It was my first year to really dive back into quilting, and my first year to finish any quilts by machine. 2013 was filled with many gift quilts for special people.
Ok, so technically, I finished this quilt in 2012, but one page devoted to 2012 with just one quilt on it would be a little sad, so we’ll say this one kicked off 2013. It’s a quilt that I made for a close friend to welcome her new baby Adam. She reported that it’s been well used and washed several times and is still surviving. Whew! That’s a relief since it was my first machine made quilt.
2013 was a year of quite a few babies. The next quilt that I made was for Anderson; the little guy just celebrated his first birthday, and it’s been fun to watch him grow this year.
Early in 2013, my grandma was diagnosed with cancer, and one day my mom and I were talking about how much a quilt that looks like a bookshelf would be perfect for my grandma. I dove in because I wanted her to have something to take to chemo with her. She took the quilt once or twice to be admired, but this one isn’t getting used too often because she says it’s too pretty to mess up. Grandma, use your quilt! 🙂
After grandma’s quilt, I decided that I wanted to start a small Etsy shop, so I got to work on my a quilt not intended for gifting. Hence, my Garden Girl quilt came into being.
As summer drew to a close, I discovered that I love quilt alongs. My quilt, Geometry Squared, became my first quilt along finish. It also became my most ambitious attempt at machine quilting to date.
My star surround quilt finish was another quilt along finish that came close on the heels of the previous quilt. Being involved in two quilt alongs at once definitely kept me hopping. I love, love, love the echo quilting on this quilt. And, thanks to a little mistake I made with my rotary cutter, this quilt is also the one that invoked the most creative drama of the year.
Next I made a simple strip quilt to donate to a fundraiser for Lily, a little girl who suffered a severe brain injury.