Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best of 2015

Cheryl is hosting this linky party at Meadow Mist Designs.  What a great idea for us to share our top five posts from 2015, great for our readers to fondly revisit some beautiful quilts, great for others who might see them for the first time, and great for us to look back over our work during the past year.  The criteria for picking your five "Best of" posts is wide open.  I decided to pick my favourites.

1.  One of my goals for 2015 was to get a pattern published.  This little makeup or tchotchke pouch was published on Moda Bakeshop in May.

2.  A Namaste Hug for Gillian was a quilt I made for my first Yin yoga teacher and my friend. We also did our Ashtanga Teacher Training together.  She is fighting breast cancer, finished chemo now, but still not out of the woods.  It was the first quilt where I used Minky.

3.  I was part of the New Bloggers' Quilt Hop in the summer.  When it finished we had the option to participate in a new block blog hop for Fabri-Quilt.  I designed this block, which has a 3D tactile component in the small white triangle.  I wanted to create a secondary pattern when combining blocks; I plan to make an entire quilt and donate it as a Fiddle or Twiddle quilt.

4.  Parisville Weave is a quilt kit I bought from American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Sampler 2011 magazine.  I sewed it up a winter ago and finally quilted it up with several custom designs on Avril, my Avanté in August.  When I bought it, I didn't even realize it fit the "modern" quilt criteria at the time, nor had I heard of Tula Pink fabric; I just fell in love with the colours.

5. This seashell runner is a pattern I bought on our second trip to Florida, back in, ahem, 2005.  It is designed by a Florida quilter.  I had a lot of fun making this unusually constructed quilted and appliquéd runner, which fits, by the way, on both the coffee table in our Florida home as well as on the one in our Ontario home by Lake Erie!

Only five is hard!  I could have picked ten!  Be sure to hop over to the linky and see some beautiful eye candy, and if you haven't, maybe pick your five and join in!

One more thing to remember, is that today is the last day to take advantage of Craftsy's year end sale on supplies.  It ends at 11:59MT tonight, so for us in the east that means 9:59ET!!  Hurry! Hurry! I may have already taken advantage of some of the amazing deals, like fat quarter sets that work out to $4/yard Canadian dollars, yep!

If you click here to the sale, I will get a 'leedle' compensation (which we all know will go RIGHT back to them lol) and I thank you very much for enabling, er supporting my passion!  ;-)  I'm going back I think, to pick up one or two (or several) more items at these ahhh-mazing prices.

Happy New Year everyone!  
Thanks for reading, for leaving such wonderful and helpful comments (Rocco is about to test a couple of super-rugged chew toys after my last post, so stay tuned), and for sharing your knowledge, your ideas, and your friendship.  I truly have loved this past year of QBL.


  1. I'm so glad I found your blog, my friend! Beautiful things made in 2015 and I look forward to 2016!

  2. These are all so beautiful, but the heart quilt is especially so! Gorgeous! :)

  3. All great projects. It's been great getting to know you this year. I'm so glad I joined the blog hop. We had a great 2015. Here's to an even better 2016!!!

  4. Congrats on such a great year and I look forward to your quilting adventures in 2016, thanks for linking up!

  5. Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing your fabourites again, all lovely projects.

  6. So fun seeing these quilts again! Gillian's quilt. . . OMG, Sandra! The quilting!! I had forgotten about this quilt - look at it, use it for the inspiration and confidence with your current project!! It is beautiful! Your quilting is spectacular!

    Happy New Year, my friend!!! Cannot wait to watch your 2016 quilting journey unfold! :)

  7. I made my purchase from Craftsy thru your link! I remembered this time. I forgot with the last class i bought, but this time, with supplies, i did rememeber!

  8. Great top five Sandra. The photo for Gillian's quilt seems to have disappeared from your blog at least for me. I still really love the sea shell runner.

  9. I was hoping you would do a Best of 2015 Post Sandra. You picked some wonderful projects! I love the quilts you made! And becoming a Bakeshop Designer for Moda was so exciting! Your seashell table runner is quite the hit on Pinterest to. A great year! Here is to an even more wonderful 2016!

  10. Lovely to meet you Sandra! Cheryl's linky is a great way to meet more quilty bloggers and see beautiful inspiring quilts - thank you for sharing your work :-)

  11. I also came from Chery's linky party. Reading how people have met their goals and are planning new ones, has been truly inspiring.
    On the other hand, how I resisted (avoided) the Craftsy sale is beyond me. I actually looked at fabric, but I have so much already! I'm not complaining but new fabric is such fun! Happy 2016!

  12. Great showcase of some of your 2015 finishes. Here's hoping 2016 is a wonderful year.

  13. The quilting on your Namaste Hug quilt is gorgeous!! Congrats on getting a pattern published on Moda Bakeshop!!

  14. Well, what can I say now that I have not already said earlier? Love you and love your work!!!
    I need to take private lessons from you. May be when you come to Florida...may I stalk you?
    Have a fabulous and joyful new year.

  15. You didn't put another fave....Seaside Rose.....or maybe that was another year! So hard to choose only five!


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