Friday, December 11, 2015

Wrapping up 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, I'm already thinking about my quilting goals for 2016 but first I need to review what I've accomplished this year!
The winter group of donation quilts are finished, washed, and bagged up ready to deliver to the City Mission's Laura's Home here in Cleveland.  There are 18 in this pile, each with it's own carry bag ready for the day that the children and their mothers move into a new home.
This is our second donation this year and when all is said and done, we will have made 35 quilts for 35 folks!!
As I shared  on Tuesday, I haven't had as many finishes with my 2015 APQ Challenge list but I've certainly made progress!!  And that's always good.  The information for the 2016 Challenge is already posted on their website (find it HERE) -- I've printed it out and am contemplating which projects will "make the list"!!  Probably need to start with the leftovers from 2015?!?
Some of my finishing goals for the 4th quarter of the 2015 Finish-Along over at On the Windy Side have been neglected.  I will for sure get this one done -- just have two or three more evenings of sappy Christmas movies to go on Hallmark Channel (are you watching those?) and it will be ready to bind -- yeaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!  And there is another one layered and waiting patiently on the table next to George.  I thought I knew how I wanted to quilt it, but I'm hesitating . . . . . again????
At the beginning of 2015, I said (out loud) that I intended to make a twin size quilt top to donate every month and clean out some of my stash -- that lasted for three or four months before I lost my steam.  But it did result in a couple finishes for the year and both quilts are now comforting some one some where!!  I might give that idea a try again in 2016 -- maybe set a goal of six and give myself two months for each one.
Blog reading and writing has added a new dimension and energy to my quilt making in 2015.  With a lot of help from quilters far and near this past year, I have two exciting (unfinished) projects which will need to be at the top of 2016 "to-finish" list.   The Bug Hut is my next hand quilting project!
And all my wonky birds have the next shift on the work wall -- one more teaching sample to finish organizing for the new year!  I just received a happy surprise box from Moda -- won a scrap giveaway on Instagram!! -- and one of the bags of scraps (all polka dots) might be destined to become part of this quilt.
As I look forward to another year of quilting and blogging and teaching, I'm working towards participating in Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs BEST OF 2015 Linky Party which begins on December 26!  It will be open for a week and I think it will provide a perfect opportunity for me to review this year's posts and help me determine my direction for 2016!!
It's so much fun to share my work with all of you and to see what you are doing as well.
Thanks for your interest and compliments!!
Mary Huey


  1. It's always fun and interesting to come to your blog and see the beauties you are creating. I've learned a lot from you this year - particularly not to be afraid to do set in piecing. Love those birds. Merry Christmas, Mary.

  2. A twin-sized quilt top is a LOT to complete in a month. I thought I was doing well making just a tiny humidicrib a month, and I think you did brilliantly to finish and donate as many proper-sized quilts as you did.
    We do not have the Hallmark Channel, but I agree that sappy movies are great for hand sewing!

  3. Mary, 2016 should be an awesome finishing and starting new stuff year for you. Merry Christmas!

  4. Your wonky birds are so cute, do you have a pattern for them?

    1. Linda -- If you check out an earlier post from August -- -- you'll find a link to the Block Lotto blog which is where I found the tutorial/pattern for the birds.