It's a wrap for 2020 - Dotty and Grace 2020 Top Nine
With 2020 coming to an end it has been nice to reflect back on the highlights! While this year was different, to say the least, often filled with confusion and change - there were also some highlights to be thankful for.
Besides the obvious of our family being in good health, I am so thankful for this quilting community. In the past year we have shared many laughs and tears, supported one another and shared fun projects which I am so grateful for.
Here is a wrap up of my Top 9 and as I look back on these projects they each share a special place in my heart - maybe this is why they were in the Top 9!
#1 Butterfly Patch Quilt - this project was in collaboration with my friend Philly for our dear friend Bec, as she was leaving Dubai. A fan of butterflies and purple we thought this Butterfly Patch Pattern was perfect for her journey back to Australia. Pattern by Vanessa of Lella Boutique.
#2 Scrappy Appliqué Bunny - this year I discovered Scrappy Appliqué and I love the technique. No two quilts turn out the same. Each quilt is unique with varying cuts and placements of the fabrics to create the fun designs. I enjoyed the process so much - I became a certified Scrappy Appliqué teacher.
#3 & # 6 Lemon Star Quilt - this pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Company. The block design is typically known as the lemoyne star but the pattern is the lemon star. For this quilt I used the Tula Pink pom poms and stripes fabric with Fairy dust in the background. I made most of this quilt during lockdown, so it was a bright happy project to work on during quieter times.
#4 Block Challenge from Riley Blake Design - my friend Bev from Flamingo Toes inspired me to take part in the challenge. It was a weekly challenge to try new blocks and so many of them I had not stitched before. The pace was easy and I opted to make the 12 inch version - and also 4 of each block. I still have some blocks to make another quilt - maybe in 2021 I will get to those.
#5 Sea glass quilt - this scrappy quilt was so much fun and it was my first time doing big stitch hand quilting. The pattern is by Emma from Treehouse Textiles and she assisted me with putting some bundles together to make me a kit. I am a huge fan of blue fabrics so I loved the end result
#7 Super Simple Squares - this was a throwback to a quilt I stitched in 2018. So one of my first quilts. I remember watching the tutorial from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt company so intently trying to understand the quilting terms.
#8 Totally Tulips quilt - this one was stitched with my friends Bec and Philly as Nette was returning to Australia. It was a year of so many goodbyes from Dubai this year. But with the help of zoom we manage to stay in touch well and even see this beauty in its new home. The quilt is scrappy as we each used fabric from our stash that we thought would be memorable to our individual styles. The pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Company
#9 Mystery Quilt with Laundry Basket Quilts - this was a stitch a long with a number of ladies from our quilting circle. It was so much fun to see everyones versions as we made our blocks each day. I loved how the blue and orange colours came together in this quilt top. It is still on my WIP pile to be quilted in 2021.
And that is 2020 all wrapped up for my top 9. Onwards and upwards Friends for 2021, may it be filled with brighter days and lots of stitches for each and everyone of you.