Laura’s Recap of 2016, Looking Ahead and a Giveaway!

calendar“tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it”
― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

 

 

 

Here we are, folks, it’s January!  Where did it go? In the blink of an eye, another year has passed. I’m ready for the new year, how about you? Are you feeling the same?

Before Pati, Darci and I jump in with new projects for 2017, we thought it would be fun to share with you some of the projects we worked on during 2016. You will be correct if you quickly notice a theme running through my projects. I suppose it was inevitable that when I learned there would be TWO grandbabies arriving in 2017, I would quickly begin making projects for their arrival. Not twins, in case you are wondering, but instead, both daughters are expecting . . . one in March and the other in June.

In no particular order, here are some of my projects. Interesting to note that only a few are quilting related. Looks like I did more knitting in 2016. Hmm, obviously I enjoy both.

socksAfter many attempts, I have finally been able to successfully knit a pair of socks. I’ve tried using both circular and double-pointed needles and find that the double points are easier for me. The best part of using this Heritage Print yarn by Cascade is that the interesting design is naturally formed simply by following your favorite sock pattern.

 

 

 

 

I used a Baby Cashmerino yarn by Debbie Bliss for this knitted blanket. I modified the free Treasured Heirloom Baby blanket a pattern by Lion Brand Yarn.  Since baby’s last name will be Berry I couldn’t resist making a strawberry cap using the “Kids Fruit Cap” pattern by Ann Norling.mollysknitted

 

berry-cap

 

If you are looking for a super quick and easy project for a baby gift, this Stretchy Carseat Cover by seekatesew.com is the perfect choice. A free downloadable pattern is found on the website. I used jersey knit fabric and since it was extra wide, I was able to make two covers. Not only are these covers, adorable fun to make, they also double as nursing aprons. Note: You can use either one or two fabrics, as I have done in my sample.

carseatcover

 

When my girls were young, I bought large pieces of foam, cut them into different shapes and then covered them with brightly colored corduroy fabrics. They played with them for years, stacking, jumping, making forts and just using to rest against while watching movies. This Christmas I decided to make a similar set for two of my favorite little guys. As you can see, they seem to be having a great time playing with them.

foamblocks

All four of my regular classes has an end of the year party. We each bring a yard of wrapped fabric for an exchange. Actually, it’s more like a stealing game as we pass the fabrics around trying to end up with our favorite one. This year I fell in love with these Darling Little Dickens Sheep fabrics by Lydia Nelson for Moda Fabrics. Unfortunately, I was not the lucky winner of the bundle, so I marched myself to my local shop the next day to purchase enough to make a small quilt. I’ll be sure to share photos as soon as it returns from the quilter.

sheepfabric

Here’s a sneak peek at the baby quilt I am working on. I am using both hand and machine piecing techniques, and thoroughly enjoying the process. In my next post, I would like to share with you some tips for drafting, cutting and piecing the shapes for this quilt.

baby-quilt

 

Giveaway

 

Finally, in an attempt to purge some of the way-too-many fabrics taking up space in my stash, I am offering a giveaway to three lucky readers. Note that there are three groups of fabric – left is French General, center is batiks and right is a collection of prints by Benartex fabrics. If you are interested in receiving one, simply leave me a comment by end of day January 15th, telling me which collection you prefer. The winners will be announced in the next post.

giveaway

 

 

Until next time,

Laura Signature

 

 

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48 thoughts on “Laura’s Recap of 2016, Looking Ahead and a Giveaway!

  1. ooOoooo! I went on the fabric wagon in 2001, that French General would add a breath of air to what remains of my stash! I’ve been bumming scraps to freshen up the bunch 🙂

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  2. I am very impressed with that wool that creates a design!!! That is so cool!!! Love all the fabric bundles for your giveaway but if I were pressed to choose, I’d pick the batiks. Thanks for your generosity!

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  3. It’s go great to see your different projects. I would love to win the batik material. Happy New Year ( and what a year it will be, especially with two babies arriving).

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  4. Yes, those blocks look amazing. I will have to remember that when and If I ever get grandbabies. That’s so exciting that the girls are pregnant at the same time. How fun. I am a batik person, and would love to win that bundle. Thank you.

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  5. I enjoyed this post and feel so inspired. I love the foam blocks. I see that project in my future if I am ever blessed with grandchildren. The baby quilt is beautiful and the pattern is lively, showing stars or baby blocks. I love it.
    If I am lucky enough to win your giveaway, French General would be my choice. Red is currently my favorite fabric color. Thanks!

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  6. That little hat for your new “Berry” is just absolutely adorable. I would enjoy any of the bundles you are giving away because choosing one just just too hard.

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  7. Giveaways are fun but grandchildren are better! Congrats on 2 on the way, I have another coming this year as well! Such great fabrics you have and if chosen I would like the French General. Thanks!

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  8. Hi Laura, So happy to hear that you have two babies on the way. What a delight!! Looking forward to seeing more of the 2017 projects as well…Rose : )

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  9. The Darling Little Dickens Sheep fabric is adorable. I’d buy some for a granddaughter if I had any! ( I have 5 grandsons) The French general bundle would work into a scrappy project I”m currently working on! and those foam blocks look like the perfect thing to make for my house when the boys come for a visit.

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  10. Thanks for the give-away! I’d love to add the batiks to my collection! What a wonderfully productive year you’ve had; I am sure that 2017 will be even better!

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  11. I love French General, but sure wouldn’t turn down batiks either. Thanks for the giveaway. Love the recap. I’m a great grandma and alway looking for thinks to make the kids, as well as new moms at church.

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  12. Love any batiks. I’m going to be a first time grandma in May. That car seat cover/nursing apron is something I’v been looking for. Thanks.

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  13. You have been busy. The foam blocks are a great idea and great fun for the children. The French General is my choice. Thanks for the chance on the give away.

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  14. Laura, It looks like you are very busy with creating neat things for your coming granddaughters. I am not a knitter, but I enjoy seeing the things you have created. Of the fabrics you show, I love the looks of the batiks. They really intrigue me. I would love to have them in hand in person.

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  15. You’ve done a lovely job on those colorful socks! I enjoyed hearing about your group’s fabric exchange, and seeing those must-have Darling Little Dickens Sheep.

    My vote is for the prints by Benartex.

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  16. What a delightful post! I love the fun projects you featured, especially the foam blocks. Your home must be a magical place for children. Thanks for the ideas, and the chance to win gorgeous fabric. I love the batiks!

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  17. Congratulations on the upcoming grandbabies!!! Best wishes to your daughters for speedy deliveries!!! I love the French General fabrics but really they are all beautiful collections of fabrics and I would be fortunate to receive any of them! Thanks for the opportunity!!! Hope your 2017 is filled with lots of completed projects!!!

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  18. Congratulations on the new grandchildren! Those foam blocks look fun, too. We had huge pillows we played with in the same way.

    I would love to add the French General fabrics to my stash should I win!

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  19. Laura, I’m in awe of all the lovely items you made in preparation of the arrival of your grandchildren. They are both so lucky to have you for their grandmother. I see days at grandma’s home baking, quilting, and knitting in these precious bundles of joys future. Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations and I too look forward to the pictures of your completed baby quilts.
    💕Jenn
    P.S. The batiks would look amazing in a Fall quilt that Nancy and I plan on making. 😊

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  20. The big blocks are a great idea! I’m going to make some for the gift closet as well as for Guild philanthropy! I would be very happy to win the French General fabrics; that is one of my favorite repro lines.

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  21. My preference would be in the order of French General, batiks, then Benartex, all of which are very nice. Thanks for the idea with the big blocks–there’s a little girl and a tiny brother in our family who may be happily surprised in the future. 🙂

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