Blast from the Past: Quilting in December 2011

I found this in my drafts folder.  Apparently, I forgot to schedule it for December.  Oops.  I thought it would still be okay to post so enjoy my quilts from December 2011.

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about things I was working on in December of 2011.

Kelli and I finished our Perkimon Daydreams quilts.  We made two of them.  One a gift for Buck and one for Kayla.  You can read about them HERE.

Each quilt has 10,000 pieces…for real.  They were a great joy to make.  Kelli and I had so much fun.  I miss our crazy sewing days.

The pattern for this can be found in Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails.

This is a great quilt for using up a lot of fabric and fabric that you no longer love.

In the process of doing the machine quilting on this, I ran over my finger and ended up with a needle in my finger.  UGH.  This was the second time I’ve done that.

I started working on another quilt from the same book… Bargello in Plaid.  I loved making this quilt and went on to make another of it.
Kelli was busy making projects from the book Back to Charm School book from Country Threads.  This table runner was on of the projects.


Kelli and I had a quilt featured on Moda Bake shop.  This is Starry Terrain.  I made this as a wedding gift for family friends.  You can read about it HERE.  The pattern is free and available HERE on our blog.

We were gearing up to host the Quilt Square Quilt Along.  We picked patterns from Lori Smith of From My Hands to Your Heart.  I think we picked a new pattern quarterly and then each month I would pick on of the blocks from the pattern and we invited all of you to join in with us and make one too.  It was really fun.  HERE is a link to the patterns we chose from.

I was busy working on my Orca Bay quilt.  It was the mystery quilt of 2011.

I later went on and finished the quilt.  Here it is…

The quilt is now published in Bonnie’s book String Fling.  Find that HERE.

I ran into a bit of trouble with my sewing machine.  My bobbin thread had a little oh-oh and ended up wrapping around the wheel.  I had to take it to the repair shop.

I was collecting shirts to make a quilt.  Here was my beagle, Gracie, snuggled in for a nap in the shirts.

She was a great dog.

That’s what I was busy with on the quilting front in December of 2011.

9 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Quilting in December 2011”

  1. 2011 – I remember that year – I also started on Orca Bay and got part of the way into it and realized my machine was sewing wrong – long story on that one. Never finished it. Gave the scraps away.
    A good year and good memories. Thank you for bringing them back!
    Love and prayers

  2. Such beautiful quilts! I can only imagine making a quilt with 10,000 pieces! So great and beautiful colors. You and Kellie were a good team.

  3. Every time I see those Perkimon Daydreams quilts, I just shake my head, lol. I don’t know if I could/would ever tackle such a monumental project. I’m sure those quilts are treasured by the recipients.

  4. Allison C Bayer

    It is fun to look back to see what was going on. You were busy!! Orca Bay was my first mystery with Bonnie. Wow wee, I’ve come a long way. I’ve made 35 of her patterns (some twice like Celtic Solstice and Allietare).

  5. I just had my bobbin thread go into my machine and messed up the timing. Got my machine back last week. Not leaving bobbins up there anymore. Too funny that it happened to you also.

  6. Glenda F from SD

    Hi Jo,
    Am glad everything is going great for you. Did a lot of praying. Doesn’t time go by fast. Sure has for me.
    Should be fun going through older posts to see what you were doing back then. Lori Smith From My Hands to Your Heart was from Sioux Falls, SD back then and belonged to the Sioux Falls Quilt Guild which I belonged to. I got to go to her house one time to pick up a pattern from her. Was fun. Very interesting person. Then she moved to Minn. As I have said before that it is nice to have antique places close by (even tho a little ways away) and thrift places to look through and find neat items. I like doing that. Can spend a
    lot of time not buying much but having fun. Like your pictures of the quilts, your furniture items, etc.
    Enjoy everything.

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