Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review

I have been enjoying reviewing my projects from 2017. I got so much done even though I felt like my quilting got ignored most of the summer. Dark, cold winters have their advantages...great quilting weather.

I always hope to get 12 pieces quilted in a year. I haven't made it yet...maybe in 2018.

Quilts completed in 2017

Northwoods Stars, 73 x 89-inches. I believe the top was pieced in 2012.

Chugach Mountain Hike, 104-inches square, top pieced in 2012.

Meadow Batiks or Practice #5. Top pieced in summer of 2014.

And two sets of pillow shams. 
I had orphan blocks for the centers from king-sized quilts I made many years ago.

Shams to match my Iditaquilt...on my bed now for winter.

A fairly recent quilt top, pieced in April of 2016. Hunter's Seaholly Star, 58 x 76-inches.

And my most amazing project of  the year...binding finished last night, 
Full Bloom,  80 x 96-inches. I bought the kit from Hancocks of Paducah in April of 2015. I started gluing the flower appliques a year ago, pieced it in May of 2017 and pulled it off the quilting frame on December 1st. 

Pieced quilt tops completed in 2017

My first Bonnie Hunter mystery, En Provence. I made mine a little smaller.
69 x 87-inches

Breakfast Club Mystery 2016. I finished it in April
Fruit Rollups, 57 x 75-inches

From the fabric scraps of the mystery quilt I made this mini top,
Cathedral Light, 40-inches square.

Chain Log Cabin 71 x 89-inches. 

Another mini top made from the scraps of a larger quilt top.
Tumbling Leaves, 34 x 35-inches

Gifts Wrapped, 64 x 88-inches

Finished this afternoon, Breakfast Club Mystery 2017
72 x 88-inches

Bucilla Kit Finishes for 2017

Nordic Santa Stocking

Two sets of Nordic Santa Ornament kits

Snow Garden Stocking

Snow Garden Ornametns

Gnome Stocking

Gnome Ornaments

Sports Santa Ornaments

Santa's Mailbox Stocking

Candy Express Stocking

Candy Express Ornaments

Cross Stitch Ornament Completions for 2017

Renaissance Santa set

Garden Santa

Wildlife Santa

Musical Santa

Birdhouse Santa

Upcoming...planned projects for 2018...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Mystery Quilt Reveal

What a fun pattern for our Breakfast Club 2017 mystery. 
20 fat quarters
4 yds of background fabric

Here is the link to this Moda Bake Shop pattern, Sky Full of Stars

From the scraps left over I think I can pull off a little border effect. I started playing with the idea this afternoon. I just like the idea of finishing off the stars hanging on the edge.

Sew much to do as 2017 comes to an end. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Sewing

I am working on a secret quilt...our Breakfast Club mystery for the 29th of December. This year I am in the "know" about the pattern. It requires 20 fat quarters and 4 yards of background fabric.  

Here's my stack of cut components. I have four blocks made. It is a great pattern. I cannot wait for everyone to see the reveal at the end of our quilting day on the 29th. I am working with Christmas batik fat quarters with gold metallic stamping.

And there is a bonus with this project. 
Mini half square triangles. 
I am hoping I can come up with a design by the time we meet. 

I did finish adding the borders to the Presents quilt. I had enough fabric left over from the fat quarters to make a scrappy red inner border. 

And the binding has been stitched onto the Full Bloom quilt. I need to start pecking away at hand sewing the binding. 

I still need to write the family Christmas letter. Hubby gets home tomorrow so I will have him be my editor. I try to get it mailed by Christmas...I rarely get it out before the 24th. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Visiting New York City During the Holiday Season

I've been home for a few days...trying to get back into the normal routine. A busy time to sneak in a quick trip to New York City, especially from Alaska...but it was well worth the effort for a few days packed full of spending time with good friends.

Day one...after I arrived 24 hours later than scheduled due to flight delays...I joined my friends at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. A somber way to start a trip to NYC but we all felt a huge impact in our lives on that day, no matter how far away we all lived from the scenes of terror.

Every American should visit the site and museum if they get the chance. There were tributes throughout the museum along with artifacts from that day.

It is a little hard to read this quote in the photo of this large wall of blue squares, "No day shall erase you from the memory of time." Each letter in the sign was forged from pieces of steel recovered from the World Trade Center. There are 2,983 watercolor squares representing the victims of 9/11 and the 1993 bombing. The variety of blues relate to individual perceptions of the colors of the sky.

There are thousands of amazing artifacts, many videos and audio recordings. I don't think anyone can get through the entire museum without tearing up a few times. I remember one woman's words who had lost her husband that day; as awful as that day was, she didn't want it to end because it was the last day she had with her husband.

From the museum we walked around looking for a late lunch spot. We stumbled onto, Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar. It was a fantastic Italian meal. 

For me...visiting New York is mainly about seeing shows on many as possible. 

Our first show of the trip.

It was such a small and intimate theater, Circle in the Square. We were seated in the round. Very energetic show. Wonderful music. Poor girl falls in love with a rich boy. Though not a happy was a fun show. Loved it!

The second day we awoke to snow! Lots of it! But it was the warm slushy kind. No problem. We headed out to 5th Avenue to check out the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. It looked very good with real snow. It was a sea of people even with the endless snow.

We did a quick trip back to our apartment before heading to an early dinner. Two of the ladies dining with me that night had been on the trip to Bali we took a few years ago and our restaurant was chosen for its Balinese decor style and menu, Tao Uptown.

Delicious. The portions were too big but it was wonderful. The atmosphere was perfect. 

We just barely made it to our seats before the second play we were seeing started.

This show is a perfect pairing with the 9/11 Museum visit. It is about Gander, Newfoundland being the location inbound flights to the U.S. were directed to land when all flight operations ceased for days. Gander, along with several surrounding towns, took care of 7,000 stranded strangers. 

This was my favorite show on the trip. A few sad moments but most of it was funny...a bit of Canadian humor which is pretty similar to Alaskan humor. Maybe that is why I related to it so much. 

Two of the ladies on our trip headed home on Sunday but there was one more day for me. We were staying at my friend's daughter's apartment just off of Times Square for the last night and were in walking distance to lots of theaters. We walked around on Sunday afternoon and decided to check the theater box office for tickets to...

Another fantastic show! I was definitely getting spoiled with all these great musicals. My head doesn't know what song to hum.

I was the last of group to the leave New York. I was planning to sleep in a little and leisurely make my way to LaGuardia Airport. Instead I woke up to sirens and the nonstop sound of a helicopter hovering over the apartment. Then I got a text from one of the ladies who was already home asking if I was okay. I found out there was some kind of suicide type bombing in a subway tunnel near Times Square. I  hurriedly got showered and dressed, grabbed my suitcase and started walking. 

There were no cars driving on the streets around our apartment as the streets were all blocked off by ambulances and police cars, in both directions. We had no idea how badly the bombing might be...or if there would be more bombings.

I was finally able to get an Uber and a gal on the street with her suitcase asked if she could ride to the airport with me. It was impossible to get a taxi and very tough to get an Uber. My friend's daughter had been trying to get an Uber ride before we left her apartment and started walking but the drivers couldn't navigate around all the blocked streets. 

Of course I said yes to the gal on the street and she very generously paid for the fare. She just barely made her flight. I had some time to spare once we got to the airport...then my flight out of LaGuardia was delayed...seems to be a pattern here with my flights this trip.

All the travel drama was well worth getting time to spend with ladies I rarely get to see. I'm second from the left. The two ladies on either side of me are friends from when I lived in San Antonio. I hadn't seen them since I moved to Alaska in 1998. My friend on the far right is my best bud and I try to see her at least once a year...doesn't always happen. 

We are hoping it doesn't take us so long to get together in NYC again.