This past week there has been a new hashtag popping up on Instagram called #2015bestnine. It features the top 9 most liked posts on your IG feed in 2015. When I did mine, most of them were WIPs such as blocks from the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along. But I wanted to showcase my top finished projects for 2015 so I decided to start my own hashtag - #2015bestquiltfinishes - and show off some of the quilts I completed this past year. I really didn't even think I had 9 finishes to showcase, especially since I haven't sewn a thing on my machine since the middle of October! But I was pleasantly surprised that I had a few more, Yay! So here is my favorite top nine quilt finishes for 2015....
FYI - These are listed in chronological order.
#1. Stack 'n Whack in BQ
My camper quilt. When we bought our new 5th wheel camper it had the ugliest comforter on the bed. It had to go! I found this beautiful black and metallic gold fabric (Grandeur by Robert Kaufman) that was screaming to dress up my home-away-from-home. I ended up making stack 'n whack 4-patch blocks and using them in the BQ pattern by Maple Island Quilts. I made a matching 'headboard' quilt, pillow cases, and curtains to match. It really makes my camper bedroom look classy! I still have more fabric and some day I may make some throw pillows and a mini table runner for the dresser.
#2. Chainlinks Quilt
This quilt represents my top quilting accomplishment in 2015 - I became a Moda Bake Shop Chef! I love how this quilt turned out (using Moda Grunge and Silver Bella Solids Layer Cakes) and the flexibility of creating a different look by rotating the center 4-patch, as I did in this prototype quilt called Layer Cake Lattice:
I'm excited for the new opportunity I have to work with Moda Bake Shop in 2016! I can't wait to share all the details with you in the coming weeks!
#3. Dance of the Water Lilies Quilt
This was my first attempt at the infamous One Block Wonder Quilt. I loved this fabric and thought it turned out beautifully. Of course, as I was making this quilt, I saw the potential for beautiful OBW quilts in all sorts of fabrics and bought several. Maybe I'll put another OBW on my list of goals for 2016.
#4. Curvy Log Cabin Quilt
This quilt started out as a quilt guild challenge in 2014 but I didn't get it finished until May of this year. This was a scrappy quilt using my darker color scraps. I loved this quilt and ended up gifting it to my niece for her wedding. I even made a cute heart-shaped log cabin label for the back.
#5. The Ooops Quilt
I affectionately named this quilt the Ooops Quilt because I had a brain fart while quilting it and ended up putting in the wrong size for the length. I didn't realize until I had already quilted a row and I didn't have time to rip it out. So, I ended up leaving a space in the center to adjust for my mistake and quilting the outline of the word 'welcome'. The quilt turned out fine, but I didn't like the quilted 'welcome' in the middle because it didn't show up. So, then I decided to try my hand at thread painting and I filled in the letters to make it stand out. I'm pretty proud of my recovery! This was a quilt top that I had made about 5 years ago and was in my UFO pile. I didn't get many UFOs completed this year, but this one is finally done and off the list.
#6. Little Black Dress II Quilt
When my mom and I got our new quilting machine in May, we needed some smaller quilt tops to practice on. I made this to coordinate with a Turning Twenty quilt I made for my bedroom last year using Little Black Dress I. It now covers the bedside table.
#7. Pumpkin Quilt
This little quilt represents all of the fun I had as a featured blogger for Lori Holt's (Bee In My Bonnet) Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along and all the fun I had sewing each of the blocks. I didn't have orange in my fabric stash to make the pumpkin block so I had to collect them. I fell in love with the orange (and had to use more than a 2 1/2" square out of those FQs) so I made four extra pumpkin blocks and made a table topper. I've already snagged a fat quarter bundle of Lori's Modern Minis and I'm looking forward to Lori's new Bloom sew along starting in January! And yes, I still need to finish my Farm Girl Vintage quilt - I'm working on an awesome backing design that I'll be sharing in 2016!
#8. Thistle Thicket Crossing Quilt
This year I participated in the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers group. From that association, I was invited to design a quilt block for FabriQuilt. The free block pattern was shared in a blog hop at the end of August. I designed a couple of similar patterns because this pattern ended up using more background fabric than was supplied by FabriQuilt. So, I decided to make a big block quilt with it by enlarging the block pattern and I shared the pattern on my blog. This isn't the best photo, but I do love how it shows all the custom quilting I did on this quilt.
#9. Water Turn Quilt
As I mentioned before, I was a featured blogger on Lori Holt's Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along this year. My block was the Water Turn block and I decided to make a quilt from her block and add a 4-patch in the center - Lori calls that a 'mash up' block. I used Sweetwater's Feed Company fabric because I thought it fit with the whole farm girl theme of the sew along and also fit my life as a farm girl. And I loved how this photo of the quilt turned out with the quilt draped on a grain auger with the grain bins in the background!
Well, there it is. My #2015BestQuiltFinishes. Are you on Instagram? I invite you to share your best quilt finishes on IG and use this hashtag. I would love to see lots of posts so everyone can enjoy your best finishes too!
Wishing you a very Happy, Health and Quilty New Year!