Thursday, March 19, 2015

One Year!

Whoa! I know that I am not always good at remembering important dates, but I really slipped on my blogs anniversary. More than a year has gone by since I started sharing my quilting adventures here among the groves. I feel like I have learned a ton during this time, and I'm looking forward to the fun that lies ahead.   

Here are pictures of some of the projects I've been working on but haven't been sharing. I'm still trying to find a good balance between creation and documentation. 
Sheark with my Summer Sampler Series Quilt. 
The Summer Sampler quilt hangs beautifully over an orange tree branch.
I finally finished the Summer Sampler Series Quilt that I wrote about originally here as I listed some of my quilting aspirations. *Woot woot* I  accomplished the first goal on my list! I completed the hand quilting right before the calendar rolled to 2015. I love how bright and cheerful it is. There are plenty of pictures of the individual blocks in this earlier post

Barni models the Target Practice Blocks I made for the WERQ Bee.
I've been WERQing in a bee with men Who Enjoy Rigorous Quilting, the Target Practice blocks were the last of the lot. I will be getting my rings 'n' things quilt top together soon hopefully.

I made a quilt top for Sheark for Christmas. He loves the color grey, snow and he thought this Alexander Henry pin up fabric was fetch. I played with some Polaroid blocks and some flying geese and came up with this lay out. I'll work on quilting this one soon with a little help from Louise. 

My spectacular design wall floor and planning the layout of the Polaroid quilt.
I have a variety of these Alexander Henry Pin-up guys. I might work on a series of quilts like this.
I joined some Instagram crafters for the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap. I have never participated in a swap until this, and didn't know what to expect. I had so much fun meeting a new friend, and creating a quilt just for her. I played with some embroidery for the quilt tag. Part of me thinks "Oh, lawd, that looks like hell." and part of me thinks "What fun folksy quilt tag!"

I put backing fabrics up for a vote on my IG account and most liked this crossword puzzle, I guess that leaves more of the hot pin-ups for other projects. 
Here is the mini I sent to my swap partner. It was inspired by a quilt from her Pinterest. I had a hard time sending this one away!

I'm linking up with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for her Let's Bee Social party!

Thanks for stopping among the groves with me!


  1. The Polaroid quilt is super fun, and the mini you made for the swap is gorgeous! I would have had a hard time shipping it off, too.

  2. The mini truly is fabulous; I agree with both you and Yvonne. Speaking of fabulous, Alexander Henry has some FABulous dahhling fabrics!! Picked up a few yesterday online! Saw those pinup guys, and my heart rate sped up, not gonna lie...

  3. Congratulations on your blogiversary plus! You have some lovely finishes and beautiful wip's on the go here. Looking forward to reading about your adventures with Louise in the coming years ahead!

  4. Really Love the way you paired your polaroid blocks with flying geese Jan! I'm laughing a bit because my daughters gifted each other with Christmas stockings made from that pinup fabric. Summer Sampler is beautiful and Barni is so adorable with those target blocks.


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