I really enjoy the Best of 2017 Linky Party hosted by Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs. It is a fantastic way to get to recap the year for myself, and I really enjoy looking back over all the quilting community, too. Looking over the best new posts that I created this year, I was pleased to see a nice mix of content. Without further preamble, here are my top posts for 2017!
1. Wayward Transparency Quilt Along
My goal was to host a Quilt Along in 2017, but in mid July I wasn’t sure I could pull it off. I thought about just using a previously published quilt pattern, but then I told myself I could do it and buckled down and created the Wayward Transparency quilt and quilt along. The response has been so much fun, and I am really eager to see all the finishes linked up starting on January 12th!!
2. DIY Quilt Ladder Tutorial
In the background of many of my sewing room photos, you can see a tall quilt ladder. I have had many comments over the years about where I purchased the ladder, and the truth is that my husband and I built it as a birthday gift for me quite a few years ago. This year, he helped me create a tutorial showing how we constructed the quilt ladder, and the DIY Quilt Ladder is my most popular tutorial created this year! There is certainly something about power tools that makes any tutorial more exciting, haha.
3. 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop
2017 was my third and final year to host the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, and I am excited with how much interest there was and how actively the community engaged with the new bloggers. It has been my pleasure to be part of this community and share a little bit about what I have learned. I am excited to know that the blog hop is going to continue and will be infused with new ideas and excitement by the hosts in 2018. Stay tuned, details about the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop will be shared soon!
4. #2018Planning Party Linkup
Another community based post, the #2018PlanningParty linkup that closed last night, was really popular this year: 140 link ups; and I read and did my best to comment on them all! Due to its popularity, I just scheduled in a mid year check in for everyone, and I will definitely continue to host this in the coming years. Stay tuned!
5. Digital Wave
The most popular quilt finish post for the year is clearly Digital Wave, which appeared in Issue 50 of Love, Patchwork & Quilting. I find the color scheme really unusual, and the quilting motif was a lot of fun!
Runner Up: Quilt for Zoe / Perspective Quilt Pattern Release
I didn’t post about this until the end of the year, but the Quilt for Zoe / Perspective Quilt Pattern Release was just published and I think would have made it into my top 5 / replaced Digital Wave as the most popular quilt finish for 2017 if given another month or so. I also finished the quilt just in time. Baby Zoe was born right on time on her due date, and I am looking forward to getting to meet her tomorrow!
In closing, as I was looking back on 2017 and thinking about everything that happened in the year, it surprised me to find that I hadn’t blogged about one of my finishes, Savannah Star, (oops) so I fixed that. It also surprised me to see I had worked on so many projects. Some were small, some were just blocks for charity quilts, but they all added up to 52 projects for the year which is many more than I had anticipated working on and completing:
16 smaller finishes in 2017
table runners, mini quilts, mini mini quilts, pillows
10 other projects
from my first bag making to quilting for others to blocks for charity quilts
26 Quilt Finishes
Thank you so much for following along and being a part of my year!