Happy New Year. I do hope it has started well for all of you. For many I know that the start of a new year filled with new resolutions and new beginnings but for me I think it’s going to be a mix of both new beginnings and more of the same. Before I start into the new year let me begin with a recap of some memories from the year gone by.

2015 was, for me, very much the year of the pillow. At home there were pillows for all the family. For my husband I finally finished the EPP Liberty Death Star I had intended for his 2014 birthday (I used quirky granola girl’s wonderful pattern for this one).

Liberty Death Star Pillow | Mud, Pies and Pins

There was yet more EPP for my older son who gained a Stegosaurus pillow;

EPP Stegosaurus pillow | Mud, Pies and Pins

and for myself there was another of my own designs featuring some pretty red Liberty fabrics.

EPP Liberty pillow | Mud, Pies and Pins

The final family pillow went to my youngest little minion!

Minion pillow | Mud, Pies and Pins

On top of the family pillows I also made several to swap. I started the year with one for the Liberty of London round 2 swap on Instagram,

EPP Liberty pillow | Mud, Pies and Pins
Photo courtesy of @misspo

And this was followed by summer, autumn and winter pillows for the Flickr based Pillow Four Seasons Swap group that I remain a member of.

Tangram fish pillow | Mud, Pies and Pins

EPP maple leaf pillow | Mud, Pies and Pins

Festive pillow | Mud, Pies and PinsWhen it comes to quilts I had thought that my output was very low in 2015, but when I actually tallied up what I had made I was more than delighted with my output. I started in spring with some tangram fun,

EPP tangram bunnies quilt | Mud, Pies and Pinsthen followed that up with my Painted Harmony”, the quilt I made at the Peaks 7 springtime retreat.

Painted Harmony quilt | Mud, Pies and PinsNext up was a gift for my godson, that had been far too long in the making,

Trains and cats boy's quilt | Mud, Pies and Pins

And after that I got back to my love of playing with dark backgrounds with a quilt made to celebrate the launch of the Fat Quarter Shop’s Delectable Mountains quilt pattern.

Delectable Mountains | Mud, Pies and PinsFor the Instagram Hand Pieced Mini Swap I paired up some Denyse Schmidt fabrics with another of my own EPP designs to create an octagonal mini:

EPP Octagonal mini quilt | Mud, Pies and Pins

I then finished off the year with two final quilts, my largest finishes to date. The first was an improv birches design that was my main make at the Peaks 8 retreat,

Improv birches quilt | Mud, Pies and Pinsthe other, a UFO (un-finished object) that finally made its way back on to my sewing table and is probably my favourite quilt at the moment.

Surround star quilt | Mud, Pies and PinsInterspersed between all of these projects were numerous smaller makes including some knitting, crochet and even some cross stitching and all in all I think I can safely conclude that 2015 was quite a productive year for me. As for the year ahead, well I have plenty of plans and I hope to see you back here next week when I will share some of those with you all.


4 thoughts on “Quilting Memories of the Year Gone By

  1. Just amazing, Paula! You accomplished so many beautiful pillows, blankets and toppers! Everything is so beautilly made! You should be proud of yourself for such a successful year. Now you can sit back and enjoy the new sewing space. : ) Hugs, Karen

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