So on to my 2016 finishes. January 2016 was pretty productive. I taught a class for our Guild with my 2 Hour Table Runner pattern and completed a red, black and white version while demo-ing the steps for the class. I got it quilted a few months later and binding completed in September. I also got the binding sewn down for the two Floating Four Patch quilts that I had quilted in 2015, so those two little quilts are done, done.
In February I attended a retreat, which is always conducive for getting things done. I actually got my Black & White Bargello top completed before the retreat so I would have it for Show & Tell. As a bonus, I also was able to take my Bargello top to a Quilting Cocoon I attended in Naperville in April and get a picture of the quilt top with Bonnie Hunter, the designer of the pattern I used. It's a free pattern and you can find it here. During the retreat I pieced my Prairie Stroll top using a collection of fabrics I had purchased when I started quilting in 2001, so I was happy to finally have them into a completed quilt top. This was a pattern from an issue of Quiltmaker magazine from 2001. Also at retreat, I pieced a quick little table runner that is a free pattern on the Timeless Treasures Reef Charm Pack.
In March I finished my Mysterious top from a class I took with Doug Leko in February. This was a great quilt to make! It's one of those blocks that can result in a multitude of layout possibilities that all look very different. I also finished a couple of trivets made from orphan blocks. I like to practice my machine quilting on orphan blocks and turn them into trivets or potholders.
April brought the previously mentioned Quilting Cocoon held in Naperville, IL. This was a great event set up by Craftours and featured classes with four national/international instructors. Bonnie Hunter was one of them and while I haven't made any real progress on the class I took from her in April, I did manage to get my Texas Tumbleweeds top completed during the Cocoon and got a picture of the top with Bonnie and myself. Texas Tumbleweeds was the class I had taken on a Quilting Cruise in November 2014. The pattern can be found in her More Adventures with Leaders and Enders book and you can purchase it directly from Bonnie here.
I also completed this little strippy strings top that will be donated once it's completed. I had short strings I wanted to use so I sewed them onto leftover rolls of paper from the ATMs we used to fill. I do plan to write up the instructions at some point, but haven't gotten to that yet. Perhaps that will be a blog post when I finally get this top quilted and bound. The top does have a bit of a left leaning problem, but I think I will be able to remedy that with a the quilting.
Finally, I finished sewing down the binding on another of my 2 Hour Table Runners in April. I call this one the "Caribbean" runner.
The next few months of quilting time were filled with a special project for which I got the top completed in July. My FIL passed away in 2014 and I am using his shirts to make quilts for my husband and his sister. I finished his sister's quilt top in July. It is a combination of string pieced blocks and applique. I used the quilt Angel Kisses from the Strips and Strings book by Evelyn Sloppy as inspiration for the quilt and for the applique patterns.
While in the throes of buying a house, selling a house and packing to move, I needed some mindless sewing to keep my sanity. I had received some free strips with my Island Batik orders, so some 16 patch blocks using matching pairs of the strips was just what I needed. I trimmed the strips to 2 1/2 inches wide for my blocks. A quick tutorial on piecing 16 patch blocks will likely be one of my future blog posts although there are plenty such tutorials already out there :-). So here is my 16 patch top. It's a small top that will be great for a child. Once I get it quilted and bound it will be donated.
And the final finish for 2016 happened on December 31, 2016 at about 11 p.m. as I put the final stitches in the binding of my Jingle Table Runner. This was a free pattern on the Jingle charm pack from Timeless Treasures. I added borders because I wanted a wider runner. The piecing was super easy.