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2016 Quilting First(s)...

by Andrea Kelter on 01/12/16

Over the past few years, I've had the following projects on my quilting bucket list:

a)  Do a BOM project
b)  Go to a quilting retreat or classes taught by one of my quilting heroes
c)  Join a sew-along
d)  Make a quilted bag

To that end, I've acquired patterns, fabrics, stabilizers, etc. - all just waiting for me to find the time to actually tackle them.  

But life seems to always get in the way - limiting the amount of time (and energy) I have to actually quilt.  I did finish 27 projects last year - but none of them were the projects on my bucket list.

So, for 2016, I made only one resolution.  And that is to let only one life get in the way of my quilting projects - that one life is MY LIFE.  No more excuses.  

Right after I made that resolution - cool things began to happen.

First, I joined Pat Sloan's Mystery BOM for 2016.  She is calling it "My Secret Garden", an intriguing title given that Pat loves country fabrics and applique - two of my personal faves as well.  Each block will be released on the first of every month - Block 1 is out now, and the instructions are fantastic.  Very concise and clear and easy to follow.  The blocks finish at 16-1/2 inches square - and the final layout also calls for sashing and cornerstones.  If you're looking for a fun, interesting, pretty quilt project to start the year - this might be of interest to you.  Here's the link if you'd like to read up on it...

And here's my interpretation of the first block.  I'm going for a soft, warm, shabby-chic look which I hope will flatter the lovely blocks that will make up the final quilt.




Second, Whirls N Swirls Quilting in Oshawa, Ontario announced that Judi Madsen will be teaching there for three days in May.  I saw the course list - EVERY COURSE I EVER WANTED TO TAKE FROM JUDI IS ON IT!  I used to live in Oshawa, so not only would I get to learn from one of my favourite quilting heroes, but I'd also get to retutn to my old stomping grounds for a few days!!!  The courses are perfect for quilters using their domestic sewing machines to finish quilts, as well as mid-arm quilters.  Courses are $75 per class, and consist of 2-1/2 hours of lectures/demos/practice each.  Dates are May 23-26, the height of spring in Ontario!  For Americans, this is the opportunity of the year to learn from Judi - because the Canadian dollar exchange is around 40%!!!  Oshawa is a pretty short drive (and a very pretty one) from both the bridges in Kingston, Ontario and Niagara Falls, Ontario if you're coming from the US.  For me, it's only a 17 hour drive, and a chance to quilt with the best - PLUS - my brother lives in Burlington, about a 45 minute drive from Oshawa - so I'll get to see him, too!  Interested in learning more?  Click on Judi's name above for a link direct to all the info.

Just think - it's January 12th and I have two checkmarks on my bucket list already.  It's amazing how good that makes me feel!

I recently got hooked on QAYG (thanks to Samelia's Mum's blog) - and ever since I finished my first project, I've been playing around with ways to blend QAYG with FMQ. My current experiment is a set of batik placemats - the first one of which is nearly ready to bind.  This is one of those odd projects that looks pretty in real life, but does not photograph well (mostly my own fault because I used my phone instead of my Nikon).  In actuality, I find the fabrics blend very nicely together - in the photo, I don't care for the mix at all.  But the combination of straight line quilting and swirls is pleasing to my eye. Think I'll have to finish squaring this one up and bind it before I decide if I'm going to continue with this set, or make some modifications.  I need a table mat under some display dishes, so all will not be lost if this mat becomes an only child!



Linking up with Connie over at Freemotion by the River (she's always got something cool and fun happening), and with Freshly Pieced Modern Quilts tomorrow!  

Can't wait to see what everyone's working on...


Comments (13)

1. Alison said on 1/14/16 - 09:39AM
I am thinking about doing the Pat Sloane QAL too! Your block is awesome!
2. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/14/16 - 01:15PM
Thanks for stopping by, Alison. The block was a lot of fun to make, a is a great reminder for practicing accuracy! Hope you join the fun!
3. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/14/16 - 01:15PM
Thanks for stopping by, Alison. The block was a lot of fun to make, a is a great reminder for practicing accuracy! Hope you join the fun!
4. Abigail @ cut&alter said on 1/14/16 - 01:45PM
Hi Andrea What a great resolution to make and amazing that things have fallen into place. I would love to do the Judi Madsen classes but being in the UK it's somewhat to far!!! Hope you have great fun with all your projects this year.
5. Nancy said on 1/14/16 - 03:09PM
It sounds like wonderful things are coming your way this year, Andrea. The colors for your mystery quilt seem to go with the title: they look like spring is coming! Beautiful.
6. Gemini Jen NZ said on 1/15/16 - 05:26AM
Wow! Going to a Judi Madsen course would be awesome, however for me it would be a 17 hour flight! I don't envy you the drive though, that is a lot of concentrating, but hey, I am sure it will be totally worth it - have fun! And I love your flower block fabric choices - it will look amazing when finished!
7. Gemini Jen NZ said on 1/15/16 - 05:27AM
Wow! Going to a Judi Madsen course would be awesome, however for me it would be a 17 hour flight! I don't envy you the drive though, that is a lot of concentrating, but hey, I am sure it will be totally worth it - have fun! And I love your flower block fabric choices - it will look amazing when finished!
8. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/15/16 - 09:35AM
Yes - a 17 hour flight is a bit much, no matter how great the teacher! If I am reading correctly, you're in New Zealand - you lucky, lucky girl! Such a beautiful country!!!! Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind comment about my first Secret Garden block!
9. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/15/16 - 09:35AM
Yes - a 17 hour flight is a bit much, no matter how great the teacher! If I am reading correctly, you're in New Zealand - you lucky, lucky girl! Such a beautiful country!!!! Thank you for stopping by, and for your kind comment about my first Secret Garden block!
10. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/15/16 - 09:55AM
Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for stopping by - and for your kind comments!
11. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/15/16 - 09:58AM
Good Morning, Abigail! Thanks so much for stopping by, and for leaving such kind comments! Judi is an amazing quilter - I'm thrilled for the opportunity to attend her classes - and will definitely be blogging about them later this spring! Happy quilting to you!
12. Sharon said on 1/21/16 - 04:47PM
Your Secret Garden block is beautiful! Cheers to checking 2 things off you list for 2016!
13. Andrea @ Tideline Quilts said on 1/25/16 - 08:34AM
Thanks so much for stopping by, Sharon. Glad you like my Secret Garden block - I am thinking about adding some free motion embroidery about "garden things" to each block as I make them. Once the next block pattern is released next week, I'll know for sure!!!


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