Monday, December 31, 2018

Looking Back at 2018

Well another year has come and gone.  This was our first full year in our new home in NW Ontario and even though the aurora is not as bright as up north we did get a few nights in the spring where they light up the sky.   This new year will also be a big milestone for Tamarack Shack, it will be my 10th year in business!   I opened my doors on January 9, 2009 and started my blog soon after.  I am so thankful for discovering this amazing business, actually the business found me and I couldn’t have imagined spending the last 10 years doing anything else.   Thank you to all my clients ( near and far away) for trusting me with your quilt tops, it has been wonderful getting to know all of you!  I think that has been the best part of this business, meeting so many amazing and talented people.
Now this is the time I like to look back and see what I have made this year. I didn’t think I did that much until I started going back through this years blog post and realized I did get a bit done!  I’m so glad I have stuck with my blog and kept it going the past 10 years, it has always been my personal quilting journal as well as a record of my longarm journey. So lets see what I did this year.


At the beginning of January Lori and I released a new Highway 10 Designs pattern called Traction. I had this one finished before we moved and then made second sample in Emo.

I also made a City Slicker quilt using my batik scraps.


I also jumped on the Jelly Roll Rug band wagon and used a batik Gemstone set to make this rug for my kitchen.


This was a special quilt as the pattern was designed by good friends of mine, George and Wendy van der Walt, and I knew when I first saw it I had to make it for my sisters birthday.  The pattern is called ‘Islendingadagurinn’ and you can find it here.


Lori and I made a bright and bold version of our City Slicker pattern using our batik scraps and a black background.

After the terrible bus crash in Humboldt this spring I also made a Bronco’s quilt to donate to those affected by the tragedy.


Decided it was time for me to try some modern bright fabrics and made this “Falling in Love”quilt, pattern by Fabriculous and can be found here.


Baby Quarter Sections using ‘Funanimals’ fabrics.

Saw a sample of this quilt in Keystone Quilt Shop and had to make it!  First time making a Jelly Roll Race quilt.

Roundabout cover
We released a Highway 10 Designs pattern called Roundabout that makes two table runner and 6 placemats.


Diamonds and Squares pattern using Garden Delights fabric.

And our last Highway 10 Designs pattern release for the year, Simply Dashing!

Mineral Matrix was my biggest project this year and I’m so happy to have it on my bed!

And the last finish for the year which was just completed last week, Quarter Sections using Australian themed fabrics. 
So that is 14 finished ( only counted the one Traction, not the one made in 2017) so not too bad! 
Happy New Year to all my blog readers!  Thank you for visiting me and I hope 2019 is full of creative time in your sewing rooms!


  1. Simply Dashing, that is so striking in B&W. A prolific year for your own quilting, and then all the others we see as you share. Happy New Year in you home in Emo, and let those Northern Lights shine again.

  2. As always, my compliments as your blog has got to be one of the best if not THE best for phenomenal photography. What a great mix of quilts and scenery. Every quilt looks like perfection, whether yours or that of a customer. And the pics without quilts are still amazing! Thank you for sharing your quilts, life and your part of the world with us. Best wishes for another prolific quilty year ahead!

  3. Happy New Year to you and yours. I'm so glad to see the aurora is still visible. Lovely quilts - still love the Mineral Matrix. Looking forward to the next 10 years with you!

  4. They are all beautiful!
    Happy Quilting! :-)