One week of Quilting on the Beach (QOTB) in Kailua-Kona Hawaii last February hi-jacked my plans and kept me stitching for a whole year. I am not complaining. It was fun and I learned a lot. During the process, I could re-live the memories and think about the places we visited and the people we met along the way.
New Year’s Day saw me working on the last piece prior to my big reveal. Here it is, partially complete.
I will be doing a QOTB Trunk Show at Manitoba Prairie Quilter’s January meeting (Jan 17th). Come if you can, or watch for an E version on a post shortly after.
When I wasn’t working on QOTB projects during 2018, I was more than likely playing the Circle Game. All 16 blocks were hand stitched and enhanced with some big stitch embroidery. They are back up on the design wall – A gentle reminder to keep going even when the end doesn’t seem anywhere in sight.
There is still a long way to go. Four borders, appliqued scallops and hand quilting. Sorry about the quality of the photo. A better one will be posted at some point in the future.
In 2018 my blog had almost 20,000 views and 6300 visitors. Most of the time I do not look at the stats. My blog does not cost anything, and I don’t make any money from it. I do not want to be controlled by the potential for profit and try not to get carried away by stats, but at the end of a year it helps to give me the bigger picture. My posts on Ruler Guided Quilting for 2017 continue to be popular, with Block 5 being viewed most often.
I find that interesting as it would not be my favorite. It’s a tough call but I think my favorite would be Block 6
Or even Block 4
That was my beginner series of Ruler-Guided Quilting. This year I want to do more. Come along and give it a try! To get you started, in the next couple weeks I will post a Free Motion Skill builder exercise. You do not have to be good at FMQ to use rulers – in fact, rulers can help make your FMQ better – but you do have to be comfortable with it so its a good starting point.
Next up is Designing with Rulers. You may have purchased some but are you unsure of what to do with them or what to stitch? You can watch U-Tube videos, but why not come up with your own designs. I will be teaching a class at the Crocus Conference hosted by the Manitoba Prairie Quilters at the end of April. Join us if you can.
After that, I hope to come up with more complex designs that combine different ruler shapes, or combine FMQ with Ruler-Guided Quilting. Did I mention that there are also about a dozen quilts on my ‘to do’ wish list for 2019? Stay tuned. We will have a lot of fun and we have a lot to accomplish!