Wow, another year flew by, geeze they are going way too fast!  That being said, I have to say as I was pulling my photos together this morning, I’m very happy with what I was able to accomplish last year.  I felt my sewing skills have really improved and I continued to challenge myself to try new techniques, and to put my own spin on each project, whether my pattern or not.  I have posted all of the following projects on Instagram (@hummingbirdthread) throughout the year, but wanted to recap the ones I have not blogged to keep track of all my links and patterns and to share them with my non-Instagram friends.

Before I get to my 2015 projects, I wanted to take a moment to talk about Instagram. If you have not joined yet, Instagram is such a great place to hook up with people of like interests, and many home-based businesses are really taking off due to so much immediate exposure from just posting a picture once they have developed a following.  Many of the designers and artists I follow have 30+ K followers, and a food blogger I follow (@DeliciouslyElla) has 694 K followers!  It’s just amazing how popular Instagram has become for crafters and artists of all genres.  Instagram is also my new favorite place for inspiration and learning new stuff, love, love Instagram!

And so moving on, this is what I have been up to in 2015!

Swaps and Minis and Other Fun Stuff!

I was involved in several swaps in 2015 and the below photos are the mini quilts I sent to my swap partners.  It’s always really hard to let go of these swap projects, but so rewarding to get fun mail throughout the year with amazing handmade presents from my swap partners.  As a recap, the first photo is a Mini Swoon, pattern by Thimble Blossom and the 2nd photo in column 2 is Mini Blossoms by Fig Tree.  The rest are, for the most part, my own patterns and I have blogged tutorials for the Half Dresden Pin Cushion and Sailboat Mini.


The swaps I have planned for 2016 are all related to the Swapaholics Retreat I am attending on my birthday weekend in June. This year’s retreat will be held at the Mt. Olivet Retreat Center in Minnesota, can’t wait, should be a fun weekend!  They have one retreat a year, but you have to be quick, this one sold out in just a few hours after they posted the info on Instagram.  They do have a waiting list for cancellations if you’re interested and want to try that route.

Next up are the projects I made from Amy Sinibaldi’s fabulous book “Sweetly Stitched Handmades” (first 2 photos).  Definitely one of my all-time favorite books, I love every project!  I made the Olivia Teddy Bear for my granddaughter’s first birthday and the Teri house for me! Many plans for more projects from this book in 2016.  You can check out other quilter’s project photos from this book at #sweetlystitchedhandmades on Instagram. So much inspiration!!

The Christmas name tags are from a sew-along that Amy and her friend Kristyne of Pretty by Hand (tag tutorial here), sponsored.  Fun, fun sewing.


A really fun sew-along I participated in during most of 2015 are blocks from Lori Holt’s amazing book “Farm Girl Vintage”.  I followed the sew-along on Instagram and every Friday night IG participants sewed together, and posted their progress pictures.  Below are the blocks that I have completed so far and hope to get this quilt finished this year.  As you can see, all her block designs are so creative.  You can check out other participant’s blocks and completed quilts at #farmgirlfridays on Instagram. There are over 8,000 posts on this site!


Below are a few more projects I completed this year.  The first mini is a pattern by Thimble Blossom called MiniFlower Patch.  The cake and sewing machine mini are from a Fat Quarter Snapshot sew-along.  I definitely plan to do more of these blocks in 2016, they are all so cute.  The spools pattern is by Fig Tree, but don’t believe she has a pattern on her website available.  (It was a freebie I got when I purchased some of her Aurifil thread.)  The Olivia Christmas stocking was my own design, no pattern available, but hope to do some Christmas stocking tutorials later in 2016.

imageBelow are a couple of my very favorite projects I completed in the fall of 2015.  I created the Sunflower table runner by combining 2 blocks from Lori’s “Farm Girl Vintage” book, the Sunny Sunflower block and the Crops block (6″).  The 2 pumpkin pattern links are Retro Mamas Patchwork Pumpkins and Positively Splendid Plush Patchwork Pumpkins.


Below is the only large quilt I completed in 2015.  I wanted to do a tutorial on this quilt, but I just never got to it this year.


Basically it is a combination of my Sailboat tutorial, a scaled down anchor pattern by Hopeful Homemaker, a Dresden Plate pattern from Stitchery Dickory Dock that I appliquéd onto 14″ white blocks, and the 9-patch blocks were created from 2-1/2″ strips.  Each unfinished block segment measures 14″.  Here is the original pattern I created in EQ7.

Sail Away Quilt

Next up are the 2 bags I made, the first from a Craftsy class called “Weekend Duffel” by Betz White, fabric is Tokyo Train Ride by Sarah Watts and the second was a mish mash of a few bag patterns to get the size and style I wanted, and fabric is Bound by April Rhodes.


AND, finally my last photo are of several WIPs I hope to finish in 2016.  The first is a completed quilt top, pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Orange Peel Pattern video, fabric is Bloom & Bliss by Nadra Ridgeway.  The second are the blocks I have finished from The Farmer’s Wife 1930’s quilt-along sponsored by Gnome Angel and Fat Quarter Shop, fabric is Farmhouse by Fig Tree, and the last block is the first I have finished from Fat Quarter Shop’s Star Cakes quilt video, fabric is Sweetwater’s Feed Company.


So that’s pretty much it for 2015!  My goals for 2016 are to complete a few more larger quilts, complete some special holiday sewing projects, and spend more time creating my own designs in EQ7.  Here’s hoping for an amazing and creative 2016 and happy sewing!




Sailboat Mini Tutorial
Feed Company Half-Square Triangle Quilt




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