After all the busyness of December, January was a welcome relief to just create without deadlines or pressure. Doesn't that sound relaxing?
For me, January was very productive and fun. I finished piecing and then quilted and bound 2 quilts. One of my husband's favorite quilts that I have made is the scrappy trip-along quilt started with a prompt on Instagram on December 30th and finished a few weeks later. When he showed such a liking for it I decided to make it a "man-quilt", so I backed it with some fresh water fish fabric. It gets used every night as he sits reading, watching TV or looking on his iPad. I am so happy he likes it and has his own quilt now.
My second quilt finish was also one I started in December and finished in January. It's the Flower Girl quilt made for my granddaughter's 2nd birthday. That one was quilted by my long arm quilter.
It was so exciting to me that I saw there was another quilt-along on Instagram in January. This was just the push I needed to dig out my x and plus blocks from last year. I had about 50 of them from bees and swaps and have been wanting to make more and get this quilt put together. I made a bunch more blocks until I had 80-8" blocks and knew this would make a good sized quilt for me. This one is now on the "to be quilted pile", which makes 6 quilts waiting to be quilted by me. Gosh, I wish I had a long arm Juki or the new sit down Baby Lock long arm. Do you think that would improve my skills.
I blame Instagram for all my quilts this month. The Pezzy Churn Dash quilt is all pieced and on "that to be quilted" pile. It will be a baby shower gift so it is at the top of the pile.
Bee blocks completed in January were for the very secret Stitch Tease bee. One more block to make and I am finished and we will be able to start revealing our finished quilts.
Modern Stitching bee, Jenni wanted Quatrefoil blocks in bright colors. This one was fun to make.
A house block for Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte, North Carolina, as part of the Sew South group. We are putting together a quilt that will hang in their welcome area.
What month is complete without making a few purses and pouches?
I made two clutch framed purses as samples for the class I am teaching at Sew South Retreat, a wide mouth zipper pouch to be filled with some surprises for a friend and the triple zipper pouch made as a quilt-along on Flicker with Debbie.
I also made a great scarf with a voile and velveteen kit from Pink Castle Fabrics, but never took a photo of it. You'll just have to believe me when I say I wear it all the time and it is so warm and cozy.
That's my month. I feel like I am in a good rhythm and can't wait to see what I get accomplished in February.
As usual I am linking up with Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day.