Ever since I learned how to quilt last October, I’ve felt a fire for this hobby like none other! I really do love it, and try to sew every day. I spent a lot of my spring and summer in our old local fabric store in Purcellville called Webfabrics. I picked up a lot of tricks, skills, and know how from these wonderful ladies!
The year started off making a memorial quilt for my Aunt Judy and Uncle Clark; I loaded a picture of my cousin Jake into a program that makes a quilt pattern!
Then I found a great collection of fabric from the Downton Abbey line, and made my mom a very lilac quilt so she’d have it just in time for Lilac Time in Lombard.
Next up was making sure I finished quilts for my twin nephews soon enough for their first birthdays. I had no idea that their parents were such big Dr. Who fans, but I found 8bit pictures of some of the characters online and just substituted them for 2.5″ square blocks!
At the end of February I had already joined a crafting forum online out here in Germany, so I was contacted by a gal who needed a patriotic runner made. I was happy to make for a future Germany gal!
In true BFF fashion, my best friend Jaime and I never give each other birthday presents on our actual birthdays. The distance usually has a great deal to do with it, but most times we try to find really awesome ideas for each other and that doesn’t always come around birthdays. I like that excuse 😉 Well, since I knew we were moving, I wanted to give her a quilt that was very HER and reminded her of me.
Many of the ladies already stationed in Germany told me that they wish they had bought more fabric before moving, because it is expensive here. So while I was out shopping to stock up on fabric one day, I came across a chicken themed fabric line that reminded me of my mentor Diane, who collects all things roosters and hens. And then in March on our last hoorah trip to Chicago, I was able to give it to her in person before saying goodbye.
All while shopping to stock up on fabrics, I got a request from Briana for a quilt for her 5th birthday. Nothing like squeezing in one more before our impending move! But I was able to finish it just in time for her birthday and our move!
While we were in Chicago visiting, Steve’s auntie Dawn had mentioned that she’s been wanting to make a t-shirt quilt from her husband’s shirts. Uncle Bob died in February, and had a great t-shirt collection, so both Steve and I both offered to get it done for her. It turned out great, and it was one of my first projects where I put to use free motion quilting that I had learned.
There were a few people who were none too pleased that we were moving an ocean away. One of those was my dear friend Cam; but despite this she graciously housed us in her basement after our house sold. So a quilt was in order to make her feel a little better (and to thank her!)
Well, it was time for us to leave the U.S., and from May to July, I didn’t see my machine. It was tragic. When our house hold goods finally arrived, it was like an old friend had returned. But I needed to get busy because not only were two very special couples getting married 6 weeks from then, but we had two sets of friends expecting babies around the same time!
First was a quilt for my cousin KT and her husband Cam–we were attending their wedding in Colorado in September and wanted to bring it with.
We were unfortunately going to miss our old next door neighbors’ wedding which was the weekend after we were in Colorado for the wedding. We still keep in touch with them and they are such a special couple. After asking Lisa what her wedding colors were, and her reply being, “Colors!” I had to find something as fun and funky with lots of “colors!”
Once we arrived home from Colorado, the babies started to arrive! First was Baby McKay, who has a Dr. Who fan mommy, and he’s also an XI!! I had to make her, um, I mean the baby, a Dr. Who quilt! He gave it the baby drool of approval!
Next was baby Claire, born to some of our closest and first friends from Virginia. She’s such a sweet baby, I was so happy to get this picture sent to me later!
While we were visiting in Chicago, I walked down the street to my mom’s neighbor that had made me baby quilts when I had Briana. We talked quilts for a little while, but then she said she was cleaning out her stash, and I shipped home over 25 pounds of fabric! So very generous and helpful for my hobby!
Also this fall, there were a few Stoffmarkts, which are outdoor fabric markets! I went with a friend and her daughter to the one in the city near us and walked among over 80 booths of different kinds of fabric. I bought a couple little bundles, but the rumor was true that fabric is very over priced here–someone was selling their calico for 27Euro a meter!
I made an attempt to make little mini quilts (10″blocks) for all the little people in our life; I made an Elsa one for my niece, a Toothless one for our little UK friend, some Star Wars characters for a couple boys back home! I also made another Elsa and a My Little Pony one for our friends back in PA for Christmas!
I also helped out a few new friends here with their Christmas gifts. One was a Ph.D. candidate on base who had all her fabric, had the pattern, but was so swamped with full time work and finishing up her doctorate AND being a mom, that she had no left over time to finish the quilt. I was able to get it finished in a week for her and her daughter was thrilled at Christmas!
I also made another Frozen quilt for a fellow crafter
And a Nemo quilt for a mommy to be who wanted a quilt to match her baby’s theme
My very first friend I made here is also very crafty, so we decided to pick something from each others’ pinterest pages and make them something! She picked a bed runner, and I picked a “Family Rules” painting.
Sometime in November, Mikey made a quilt request. Well, one night he was up in the middle of the night and couldn’t sleep, so he and I perused Pinterest and he asked for a Batman/Spiderman quilt. Nothing like being particular! Well two days before Christmas I finished his quilt, and he was thrilled!
My friend Noelle and I were introduced by a fellow crafter this fall, and she mentioned that she had a quilt her husband’s grandmother made him as a small boy, but never finished and died before she finally could. This beauty was hand stitched! Noelle can’t quilt, so she asked if I could help her out. She too had all the material needed, so this took me two days flat! She sent me a video of her husband opening this up on Christmas and his shock to find his granny’s quilt finally done. Priceless!
Trying to get a little ahead for 2015, I finished a quilt for my landlord this week. His wife is due with a baby any day soon, and they’ve been very good to us, so I wanted to make them something special!
I also was playing around and have started on some springy things (because I need to get something bright and sunny in these grey winter days!)! I made a PEEPS runner top. Still not done, but it makes me smile!
Last but not least, Steve’s birthday is just after the New Year, and I made him a “wood” quilt! We both often comment that we don’t have any of my quilts in the house–so hopefully this will help to remedy this problem! I free motion quilted the grain into each wood plank! The back is a grassy green, and the border is an actual fabric with the wood grain!
I wonder if I’ll make this many quilts in 2015, but either way, it has been a productive 2014!