Life, Linky Party

Best of 2016

I am excited that my friend Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs is hosting the “Best of” linky party again this year. Her rules to join up are:

[S]imply write a new blog post highlighting your “best” 5 posts from 2016 and linkup.  There is no set way or rules to pick your best, you can pick and highlight your posts anyway you would like.  Some examples include: Posts with the most views, Posts with the most comments, Posts that provoked the best discussions, Posts showing your favorite 2016 finishes, Posts of your best tutorials, Posts that are simply your favorites.

In combination with the 2017 Planning Party that I am hosting, I think it is a great way to send off 2016 and prepare for the year ahead!

It was fun to look back at the yearly statistics for Quilting Jetgirl, and I’m going to present my “Best of 2016” in reverse order based on number of page views in 5 different categories, and I am even going to list out the page views (as of 12/24/2016).

5. Best Discussion Post – Thoughts on Quilting Blogs

1,207 page views

The heart of my thoughts on blogs, and quilting blogs, centers on cultivating community which ultimately is done through comments and responses. I enjoyed continuing the discussion in the comments and emails, and I am so grateful for the community who read and interact withe me here.

4. Best Quilt Finish – Beacon



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Beacon is a very meaningful design and quilt for me, and I love the subtle binding details I added as well. This is a very modern design with a lot of negative space, so I was pleased to see it resonated with my readers so much as well.

3. Best New Pattern – Bundle Buster

Bundle Buster

1,640 page views

Not only was my post about the Bundle Buster quilt and pattern release well read, but it has been a great selling quilt pattern for me. I am definitely going to be thinking about creative ways to use fabric bundles for more quilt patterns in the future.

2. Best (First) Quilt Along – Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along

5,674 page views of the landing page | 20,828 page views for all posts related to the QAL combined

I had so much fun offering my first Quilt Along this year! It was a delight to see so many different versions of the quilt made. I am definitely planning another Quilt Along for 2017, and I have tentative plans for it to start on September 1st. Stay tuned for more details!

1. Best Tutorial – How to Modify Your Ironing Board

21,646 page views

This tutorial has been popular! Published in November, I am amazed at the daily number of views the tutorial continues to receive daily. The tutorial resonated with a lot of people, and my suspicion is that a fair few significant others were working to create these as gifts for this holiday season!

Thank you so much for being a part of my 2016. I look forward to seeing more “Best of 2016” recap posts and what 2017 has in store for us all!

*This is likely to be my final post for 2016 as my husband’s birthday is today, our 13th anniversary is tomorrow, and we are taking some R&R time together this week.

33 thoughts on “Best of 2016

  1. You have a great year ! I hope you 2017 will be great too!

  2. What a great year you had Yvonne. I had missed the ironing board tutorial so am really glad I got to see it here. I had been wondering about a wider ironing board on my studio for some time now …… All the best for 2017.

  3. Jan Altomare says:

    Thanks for sharing your year Yvonne. I enjoyed each of these posts, as well as many others. Hope Hubby has a great birthday, you have a wonderful anniversary and the best int he new year. Happy 2017.

  4. Andrea McKenica says:

    Great post of the year’s highlights! Nice to reread and discover what I missed. Enjoy your time off – well deserved.

  5. Tish says:

    All of these are wonderful posts! Bundle Buster is on my sew list for 2017, with the fabrics happily setting on a shelf.

  6. Hi Yvonne, Have a great week with celebrations. Small world, my husband and I have our anniversary this week too, on Thursday – our Ruby Anniversary – 40 years!

  7. Paula S. Pike says:

    Happy Boxing Day Yvonne. Your designs are so fresh and fun…

  8. Good Morning Yvonne! Congratulations on a great successful year! I enjoyed your blog so much this year and learned so many fantastic techniques and broadened my horizons so much with your brilliant Modern Quilts! Thank you so much for sharing everything and I will definitely be along for the year of 2017! Have a spectacular time with your husband on your anniversary and vacation!

  9. Happy Birthday Michael, and Anniversary Congratulations. Enjoy all the celebrations, and I hope 2017 is all you would wish for. Greetings to you both from a grey and windy part of NZ.

  10. Dawn says:

    Well, you have introduced this linky party and I must say this is a marvelous share! Thank you!

  11. Margo says:

    Your accomplishment this year has been great! I enjoy reading your blogs very much and I learned something every time I visited. Keep up the good work. You’ve contributed so much to a blogging/quilting world. Thank you and have another wonderful year. Happy anniversary!

  12. Shannon says:

    I love your ironing board idea! I need to make me one of those. I hope you have another wonderful year!

  13. Yvonne, I enjoyed the trip down memory lane as I remember all of these great posts from 2016! Enjoy your R&R the rest of year!

  14. Danice says:

    Wonderful highlights. All of your work is so awesome. Happy New Year to you 🙂

  15. Miriam says:

    Happy new year! I enjoyed your review as well; i couldn’t pick just five posts that were my favorites. I guess I really need to modify my ironing board–congratulations on all your views! Have a super r&r–you’ve definitely earned it! See you in the new year!

  16. I’ve enjoyed seeing the patterns you’ve designed! The tutorial for the ironing board looks so helpful, too. Wishing you a great 2017 as well!

  17. Elizabeth E. says:

    Very fun to celebrate your stellar line-up. I’ll have to think about my 2016 Tops. Maybe I’ll even get my act together and get it up on Cheryl’s Linky Party.

  18. I am not surprised by the popularity of the ironing board post. My most popular post ever remains my peg bag (clothespin bag). People must love doing laundry. 🙂

  19. Mari says:

    What a great year! Happy birthday to your hubby, and best wishes for a great start to 2017!

  20. You had such a wonderful year Yvonne, I look forward to seeing want you create in 2017! I think that our two linky parties are compliment each other so well, thanks for linking up to the Best of 2016 linky party!

  21. Laura says:

    Congrats on a great year! Can’t wait to see what 2017 holds for you!

  22. This has been a year of growth and creativity for you. Also a year of giving back to our community – thank you for that! Happy Birthday to your hubby and Happy Anniversary to you both. Wishing you a wonderful year in 2017. 🙂

  23. Thank you for sharing your helpful tutorials with all of us. You had a monumental year in quilting and blogging! Beacon is one of my favorites of yours, too.

  24. Vera says:

    Nice recap! Have fun and all the best for 2017!

  25. Jasmine says:

    So much fun seeing your best five again. Have a wonderful week celebrating such wonderful things.

  26. Great Posts… Thank you!!

  27. Kate says:

    A great top 5 list. I really enjoyed the discussion on Quilting Blogs. Wishing you a very successful 2017.

  28. Kaja says:

    This list really highlights what a fantastic year you had in 2016. I hope 2017 continues in the same vein for you.

  29. You have had a monumental year and it’s great to see the posts that you have highlighted in your Best 5 review. Thank you for sharing all your tips and tutorials. And for being such a wonderful cheerleader in the quilting community. Happy birthday, Happy anniversary and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

  30. Katie V. says:

    Congrats on your first quilt along! What an excellent year for you! And I’ll have to check out that ironing board modification post. That will totally come in handy!

  31. Those are all great posts, Yvonne! Happy birthday to you husband and happy anniversary to you both 🙂

  32. Helen says:

    It has been a great year for you Yvonne blogwise. I have enjoyed reading your blog through the year and especially enjoyed watching your patterns develop

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