First Light Designs: Best of 2020

Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a Best of 2020 Linky Party, inviting bloggers to highlight their top five posts of the year. It’s a fun way to look back over the last 12 months and identify some of the high points. (And wouldn’t we all much rather dwell on the high points of 2020 than the low points?!)

My top five are below, in reverse order. Clicking on the links will take you to the original posts.

5. Uptown Funk. My version of Dresden Neighborhood by Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams. It was so much fun to make!

Uptown Funk (24″ x 26″) by Dawn White (2020)


4. Something in Red: New Oven Mitts. Every oven mitt I’ve tried on in a store has been oversized, and every tutorial I’ve found online has included a pattern that’s too big. What’s a quilter to do? Why, make her own, of course! I just started making oven mitts in December and am still tweaking my process but I plan to offer my own tutorial and free pattern in early 2021.

Mitts that Fit! Made by Dawn White (2020)


3. A Bee in my Bucket Hat. A reversible hat made using the Sorrento Bucket Hat pattern from Elbe Designs.

Dawn’s Sorrento Bucket Hat (2020)


2. Love Rocks. All You Need Is Love, made using the Love Rocks pattern and alphabet (both contained in Sew Kind of Wonderful’s latest book, Text Me) and the Wonder Curve ruler.

Love Is All You Need (38″ x 44″) by Dawn White, quilted by Sherry Wadley (2020)
back of All You Need Is Love (38″ x 44″) by Dawn White, quilted by Sherry Wadley (2020)


1. Scattered Stars, an original design using a block first seen in Jenifer Gaston’s quilt Churning Stars.

Scattered Stars (66″ x 88″), made by Dawn White, quilted by Karlee Sandell (2020)


Thank you so much for checking out my “top five” blog posts. If you’re a blogger, you can join Cheryl’s party, too. The link is open until January 2. Be sure to check out the top five posts of the other quilting/blogging partygoers — and prepare to be inspired!




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10 Responses to First Light Designs: Best of 2020

  1. Diane says:

    Well it is a really good thing you get to pick your best 5 because going back through your projects in 2020 would be impossible for me to pick. Why? Because I truly love them all! That said, I can’t wait to see what your 2021 creations will bring.

    PS: Super happy the potholders made it to your top five! 😉

  2. Arrowhead Gramma says:

    Enjoyed this post and look forward to your tutorial on the oven mitts. I have always had the same problem of how oversize they all are.

    Wishing you and your husband a most Happy New Year and that 2021 will be a better year for all.

  3. Hi Dawn,
    Thank you for sharing your best 5!!!

    I love the fact that you are making oven mitts to fit!! I look forward to the pattern.

    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  4. Colleen says:

    I love them all! But still hoping for a pattern for Scattered Stars ;D.

  5. Judith Clemons says:

    Beautiful designs – I love Uptown Funk – I have one I made with Kaffe fabrics that I have in my kitchen – Quilting is such a great way to show our talent and inspire others – Happy 2021!

  6. Great finishes for 2020, I love the hat especially! Thanks for linking up and Happy New Year!

  7. Heide says:

    Great 2020 finishes. Happy New Year!

  8. Thanks for sharing your 2020 projects. LOVE your Scattered Stars quilt!!

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