Sunday, December 31, 2017

Year of the Quiet Craft Room

Reflection is something I do more in my head than on paper (or in this case on a screen), and yet I always enjoy going back and reading them, so here goes:  2017 has been a year like no other for my family as it seems the whole of it was consumed with moving. I wonder to myself how people can move all the time and make it look so easy. For us it has been an all consuming occurrence. As such, it was an unusually uncrafty year for me as I completed just five projects the whole year:

The Mostly Harmless crochet shawl by Kaylie Dawn on Ravelry is my most recent finish. I made this from three skeins of Lion Brand Amazing yarn in the Wild Flowers colorway. I have to say I am a self-confessed variegated yarn addict 😀 If I was forced to choose just one crafty outlet it would have to be crochet - it's my native crafting language.

Mostly Harmless Crochet Shawl
Mostly Harmless crochet shawl

Next up is the Simple Little Pouch designed by Anita of Bloomin' Workshop. Anita posted this tutorial last year and I knew right away I wanted to make one. The opportunity presented itself when I was putting together a Christmas gift for my future daughter-in-law. She likes to knit and I just knew this fun pouch would be perfect to corral knitting needles.

Simple Little Pouch by Bloomin' Workshop
Simple Little Pouch

Over the summer, to take a break from unpacking, I was able to stitch up a fun little Patchwork Pineapple pillow to gift as a birthday present for my bestie, M. I always enjoy making things for her because she is just about one of the sweetest, most giving people I know. M is blessed with the gift of hospitality so a pineapple is just perfect for her. This tutorial comes from Sassafras Lane Designs. I enjoy little projects like this because they let me indulge in my love of scraps :o) I did my favorite grid quilting on this using painters tape as my guide.

Patchwork Pineapple Pillow for a friend
Patchwork Pineapple pillow

Early in the spring I made this sweet tall ships baby quilt for my great nephew. The inspiration for this quilt came from a picture of a quilt called The Fleet Is In from an old quilt book. The image of the tall ship with waves underneath served as inspiration, but I used my usual half-square triangle technique instead of the construction method featured in the book. I just love how this turned out with the watery fabric in the background.

Tall Ships baby quilt

The first finish of the year does not belong to just me, but instead to the Faith Circle of do. Good Stitches. I was the assigned pattern selector/quilter for this beautiful Quilt of Valor that was gifted in March to a deserving veteran of our armed forces. You can read all about this quilt here.

Quilt of Valor - October 2016 Faith Circle Quilt
Quilt of Valor

Perhaps my greatest finish of the year was getting our family settled in our new home. We are absolutely loving it! Sometimes it still seems surreal that we are actually moved in after so many years of dreaming, saving, planning, and building.

Our snowy home on the mountain
Cabin on the mountain

Welcome in from the snow

Christmas Greetings
A snowy Christmas greeting

The home we left was this sweet little split-foyer. This was our home for the last 29+ years of our lives and it was the location of many milestones for our family. Little house - you served us well.

Farewell to our little home

Won't it be fun to see where 2018 takes us? We won't have to wait long to find out! Happy New Year friends!