I am calling this mini quilt "Winter's Key". I made it for a secret holiday swap. My swap partner, Xandi, loved it and displayed it on the center of her table. Winter's Lane by Kate & Birdie Paper Co for Moda is one of my favorite collections of 2013.
Before the holidays, I joined Schnitzel and Boo's Mini Quilt Swap. My secret partner was Ruth of Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner in Ireland. She asked for bright colors, so I used the Winter's Key pattern that I designed and changed the look and feel with bright fabrics. I am calling this one "Mediterranean Key". The "postage" backing was a remnant I picked up earlier in the year in my travels. I have enough left to make a bag in 2014; can't wait!
Ashley Y. from Virginia had me for this swap. I love orange and navy blue, so Ashley made me this amazing Orange and Blue "Plus" mini quilt. A "Plus Quilt" is definitely on my list. I have it hanging in my sewing space and I love it.
Orange & Blue Plus Mini Quilt -- made by Ashley Y.
My wonderful parents bought me a serger, Brother Homelock 1034D, over the summer. It remained unopened until November when I got together with some guild friends.
I learned how to thread it, use it, trouble shoot issues, and even learned how to make these pouches. I made several pouches as gifts for Christmas.
In the fall of 2013, I reconnected with some of my college friends. We all got together in Disney with a few members of each of our families. This is a photo of us from Disney.
Disney 2013 Mini-Reunion
Interestingly enough, we all quilt and each have totally different styles. We currently live in different states,and talked about getting together to sew. It turned out that in November, all three of us were in Baltimore at the same time, so we got to catch up again, have lunch and do some sewing together. We were so busy catching up that none of us took pictures. LOL! It was really great to get together and fun catching up!
Betty and I have continued to get together monthly. One of my finishes from December was this pillow.
Marine Soccer Pillow
If you have been following along with me on my sewing journey, you know that I made two Marine T-shirt quilts in the fall. Included with the t-shirts was a Marine soccer jacket. I used the front panel of the jacket in the second t-shirt quilt. I used the back of that jacket, "Marine Soccer" in gold with bright red background, for the front of the pillow and the inner lining of my friend's field jacket for the back. The liner was already quilted, which made it easy. It's really soft and comfortable.
Carrying the Marine theme into the holidays, I made my friend a stocking with United We Stand in Khaki by Dan Morris for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The stocking was delivered a bit after Christmas due to our schedules, but my friend loved it.
One of the classes at Sew South 2013 was how to make a quilted duffle bag. So, I made a duffle for a a very special co-worker, Catherine, for Christmas. She loves it!
There are also a few quilt tops that I finished, but I hope to blog about them when they come back from the quilter.
Stop back to see more of what's happening throughout 2014.
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