2011 in Review

Finished Quilts
finished quilts of 2011


One look at my finished quilts mosaic and all I can see is right angles in almost every single project. My bee blocks and my quilt designs have gotten so creative over the past year with more angles and curves than I ever knew I could make. But I didn't finish any of those quilts.  I could write a resolution to stay away from square angles in 2012, but I like them too much.  I see some old projects that finally were pulled out of oblivion and finished.  Eight of the quilts above were gifts (two for Henry), four of them are I Spy quilts, the mini tree quilt was for a swap and six of them were sent to charity to warm up new babies.  Not one finished quilt for me, although I do nap with Henry's I Spy quilt on occasion.


Finished Small Projects
small finished projects of 2011


I did finish a number of small projects this year.  I designed the tea cozy, potholders, pouch, knitting needle holder and ornaments.  I also finally made another piece of clothing for Henry.  And I made my first pillow!  I hope to branch out and do more non-quilt sewing in 2012.


Favorite Bee Blocks
my favorite 16 of the 43 bee blocks i made in 2011


I made 43 bee blocks in 2011!  That seems like a crazy number. I started out the year in four bees and now I'm ending the year in four completely different bees. I may pull out of one because right now I'm signed up to make 60 bee blocks in 2012. Yikes!  The bee blocks have helped me grow and learn new skills and make new friends.  But it can get to be a bit much....

My biggest plans for 2012 are to continue to work on my block design skills and to make quilts out of all of the blocks I've received in various bees.  That should keep me busy!

I'm linking up to Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day.  Come check it out!

20 comments:

ozsuzsanna said...

I like that your sewing machine has a name! A family member...
Your quilts are veryy-very beautiful!

Rebecca said...

WOW, so many beautiful creations to show for the year! Nice work!

Anonymous said...

A very productive and creative year, indeed!

maria said...

Wow, such a lot of work completed. It's all gorgeous. I think it's about time you made yourself a quilt too!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So stunning! I love all your projects and those eye spy quilts are too cute! What a fantastic year :)

What Comes Next? said...

wow! did you ever get a lot done - all the quilts and little projects AND 43 bee blocks! holy cow! Some amazing stuff in there - love the the November Ski sweater block, and all the thought that went into Henry's I Spy - it sparkles - very cool! I like the "rightness" of all the angglrs, myself! Keep it up - happy 2012!

Debbie said...

oh, I can hardly believe you made 43 bee blocks! yikes. I must say I admired Henry's Swimmy Quilt back when you made it, and I love it still!

Nic said...

Great year! And I look forward to seeing the quilts you make from your bee blocks

Leanne said...

Your quilts are beautiful and your bee blocks are stunning! I look forward to seeing what you make in the coming year and wish you the best for the new year.

Jessica said...

Oh I love your projects! And that really is a LOT of bee blocks. You should be proud of yourself for such a productive (and colorful) year :)

melissa said...

i know i always say that i am blow away by your quilting, but seeing everything all lined up in one post really brings it home - you are amazingly talented my friend and i can not wait to see what you come up with in 2012!

Eileen said...

wow! you accomplished a lot of wonderful things. love it all. so fun to see what everyone has done and yours are great. thanks for sharing and have a great day

ayumills said...

wow wow wow you had such a great year with so many lovely creations last year! All of them are so good, but if I were to pick my favorite, it would be the kitchen scene for cocorico bee. That is an ART!If I ever received anything like that, I would not be able to use it for a quilt. I would put it up on the wall in my kitchen for sure.

seaschell said...

Melinda, your mosaics are so inspiring! It is awesome to see everything you've accomplished in one spot, isn't it?

bloomingpoppies said...

You have quite an awesome collection of work. You should be proud- and a mamma to boot. Don't know how you do it(60 bee blocks!!) but I hope you enjoy more of it in the coming year!!

ScissorsandThread said...

Wow you've had a busy year, looking forward to seeing what you create in 2012

Archie the wonder dog said...

Wonderful mosaics, I can't believe how much you did last year!

Mary said...

Goodness you have been busy! So glad you found me and me you!!! Fantastic makes :)

Prof. S said...

Wow! What an amazing year-in-stitches! I wrapped up all my own VQB commitments about halfway through 2011, but they really are fun for expanding your repertoire. I look forward to seeing your 2012 creations -- happy new year!

Frederique said...

43 blocks, plus everything else... boy, that a busy year! Great projects!

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