2014 was a busy year

2014 is almost over and I think about what have I accomplished and how much fun I have had. I have some great friendships that are continuing to form; and am learning new things.

Here is a recap of 2014 projects most of which you will find the full story on the blog – NOTE: Some are still UNFINISHED PROJECTS !!

January  – cleaning up the chaos in the sewing room and sorting the scraps; arranging my containers and playing with hexi’s.

February brought a guild retreat where we did a “summer in the park” and a “one block wonder”. Both end 2014 as works in progress.
There was 1 senior quilt  and a bus trip to the Hampton Roads Quilt Show

March brought snow and daffodils; and string piecing blocks for the Guild President Quilt, more work on my Summer in the park, my Lisa bag and the beginnings of a memory quilt from t-shirts for my friend Karen. It also brought a surprise in the mail from AVIS !  I also took a trip to the Lancaster Quilt show.

April saw  the finish  & delivery of the t-shirt memory quilt; a 5 minute table runner and the Celebrate/Happy birthday bunting.  There was a great sit & sew with 3 quilt bees for 3 days where the table runner was the focus.

May  brought Guild “sewing with silk” class; and a 2014 UFO finish of my 9 patch cupcake quilt that has been hanging around since 2012.  Worked on a charity baby quilt in flannel for our bee; bound senior quilts with flanged binding; recycled leftover binding into fun hexi’s and made a baptismal banner for my granddaughter. (Lessons from the silk class and stabilizing fabric were very helpful!)  There was also a trip to a quilt show at the Dulles Expo Center.

June  – Another guild class and a FINISH. Class was Bill Kerr teaching his SNOWDRIFT pattern, using a curved template. I called mine FLOWERS in the Snow.  I did 2 blocks for Ebony Love designers challenge, and watched the flowers bloom in the garden. I made a BEATLE BAG for my sewing supplies and we fixed the webbing under the sofa!


July— brought fun in the pool and fun in the mail. I won a Funky Chicken pin cushion; and then made 6 more; using log cabin blocks. My chickens were Blue Hens!  I also fixed the hubby’s POOL chair, new fabric in a bright cheery color.  I spent most of the time working on scheduling speakers / instructors for the next 2 years for our quilt guild; having been elected to serve as Vice President/Programs.  LOTS of meetings over the summer.

August— I took another guild class and made the Crusty crab. The crab STILL needs binding!   I worked on 6 flannel baby quilts for our bee; quilting and binding tops that others had pieced; and made birthday gifts for a 2 year old! And then I went to California for nearly 3 weeks!

September I spent Labor Day in California; finishing up a painting projects for my sister -and then the SECRET PROJECT was started; a quilt for my sister to go in the purple bedroom!  I left a few UFO’s in California; the doors needed to be rehung and the hallway needed 1 more coat, and the door trim need to be done…..ran out of time….ooops.

October– The grandkids and parents came to visit from Congo!  We had fun together playing! We collected 3 suitcases full of school supplies for them to take back to a local school. Of course there were the monthly Quilt guild meetings, the Material Girls Quilt bee, and a 3 day sit & sew at the end of the month.  I had so many extra strips from the SECRET PROJECT, I decided to make ANOTHER log cabin for my sister’s great granddaughter.  (Still a UFO…more quilting to do).

November started with a guild class “wonderful watercolors” (another UFO) and a visit from my sister. I gave her 3 pillows for her birthday (LOG CABIN).  When she got home at the end of the month, her quilt was waiting for her! It was also National Model Railroad Month; so hubby and I did lots of model train activities together, visiting train shows; and various layouts in Pennsylvania. I also spent the month promoting the Delmarva Model Railroad Club Open houses. I spent Thanksgiving weekend selling raffle tickets at the club to help out. And of course, started the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt.  I also got very excited about finding panels for the MODA FLATS Dolls.

December started with another Model Railroad Open; and the “finish the gifts” rush.  Only previous photo’s here; as that box hasn’t arrive in Congo; so I won’t spoil the surprises.  I of course have been working on the Grand Illusion and have been blogging along all month about that.  So; check the recent posts for photos. And, lastly; my hexi project.  I started doing English Paper piecing Hexi’s (1″) in December last year, just to fill time in the evening. Well; I have made a few, and now am starting to think about what I will do with them NEXT year! Time to come up with a pattern!

7 thoughts on “2014 was a busy year

    • Thank you Lillian for stopping in to read. The flowers just seem to take care of themselves anymore…I love perennials!! I am a fairly lazy gardner!! I do like to see all the color, and might make a better effort next year!


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