My year of quilts: 2016

I can hardly believe that it’s 2017. And that it’s almost February! Sometimes I feel like life has a fast forward button and things go by in a blink.

I found a few themes when looking through the work I did in 2016. One is that I didn’t finish very many quilts! The other is that one quilt commanded most of my time, and it was worth every minute I spent on it. I’ve always been a big fan of applique, but never liked the time it took to needle-turn applique. I still am sitting on one needle-turn project that I started 2 years ago on my honeymoon!

Enter the Dutch Darlings quilt pattern from Cristy Creates. I had seen it pop up on Instagram a few times and when she called for pattern testers I had to reach out.

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I just love how it turned out. Here’s a closeup of the quilting: I did this on the longarm and loved playing with the negative space.

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Here’s my Meadow quilt (with a terrible photo) that finally got finished in 2016 also. This one lives at my mom’s house now. She saw it and loved it so I sent it home with her. I took the Meadow Quilt class from Lizzy House when I first moved to the Bay Area 4 years ago, and it sat in a little pile for years. Good thing quilting is not a sprint!

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After all of the work on patterned quilts, I had to cleanse my pallet with a little improv. This first one is called Flower in a Square and I posted about it in on Darci Sews if you want to head over and read about it.

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This purple quilt is the last finish of 2016 for me, and I challenged myself with this one. Purple is one of those colors that just doesn’t pull me, but I ended up with a lot of it in my solid stash so I gave it a go.

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I really like how the quilting on this one turned out. I tried to move out of the lines made by the piecing and make the quilting improv-style also. I like where it ended up, but think I could have pushed it a little further.

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I’m sure I missed a few, and I also quilted lots of quilts for other people this year, so this just a sample of what I worked on last year. One of the goals I have this year is to document my finishes more! Joining the See How We Sew ladies surely will help with that. I’d love to hear about your 2017 quilty goals. What’s inspiring you?

Here’s to a prolific 2017!

darci