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


  1. Oh wow, you have stitched some beautiful quilts last year! How kind you are to make beautiful quilts and gift them to others.You have a gorgeous heart! 'Tis been a delight to visit your lovely, quilty place today. You have put a smile into my day.

  2. I love that your first quilt was a fundraiser for OCC! We've made many OCC boxes here in our home over the years. We use to volunteer at the packing warehouse, too, until they moved out of the Twin Cities. And being a pastor's wife, I love that you gave your pastor a quilt for pastor appreciation month! Woooow, those African Prints!!! And I really like African Samba panto, too! Sweet quilt for your mom, and for your friend, too!!! Nice year of quilts!!!

  3. What a great year you had! It was filled with finishes and generosity as you gifted many to others.


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