Last day of 2013! It was a big year for my family, on different levels. My children started 1st grade and Kindergarten, which are two big milestones. We bought our house, which we had been living as renters for over 3 years (thank goodness we don’t have to move!). My grandmother moved from my hometown to live with my aunt in Dallas, but she is doing well. We became pet owners again (from zero to 5 cats is extreme – anyone need to adopt a cat??). We all got another year older, but no health concerns.
Our Christmas rotation is now complete, with a visit this past weekend to Dallas to continue our family tradition with my grandmother and extended family. Every first cousin, Aunt and Uncle were present. We were only missing two second cousins, and the step cousins. Actually, it was a pretty successful turnout for shifting the location after 42 years from four hours away.
I asked for quilty things from my family and they took my wish list to the store for me. Couple of great books, a magnetic pin cushion, 3 yards of Kona White solid fabric (plan to work on the Lori Holt quilt along) and a FQS gift certificate!:
I also tried to put together a last minute gift, but didn’t make it. I did finish the table topper and pieced backing, but I ran out of time for the quilting part. This is a pattern called “Winter Seeds” and it was on my bucket list all year.
I used the fabric collection “Winter’s Lane” by Kate & Birdie Co for Moda. Beautiful ice blues, grays and saturated reds. The pattern was from The Crafty Quilter and her blog … click here to go to her post.
Here are some more pictures. I machine appliqued the ‘orange peel’ shapes with a tight top stitching and matching thread.
I pieced the back, but had to ‘make do’ with one small rectangle due to my shortage of that fabric. I should have used a primarily white alternate piece. I may replace it before I quilt it:
And here’s the top and bottom in one picture:
There will be some waste of the backing, but if you look at the Crafty Quilter’s blog pictures, you will see how it all comes out. It’s perfect!
Now that Nantucket was completed, I am moving on to my other BOM projects. I am three months behind on the FQS DM BOM 2013 quilt. I started on Block 4 yesterday and have gotten the pieces cut out. Like the other months, I am cutting out two blocks from the one set of fabric. I was able to get everything I needed, but I had to add the smallest amount of background fabric, which I had from an earlier month.
This morning I finished the center star portions with the surrounding strips. Next is the red/striped flying geese units. I want to get this block done tonight!
I’m so thankful for my family and friends and I look forward to all our new adventures in 2014. I hope you have a great evening tonight and I look forward to visiting with you again next year!
All the best,
You have had a great year! I can’t wait to see what your plans are for 2014! Thanks so much for all the inspiration Jennifer!
I love your table topper, Jennifer! You did a great job and it’ll be ready for next Christmas at least! Thanks for the shout out too!
Happy New Year, Jennifer! I enjoy your blog so much!
Thanks Dawn! It is mutual! Another year, another opportunity to quilt through the seasons!
My husband gave me that book Cut Above. I Love it! Never heard of Gerri before but love her style and patterns. Love that block looks pretty. Can’t wait to see your reveal.
Have a happy new year.
Hi Jodie! I have always admired Gerri’s patterns. She contributes to one of the popular quilt magazines as a regular designer (but I can’t think of which one at the moment – probably McCall’s). So, usually you can get the benefit of her designs for the cost of the magazine. Thanks for the comment!!
I love your Winter Seeds Block. The fabric is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading along Lucie! I instantly loved that fabric and had to make something with it. That block would probably make a good quilt if I was that good at pattern design. For now though, it is a perfect table topper on my Mom’s round breakfast table!