Friday, January 04, 2013

2012 Catch-up

bee star

I'm still here!  Making all kinds of stuff, but way too tired to actually edit and post photos of any of it.  Much to my woe, I don't have pictures of two of my finished quilts (!?!)

But here's a photo-heavy super fast summary of the last three months.

I was freezing in late October, so I made myself a SUPER soft scarf - AMH voile and flannel.  I also picked up a little knitting again, as I'm teaching a home school girl how to knit.  I used Lorana's laces worsted and made some fingerless mitts.

And you may not be able to tell from the photo, but I sure can - the reason I was totally lazy - I'm also busy making a baby!  Little one due June 22nd.  (Every one of my bathroom self-photos look a little psycho.  Not one of my skills!)

knit bump

In October I finished up Bernina technical training.  I took an 830 apart into a million pieces.

Day 2. The fun begins!

And then actually got it back together and working properly!  Also did a couple other machines and a serger.  I've been having fun at the shop, cleaning and repairing both very old and current Berninas.

No extra parts. And it works!    830 ready to go.

This is the year of the quilt for my close group of friends.  Our boys were tiger scouts in 1st grade, and we bonded over the cub scout years of crazy.  With those same boys HS sophomores at this point, the 5 of us get together for birthday breakfasts, at the least, throughout the year.  I always do something hand made, and was running out of ideas.  So I went the easy route and decided I would do a special lap quilt for each of them this year.

The first birthday is Larua's, in August.  She is a pink person, and I had a blast pulling all my pinks for a sparkle punch.  I gifted the quilt top and then took it back to finish :)  It turned out awesome, and I for some reason have only this one picture!

Pink sparkle

Maureen was next, with her December birthday.  I love this bow tie pattern and went with it in huge blocks to show off my favorite blues and greens.  She's a gnome lover, like me.  She's totally Heather Ross Gnome-worthy, and I used a big hunk of it.

Maureen front

All the bow tie corner extras were stitched at the same time into HSTs, and I did a random block of them on the back.  With one more little gnome in a special spot by my birthday wish for her.

maureen back

Finished up my bee blocks - horribly late and some without even taking photos.

Lee's solids were wonderful.

bee lee

And I loved doing my own hexagon improv, using the pink dandelion fabric as inspiration.

bee hex

Finally got to see my quilt in print, after completing and sending it off a year ago November.

book front

I'm one of the contributors in this new book, with my large lap quilt called Starflower.  I was having fun looking at the idea of negative space that we all talk about, and actually reversing it - swapping the prints/solid neutral, within modern quilt designs.  This is the one they accepted for the book.

book quilt

I've made this pattern by Amy Smart three times now, and I love it every time!  This was a baby shower gift, and I actually have several more photos.  So I'll talk about it more in another post.


Same for the custom ocean quilts I did.  I so love how they turned out, but I don't have a single picture of the second one!  WTF?

luke dolphins close

Let's call it a wrap on 2012!


Lee said...

Congrats on the new baby and all your beautiful projects! Happy 2013, Angela! (Oh, and I got your bee block today, thanks so much.)

amy smart said...

Angela! Yay! Congrats on your new baby!! I am so happy for you. Will you have to change the name of your blog? ;)

Also, I love the latest churn dash version! I think I need to make another one of those myself.

Katie Z. said...

Congrats on busily making a baby! I am due any day, so completely understand feeling lazy. Good luck, and keep us updated!

Katie B said...

Congrats on the new baby news! Best wishes for 2013

Kigwit said...

Congratulations on the baby!

Vicki said...

Happy New Year! Congrats on the new baby news. :)

mascanlon said...

Congratulations on the new baby. And you still got a lot done! Looking forward to checking out the book.

ScissorsandThread said...

Congratulations on the baby news and you got lots of lovely things made.

Jenny said...

congratulations Angela! i see a blog name change in the works!!
love all your big block quilts.

Stephanie said...

A baby!!! Congratulations!!! You're due a day before my little guy was born last June. Can't wait to hear if you'll have 4 sons or your first daughter, how exciting!!

Diane said...

Congrats! Love, love, love the bow tie quilt!

Rebecca said...

Congratulations! Pretty finishes. :)

Mary P said...

Woo hoo!! Congrats!!!

Bea said...

Yay! Congrats on your new baby!!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

That's wonderful! Congratulation on the new wee one on the way! That sure does qualify you as busy :) Happy New Year to you!

Leslie said...

my goodness once i read the word baby i forgot what else i was reading about. congratulations!!!

Dresden Quilter said...

Congratulations! That is so exiting. All of your quilts are amazing too!

Diane aka cameldiva said...

Congrats on the baby. Here's hoping for a stress free incubation and a safe delivery.

Am loving all your work and excited for you, taking apart and putting sewing machines back together again.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Congratulations on the baby and wow...I'm impressed with the reassembly of the Bernie! I panic just undoing a few screws to get to the dust in my machine!