Sunday, January 21, 2024

Quilty Recap 2023

Hello Everyone! I hope you're having a great year so far.  Mine is busy and already passing quickly which prompted me to get this Quilty Recap 2023 published.  

It will be short and sweet since I only had five finishes for the year...and one of them wasn't even pieced by me.  

Without further ado...

My first finish of 2023 is one I started in Missouri in 2021 w/ Angela Walters’ Build A Quilt club. I chose the Holly Jolly colorway, which consists of Christmas/Holiday prints in nontraditional colors.   It was the first full-size quilt I quilted on my new APQS Lucey.  It has a lot of lazy and unplanned FMQ but I think it turned out great! I donated it to a silent auction at church to raise money for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Outreach. 

The next finish is an Arkansas Traveler quilt I made for one of my pastors in Missouri. I’m pretty sure I started it in 2021 too. It was meant to be gifted for Pastor Appreciation in October 2022 but was gifted in 2023.  Better late than never right? It's quilted with edge-to-edge organic wavy lines. My go-to, lazy and unplanned FMQ. 

This next one is a big one that was pieced for me by Quilty Bestie Madonna (@sunnybunnyquilts on IG).  She drove w/me to Milwaukee on Halloween 2022 to help me get settled in. She didn't bring any projects to work on while she was here but offered to work on something for me, which I jumped on! She got it all cut out while she was here and sent me the king-size flimsy around Mother's Day 2023.  It's a scrappilicious version of a Fons & Porter pattern called Cottage Square made w/a bunch of African prints. It's awesome! And I quilted it w/an Urban Elementz pantograph called African Samba. 

Up next is a lap quilt I made for my mom.  The initial block is a simple paper pieced number called "Ray" by Jessica Dayon that finished at 6".  I only had 36 sheets, which would make a very small lap quilt, so I kept adding to the blocks until they finished at 11".  Madonna visited me shortly after I finished this flimsy, and bless her heart, she quilted and bound it for me. 

The last finish is a Jellyroll Race Quilt that I made for a dear friend undergoing cancer treatment.  I pieced it on National Sew A Jellyroll Day.  

That's it for my 2023 finishes. My current quilt in progress is a scrappilicious free-form rail fence inspired by Sujata Shah's book Cultural Fusion Quilts. It's currently loaded on Lucey awaiting quilting.

I just finished listening to One Summer in Savannah by Terah Shelton Harrison. A great story of forgiveness that I enjoyed immensely. 

Until next time, Happy Stitchin', and God Bless.

A Thread for Life

Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2

Saturday, January 6, 2024

The Girl is Back on Blogger!

Hi Blogger! Long time, no see! 

When I finally got back in the blogging saddle after letting 11 months pass, Wordpress had become Jetpack or they were in some kind of cahoots and it threw me for a loop.  I muddled my way through posting my 2nd post of 2023, which was very challenging, all the while thinking, "Was it always this hard"?

I then visited some friends' blogs and had an "aha moment" after reading this post at Grace and Peace Quilting.  No doubt I was awestruck reading about Nancy's amazing year!  To say she's a prolific quilter doesn't quite hit the mark!  But the "aha moment" came when I realized she blogs on Blogger. I used to blog on Blogger too! And who's to say I can't go back to blogging on Blogger!?

However, it is definitely easier said than done. I'm still working on connecting my domain and importing all of my posts from Wordpress to Blogger. I've watched several YouTube videos and read several "How To" articles, to no avail.  I plan on reaching out to Wordpress Support chat soon but in the meantime, I decided to publish a "test post" on Blogger and see what happens.  

Happy New Year! God Bless You!

A Thread for Life
I will praise God’s name with song and exalt him with thanksgiving. Ps 69:30CSB