Best of 2017

Linky Party

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!

Linking up with the Best of 2017 Linky Party hosted by Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs.


  • Wow, what a productive year you’ve had!! There are so many that I love, but your Spiraling Petals gets me every time!! Look forward to seeing what beautiful quilts you create in 2018!

  • Yvonne, those are all beautiful. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite. Can hardly wait to see where 2018 takes you.

  • I subscribe to Love patchwork and quilting magazine and patiently waited for issue 53 to arrive so I could have your Mod Star Tree pattern. I finally called the magazine this past week because I never received issue 53. They are sold out and they are sorry. The next day I did get issue 54. Is this pattern for sale somewhere? Thanks.

  • Fantastic summary of a very productive year. 26 quilts????? That is crazy considering everything else you achieved. Happy New Year Yvonne. I look forward to sewing with you!

  • 52 quilts…. it must have been a contest because SliceofPi was looking at her 52nd quilt on New Year’s Eve. Personally, I have no aspirations to make that many quilts in a year. What would I DO with all of them?! But your quilts are quite gorgeous, Yvonne, and you have every reason to be proud of yourself for your accomplishments. Thanks for sharing your talents with us through your blog and QALs! Have a blessed 2018.

  • Yvonne, you have such a distinct, beautiful and modern style. I enjoy reading about your creations and the occasional musings that you share as well. I would say you had a top notch year!! Seeing all of your beauties has generated a question for me. I notice that you do a lot of fairly dense quilting, yet your quilts still have a nice drape and don’t look stiff. How do you accomplish that?

  • That’s a lot of quilts! You have a great style (I can pick out your work from a crowd with no problem). I think Spiraling Petals was also one of my favorites from your year. Wishing you a productive and happy 2018, friend!

  • Wow, what eye candy! You’ve accomplished so much. You’ve got a number of quilts up there that are amazing, but the transparency ones are definitely my favorites! Thank you for hosting the new quilt bloggers blog hop, I want to enter again this year and I hope the new host is just as awesome.

  • What a great summary! So much fun to see your year in review. I think it is interesting how the internet imagination gets caught up in things – especially new quilts! I can see how Zoe’s quilt caught many an eye! It is a fabulous design.

  • Wow! 52 different projects, eh? I’m curious about my # and may have to look at that. At any rate, you’ve had a productive and inspiring creative year! Thanks for all you’ve given to our community!

  • Such a wonderful post, with lots of great quilts and projects and fabrics and even woodworking (!). I really admire your productivity and focus, and am grateful that you share the products from that determination with us. Happy New Year, Yvonne!

  • Wonderful array of quilty goodness! Gosh, I’d forgotten about the charity blocks for Leanne for the seniors in that fire. Wonder if you’ll get to hold baby Zoe IN the quilt you made her? Love that one, and Digital Wave, though I’m with you on the unusual colour combo, but hey, it works mighty fine!

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)