Quilting to Start the New Year

The past few months of 2019 were somewhat stressful for me and didn't leave much time to sew. Now that hubby is healing well from a total knee replacement, the daughters and their husbands have come and are headed to their homes, quilting and sewing are on my to-do list.

2020 One Day Mystery Quilt

I am looking forward to New Year's Day when I begin work on the 2020 Merry Mayhem Mystery Quilt. You can find the instructions for each part of the mystery on the internet HERE, or on Facebook HERE. The quilt pattern is named, Just Around the Corner and can be made in lap through king size. 

The instructions for Part 1 and 2 are available now. Each hour, beginning at 10 AM EST Time (NYC time), the instructions for the following parts will be posted-one at a time. Print or save the directions because they will not be available after January 1, 2020. Invite your friends to participate, but tell them they must download instructions on their own computer, etc. A lot of work goes into the creation of a pattern and are copyrighted. It is a privilege to access a free pattern. As a designer, I hope my free patterns introduce my blog to quilters.

Scrappy Traffic Jam Quilt

Pat Sloan has a pattern for a quilt she calls Scrappy Traffic Jam. You can find the introduction HERE. I am happy to have hundreds of 2-1/2" squares alread cut, saved from many scraps over the past few years. I think this will make a fun charity quilt.

AQS Quilt Along 2020

While I like to design my own patterns for quilts, it has been awhile since I sewed 12" blocks for a quilt. AQS has a quilt along (HERE) where they will present one block each month. Their plan is to make a quilt a month using the block of the month. I want to make one block each month and combine them into one sampler quilt. I am signing up for the email to remind me of the block each month.

Have you found any quilt alongs to work on in 2020? 
I'd like to hear if there are others I might be interested in. 

Happy New Year to you, may it be filled with happiness and lovely quilting experiences. 


Turnstile Quilt Finished-November UFO

I finished the Turnstile Quilt that I started in a class about 3 years ago. (I only needed to have it quilted and then bind it.) The Tall Pine Quilters Guild had Debbie Grifka present a trunk show and the following day she taught the Turnstile quilt class in 3 hours.

My rendition of the quilt was made using a charm pack I had purchased online (I don't remember the fabric line or company) and a solid peach for the background. It was fun to make. I like sewing a specific quilt pattern with a group of people because everyone can see how the quilt looks with different fabric choices.

I found a flowery/leafy print that worked well with the solid background fabric on the front.

My friend, Michelle, quilted it with an organic flower motif.

And in my stash I found a 1/4 yard cut of  this peach cross-hatched fabric to use as the binding.

I'm linking up to Meadown Mist Designs' Favorite Monthly LinkUp and The Crafty Quilter UFO  & WIP Challenge this month. Click the link button at the top left of my blog to see what other finishes people have shared.