2017 Things to Remember

2017 Things to Remember

2017 Finished Projects

Blogs to Read

Places to Share

Projects to Follow

Books Read

Blogs to Read

  1. http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/   
  2. http://persimondreams.blogspot.ca/p/project-quilting.html
  3. http://minimalistbaker.com/
  4. http://www.sewslowly.com/
  5. http://bluenickelstudios.com/
  6. http://theinboxjaunt.com/
  7. http://gwynedtrefethen.blogspot.com/
  8. http://sixtyandme.com/ - Videos
  9. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com
  10. Decluttering Article:  http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/the-ultimate-decluttering-guide-130-things-to-get-rid-of-238982
  11. http://eepurl.com/cvHCtv
  12. http://destulipesetdescoeurs.blogspot.com/
  13. http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/
  14. How to Stick to Your New Year's Resolutions Article: Start with two questions: “Why don’t I do this already?” and “Why do I feel the need to do this now?” And give it a month.
  15. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercise_demos.asp
  16. Shasta- High Road Quilter - http://highroadquilter.blogspot.com/
  17. Wanda - Exuberant Color - http://exuberantcolor.blogspot.com/ 
  18. Chrissy - Made by Chrissie D - http://madebychrissied.blogspot.com/ 
  19. Katrin - Now What Puppilalla?- http://puppilalla.blogspot.de/ 
  20. Sarah - Confessions of a Fabric Addict - https://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com
  21. http://drbenkim.com/balance-exercises-elderly.htm
  22. San Diego Canyoneers  http://www.sdnhm.org/calendar/public-programs/canyoneer-hikes/
  23. Organized Hikes in San Diego  http://tchester.org/sd/lists/organized_hikes.html
  24. http://niftyquilts.blogspot.com/
  25. http://blog.morningglorydesigns.net/
  26. http://wombatquilts.com/
  27. http://freshlypieced.com/
  28. http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/
  29. http://www.cloverandviolet.com/blog



1.  Finish A-Long - Organized each quarter.

2016 Q4 Finishes link will stay open from now thru January 7, 2017


2.  Ad Hoc Quilt Along - 

  • AHIQ links up on the FOURTH TUESDAY of each month.
Join our group by linking work on an improvisational or utility quilt. There are so many paths to follow: Scrappy to minimalist, reusing clothing to ice dyeing. Traditional block to free-hand design. Embellishment, applique, hand or machine piecing. We encompass any quilt created without a preconceived plan especially those with a practical purpose. 


3. Scraptastic Tuesday - Share your scrappy projects.

On the second Tuesday of every month there will be a linky party on Nicky's blog


4.   Throwback Thursday

The first Thursday of each month is your chance to link up a blog post about a project from your dark, quilty past. Just think about all those quilts made before you started blogging - the good, the bad, the ugly. Tell a story and show how far your skills have come!


5.  Work in Progress Wednesdays

Each Wednesday you're invited to take part in Weekly WOWs linky party as bloggers around the world drop in to share their stash busting efforts.



6.  One Monthly Goal

January Goals? Go straight to the January Goal Setting Link Up!  (linkup closes on January 7th at 11:55pm est)


7.  UFO - 2017


Post list of 12 projects to finish in 2017 - then devote one weekend a month to sewing it!
Quiltathon 2017 – Save the Date!
January 5 - 8 (Thursday - Sunday)
February 8 - 11 (Wednesday - Saturday)
March 24 - 27 (Friday - Monday)
April 3 - 6 (Monday - Thursday)
May 18 - 21 (Thursday - Sunday)
June 18 - 21 (Sunday - Wednesday)
July 21 - 24 (Friday - Monday)
August 20 - 23 (Sunday - Wednesday)
September 14 - 17 (Thursday - Sunday)
October 4 - 7 (Wednesday - Saturday)
November 10 - 13 (Friday - Monday)
December 6 - 9 (Wednesday - Saturday)



1.  Growing Up QAL 2017

Now let's get down to some details.

RULES: So, the main rule for the QAL is that you need to share a picture of one of the blocks before the next month pattern is released. The picture should be shared by 11:59 pm EST the day before the next month patterns goes live. 
Sharing Linky Post: http://alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com/2017/01/growing-up-qal-2017-linky-party-post.html
Note that you won't have to complete any sashing or anything else except one version of one of the blocks: the blocks are fairly easy so it's not that hard to follow along, I promise!

Here you find links to the different post for the QAL: http://alidatweloqdesigns.blogspot.com/p/growing-up-qal-2017.html

- 2: Applique Silhouette - have files (one and two)
- 9: linky
- 16: sashing ideas - have file 

Smashing Quilt Sashing (Growing up QAL) - January

- 23: inspirations and reminders
- 30: inspirations and reminders

Can you see the rose?  More contrast needed. 

Better contrast - would be fun to have different polka dots for backgrounds.  Isn't this a pretty design?

My test piece.

This was totally not fun.  I like the rose but decided I would not be doing this 2017 QAL.  Instead I will work on projects I already have.  I plan to still follow along to learn from Ailda, last year's QAL was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.


- 6: Traditional Piecing
- 13: linky
- 20: sashing ideas - 

Smashing Quilt Sashing (Growing up QAL) - February

- 27: inspirations and reminders


- 6: Curved Piecing
- 13: linky
- 20: sashing ideas
- 27: inspirations and reminders

- 3: Embroidery Mandala
- 10: linky
- 17: sashing ideas
- 24: inspirations and reminders


- 1: Improv Piecing
- 8: linky
- 15: sashing ideas
- 22: inspirations and reminders
- 29: inspirations and reminders


- 5: Dear Jane-style triangles
- 12: linky
- 19: sashing ideas
- 26: inspirations and reminders


- 3: English Paper Piecing
- 10: linky
- 17: sashing ideas
- 29: inspirations and reminders
- 31: inspirations and reminders


- 7: Bargello
- 14: linky
- 21: sashing ideas
- 28: inspirations and reminders


- 4: Stained Glass Applique
- 11: linky
- 18: sashing ideas
- 25: inspirations and reminders


- 2: Foundation Paper Piecing
- 9: linky
- 16: sashing ideas
- 23: inspirations and reminders
- 30: inspirations and reminders


- 6: New York Beauty
- 13: linky
- 20: sashing ideas
- 27: inspirations and reminders


2.  2017 Quilt Doodle BOM ~ A Traditional Mystery!

List of supplies below and the layout of the quilt. It will be a combination of piecing and applique.
The base the design is a traditional Dresden plate.
Finished measurement 63” x 80”
Small print fabric work best for this quit.
Yardage… is an estimate with extra added in.
6 1/2 yards cream/ white background
¾ yards green
½ yard- binding
16 different fat quarters- an assortment of colors will work best, the extra fabric left over from the
Dresden design will be used for appliqué designs.
Backing – 6 yards
Heat n Bond Lite
Dark brown or black thread for machine appliqué

A new section or appliqué design will be announced the first of every month.

The first section will be out January 1st. (2017)
Patterns are FREE the month that they are released, as soon as the next month is released the
previous patterns will still be available for a small fee… here are the links.
What kind of quilt is it… I will tell you it is not a holiday quilt.
The appliqué designs are a collection of what you would find if you went to my grandparent's home.

Tutorials can be found on the Doodle blog: http://quiltdoodledesigns.blogspot.com/

Patterns can be found on the website http://quiltdoodledesigns.blogspot.com/ and on Craftsy (Not until the 1st of the month):  http://www.crafty.com/user/201922/pattern‐store

January Pattern: have
Feb: have


3. Milky Way Sampler Quilt A Long

Milky Way is a paper pieced sampler, and just like with the half-square triangle blocks, we’re starting with easy blocks, and working our way towards slightly more complicated blocks (but still not that complicated, I promise). They’re 10″ finished blocks.

I’ll be sharing that month’s block right here on the blog, and sharing any particular tips or tricks to remember. The month’s pattern will be available to download for free from Craftsy for that month. On the first of the next month it will still be available but for a small price, and the next month’s block will then be available as a free download. So you will have a whole month to download the block before it becomes a paid pattern. (Australian time zone)

On Instagram, we’ll be using #MilkyWaySampler to collate all our posts, and feel free to tag me too – I’m @blossomheartquilts

January2017 - Milky Way Sampler Block 1 - Sirius - have
Feb - have
Mar - have


4.  Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Each month a new color is presented, we are challenged to use scraps in that color to create what ever block we like.  http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/ Link to posts with images on the site and click to see what others are working on!

These are the colors for 2017:
  1. RED                                               March
  4. GREEN
  5. AQUA                                           FEB
  6. BLUE
  7. PURPLE                                       JANUARY
  8. PINK


5. The Splendid Sampler™ - 

http://www.thesplendidsampler.com/blocks-and-bonus-projects/  DONE now there is a book with all blocks.


6.  Instastitch

http://www.suespargo.com/store.php?cat=94  DONE 12 blocks need to refine the file names.


7. Block Lotto


January2017 - January’s Heart Block have sneak peek
Feb - have
Mar - have

8. Cultural Fusion

9.  Feather Boot Camp


10.  Esther's BOM - 2017 it's a mystery BOM so remember to check it out at end of the year!https://www.facebook.com/groups/EsthersQuiltBlogBOMGroup/

11.  Lenzula's BOM  No BOM during 2017

12.  http://meadowmistdesigns.blogspot.com/p/mystery-quilt.html  DONE

13.  https://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com/p/have-jolly-little-christmas.html
Remember to go to site and download during 2017!

14.  http://www.365challenge.com.au/

Books Read 2017

Finished February 2017 - Me & Mom & Me Jeepers!  Well I have been suspecting I was an under accomplished person, and reading this book confirms it.  This was an amazing life story.  Even with set backs galore some people are able to step out, above and shine.  They work to do this stepping, but fate somehow smiles on them too.  Very inspirational.  We always tend to think others are like us, and to plan our interactions with that in mind.  But we are all so different too.

Finished February 2017 - Paris to the Moon  The stories of five spent in Paris by a family.  Written by the father, the wife is rarely mentioned.  I was first struck that they had decided that after the birth of their first childen they decided the only time they would be able to live in France was before the boy would attend first grade.  So limiting to think that when one is first together and the world has so many opportunities.  It has only been lately myself that I have realized that I may not get to do something as there is only so much time (and money).    He discusses how the French follow thru on friendships, while Americans can put them on hold - the author prefers that latter - but oh the first appeals so much to me!  He talks about how the French have medicine for all, that in emergencies one is just given care and medicine.  No paperwork or insurance companies to bother with.  
"It's true that you can't run away from yourself.  But ... You can run away."  
"The turkey was so delicious I thought it might be a different kind of bird." 
"After all, spinning is its own reward. There wouldn't be carousels if it weren't so."  
"It is only in crisis that we find lucidity about ourselves - though only after the crisis is over. "
Some good sections in the book, others that made me cringe because he was making statements about all French as if he knew everything.  Dated as it was published 2000.  Still it's fun to dream about living again in another place. The back pages have a list of other books about Americans living in France.

Finished January 2017 - Three Cups of Tea  The story itself was well told, the ending was a call for money for a charity that has since been shut down as the money was spent on self-promotion, trips so was very disappointing.  The writing brought me into a very different world and way to live.  It's too bad the money was not all spent as the people donating it thought it would be.  And even worse that one of the co-writers became so depressed that he stepped in front of a train to end his misery.  I didn't know about the sham until looking for the link to the book for this list of books read....

Errors Published on the Internet:
For Info: http://www.robertbrewer.org/surprising-book-facts-infographic/
and  http://internettruthdebunked.blogspot.com/2014/10/internet-lists-debunked-surprising-book.html

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