Blast from the Past: Quilting in January 2012

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 January of 2012.

I was hosting a Crumb Quilt Along.  We had a check-in and here is where I was at with my quilt.

I had so much fun working on this.  I would love to make another crumb quilt.  Hmm.  2012 is my year to use things up and goodness knows I have PLENTY of crumbs that need using.  This project happened to use string too so it’s was double love for me…crumbs and strings.

This was my rescue beagle Rosie.  She was a great dog.
HERE is more information on the crumb quilt along I hosted.  The directions are still here.

I was hosting a quilt square quilt along.  It was a series of patterns by From my Hands to Your Heart.  Each month we’d pick a block to make and many of you would quilt along with me.  This was the January block…
Quilt-Square-Quilt-along-log-cabinRead more about them HERE.

Being I was hosting, I needed to work ahead.  This was my February block…
We had a project with Moda Bake Shop.  It was this quilt…

The pattern is free here on the blog.  HERE is a link.   This was a fun one to make.  I’m not sure where this quilt is now.  I am sure I gifted it to someone.
Kelli had bought an old Singer sewing machine at the thrift store.  I did some work to get it running well.  She used this as her spare machine for a bit.


I was on a pincushion kick.  I made this one with my Double Wedding Ring Die.  There’s a tutorial for it here.

Here’s one made using my AccuQuilt GO!  This one is designed to look like a flower.  It’s attached to a golf tee and the tee slides into the center of a spool of thread.  I use this for little projects when I need a needle and thread.  The tutorial for this one is here.

Another I designed that is made with my GO! cutter…tutorial here.

I machine quilted this quilt for my girlfriend….I think it might be a Turning Twenty quilt.

Back then I had my Pfaff Grand Quilter with Next Generation Frame.  Seeing this made me appreciate my APQS Millenium all over again.

After my friend finished this one she wanted to make this…it was paper pieced and she was a beginning quilter.  She hated paper piecing so we tried to modify the pattern.  I wonder if she ever finished that quilt…Hmm.

I was working on my Orca Bay quilt…It was the mystery that year.

OrcaBay-8I had visited Country Threads Quilt Shop (now closed) and bought the goodies to make this…

I even splurged, big time for me, and bought the frame.  I was convinced if I spent the money for the frame that I would make the project immediately.


Here is the big funny about that.  I didn’t finish it immediately at all.  I finished it last year!!!  NINE YEARS after buying the pattern.  Here is mine…

…and a close up.  I put mine in my UFO list of Dirty Dozen projects and finished mine.  I love it and think this is the perfect spot for it.

I had found a pair of jeans at the thrift store for Kalissa for 10 cents.  Kalissa was in high school at the time and holey jeans had just started being a thing.  I wasn’t a fan.  I ended up patching a hole that was near the top and let her wear them.

Here she is showing them off.  HA!!  Just look how tame those holes are compared to the holes people have in their jeans nowadays!!
I started a new Moda Bake Shop project.

It ended up being our Touch of Red quilt.  You can find the free pattern HERE.

I look at these old pictures and so wish I had a better camera at the time.  I wish I could retake all of the pictures with the camera I had now.

I went on to donate this quilt. I think it went to the fire department benefit.  This would be a great quilt to make again and use up a bunch of 2 1/2″ strips that I have.  Hmm…

Well, that is what I was working on in January of 2012.

11 thoughts on “Blast from the Past: Quilting in January 2012”

  1. I love the Civil War crumb layout and have been popping around your old posts about it. At one point you say you might be encouraged to share a tutorital or layout description but if you did I can’t find it. I’d love to know what size your blocks were and how you put it together. The other one you did for the Crumb sew along you said blocks were prob 7″, cut to 6″ for the quilt. I can’t tell from photo whether pale string blocks were bigger than the dark crumbs.
    You do such beautiful work and you insist you’re not a perfectionist but your results, both in numbers and aesthetics, are stunning! So generous of you to share, even during the trials and tribulations of your personal life.

  2. Judith Fairchild

    What fun to visit the past. I tried paper piecing. Yuck. But if you like it and it works for you I’m glad

  3. I love this quilt and want to make it but I had a terrible time trying to print out the pattern instructions with all of the ads popping up. I could not find a “Print” button. Was it there and I just didn’t see it? Thanks.

      1. When you go into a page of the directions go to the top where the http://www.—— is. There is a little icon that looks like a book called immersive reader. Click on it. You can also just hit F9 and it will take you to immersive reader. It takes out the ads and leaves the photos and directions.

  4. I just bought the stitchery “She seeketh willingly…” How did you transfer the lettering onto the background? Thank you for sharing your life with me. I so enjoy reading your blog.

  5. Sort of off subject but would love your opinion ! I bought the Bitcoin pattern and from your photos I assumed it was made from 2.5” strips of which I have an over abundance of. But alas, it’s made with 1.5 strips. What do you think it would look like if I used the wider strips? Do you think it would distort the design too much? It’s not as if I’m dying for another project but my mind is always about 10 projects ahead of my hands! Thanks!

  6. Glenda Fletcher

    I listened to the song that was posted on your email by Meatloaf. I liked it. Will listen to a few more. We are from the 60’s era. Liked Kalissa’s talk with Meatloaf about her holey pants. From My Hands to Your Heart quilt square quilt along would have been fun. Lori Smith belong to our Sioux Falls Quilt group when she lived in Sioux Falls. Got to go to her house, which was neat. Thank you for showing us some of your past posts as I am new to your blog/email. Like your projects that you did.

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