Monday, December 30, 2019

Looking Back at 2019

As I watch the first big winter storm of the season roll through our area I thought I would share a picture I took a few days ago of the Blue Jays eating seeds below our feeder before the snow started to fall. This is the time of year I like to look back at all the quilts I quilted for my clients (87 this year) and highlight I ones I made for myself. When I start looking for photos of my quilts I always think " I didn't make that many this year" and then surprise myself with how much I did accomplish!  This year it appears was about making samples and new patterns for Highway 10 Designs.


My first make of the year didn't happen until May!  I had been asked by a few people if our Simply Dashing quilt would work with Ombre fabrics so I thought I would give it a try and it did work with a bit of tweaking to the cutting direction.  You can find my additional instructions at our new Highway 10 Designs Website here

I also made two baby Simply Dashing as well using a rainbow ombre.


In the summer I had time to finish my Presidents Quilt.  The blocks were a gift by my guild in Flin Flon after I left.  I have had it on my guest bed ever since I finished it!

I also made a sample of our City Slicker quilt using a Tula Pink Zuma Jelly Roll.


In August Lori and I designed a quilt pattern for the Minnesota Shop Hop called Minnesota Stars and this was our first sample using the Kansas Troubles fabric the shops were giving as prizes.


We released a new pattern in October called Home Quarter and it is a fat quarter friendly pattern.  I made two samples, one using Moda Sunday Supper fabrics and the other which is on the cover is Lewis and Irene's Winter Garden.


 I was excited to try Waxed Canvas after purchasing it from Fabriculous in October!  I made two Ruby Waxed Canvas totes with it and gave the grey on to my sister in law for Christmas. 

I kept this one for myself!

I also made a special Quarter Sections baby quilt for my friend who had a little girl in November.


The last quilt for the year as another sample of our Minnesota Stars quilt done in Art Gallery fabrics. We made this one the cover for our pattern which is now available on our website. Kits with this fabric line are also available on Up North Quilt Shop.

I am currently making a sample of our Home Quarter quilt in Winter Shimmer and hope to have that one done in the new year!

Hope everyone had a productive and healthy year and all the best in 2020!


  1. Wonderful year of quilts! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

  2. You can send me your Sunday Supper quilt! Happy New Year, Kathy and all the best in '20.

  3. Lovely quilts - and how striking the jays are against the snow. Super photo.

  4. The color of the jays are just amazing! You've had a great quilty year too, and hope the new year will bring lots of quilty happy moments too :-)