  6. Hand quilting is such an ambitious goal...I've only done it once, and I found it to be similar to embroidery. One of these days...Beautiful work, and the Irish Chain is my favorite traditional quilt pattern.

  7. You were very busy this month! I have never learned how to hand quilt and admire any one who does!

    Nan Brown