Happy New Year everyone!! Did everyone ring in the new year with a bang?  Not here, well, I mostly rang in the new year and then some in my pj’s.  ๐Ÿ™‚  2011 was an amazing year and I was sad to see it go in many ways.  I’ll never forget 2011 because it was the year I began my longarm quilt journey.  It’s fun to look back through the year and see my progress.  It was exactly a year ago today that Jamie Wallen came over to set me up!!  I can’t believe it’s been a year!!

I think I met more new people aka quilters in 2011 than I’ve met in my whole life.  Many are new friends through blogging and many were through longarm quilting.  It was fun to meet faraway clients in person like JoAnne, who lives in my favorite vacation place of all time…Hawaii!!  It’s been really nice to make new connections and bonds through quilting.  I hope to do the same or more in 2012.
I’m really looking forward to 2012.  It’ll be fun to see how my longarming skills will continue to grow and expand.  I’m hoping to squeeze in a little more time for my own stuff, which didn’t always happen in 2011.  Learning to longarm takes serious time!  But that’s okay because I had a blast playing foster mom to lots of gorgeous quilts!! ๐Ÿ™‚  Another Year of Schnibbles is starting this month!!  I’m way excited to participate in that.  Le Petite was a blast!!  Are any of you joining in??  You should.  I’ve been lurking around in Blogland and looks like there is going to be some awesome participants.

So I did have one last finish for 2011.   

An Apple Core quilt!!!  Can you believe it only took me a few hours to make??  Honest.  It’s because the center is a printed panel!!!  Looks pretty good though, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚  I’ve always wanted an Apple Core quilt, but knew I would never make one.  I just happened to see this quilted and on display at Life’s A Stitch Quilt Shoppe in Janesville Wisconsin.  Last November, my girlfriends and I stopped in Janesville on our pilgrimage to Quilter’s Paradise aka Primitive Gatherings.  I didn’t realize it was a “cheater” panel until I was checking out the quilting.  FYI, I’m obsessed with the quilting on quilts now.  I loved it right from the word GO.  I thought it would be a fun quilt to quilt and throw on the couch.  Pat, the owner, is the nicest person.  Her shop is well worth a visit if you ever get the chance.  Anyways, I whipped this up in a few hours while on our retreat at The Gatherings.  Another amazing aspect of 2011, finally going to Primitive Gatherings!!  Lisa, her staff and mom where the best hostesses!!!  A trip I will never forget.

Stop back tomorrow and see what we worked on at the retreat.  It’s a beauty!!  It’ll be my first Wooly Friday for 2012.

Thanks everyone for helping to make 2011 so special.  Best wishes to all of you in the coming year!


  • Brita says:

    Jamie Wallen set up your longarm? THE Jamie Wallen? Whew! Hope you have been able to stand at his side to learn, absorb, study his skills! Happy New Year!

  • Darlene says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Linda!

    Love your applecore quilt – very cute.

  • Sheila says:

    Happy New Year Linda , you sure did grow a great deal in 2011 , your quilting is so professional in such a short time . The applecore quilt is really sweet and I am sure your quilting will enhance it greatly.I look forward to seeing your work this year. Sheila

  • Lori says:

    It has been a great year for me as well and hope 2012 is the same.
    Love the apple core quilt! I can't believe it is a cheater cloth?! Amazing!!

  • Diane says:

    I would never have thought that was a panel–way to go!
    Looking forward to 2012 too!

  • Archie the wonder dog says:

    I hope I'm not accidentally commenting twice – please delete one if I am (having trouble with the connection!) So, let me see if I can remember what I put! Oh yes, I can't believe it's only a year since we watched you set up your studio and your LA arrived (through the window?) – it was so exciting and I've loved watching you develop your LA skills, I can't wait to see what you do this year! And I love the AC top and I'm looking forward to seeing how you quilt it!

  • Candace says:

    Happy New Year to you, Linda! I sure have been tickled to be "along for the ride" on your longarm journey! I see great things happening for you in 2012! I love your Apple Core panel! I have two templates for them and still haven't gotten started making one! I'm sure you'll transform it when it reaches Annie!

  • JoAnne says:

    I can't believe it has only been a year since you started long-arming! You do such beautiful work. It was fun meeting in Shipshewana. I'm going to do the Year in Schnibbles this year (at least try.) Happy New Year!

  • Terry says:

    Now that's my kind of apple core quilt! :0)

  • Linda says:

    It's hard to belive you've only been on the long arm for a year…you do a great job!Here's to a great 2012!!

  • Michele says:

    Happy 2012! I look forward to seeing more of your amazing and inspiring quilting in the New Year!

  • Mama Pea says:

    Happy newy year to you,too! I hope 2012 treats you even better then 2011 did! Hope we get to see each other more. Let's me, you, and Patti make a lunch date or something. Maybe we could meet in Battle Creek or Lansing or something and hit some shops.

  • Mama Pea says:

    I can't type on my iPad. I swear.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nice finish for 2011! Can't wait to follow your blog in 2012…see you tomorrow!

  • Allie says:

    How can it only be a year? Your quilting is so amazing, you look like you were born doing it!

  • Monica says:

    Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me how you created your ironing station in your basement and how you like isacord thread vs. superior. Thanks!

  • Simone de Klerk says:

    I was so surprised to read it took you so short, but then I read on … Love it though!