Hooking: American Eagle Chair Mat
Not a stellar year for hooking, I did use my stash wool and am pleased I was able to make something I had seen on a blog come to life. This will make a nice addition to my patriotic collection.
First the larger quilts: Just One Star was quilted and the binding sewn on by my 89 year old Mother. Susan, the long armed quilter did a fabulous job with the quilting. In addition to being a prize winning quilter, Susan is just a super nice lady. My Mother enjoys hand sewing the binding, she says it gives her something to do in the evenings and the quilts are more cherished knowing her hands are a part of the quilts story. Each time I see this quilt it makes me smile.
North and South (could not locate my photo) The piecing is finishing and I have an appt with Susan in early 2017 for the quilting. Due to my own ambition, the making of this quilt became a major project. Setting this quilt took hours. Hopefully, after Susan works her magic with the quilting, this quilt and I will be friends.
Jo Morton's: Am giving myself a huge pat on the back for the making of three Jo Morton quilts, yes three: Be My Valentine, Sadie's Quilt and Christmas log cabin (could not locate the photo of Be My Valentine). Jo Morton's are teaching me patience and accuracy and to appreciate my Itty Bitty Rulers.
Primitive Gathering Frivol: Crown of Thorns Lisa, Primitive Gatherings is a huge proponent of starching her fabric pieces. Perhaps in 2017 I will try her method to see if it improves the accuracy of my quilting.
Wool Applique: I treated myself to a wool appliqué class with Rebekah Smith in Mooresville, Alabama. Rebekah was wonderful, the class was awesome her designs are just to my liking. I have been watching YouTube and improving my blanket stitch. (I have learned to make a three stack wool penny with backing). There are many wool appliqué projects and wool in my stash and I see many wool projects in my future for 2017. Oh, Rebekah will be releasing her second book in June. Preordered thru Amazon, check.
Stitching: Yes, after starting this sampler in 2012, I finally finished, framed and enjoyed for Christmas 2016. It's Stacy Nash's Christmas at Hollyberry Farm. I also finished three Stacy Nash club kits offered through Country Sampler; December 25th pinkeep,The Gift is Small and Love is All and Sampler Sewing Bag.
A strawberry from Erica Michaels. Quaker Berry is stitched and is off a the finishers. I also see more Erica Michaels strawberries in my future.
Ahh Annie Magnolia (my photo file is not playing nice and I could locate a photo of Annie) aka Anne Pennsylvania Peacock. Annie has been in my stash for more years than I am willing to admit. Am so glad, Annie was stitched, framed, traveled and is living in Arkansas. The best part AppleJack, his daughter, and grand daughter sat around a bond fire and talked about his life with his Grandmother, the real Annie Magnolia.
I always want the list to be longer and finishes great. Oh well, there is always next year, after all the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Hope springs eternal!