Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Finishes

2016 Finishes
 And a few more....
2016 Finishes
Always so interesting to have a year end wrap up post! To my surprise, I finished more quilts in 2016 than ever before in a single year {15 in all!}. That's absolutely because of the machine quilting I made myself do. Nothing fancy that's for sure, but it sure speeds things along. Here's a look at the quilt statistics which are always of interest to me:

  • 1 wall hanging
  • 2 comfort quilts
  • 1 baby quilt
  • 6 lap-size quilts
  • 5 bed-size quilts
  • 1 professionally machine quilted with little bit of hand quilting by me
  • 5 machine quilted by me, organic straight lines or cross hatching
  • 6 completely hand quilted
  • 3 with combination of machine quilting {mostly stitch-in-the-ditch} and hand quilting
  • 11 quilts {old & new} given away this year
Perle Cotton {#8 and #12} seemed to be my hand quilting thread choice this year. No traditional hand quilting whatsoever in 2016! I use Valdani every chance I get, especially the variegated threads as I love them so very much, but I also used Presencia and DMC if that's what was available in the appropriate colors. Hand quilting is not going away any time soon with me as it is so very relaxing to have a quilt in the hoop. Plus, I adore the look of a hand quilted quilt. It's extra time and effort but so worth it if you love the look. All the machine quilting done around here is with Aurifil #50 weight thread. It works so well, I won't even try anything else!

At the end of the year I still had 25 completed quilt tops that need to be sandwiched and quilted. Yeah. Sounds like a lot, but I think it's 3 less than last year! Incremental progress to be sure, but I don't think it's possible to quit making {for me} and just concentrate on the finish-it-up stuff. If I can't be making, then I really don't think the interest will be there to finish much of anything. A lovely little catch-22 is what it is! So that's that.

I'm curious about 2017, but mostly I'm just thankful to be able to make quilts that speak to my heart. Ones that I'm not embarrassed to be giving away or see laying across a guest bed. Quilts that challenge me as I'm putting them together, whether in color, layout or technique. Sometimes I just want to pinch myself at how far my quilt-making has progressed! Oh and one other interesting statistic: 2 of these quilts were made from a pattern {with a little bit of applique added by me to make it more interesting} and 3 others were started or at least partially made from a pattern. The rest was just having fun with the creative process!

26 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed watching all those quilts cross the finish line! Thanks so much for all the sharing you do - I love hearing about your process for each project!

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  2. wow that is a lot done - I'm like you when I didn't force myself to machine quilt some too I had a large stack waiting to do at the end of each year - now I am machine quilting some and hand quilting some and finishing more - straight line machine quilting looks just fine and is easy to do - after I started to see more and more do it like that I was able to come to terms with it -

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  3. I picked four favorites and can't narrow it down any further. Nice to see all the finishes in one post.

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  4. Yay for you!! You've got some real treasures in there.

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  5. Wow, you are so productive and they are such wonderful finishes!

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  6. I am so impressed with all you did in 2016 and such variety too. Like you i like the perle threads for hand quilting. I though 11 flimsies was a lot but you make my pile not so daunting, just wish I knew an easy way of layering that stops the bottom layer from moving nothing seems to work for me

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  7. Icredible, so many quilts finished, well done!! I want to learn some machine quilting so that I can finish more quilts. Lots of warm greetings

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  8. An amazing productive year and every finish is just gorgeous! I enjoyed the statistics information as well.

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  9. Whoa! I am very impressed with the amount of "finishes"! I've tried to pick a favorite, but they are all so wonderful! I do adore "Muddy Creek" though and have been playing with that wonderful color palette. Fun! Here's to a new year full of quilting fun!

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  10. It is incredible. I, too, made a photo collection of my projects for the past year. It is a great way to validate how productive and creative we are. Great work, beautiful quilts.

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  11. What an incredible time you had this past year both in the number of quilt finishes and better yet, in your quilting Journey. Here's to a fabulous New Year.

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  12. What an incredible time you had this past year both in the number of quilt finishes and better yet, in your quilting Journey. Here's to a fabulous New Year.

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  13. Wow, impressive! I always get excited when I see you have a new post. I love your work, especially the combination of piecing and applique. Happy New Year! Inspirational for sure!

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  14. Wonderful quilts & a wonderful productive year! My favourite is your 'pickle dish'. So inspiring... 6 completly hand quilted, you are amazing! I'm thinking of hand tying my next quilt, have you ever tried this?

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  15. You had a good creative year! Looking forward to your 2017 creations.

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  16. So fun to see all your finishes together. I'm trying to shorten my list of finished tops. I did make some progress last year, I'm down from 26 to 21 after making only two quilt tops last year. One of the quilt tops was the 1857 BOM from Sentimental Stitches and it took lots and lots of time to applique all those blocks. I donated two tops to the Festival of the Trees. My goal this year is to get that number down into the teens.

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  17. What an incredibly productive year you've had Audrey - it's so great to see it all in one place. Give yourself a huge pat on the back - so much creativity with so many different results. Looking forward to what you bring us in the New Year!

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  18. What a staggering list of finishes Audrey - and 6 of them totally hand quilted! I managed to finish just the one, haha! I love your evolving style too, keep stitching and make them all you in 2017 :) x

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  19. Happy new year, Audrey! Lovely to see all the beautiful makes of 2016 together. Wish you a creative and joyful 2017!
    ; )

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  20. Congrats for accomplishing so much. I feel that 2017 will be a more productive for me!!! Very nice work!

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  21. I love seeing the finishes all together! Very impressive!!

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  22. Wow, that is an Impressive number of finishes! Not to mention the number of Hand quilt finishes and how cool are your quilts are!! Many congrates on a job well done and Happy New Year!

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  23. It is so fun to see all your beautiful quilts together...WOW!! I have so enjoyed reading about your creative process, from start to finish! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  24. You did gets lots done!! Amazing work. Thanks for sharing them and so good so see them altogether like this. So looking forward to what you produce this year.

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  25. What a great year it has been for you, it's amazing!! You are son inspiring, Happy new Year Audrey!!

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