My New Years Day Quilt, 1-1-24

Remember how I started?

Oh, I learned so much about how I want to make this again!

1. I want to make it from all those large florals I don’t know what to do with.

2. I want to pair fabrics when I choose them for each checkerboard row. I want more color!

3. I want to be very consistent in my pressing.

4. This is a great twin size quilt – but I want it smaller.

5. I don’t like my fabric combinations as much now as I did when they were all folded up as fat quarters – ha!

6. A great “go to” quilt pattern for that chance to play with different fabric combinations.

7. I really should write to Villa Rosa Designs and tell them how much I like this pattern.

8. I’m a pretty fast sewer but an average quilter could easily make it in a day – for example, at a retreat.

9. Easy cutting and straight seam sewing.

10. I’d give it a 10!

47 thoughts on “My New Years Day Quilt, 1-1-24

  1. Deb in Idaho

    Boy talk about fast,wow you are super fast. Me I’m slow. Can’t decide what to do. So I’m making cord holders from scraps. Glad you are feeling better

  2. Jill Klop

    Good for you! I never even got to start mine! My neighbor came over with a quilt that her grandmother had sewn for her. It had a Few issues that needed repair. Grandma is. Newer quilter and was grateful for the help. She wants her granddaughter to be able to take the quilt to college. She’s in elementary school at present! I love Villa Rosa Patterns. There is a Facebook page for people who like their patterns and show pictures of the quilts that they make from the patterns. Gives you lots of inspiration!

  3. KathyG from Oak Creek, WI

    I love Villa Rosa patterns too. I use them all the time for charity quilts. Today I used the Villa Rosa pattern called Daybreak and finished 2 quilt tops before halftime of the Rose Bowl. In all fairness the pattern uses charm squares so there wasn’t much fabric cutting.
    I was happy to finish by halftime so I could watch the rest of the game with my husband as his Michigan Wolverines won the game – yay!

  4. Karla T

    Wow, Mary! Nice fast work! Even with such an easy design it came out so fun and interesting. I like your color choices.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Connie in NV

    Wow I wish I had your sewing speed.
    Not sure I understand your dirty dozen, I thought you numbered your ufo’s then worked on the drawn number, the color purple threw me.

    1. Dorothy

      #6 is the UFO
      color is what she pulls for the month
      you can choose to do either–or combine both for 1 project

  6. Jan B from TN

    Happy New Year!
    Wow! That didn’t take long! Looks great!
    Glad you’re feeling better!
    Villa Rosa has a Facebook page so you could post a pic there & tell them how much you like their pattern.
    I didn’t sew today. Instead I took my Christmas decorations down & put out my winter decorations—a small collection of snowmen.
    Have a great first week of 2024.

  7. Brenda in N Calif

    Happy New Year. Great quilt and amazingly quick. I agree it would look great in big florals. May have to get the pattern.
    I did get to sew today but not on something new. Have 1 more Christmas gift to finish. Almost done then I can start something new.

  8. Kim from Wi

    I recently purchased a number of Villa Rose patterns and I love the simplicity of them and how easy they are to follow. Your pattern is a keeper and I look forward to what you do with those fabrics.

  9. Sue in Oregon

    Perfect! I love the fabrics you decided on and the pattern. Speed of light and a 10.

  10. Sandy

    Hi Mary, l really like your colour choices for the new year quilt, looks better than the pattern! Sounds like you are on the way to recovery, take care,best wishes from Sandy

  11. brendalynne1

    oh my . these photos are much clearer. Makes my previous questions about the quilt just plain stupid. Sorry. I really do like your quilt and that it looks so very special when completed so quickly makes me think this blog is way over my head.

  12. Mary Ann

    Your quilt is lovely. I can envision it as a table runner or small quilt for a wall hanging.

  13. Deb from Iowa

    The good, the bad, and the beautiful. Really like this post because you give us great pointers to make this quilt pattern prettier and easier based on your own personal experience. Amazing what you accomplished in a single day after being sick. Great job Mary!

  14. Karen

    I love the way this turned out! But I do like your idea of using the large florals that are hard to use. I’ve now added this pattern to my Villa Rosa app under my list of patterns I want to buy.

  15. JeanneH in the Finger Lakes of New York

    Oh, wow, Mary! That turned out very nicely! Yes, the design makes a nice throw as well, and it would be a great project for a retreat.

    Happy New Year!

  16. Diane, Sqyeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    Great quilt, Mary. I thought the Villa Rosa fabrics were kind of muddled, but I really like yours! Fast work😀
    Glad you are feeling better!

  17. Arliene Zeigler

    Your quilt turned out beautifully! I liked your tips on how you completed it too. So glad that you are feeling well enough to quilt!

  18. Debra Oscarson

    Oh, I love it!! So quick. I am going to look for the little pattern.Thank you, Mary, for this blog. I read you with my cup of coffee in the morning and look for you at night before I turn in. I so enjoy this blog.

  19. Cathie

    I love your quilt. Really didn’t like the Villa Rosa colors.
    Glad you are better. Have a good week!

  20. Mrs. Goodneedle

    I love it! I have a Villa Rosa pattern to try out on an upcoming retreat myself. I’ll keep this one in mind for next time. Loved your review.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Mrs. GN – I have quite a collection of VR patterns – and I want to use up fabric!! I see I have the bottom row backwards however

  21. Moe in NE Illinois

    Wow! Great job Mary! How are you feeling? Hoping you are ok. I finished 5 UFO’s in December, a challenge to myself, next…. 5 more UFO’s in January….they are sitting next to my sewing machine. Hope you are feeling good.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Moe – I’m feeling fine – 2 bad days and 3-4 just yucky days and I just have a bit of a cough left. I was so anxious to sew something I couldn’t wait. I should be looking at UFO’s myself.

  22. Connie R. in Wis.

    When you showed us the fat quarters you were planning on using in your quilt, I was anxious to see how it would come together. Just beautiful! Such a simple design but the fabrics tell the whole story.
    I planned on sewing yesterday but, my planned quilt project took most of the day to cut the pieces. It’s a small quilt with small pieces which, I didn’t notice when I started it. Pieces are all cut now but, I think it may have been a good idea to use spray starch. I’ve never pieced using spray starch but this might have been the one to try it on. I’m planning on taking it slow and carefully. I’m making it for myself so, whatever way it comes out will be okay.
    Glad that you’re over the worst of Covid and feeling better.

  23. Kathy in western NY

    Glad you were up to sewing Mary and on the mend. My first start of the New Year is a 12” square wallhanging but I sure don’t sew as fast as you can so still have more to appliqué on mine. And I was tired out after take out Chinese for dinner so I did embroidery last night. The rose bowl parade is always so pretty to watch but meaningful to know Patti was there helping. We also watched the New year parade on PBS from London and was amazed how many US bands from so many different states were there playing, And all those kids and parents flying back home yesterday so imagine the airports were busy last night. Today I went to J Jill and LL Bean shopping with my 85 yr old friend who walks faster than I do somedays! We were in a mall 45 minutes from our home and still ran into people we know. Small world.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kathy – did you happen to see Patti’s float? I had people stop by so I didn’t see it all.

      1. Kathy in western NY

        It was the Kidney donor one, right? I did see that one and also saw the band a reader here spoke of from Ohio (Mason city, I believe) . I liked how various facts were given on each float or band. An estimate cost for each band member to raise to pay their way there is $2000. That is amazing to me and after being with a friend today who was a school administrator, she said she can’t imagine how it’s even possible. Unless parents just pay it. Lots of car washes and candy bar sales!
        I hope you have better luck at J Jill when you go Mary. Sales weren’t marked down yet enough for me. I did better at Macys for winter clothes.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Kathy – I saw the band from Mason, OH, too, and remember reading that they would be there but how can one kid raise that kind of money when all of them in the same school are vying for the sale? Wow! My shopping trip got postponed and I have Ivy here anyway so I couldn’t go this week. It all worked out to be ok. The Core Kidney float was so lovely – Patti sent me a short video which I wish I could post here.

  24. Sharon G NE IN

    You go, girl!!! Awesome quilt and pretty easy to do by the looks of it. Now, if you are like me, you will procrastinate on finishing it. That is the worst and hardest part for me to do. Why? I have no clue! LOL

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sharon – yup, I only like making the tops. It went into the pile. I want to sew something else tonight. This is probs lay the only thing I ever procrastinate about.

  25. Betty Klosterman

    Maybe sewing is the best thing, next to chicken soup, to get over your COVID. It is very depressing when we can’t do what we want. Exhaustion doesn’t help either.

    The Villa Rosa and Fabric Cafe patterns are worth their weight in gold. They use about 3 yds of fabric and simple patterns. There is a minimum of cutting and goes together easily. This is really good for a begining
    quilter as they don’t cost a fortune and go together quickly. Beginners enjoy the simplicity of the pattern and how easy and quickly it comes together. The same with experienced quilters. Simple and quick!

    Now, Mary. I wasn’t impressed with your lay out of colors, but when it came together, I still didn’t like the colors, but they came out looking good. That’s the fun part of quilting. We all have different color choices and different ideas on to put them together. Jump right in and see what happens!

    I didn’t get much done yesterday. I managed to write 3 Christmas cards and look at a lot of quilt block patterns. I like to try single blocks to see how they go together and the use of colors. Today it is washing clothes and getting groceries. Haven’t been to the store for 2 weeks because of the storm. I didn’t starve, but I am missing my bananas. The snow is melting FAST. And I did get a tablerunner kit Guild meeting and am looking into making it. I’ve never done a kit. It is spools and bobbins and won’t take a lot of time, maybe. I am slower than I used to be and there are several other things to finish…. Story of my life! And being in the mood really helps me do a good job.

    My Christmas decorations won’t come down for awhile as I like to look at them. Working tax season I might have left them up til at least quarterly reports and W-2’s were out. Maybe March? Who cares?

    In the meantime, everybody enjoy whatever comes along. And keep a smile on your faces. Happy New Year.
    Betty in Rapid City

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I have other Villa Rosa patterns that I’m going to take a look at. I don’t like working with such large pieces but the quilts are great sizes for mission quilts and I’m wanting to use up fabric. Win-win! You always have some project going, Betty – even if it’s studying quilt blocks! I like to do that, too –

  26. Launa

    New Sample looks okay to me Mary!
    Kids took down our tree today! I don’t do ladders any longer! Just two Happy New Year hats remaining from Ralph’s 90th birthday NYEve! Had a houseful of friends here. Pepper didn’t care for the fireworks!

  27. Charlotte S in No. California

    I really like your quilt and the pattern. I just ordered it.

  28. Dianne Huling

    I like your choice of fabrics. Your quilt turned out beautifully. What a great pattern.
    Dianne in Ohio

  29. Susan K in Texas

    Your quilt turned out nicely. Quick and easy and fun. I like Villa Rosa patterns too. I’ve made one called Cathedral twice and am working on a third. It uses. Jelly roll and a bit of yardage. It looks great and is easy to sew.

  30. Linda

    I like your first day of year quilt, I might need to do one. I’m starting a Bull’s Eye, I think it will be fun. I’ll work on it during the year. Lol..
    I sew all during the year for OCC ” operation Christmas child” Billy Graham’ Christmas boxes. I make baby blankets & cut out tote bags.
    Pray you are over the COVID.
    You have inspired me to do a lot more with my projects. I tend to play games, more than I should 😢
    Love reading all your mail, especially the animal stories.
    Hugs Linda

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