End of year roundup

This has been a great year (and a sad one) and not just in my sewing room. I’ve been fortunate in many ways, I became a grandma, made new friends and have had the opportunity to explore my love of quilting with some fabulous products from Island Batik and their industry partners. Oh, and I’ve won a couple of amazing sewing machines,

I hope you enjoy this journey down my memory lane.

January finish

I made my first braided rope type table runner and placemats. See this finish

braided rug placemats and old lunchbox, island batik
Island Batik fabric

February finish

Create for a Cause provided the opportunity to say thank you to a truly deserving old friend with a Quilt of Valor.

patriotic quilt with eagle and stars, island batik
Island Batik fabric


This finish for March was made for a post on the AccuQuilt blog. You can make several animals with their owl die.

owl and barn quilt
A mixture of fabric

But my favorite finish for March was the Island Batik challenge. This was a gift for my new grandson who was born in February.

welsey island batik
Island Batik fabric
wesleys quilt island batik

Wesley is now 10 months old.



April showers bring May flowers. The leaves were beginning to fill the trees and the underbrush was growing but these were my first flowers of spring after a long cold winter.

island batik patchwork floral quilt
Island Batik fabric


Make Modern Isn’t it great that we can take an old pattern and give it new life with modern fabric?

island batik spool quilt
Island Batik fabric

I also made a May flower with this Basket of Lilies die.

basket of lilies quilt block
Island Batik fabric


Spreading love and joy. I really did not know who this quilt would be gifted to. Before the dinosaurs were added Wesley’s big brother was drawn to the colorful center. And it will grow with his bed.

island batik dino quilting
Island Batik fabric

Said goodbye to the best friend I ever had. My Enzo was a truly amazing dog who suffered longer than he should have. He had been my co-worker, my quilt companion, quilt guard, quilt model, my protector and companion. He hung on every word and didn’t argue.

enzo the brussels griffon

A quilt for a friends first grand baby.

paper pieced quilt


It’s never too early for a little Christmas cheer. The flowers may not grow in our southern Illinois winter but they do elsewhere.

island batik wreath
Island Batik fabric

Chevy love, it’s not just a “Guy Thing”. It’s new owners LOVE it.

island batik
Island Batik fabric

And the Tree of Life, a year long QAL. Isn’t it dreamy?

log cabin quilt, log cabin tree quilt, log cabin tree of life quilt, island batik fabric
Island Batik fabric

Welcomed home a new friend, Loki


Made a quilt for the grandson of a friend,

island batik dinosaur quilt
Island Batik fabric


Tried a new tool and shared a little Jeep love. Thought it was time to take all the spotlight off the old truck.

island batik fabric hexi type quilt
Island Batik fabric

Began a new 16 clue sew along using what else, Island Batik fabric.

flower patch sew along logo
flower patch

Hexi pattern in Annie’s Catalog. It made the cover even if it was a small, in the lower corner.

hexi quilt, island batik
annies catalog


byAnnie bag. Loki and his first modeling job and he did get paid in peanuts and…

Island Batik fabric

a new bed.

Obviously not Island Batik fabric but I had to have it


Explored thread painting with Aurifil again and learned about a newly discovered species of iguana.

pink land iguana aurifil
Island Batik fabric

Learned it’s really nice to be on the receiving end of a surprise. Thanks again Anne-Marie you are such a kind soul.

quilty cup

A remake for AccuQuilt.

train quilt
Not Island Batik

Another remake for AccuQuilt

Island Batik fabric

Another remake for Accuquilt

Island Batik fabric

A runner for a friend who is more like a sister because she has been around our family since I was in my single digits.

table runner
Island Batik fabric

A couple table cloths for AccuQuilts first blog hop.

Had fun sewing with my great niece.

And here is her table cloth for her new home.


Made my own Sea Turtle because I was so jealous of the other IBA’s for receiving the Aurifil Sea Turtle thread pack.

storm at sea
Island Batik fabric

A quilt for AccuQuilts Friendsgiving

churn dash


Sewing room remodel

sewing room before
Out with the old
sewing room layout
In with the new

Tested a block pattern for a fellow quilter.

gnome quilt block
Island Batik fabric

Hand stitched some hexi blocks and now have a colorful chest cover to enjoy all winter.

accuquilt dies and island batik fabric

And of course, the old Chevy truck to end this quilt parade. I hope spring arrives soon.

accuquilt dies and island batik fabric

It sure seems there should be more to share but this is all I could find. Goodbye 2021 and

Happy New Year!


  1. You’ve made some beautiful quilts this year, I couldn’t pick a favorite, they’re all lovely! Your studio is all organized and ready to go for 2022, happy stitching!

    • Denise

      There is still some organizing to do but with 5 projects to make before the end of January that will have to wait. Happy New Year.

  2. I enjoyed looking at the large array of quilts you have done this year but your May block really caught my eye. Is it possible to get the pattern for the wreath. I have been looking for one like that.

    • Denise

      Thank you for stopping by. Let me look and see if I can find the layout, if so I will post it for you to download.

    • Denise

      Do you paper piece?

  3. Nanette Chopin Cook

    What a beautiful post. Glad you have Loki now. You did a lot. I love your new BOM. Wish I liked paper piecing. Hugs and Happy New Year. Baby is growing fast. Love the baptism outfit.

    • Denise

      Thank you so much. Wesley is almost in 24 months even though he isn’t quite a year old. Very big boy. I wish you liked fpp too because you really have an eye for colors.

  4. Enjoyed the parade of all you have made this past year, and your sewing room makeover is great. Where do you live in S. IL? My younger years I lived in Mt. Vernon, West Frankfort, and outside of tiny Akin. My grandparents lived in Benton and Thompsonville. So, even though I moved to N. IL when I was 8, I have very strong ties to the southern part of the state. My husband and I lived in Champaign for 52 years, but now we live in Alabama to be near our oldest daughter. I still visit family in Chester and Marion.

    • Denise

      We are in Grafton but I would move down to Hardin County if I could talk hubby into it. Thank you for stopping by, glad you enjoyed the parade.

  5. Anne-Marie

    Fun seeing a recap of your year. I even made the highlight reel. 😀

    • Denise

      Lol. That really made my day, thanks again.

  6. Lots of great eye candy! You certainly highlight Island Batik fabric and I love how you are also able to create a LOT of projects with Accuquilt! Great show! 🙂

  7. It’s so much fun to see all your makes together along with the joy and tears. Here’s to a great 2022!

    • Denise

      Thank you, you too.

  8. So many beautiful quilts. The tree of life is my favorite. Happy new year to you!

    • Denise

      Thanks Turid. It’s at the top of my list.

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