First, the important news: I've finished all of the applique orange peels which was my hand sewing project from last year! I was motivated you see, because I wanted to start a new applique project. Quilty Folk has a Quilty 365 Challenge which asks you to applique a single circle each day. She started back in November, but I was quite determined to finish one project before starting another. January 1st seemed to me like the best date to start a calendar quilt, and so I waited patiently. It has been fun to see how other people are interpreting the challenge, and because I have enjoyed watching so many different methods being used, I though I'd share mine.
Do you have an urge to slow down with some handwork on Sunday? Head over to Kathy's Quilts to see what everyone is up to. It is always nice to take some time to slow down and just breath every so often.
I did used a random number generator to choose a winner for the blue hand dyed fabric from Vicki Welsh. Carol S. was the lucky winner. She doesn't have a blog, but is hoping to work on some Dresden Plates this year. She says applique is her nemesis. I used to feel the same way, but look at me now, seeking out new applique projects voluntarily! Sadly, Vicki sold out of the rainbow palette packs completely, fortunately got one to use for the sampler. She has lots of other beautiful fabrics though. It has been wonderful to have her participation in the challenge for the last three years.
Kathy is sharing statistics this morning, so I thought I'd ponder numbers. I finished 11 quilts this year! They are listed on the My Quilts tab at the top of the page. The most I have finished in a year was 17 in 2011, I think that was while I was still working part time. The least was 5 in 2013, work was pretty busy that year.