Last night I finished up the breast cancer charity quilt.  Shannon contacted me a while back about making a quilt to donate to help them raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and I jumped at the chance.  She even sent me pink ribbon fabric which I was thrilled to include in the quilt. Otherwise I pulled from my stash (other than a bit of solid brown & the batting). It’s a lap quilt and I hope that people like it so that it raises them a bit of money!

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt detail

Breast Cancer Charity Quilt back

I still need to toss it in the washer and dryer so I’m excited to see this back all crinkly!

Breast Cancer Quilt back detail

2008 and has been an amazing year for me.  This was my year in a nutshell:

Quilting? Quilting! I love quilting!  Quilting, quilting, quilting.  Yikes, I could use a paycheck.  Quilting, quilting, Obama!, quilting.

When I think about the role that quilting has come to play in my life I can’t believe that it’s only been one year that I’ve been at it.  And this blog?  I just started it in August and I never imagined that it would be as wonderful as it has been.  Becoming a part of this crafty bloggy community, getting to know some of you, knowing that there are so many more of you to get to know, and the excitement of that all being in the year ahead has brought me, and will continue to bring me, so much happiness. You are all so nice and generous and fun and it’s a thrill to be involved!!  Thank you to each and every one of you who has been so warm and welcoming.

I made 19 quilts this year.

My 2008 Quilts

I have all but the binding on a 20th.  Does that count as this year?  Nah.  I’ll make it quilt number 1 of 2009!

Happy New Year everyone!  May 2009 be a great one for you.

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  • MichelleB

    December 31, 2008 at 12:45 pm | Reply

    19 quilts? Yes, you are amazing! I look forward to seeing what you do next year, and following along.

  • Stacy

    December 31, 2008 at 12:54 pm | Reply

    All of your quilts are so amazing! Looking forward to seeing what you piece together in 2009. Happy New Years!

  • LeeAnn

    December 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm | Reply

    19 quilts! That’s amazing! All of them are so beautiful! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with in 2009!

  • Christina

    December 31, 2008 at 1:00 pm | Reply

    Wow – 19 quilts. I wish I had that kind of devotion. 😉 I didn’t realize you’ve only been blogging since August, I must have started reading you just after you started this. I love seeing all of your quilts! I’m looking forward to the new year and some new quilts!

  • Sarah

    December 31, 2008 at 1:04 pm | Reply

    Love them all!

  • Krista

    December 31, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Reply

    I love all your quilts. I don’t usually comment but I follow you religiously. Your commitment spurs me on to do more. I hope to make at least 5 quilts this year, but maybe more. I’ve found it doesn’t really take very long once you put your mind to it.

  • jacquie

    December 31, 2008 at 1:12 pm | Reply

    it’s great to look back, isn’t it! i could look at these quilts all day long. beautiful!!!

  • Cate

    December 31, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Reply

    They’re all so beautiful!! Here’s to the next 19 quilts…

  • dancingwithfrogs

    December 31, 2008 at 2:40 pm | Reply

    We’ve been quilting the same amount of time. It’s addictive, isn’t it? I’ve only made 6 so far… this whole having to go out and earn a living thing really cuts into the sewing time!

  • Amber

    December 31, 2008 at 2:55 pm | Reply

    I cannot believe you have only been quilting one year! Amazing! I am absolutely blown away each time I see a new post from you. You are just so creative and they are all so beautiful!

    Happy New Year!

  • Leonie

    December 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm | Reply

    Wow I can’t believe you have only been blogging for such a short time, like Christina I must have started reading just as you started blogging. I love your quilts they always look so clean and fresh and the colours are so bright! I am constantly in a battle between knitting and quilting, I hope to fit in more quilting in the coming year! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

  • Carrie

    December 31, 2008 at 9:28 pm | Reply

    Yes, a year of many accomplishments to be proud of! Love the dotty touch in the fundraiser quilt. A great cause too.

  • Janis

    January 1, 2009 at 3:53 am | Reply

    Good golly, how could you be so new to quilting and produce such AMAZING work? And so many quilts in just one year?! I think you must have elves helping you too.

    Fabulous pieces!!!

  • Louise

    January 1, 2009 at 4:13 am | Reply

    I have only just discovered you and WOW what amazing work!! I look forward to dropping by to see what you do this year. Happy New Year!

  • amandajean

    January 1, 2009 at 7:39 am | Reply

    you are an amazing quilter for only being at it for one year! i’m so glad that you’ve been bit by the quilting bug. thanks for the inspiration this year!!!

  • terriaw

    January 1, 2009 at 8:08 am | Reply

    What a beautiful quilt for the breast cancer cause! Gorgeous selection of quilts you made in 2008. You should be very proud of your accomplishments!

  • Stefanie

    January 1, 2009 at 8:27 am | Reply

    Thanks for sharing your work with us! Now I am motivated to get into my workspace and make something!

    I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2009!

    Happy New Year to you and your family!

    PS- I love your color selctions!

  • Rebekah

    January 1, 2009 at 8:44 am | Reply

    your quilting gallery is beautiful! You’ve accomplished so much in one your and all of your work is gorgeous!

  • Trisha

    January 1, 2009 at 10:03 am | Reply

    Wow, what a lot of beautiful quilts! I didn’t realize you’d only been at it a year – that’s impressive! Happy New Year to you and your family, and happy crafting in 2009!

  • anina

    January 1, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Reply

    Isn’t it fun to see all your projects together on one page?

  • Amy @ parkcitygirl

    January 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Reply

    I had no idea you were so new to quilting 🙂 Love your quilts!

  • littlebluecottage

    January 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Reply

    You are amazing to be so new at quilting and to have accomplished so many quilts that are so beautiful. They look as if you have been quilting your whole life! Here’s to more fabric and quilting in 2009!


  • Shannon

    January 2, 2009 at 4:00 am | Reply

    WOW WOW WOW!!!!! The breast cancer quilt is AMAZING! Thank you SOOOOO much Alissa!!! I KNOW this is going to bring in a lot of money and bids at the auction. I’m really looking forward to it! I just wish you lived closer so you could come to the event!! Again, I cannot thank you enough!

    Love, Shannon

  • Ashley

    January 2, 2009 at 7:59 am | Reply

    They are all so beautiful! It looks like you had a great year of quilting! I’ve said it before, but I really can’t thank you enough for all your encouragement – I’m not sure I would have taken that step to actually do the quilting part! Looking forward to lots of new quilts in 2009!

  • Kerri

    January 2, 2009 at 9:06 am | Reply

    i love all your quilts!!! you do an exeptional job!! can’t wait to see what you do in 2009!

    thanks for your inspiration!

  • Suzanne

    January 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Reply


    I wanted to thank you for sharing your Flea Market quilt pattern thru Crazy Mom Quilts blog. I made a nice QOV quilt with the pattern which has been a big hit.

    I look forward to seeing what you do in 2009!

    Suzanne at

  • josie

    January 3, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Reply

    I love them all. You have been one busy lady this year. If only I could be half as productive:)

  • Darci

    January 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Reply

    I love all of your quilts, the colors are amazing. Why is quilting so addicting? I should have listened to my mom years ago when she told me to do it. I would have alot more quilts under my belt, oh well.

  • M

    January 4, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Reply

    I cannot believe you have only been quilting one year….your quilts are gorgeous. I admire many of them…and am still trying to master stippling/meandering….how did you get it so fast. 😀

    Congrats on all the milestones!!!

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