I promised a review of 2016 since I did virtually no blogging last year. It was a good sewing year, though. I worked solely at Jo-Ann Fabrics through the first half of the year, and from July through December worked a temp job at the University of Delaware while still doing a little bit at Jo-Ann on Saturdays. Since that ended I'm back at Jo-Ann's until the next office job comes along!
I joined the Ladybugs Quilt Guild when I returned to Delaware, and took advantage of my retail work schedule to participate in a few workshops with speakers last winter/spring. I made a top out of silks with Cheryl Lynch and her Curvalicious ruler. I have a huge box of silks from a friend of my mother's which I've been thinking about using in quilting, but didn't know how, so the workshop was a great learning experience!
The next workshop I took was with Debby Kratovil, learning her ModernVortex quilt. Debby was a designer for a block in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 6 which I'd tested years ago and I'd been one who'd tested her block. I brought my issue of the magazine to the workshop and she signed it for me! :-) #quiltingnerd
In the spring I also worked on a quick wall hanging for my sewing room. I'd decorated in mostly shades of blue and needed something to hang behind the denim sofa. I made this from jelly rolls from one of Kim Brackett's books and had it quilted by Carole of Quilts by Carole.
I also had Carole finish a top I'd made for my cousin Rhonda. I gave it to her this past May. Purple is her favorite color and it's a pattern from Pat Speth's Nickel Quilts which I made with a bunch of scraps.
I didn't get as much accomplished in the second half of the year, working two jobs, but I did manage to block test for Quiltmaker Magazine's 100 Blocks, Volume 14. They sent me some gorgeous fabric as a thank you, and it went very nicely with other fabrics in my stash.
The mom-to-be loved the quilt and hopefully the baby will love it too as she grows up.
That's about all that I managed to accomplish in 2016. I'm looking forward to quilting some of these small pieces on Tinsley this year as well as working more from stash and scraps!