Then there was so much fabric left over I made a twin Courthouse Steps for my hubby. I had hoped to keep this a surprise, but Cheetah told Daddy that Mommy was making a quilt for him for his birthday! I wanted it to be a quilt he would wrap himself up in, but he just keeps it on our guest bed in what used to be the office.
I also made this valence with the leftover border print from the king size Buzz Saw.
I continued working on the Thimbleberries Cover Story quilts. I even designed four of my own, because I wanted to have a quilt for every month. This year I finished the January, March, April, May, June, and July quilts. I made two of each one for my mom and one for me.
I also tried out the Turning Twenty pattern, because I had a stack of twenty beautiful fat quarters in my stash. This has become a family favorite pattern. My mom uses it when teaching her teenage granddaughters to make their first quilt.
Then I started a quilting group at church. I thought that it would be fun to start out with table runners because they are small and more manageable for beginners. JoAnn had made this table runner for me, and I used it and her notes to make a pattern for the women to use.
Then I made this valentine table runner to show an example of free motion quilting. I quilted it with a loopy line and included hearts.
I had more than five women in the Relief Society decide to make a runner and we had a lot of fun together. I made this blue and yellow runner for my sister as an example while teaching the class. She took it with her when she moved to China for a couple years.
This really started my love of table runners and this simple pattern I wrote up. I realized that table runners made great gifts. They are not as expensive as quilts only using one and a half yards of fabric and a batting scrap. I can make one start to finish in about three hours (including sewing the binding on by hand).
All in all, it was a great year.