Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hello Darkness My Old Friend

Those are the beginning words of one of my favorite songs "The Sound of Silence". I do believe Simon and Garfunkle were one amazing duo. Hip, yet folksy and their songs have stood the test of time. As I look back over the past year I am surprised at the amount of things I have made, but will they stand the test of time? Does it matter? Why do we make (so many) things? Who cares!!!?

My bow tie quilt is one of the most favorite things I have made this year. I love mixing the old and new fabrics together for a completely dare I say, funky look. Now I am having a hard time figuring out how to quilt it. I know I want it to be more modern as opposed to traditional, just to push the line even more.

I am very proud of this quilt. It took a long time to make and I was scared to death I would mess it up when it came to squaring it up and putting on the binding. I have it hanging in my living room and my granddaughter says it makes her eyes go zingy, mission accomplished!

I really had fun making this quilt! So very different and pretty much glued together!! This is supposed to go into the auction for the guild quilt show but I may just keep it and make another one.

I can officially say I am no longer afraid of curves and I learned a new skill. I obviously still need some instruction in the contrast department......

Some contributions were made to the UFO pile, but that was totally planned. Sometimes it is ok to abandon projects, you never know where they might show up.

I gave a lot of things away which always makes me feel good. I never feel like anything I own is too "precious" only people are to me, they are the most important. The colors in this make me happy.

Overall it has been a good year with some ups and downs as is expected. I know for sure next year is going to be amazing and exciting, with our ever growing family, weddings and all the little things that make life worth while.

I never make resolutions, I don't believe in them and I won't be starting now!  Instead I will be making goals and plans for sewing and with the many other things that go on in my life, but still try and live in the moment and not get carried away.
I didn't count up my projects from this year because it doesn't matter how many things I made. The excitement and fun is in the doing, the give and take I get from readers like you who follow me, comment and just make life a lot more fun! I look forward each and every day to emails from my quilting friends from around the world and nearby.
So what is it you really want to do this year? It doesn't have to be sewing or quilting related. When are you going to start? What are you waiting for?

And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

Griffin and Elliot

Today is my grandson Griffin's 10th birthday! Happy birthday Griff, love you! Mom Mom.



  1. Why do I sew? It is my therapy, it makes me happy, especially when I gift my quilts to others. Great post , great year! I love the Zingy Eyes quilt, love that you chose "that" shade of green with the red. Happy new year!

  2. I like the auction quilt! Happy Bew Year, keep being awesome!

  3. Wow, I love all the quilts in this post. Why do we make all these quilts? It makes us happy. So, happy new year! Can't wait to see what you make next year.

  4. preciosos edredones!!!
    felicidades a tu guapo nieto
    feliz año nuevo

  5. I love them all. My biggest problem is having too many ideas inmy head to figure out what to do next. But I guess that's a good thing.

  6. Loved seeing your recap of the year. What a fantastic collection. My fave has to be the red and white lone star that makes you eyes go Ziggy!

  7. You accomplished so many beautiful projects! I hope you have a happy and healthy New Year--looking forward to seeing your 2015 goodies! hugs, Julierose

  8. This year is my year to let go. Let go of things (stuff). Focus more on play with fabrics, beads, bangles and yarn. And of course my cat beds for our local cat rescue. Thank you for your blog, Kelly. Do you realize how much food for thought you give us throughout the year?

  9. So many awesome projects. I am a great starter....and a not so great finisher. With my quilts I don't want to "wreck " them with bad quilting. I have decided that I will just consider them practice and not worry. It doesn't make any sense to have a mountain of quilt tops.
    Happy New Year.

  10. Ooh, love your bowties quilt! It's so vintage and yet, as you say, modern as well. And your red and green applique 'star' quilt is one of my favorites.:) Happy New Year to you too!

  11. I'd like to echo Pat's comments about your blog. I find it inspiring and thought provoking. Looking forward to your posts in 2015. I plan to get myself in gear, in several ways, and be more creative and productive. Happy New Year to you and all your family!

  12. It's wonderful to see a parade of your wonderful projects from 2014!! Your zingy star is just amazing!! I don't make resolutions either, just to make the most of every day. A very happy new year to you Kelly, and big birthday wishes to Griff!!

  13. What a wonderful review of quilts! I love every one of them (and lots that you didn't show too)! Keep inspiring us, your blog is the best. Isn't it great to look forward to a wonderful new year? May your new year be everything you wish for. And happy big 1-0 to Griffin!

  14. Love your Bow Tie Quilt.! ! !... Maybe Quilt it "Square in a Square"..? no round loopy meandering quilting in keeping with the Straight lines of the Fabric pieces.. Maybe some day I will tackle something like this... mostly work on Mug Rugs and Pot holders.. Want to try a Table Topper in the Bow Tie pattern, also like Maple Leaves and Bear Claw.. and Log Cabin style... Love this Blog...

  15. I love to sew, and I especially love all the friends I have made on Flickr, in various swaps, and have had the pleasure of meeting several of them! I have also had the wonderful pleasure of winning one of your beautiful hexie quilts! It is truly a treasure!!

  16. It looks as if you have a wonderful year ahead. Definitely make the most of it and enjoy every minute!

  17. fun post. You showed 2 of my favorite projects. The blazing star and the bow tie. Love them both!
    Quilting is such a happy activity. I don't know what I'd do without it. More housework I guess :)
    Can't wait for another year of fun with you
    Happy (and I know it will be) Year!!

  18. Wow, you made so many beautiful quilts in 2014. Can't wait to see what flows out of you in 2015!

  19. I gave up resolutions a long time ago. And this year I haven't even bothered with goals. Running a Linky party last year taught me that I like to just work on whatever project takes my fancy -- it's my hobby and I don't want to feel pressured by it! So this year, I'm joining others Linky parties only if they fit in with what I've got going on -- and I'm working on whatever suits me at the time!

    I'm sorry I haven't been reading and commenting. Due to our move in April, I am many months behind in my blog reading so have just decided to go with whatever Feedly has available now rather than try to go back to February 2014 and read through 200+ blogs!


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