Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

2008 Retrospective

Well, we are up to the last few hours of 2008 and I have to say that I am glad to see it go. We have had an interesting year, including 2 wonderful overseas trips, but have also had 3 major surgeries in our immediate family. I am thankful for all of the blessings of the year and that we have made it though the hard times.

I always try to recap the quilts of the past year, so here goes….

This first quilt was made for an Australian friend’s daughter’s wedding. She wanted it to be primarily blue, but with a contemporary look.

The next quilt was made for the same friend’s son who married in October. I was told that they were planning to use earth tones in their living room and was very excited to remember that I had this top lying around waiting to be finished. The top was made as part of a Mystery Quilt project at my local shop, Dragonfly Quilt Shop.

This quilt was made for a family who moved from Athens to Boston to take up the Pastorate of a church in Dorchester. They told us that people pronounced the city “Dot – Chester” so I made them a Dot quilt to take to keep them warm during the cold Northeastern winters…..hope it is working!!!

The final quilt that I will show here is one that I am proudest of. It is a design that was inspired by a stained-glass window that I saw in the Mysore Palace during our trip to India this past summer. I had a wonderful time designing and putting it together. It is probably one of my most favorite quilts ever.

There were also the two smaller quilts that I blogged about a couple of weeks ago.

All in all, this has not been my most productive year as far as quilts go, but I have enjoyed quilting in other ways, mostly from the interactions of the wonderful friends that I have made thru this wonderful art.

Finally, I have had the honor to speak at several different venues during the year, including the Georgia Quilt Council Spring Convention, a meeting of my local guild, Cotton Patch Quilters, and also at the Lake Oconee Quilt Guild. I have also taught machine quilting workshops and given a “Using photos in quilts” lecture at Dragonfly Quilt Shop.

For 2009, I hope to put more energies into my quilting, both making quilts and teaching about them.

Anyway, I wish each of you a very Happy New Year!!!!!

….until next year…..

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