Thursday, December 28, 2017

End of Year Post?

The holidays are just about over and as usual I am happy to go back to "normal" whatever that really is! I was excited to hang this quilt again and enjoyed making it and finishing it last year! I Was Motivated! I could use some of that about now.

I received this lovely pillow that my friend Cynthia from Arkansas made for my birthday. I just love those little birds and the colors go perfectly with my living room. Thank you Cynthia! You always make the nicest things for me!

I also got EQ8 for Christmas and so far I love it! I have heard that it was hard to use but the new version is very user friendly. Even I can figure it out!

I have already designed 2 quilts and both of them will become a reality in the near future. I can see how this is one of those things that you can spend a lot of time playing  with and never make the quilt.........I already have some of the basket blocks made so stay tuned.

My husband bought me some new brushes and paper to continue on my watercolor journey. I got my first commission! OK it is a family member but hey she was willing to pay! I will be sending it to her as a gift (-:

Those who know me know that I am a list maker and checker offer. I like to do it on paper with a pen, the phone is too abstract for me. I need to see it in front of me every single day and for the days ahead as well. This was expensive but I am going to give it a try, I will let you know what I think at the end of next year.

Apparently my children want to make sure we are who we say we are! This is going to be fun, I wonder if there will be any surprises that we didn't know about. Have you done it? Do you have any good stories to tell?

This is the state of my sewing room right now. Not bad you say? I am not showing you the other side. If I felt better today I was going to tackle it, for now it will have to wait.
Look closely, see the striped fabric on the left? It is our challenge fabric due in February, wait until you see what I made!

I am going to do a paper piecing demo for both guilds in the next 2 months. I have some examples I am working on. These are so bright and cheerful.

I am also in a Modern Quilt Guild swap. We are to make a mini quilt no larger than 24" x 24". I loved how this turned out but it was a lot of work using up all different colors but still making it look cohesive.

I am pretty sure my swap partner does not follow my blog so I am not worried she will see this. They kind of look like very pretty butterflies! After I sew these together I will do some simple machine quilting.

May the new year bring you many pieces of fabric and lots of fun sewing. Happy New Year!



  1. I do enjoy Christmas but am pleased to have packed all the decorations away, relaxed for a while and am now ready to get going.Looks like you have plenty planned. Your colourful blocks look very interesting!!

  2. Personally, getting back to normal after the holidays is a relief. What fun to play with new EQ. Looking forward tonsee what you come up with. Happy New Year.

  3. fun PP project! Loved seeing your trees again.
    Have fun with EG and your new painting materials.
    Let us know about your genetic test. should be fun.
    Happy Early New Year - glad to see you in bloglandia again!

  4. Your trees quilt is beautiful and your projects are fun !!
    Happy new year Kelly !

  5. Hello Kelly! Happy new year, and happy creating with fabric paint and designing! EQ looks super fun, I your quilt designs!
    I have a 23&me story. We have an adopted daughter who joined our family (though not legally) on her 18th birthday, when she was free to leave her mom (bad situation, no dad or siblings involved). Fast forward 10 years, she did the 23&me test to find her genetic story as she was considering marriage and starting a family. Found out she’s healthy- and that she has a sister! Her sister- independently- also did the 23&me test, and they found each other. It has been a joyous connection from the start. I could go on, anyway good luck with your test! My husband and I did ancestry, no real surprises for us. All the best for 2018!

  6. Looks like you had a fun Christmas and lots of great plans for next year! My sister did a DNA test a couple months ago, and we were all surprised at the results. I really need to get one for my hubby to do--his heritage is kind of murky--lol!

  7. Ooh I love that modern quilt you're making for the swap. SO fun!

  8. I thought I posted a comment, but it vanished, so I will try again! Please think twice before deciding to go through with your DNA test. I am not sure if you are aware, but you are required to wave any rights to your own, and your family's DNA! The company could literally clone you, and there would be nothing you could do about it! Their goal is to make money, and not pay you any royalties in the process. Please read the following articles.

    1. PS Not to mention your DNA will be entered in a nationwide data base!

  9. I adore your holiday tree quilt! It's one of my favorites as it's so cheerful and fun looking! Looks like you have a lot going on as usual. The quilts from EQ8 look interesting! I wish I had the brain power to work that way occasionally. My EQ7 has pretty much always been gathering dust.:)

  10. It sounds and looks like you are geared up to go. What a good feeling! I thinks taking today and tomorrow (NYDay) to fully recharge and then diving in is the way to go. Do have a Happy New Year!

  11. Can't wait to see what creations you share in the coming year. It's always so fun to see what you've been up to. Love the tree quilt, it's so sweet! Many blessings to you for 2018!


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