Best of 2016 Link Up Party

It’s hard to believe that 2016 is coming to a close. For some, it’s a relief. It’s been a tough year for many and we’re all glad to see it end. At the same time, many have had great years with lots of good news.

Ether way, the year is almost over and that means it is time to share the BEST of 2016!

Meadow Mist Designs is again hosting this Link Up and will be opening for links on Dec. 26th. We’ll choose the best posts from 2016. Everything from most comments, highest amount of likes, most views, even favorite finishes!

There are no rules except to look back and congratulate yourself on a year well done!

We participated in this link up last year with our Best of 2015 post. We listed the posts from 2015 that hit some high points and this year we’ll do the same. I can’t WAIT to see what 2016 was like for us in terms of this blog and our little podcast!

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QuiltCon 2016, Here We Come!!!

2016 has started off in a rush and I’m looking at the calendar in amazement. It’s already February! Where did January go?!?!

While I’m a little sad that so much of 2016 has already flown by in what feels like a flash, I’m also very excited that January is over because we have plans to be at QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena this February!

QuiltCon

Both my mom and I are attending the show from Thursday to Sunday. We are staying over night because we will be attending lectures Friday and Saturday. We decided to keep things simple for our first time and just get lecture passes instead of lining up classes for the weekend. Our thoughts are to go, experience, and survive! Once we have our first QuiltCon under our belt, we know we’ll be better able to pick and choose how to set up in the years to come.

In prepration for this we made our own logo and put it on tee-shirts and calling cards!

Look at us being all prepared and ready to go!

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New Logo!

It was so wild to hold in our hands our very own cards with all our details on them. It also set into motion all the feelings of excitement and nerves because we realized that we would be putting our hobbies into action and really living what we love to do. We love to be crafty, creative, and build community so attending QuiltCon with our little shirts and cards would be, in essence, putting our money where our mouth is!

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As we wait for QuiltCon Day to arrive, I’ve set up a little link-up (my first!) so that we can compile a list of other quilters and bloggers who plan to attend QuiltCon this month. If you plan to visit one day or more, feel free to link up so we can get to know each other and even plan a meet-up or two! And don’t forget to check back to see who else has signed up for this great quilting event!

 

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TGIFF: Halloween Table Runner Sew Along

There is nothing like the satisfaction of a finished product!

This week we completed our month long Sew Along project and our table runners couldn’t have come out looking more different and more adorable than they did!

We had a nice chat last night on our podcast about what we enjoyed and what we didn’t, what we would leave as is and what we would change.

Overall, we loved our runners and how they turned out. Only a few small changes would be made.

Katie’s Binding

For me, my binding technique still needs to be refined. I’m not 100% happy with the way it came out so I feel that this is a skill I still need to improve upon even though I’ve bound multiple projects.

Dori experimented with the roll over binding from the backing and even played with a different styled stitch. It really gives the finished look a nice touch!

Dori’s Binding

Dori and both agree that appliqué is the shizz!! While Dori loves her pumpkins, she learned a few other techniques that she wants to incorporate in her next appliqué project. She’s even talking about hand stitching our appliquéd pieces. I’m good with the outcome and just need to continue practicing.

Dori’s Pumpkins

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Katie’s Pumpkin

As for our free motion quilting… WELL… That’s a whole different story. While I like my end result, I know for certain I can use a lot of practice. I need to learn to BREATHE through my free motion quilting as I tend to hold my breath. And Dori also felt that her free motion needs some practice.

We both had the similar thought it wouldn’t be so difficult and yet when we got going, we both realized that it was tougher than we expected. What we both took away from this project is that we want to work on our free motion quilting because it’s definitely a technique that we like but need some major work on!

Katie’s FM Webs

More FM Webs

We both used a fabric pencil to draw in the straight lines and a few of the strains between but found that it was easier to just go with it after awhile instead of spending time drawing in every single line.

Dori’s FM Web

We both had a problem with nesting threads on the back of our runners though we tried different techniques. I know we need to tack down our quilting but my machine didn’t want to corporate with me and make it neat. So I have clusters of thread knots along the edges of my backing.

Katie’s Nests

Katie’s Finished Product

In the end we have a finished product ready to be placed out for everyone to see for Halloween! It’s been a learning experience but we got a lot out of it.

Doris Finished Product

Check out our side bar for all the great sites we link up with weekly. Today this post is linked to Crazy Mom Quilts, TGIFF at Faith and Fabric, A Quilted Passion, and over at Richard and Tanya Quilts.

 

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