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by Cynthia Concha

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It's the last day of 2020's 31 Day December Blog Writing Challenge! Whoohoo! Check out the link below to find out who also participated this year!

It's been fun 2020 - 2021... Let's see what's coming your way!

No long blog for my last day. Just a quick little to do list... well, maybe not so little.

If you read the last blog you saw that I participated in American Patchwork & Quilting's UFO Challenge. It's a community of quilters who cheer each other on as we complete, or at least make progress on, unfinished projects and/or quilts. (I'll add their link below if you'd like to join as well.) And just like last year, I have printed out the list and filled in my hopeful projects. There were a few carry-overs from 2020...

I put in a couple of options for my number eleven, and saved a slot this time for a charity quilt. AP&Q announced their January number a few days ago - which was nice because I already have a quilt on the design wall and didn't really want to swap it out for a different UFO. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish my mom's Yellow Brick Road quilt before the end of January. (You can see pictures of it in a previous post from this month.) I'm really looking forward to tackling a bunch of these; there are some that haven't been touched in years, and a few newbies to keep things fresh.

I'm also working on my business... that is I'm working on getting it up and running this year. I have several patterns in the work I'm hoping to publish and shop around. I also have a handful of classes I'm developing. No spoilers because I don't want to jinx myself. But stay tuned and send me good mojo!

Like I said - short and sweet today! Heading back to the quilt next year! Ha!

Happy and Healthy New Years!


About the Blog Challenge:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2021 UFO Challenge:

The pretty 2021 graphic was created by the talented Jeff Jacobs; check him out here:

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Two days left in the daily blog challenge. I'm going a bit of script for the last two days. I hope you enjoy it! Check out the link at the bottom to read about the other quilters taking part in this challenge.

2020 has been a year... there's many adjectives that can be used to describe it. I don't want to get into the strangeness of the year, or despair and give in to entertaining the negative aspects, because there's enough of that going around. Looking back on my calendar, although certainly different from what I had anticipated this time last year, I can be proud of my accomplishments and growth.

I took more quilt classes this year than in the previous five years combined, and got to connect with a bunch of my quilty heroes. I tried several new techniques, and a few I unexpectedly truly enjoyed. I became a board member of a local guild. I expanded my artistic and technical skills on longarm sewing machines, thanks to a part time job at a local quilt shop. I became much more comfortable with technology and how to explain it to others who weren't a savvy as myself. And I made friends ...something that seemed impossible back in April.

And did I mention I made a BUNCH of quilts?!! Quilts for myself, quilts for family, quilts for friends, quilts for the shop. Old quilts, those haunted UFOs and new quilts. SO MANY QUILTS!!

In fact, I started 2020 with a UFO Resolution. American Patchworks & Quilting Magazine hosts an UFO Challenge every year, and I joined in for 2020. I picked twelve UFOs, they picked which month I worked on them. Now I must admit, I didn't always work on the quilt I was suppose to; in fact, there were a couple of months where new projects took precedence over my UFOs. But looking back at my list, I'm pretty happy with my results. Take a look!

Okay, so I added number 13 halfway thru the year; I got tired of making masks for charity and needed to make a quilt instead. Of the thirteen quilts on the list, I completed seven of them. And number twelve got split into two quilts, and half is done. That's over 50% which is more than I thought I'd get done. And the rest will go on the 2021 UFO Resolution list!

Does anyone use a quilt calendar or quilt organizer? I picked up "The Quilter's Planner" for 2020, and I love it! There's a project tab at the back that helps keep track of where you are in your quilt journey. Plus, there's something very satisfying about being able to check boxes. It really makes me feel like I'm making progress.

I completed 16 projects/quilts during 2020. And I made a handful of new projects... more UFOs. I'm pretty pleased with my work this year.

And I have more ideas for next year, but that'll be tomorrow's post! How does your year in review look? I hope you're finding lots of positive in this strange year.

I have one more label to attach, then I'm done in the quilt lab for this year!

See you tomorrow friends!


To find out more about the blog challenge, click here:

The pretty graphic/picture at the top was done by the talented, athree23 from Pixaby:

The Quilter's Planner - check out their website at:

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Hello friends! The of the year is near, and so is the daily blog challenge. Check out the link below to see all the other amazing quilters who have been participating along with me! Today's prompt is: My Latest Project. And I'm in a mad-scramble to finish up a handful of projects. Take a look!

I've been trying to finish up three projects before the year ticks away. The farthest from completion is my scrappy diamond quilt. Above is close-up of the scrappy diamonds.

I have the small dark border added, and there's a larger light floral orange border still to add. (The top middle diamond is the fabric for the outer border, the backing and binding.) I'm pretty sure I can get the topped completed, and maybe even the backing prepped. Unfortunately, this lovely lady is being added to my 2021 UFO list. (More on this list in a future post.)

The fabric is Pat Sloan's Bonnie Lane fabric line. And I used Krista Moser's mini 60 degree diamond ruler as the template for this pattern.

Speaking of Krista Moser, I did a trial run on her Fanfaire pattern two years ago. I had no intention of doing anything with it; it was mostly a test to see if I could do and possibly teach the pattern for a shop. But a few weeks ago, my best friend called to ask if I had a wall hanging for her at-home office. It's the perfect size since I only did the center diamonds; and as a bonus it matches her profession as a cantor for a large synagogue in New Jersey.

I just finished the facing-binding for it. All that's left is a label! Then it's off to the post. This beauty is definitely getting checked off the list this year!

So I got my Christmas quilt on and off the longarm before Christmas, but I only just finished the binding for this beauty today. The pattern is called Pine Hollow by the talented Amy Smart.

Originally, I was suppose to make the top right corner area for a store sample. But I fell in love with this pattern and fabric that I decide to not only finish the quilt but keep it for myself. And now I have my very own Christmas quilt!

I backed in with an olive green flannel. Take a look at the close-up pictures. I'm really happy with how this quilt turned out.

Two days left in 2020... I better get back to the quilt lab and finish up these experiments!


Blog challenge:

Krista Moser - check out her website for pattern an ruler mentioned above.

Amy Smart - her website has the pattern and video on the technique

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