2020 Year in Review

Another year and more projects finished

2020 blog posts: 359

2020 fabric used: 95 yards net

I reached 100 yards used for the first time ever! I actually made it up to 113 by 12/17/2020. I was super excited. Of that 28% was for charity quilts. Of course, then, after writing the post about the Kaffe quilt, I went and bought some fabric, ended up with 95 net fabric used. Oh well! I take comfort in the 152 gross yards used.

Finished 2020 Quilt Projects

Six quilts are now complete for the year. I am thrilled.

Finished 2020 Small and Non-Quilt Projects

This category covers bags, toys, aprons and knitting as well as other non-quilt projects.

I feel like I have made more of these small items, but I can’t find any others.

In Process
The ‘In Process’ is used to denote projects on which I am actively working or are on the design wall waiting for me to stitch. I am continuing to try not to put away projects. I find putting a project away ensures I never work on them, because I just lose steam.

Small Projects to Make or in Process

Most of my progress involves thinking or just cutting.

  • One Hour Basket for organizing my decks of cards – Creative Strength, mindfulness, etc. I may switch to one of the Minikins or a Catch All Caddy projects for this purpose.
  • One Hour Basket for my stuff that tends to accumulate on the dining room table. I may switch to one of the Minikins projects or a Catch All Caddy for this purpose.
  • One Hour Basket for DH’s stuff that tends to accumulate on the dining room table. I may switch to one of the Minikins projects for this purpose.
  • Retreat Organizer – another project from the Crafty Gemini Organizer Club, also on my list, but not yet started
  • Ultimate Project Organizer – another project from the Crafty Gemini Organizer Club, also on my list, but not yet started
  • Officer gifts for January 2021 – working on the project and nearing completion
  • Ultimate Carry All Bag – Bag-a-Long for BAM – I have the inside pockets made and am struggling with the front pocket.
  • Westchester shirt – this is a Crafty Gemini pattern. I bought the fabric at PIQF in 2018 and just need to make it. The pattern comes with a video, so there is hope it will be wearable.


I decided that some of my projects are in a different class because they are hand piecing or embroidery or beading. They take longer. Thus I created a new category and have moved some projects here.

Ready for Quilting

FOTY 2019 – ready to take to the longarmer

In the Quilting Process

In the Finishing Process

  • Red Scribbles

Still WIPs
I still have WIPs. Who doesn’t, after all? A project in the ‘UFO’ category means I am stalled. A nicer way of saying UFO is a WIP. The list is a lot shorter and the projects are newer, for the most part.

  1. Handbag Sampler – this is still the forgotten project. It should be on the UFO list. The blocks were teaching samples when I taught a sampler class some time before I started writing the quilt class sampler tutorials. I found one block recently, but otherwise I actually don’t know exactly where the blocks are hiding. I crawled up in the far reaches of my fabric closet to see if I could find them and they weren’t where I thought. I am sort of mystified as to where they could be. I haven’t even found a picture of all the blocks. 🙁
  2. Lobster – I think I will make this into a tablerunner for our buffet. I think that will be a good and fun use of the piece even if the colors aren’t quite right for the dining room.
  3. Pies and Points from 2016 Victoria Findlay Wolfe class. The last time I worked on it was when Julie and I had a playdate in April 2018. I brought this piece with me so I could cut more elements (Julie has a Sizzix). I lost my excitement about this piece shortly thereafter and still have to get it back. Thus, I had to move this to the WIPs area.
  4. Pointillist Palette #4: Fourth is a series of 6 quilts; needs tiny square patches sewn together. No progress.
  5. Self Portrait: started in 2006 at a class at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, Virginia. I am still stalled on this again. As one of my oldest (I am pretty sure) UFO, I put it on my blog and out into the Twitterverse and Diane suggested that I not consider this as a self portrait. I think that strategy is a great idea. I am now trying to think of a new persona for her.
  6. Serendipity Lady – I am still planning to take this piece to be framed.
  7. Who Am I? – This piece is still languishing. Perhaps having a larger design wall will help me regain momentum. The amount of satin stitching I was facing was a problem until I thought of BIAS TAPE. I am going to make the words with bias tape, perhaps different widths, then I won’t have to sew the satin stitching. Red Scribbles and Friend Julie helped me come up with this solution. Now I just have to do it!

2019 Year In Review

Number of 2019 Blog Posts:353

Number of yards of fabric used this year:83 net

Quilt Projects

Finished 2019 Non-Quilt Projects

This category covers bags, toys, aprons and knitting as well as other non-quilt projects.


2019 All Donation Quilts

I feel like posting all of my donation quilts really makes me see that I have accomplished something good in the world. When I feel down, I can go and look at them. I made 14 donation tops last year. You have seen them all throughout the year, but it is nice to have them all in one place.

Total: 13 donation quilts

Ends n.7 Donation Quilt
Ends n.7 Donation Quilt

This is Ends n.7. I made it from two half yards of burgundy (with visible pink undertones) fabric and the ends of the Triple Star quilt. Finished January 2019.

Green Strips donation quilt is made from a yard of Kona Cream and 19 blocks that I made from strips found in my scrap bin. This was inspired by Alison. Finished January 2019.

The Green Thing donation top was finished in February. I used leftover pieces from the Green Strips donation top and a lot of scraps from my green scrap drawer.

Purple Strips Quilt

This may be the second in the series of strip quilts. We’ll have to see if I do anymore. I have more scraps, so it is a possibility. Tim suggested the grey as the background and I think it works well.

As I did with the Green scraps, I made an Improv donation quilt with purple scraps to further clear out that bin.

Ends n.8 - Bonnie & Camille
Ends n.8 – Bonnie & Camille

Ends n.8 (Bonnie & Camille). I made this from the edges of the back of the Stepping Stones n.2 quilt.

Spiky 16 Patch n.3

I made these blocks in 2018, but just got around to put them together in March. Frankly, they were in the way on my design wall and I needed the space.

Red Strip Donation Top- Finished
Red Strip Donation Top- Finished

My first Red Strip Donation top was delivered to Tim so he could quilt it and enter it as a triptych with the purple and green versions. He dealt with the backing.

Red Strip (Chunk) Donation Quilt
Red Strip (Chunk) Donation Quilt

This started out as a second Red Strip Donation Top, but as I didn’t have enough strips, it became the Red Chunk Donation Top. This is the second quilt I finished from the scraps in my red scrap drawer. You can obviously see that I did use some yardage.

Orange Strip Donation Top: finished
Orange Strip Donation Top: finished

I don’t have as many orange scraps as I have other colors, but I have enough. It is surprising how little fabric it really takes to make a quilt. I wonder what the least amount of fabric one can use to make a quilt – not a mug rug, but real sized quilts that can cover humans? The orange strip quilt came out really well and I am pleased with it. I definitely have an orange that I like. The consistency worked well to pull the whole piece together.

Orange & Green Donation Top
Orange & Green Donation Top
Orange & Green Donation Back
Orange & Green Donation Back

I used up the green plain blocks I cut for the background of another quilt and then didn’t use. They were laying on my sewing table bugging me and I wanted them out of my hair. I was in orange mode, so I cut some plain orange blocks and made a quick donation top.

Orange Improv Donation Top - almost finished
Orange Improv Donation Top – almost finished

I finished the Orange Improv donation top and back for Tim to quilt.

White Strip Donation Top: finished
White Strip Donation Top: finished

I finished the white strip donation quilt.


2019 All Donation Blocks

I always have in the back of my mind that I would like to make 30 donation blocks per month-360 in a year. This year’s achievement is 115 blocks. So far, I have made a good effort, but haven’t quite achieved that goal. 

I’ll keep trying, despite what Yoda says.


2018 Year in Review

Number of 2018 Blog Posts: 348

Number of yards of fabric used this year: 191.32 (84. 32 net)

Quilt Projects

Finished 2018 Non-Quilt Projects

I always want to do more, but am pretty pleased with what I have accomplished.


All 2018 Donation Quilts

I really enjoyed writing last year’s post on all the donation quilts I made. It was fun to look back at the variety of projects and collaborations.

Terrain Donation Quilt
Terrain Donation Quilt

Tim quilted this Terrain quilt. SIL and I started it at the retreat.

Mostly Manor HST Top Finished
Mostly Manor HST Top Finished

I finished the Mostly Manor HST quilt and gave it to Tim to quilt right at the beginning of February.

Ends Donation Quilt n.3
Ends Donation Quilt n.3

After finishing a few quilts early in the year, I some of the ends left from trimming. I found a piece of Bonnie & Camille taupe and used it to make this third Ends Donation Quilt. It really is a quick way to make a donation quilt, assuming you have a large enough piece of background. I like the effect, too.

There was enough of the taupe left as well as plenty of ends, so I made another one.

Finished Dynamic Stripes top
Finished Dynamic Stripes top

I decided that I would donate the quilt top from the Libs Elliott class to the guild’s efforts. I gave it in at the April meeting and didn’t provide a back or anything. Very lazy, but someone else will deal with it.

Ends n.2 donation quilt
Ends n.2 donation quilt

This is another Ends donation quilt

HRT Donation Top - April 2018
HRT Donation Top – April 2018

I made a spiky block out of the blue-green 16 patches I made last year, which I, then, turned into a small quilt.

Joelle's Peaky & Spike quilt
Joelle’s Peaky & Spike quilt

I made these blocks and Joelle made a few more blocks and the quilt.

Spiky 16 Patch n.2 Top
Spiky 16 Patch n.2 Top

This is the second Spiky Stars donation quilt.

Ends n.4 Final
Ends n.4 Final

Cyndi did a great job quilting and binding the Ends n.4 donation quilt. I love the binding she chose.

Ends Donation Top n.5
Ends Donation Top n.5

Ends Donation top n.5

Dot Donation Quilt
Dot Donation Quilt

Dots Donation top

Column donation top - Finished
Column donation top – Finished

Red & Turquoise Column Donation top

Retreat Charity quilt
Retreat Charity quilt

I didn’t make the blocks for this quilt. Peggy brought the kits. Someone else made the blocks and someone else will quilt it. I just put the blocks together.

Ends donation top n.6
Ends donation top n.6

I put together another Ends donation (n.6) top and back made from the Octagon 9 Patch trimmings.

This is a good effort. 14 donation tops is a number of which I can be proud.


All 2018 Donation Blocks

Last year’s post was a great wrap-up, so I decided to do it again. While you have seen all the blocks I have made throughout the year, it is nice to have them all in one place. Not all of them ended up in a quilt that I made or even one quilt. My blocks ended up in a lot of guild quilts and that makes me happy.

Total: 115 donation blocks

2017 Year in Review

Number of 2017 Blog Posts: 346

Number of yards of fabric used this year: 178.5, 40 of which was for charity (24%)

Quilt Projects

Small and Medium Projects

Donation Tops and Quilts

Non-Quilt Projects

All 2017 Donation Quilts

After yesterday’s post, I wanted to see all the donation quilt tops I have made in 2017 all in one place. I cannot take all the credit as Gerre, Tim, Erin, Cyndi and others have quilted my creations in a collaboration in which I revel. Quiltmaking is a collaborative exercise and making these donation tops in collaboration with someone who quilts them is a wonderful experience.

The above are not in any special order. Also, not all of them are finished.

Again, I thought I had made more. I do have to give myself credit for making my part of this many quilts. They aren’t large or complicated, but they do provide something and I can honestly say that I am contributing something to the world in exchange for all that I have been given.

All 2017 Donation Blocks

I thought about making one post for all donation blocks and quilts for next year. When I mentioned it, at least one of my dear readers commented that they liked seeing the donation blocks throughout the year. I decided that *I* wanted to see how many donation blocks I had sewn in 2017, thus here is a visual list of all of the donation blocks I have made for my guild.

The count above looks like about 54. Some were made into tops, like the black ones. Frankly, I thought I had made more. I think I will have to catalog the quilt tops I have made as well, just to make myself feel better. There is certainly nothing wrong with these and every little bit helps, but the words of the NICU nurse who runs the program at Stanford ring in my ears. Now with the people who lost their homes in the Wine Country fires, there are not enough hours in the day to fulfill all the need.

Of course, I have to remember that I didn’t start this post early in the year, so I can’t possibly expect to capture all my work. I may do it again next year and will be more organized.

2016 Year in Review

I feel like I didn’t make a lot this year. The will was there. The need was there, but time and inspiration conspired against me for many months. Still, I have an impressive record:
Number of 2016 Blog Posts: 367

Number of yards of fabric used this year: 178.59

Small and Medium Projects:

Doing Good Projects

I also made a lot of donation blocks that someone else will turn into a quilt.


I have made more quilts other years. I have a number of quilt in process, as you know, and those will hopefully turn into quilts next year.

2015 Year in Review

Blog Posts: 365

Doing Good Projects:


Small, non-Quilt Projects:

Blocks (for someone else’s project):

      • 2 Sawtooth Stars
      • Heart block

Group Projects:

Improv Round Robin – continuing

Undone: sigh. I don’t want to think about it.

Perhaps I should arrange this list by month next year?

2014 Year in Review

Well, another year has past. Shocking how quickly it zoomed past. I am sad to see 2014 go as, in a lot of ways, it was a good year. Unexpected, but good. Last January 1, I was sitting at home recovering from a fun night out with Friend Julie and her fabulous husband. this year I am anticipating another night out with Julie and her husband. Yes, I am a creature of habit.

Blog posts: 376 (Nota bene: that is free content for you!)

Blocks (blocks for someone else’s project)

Group Projects

Small Projects

Doing Good Projects

Definitely another respectable showing in the quilt department


I really wanted to make Christmas pillowcases for the nieces and nephews and that just didn’t happen. I will work on it for next year.

2013 Year in Review

Good-bye 2013! I can’t really believe it is the last day of year already. Soon, I’ll have to go back to work and real life.

In the meantime, here I am again telling you all about my accomplishments. Here are the finishes:


  1. Corner Store: Finished on 1/1/2013
  2. The Garden. Finished on 1/5/2013
  3. Stepping Stones: Finished on 2/14/2013
  4. Fabric of the Year 2011: Finished on 2/27/2013
  5. A-B-C Challenge: Finished on 3/31/2013
  6. Calm: Finished on 3/15/2013
  7. Super Secret project #1: Finished
  8. Super Secret project #2: Finished
  9. Sparkle Pink: Finished on August 20, 2013
  10. Swoon: Finished on August 27, 2013
  11. Original Bullseye on October 24, 2013
  12. T-shirt Quilt on November 14, 2013

Doing Good Projects

  1. Cat Bed: green with white dotted fabric
  2. Cat Bed: green with white dotted fabric
  3. Cat Bed: Dark Blue, Lion fabric
  4. Cat Bed: cotton fabrics
  5. Monkey dot cat bed
  6. Happy Cake cat bed
  7. Froggy cat beds


  1. Petrillo Bag
  2. A Day in the Park Backpack tote
  3. Fabric Handbag
  4. Gift bag for SIL
  5. Gift bag for Secret Santa
  6. Gift bag for BAMQG


  1. Star Sampler blocks
  2. Color group blocks

I didn’t have the opportunity to make any blocks for group quilts this year, that I remember or noted on the blog. Perhaps the Star Sampler did me in for blocks. 😉

Journal Covers


Merit Badges and Scout Patches

Crafty Projects

Still WIPs

  1. Aqua-Red SamplerFrances and I finished our fusible machine applique’ blocks and I am supposed to be preparing the next class on curves.
  2. The Tarts Come to Tea: I haven’t quilted on this since April 2011. I really do need to work on the quilting. I was making good progress and then got sidetracked. Quilting the Whole Cloth quilt sort of got me back in the swing of quilting, so perhaps there is hope for this piece?
  3. Pointillist Palette #4: Fourth is a series of 6 quilts; needs tiny square patches sewn together. Mrs. K. gave me more PP fabric and I won some from a giveaway. I think it is a sign that I need to work on this.
  4. See: needs satin stitching. Small, also a possibility for finishing.
  5. Self Portrait: started in 2006 at a class at Quilting Adventures in Richmond, Virginia. I like the piece, but don’t know where to go from where I am. Mouth? Hair?
  6. Top is together, binding is made. I am working at ripping out the foundation paper (what a pain and what a mess!). I need to make a back and then take it to the quilter.
  7. Under the Sea: class project; like the design, but not the colors much.
  8. Flower Sugar Hexagon:  sewed more hexagons together. Sewing Y seams is a bit of a chore, so I get tired of doing it after awhile.

I still have a few more WIPs than I do finished projects. I am pleased with the progress I have made.

Ready for Quilting, at the Quilter

  1. New: Wonky 9 Patch: needs quilting and binding. Not on original list
  2. Infinity blocks: at the quilter.
  3. Spiderweb: at the quilter
  4. New:* FOTY 2012: top, finished. Back and binding are complete; at the quilter.
  5. New:*Star Sampler: Top finished, back and binding finished; at the quilter. (not on original list)
  6. New:*Fresh Fruit: Top finished, back and binding finished; at the quilter. (not on original list)

It is kind of fun to review everything I have done in the year and revisit the projects I worked on when the year felt new. Welcome, 2014! Let’s have an even better year!

Labor Day Sew-in Day 3

Day 3 came and went and I am back to the drudgery of work.

Postage Stamp Star
Postage Stamp Star

While in sewing heaven, though, I design a block in EQ7 to use to make some Lovey blocks I promised. I saw the idea in a UK magazine called Fabrications. You can make this block as well as I am including the Postage Stamp Star Directions for your sewing pleasure! I was thinking of using these directions to set the donation blocks, but they might end up too big. I’ll see. I should probably plan the whole quilt using this setting from the start.

I made two of these for two different Lovey quilts.

4 Donation Blocks
4 Donation Blocks

I also finished all of the donation blocks. The blocks are ok looking, definitely cheerful, but I think, if I were to do this color scheme again, I would pay more attention to the tone of the color of the green.

Still I think these are interesting and cheerful and that some NICU baby will like the quilt.

1 Pink & Green donation block
1 Pink & Green donation block

I also started to sash these blocks. I decided to sash the blocks, but with 2″ unfinished strips rather than the 2.5″ strips I used last time. It means more cutting, but I think it will add interest to the quilt.

The Sew-in was fun. It was nice to sew at home and have others sew along at the same time.