This is a good week to reflect on 2017 and make some goals for 2018. Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs has a fun Linky Party to capture your Best of 2017, so I think I’ll use that as an excuse to look back.
1. In terms of most comments, most views, and my favorite finish, my Splendid Sampler quilt fits all the categories. I posted about it here when I finished it, and here for the Bloggers Quilt Festival and both posts yielded many kind comments. This quilt was a lot of work, but I really enjoyed making it and especially quilting it. It is now hanging behind my long arm and I love looking at it.
2. My proudest finish was Modern Sugar, which was my version of the Sugar Block Club 3.0 (2016) BOM (here is the post). This was the first ‘real’ quilt (meaning quilt I really cared about) that I quilted on my long arm. It came out really great, and eventually won a first place ribbon and Best Modern Quilt at the New Mexico State Fair.
3. Most fun quilt was Dwight and Rudolph – my version of Elizabeth Hartman’s Dwight the Deer pattern (posted here). I used Christmas colors for the backgrounds and made deer with a red nose to make a Rudolph. I also got a lot of really nice comments on this post. I love these critter patterns and have a Hazel the Hedgehog quilt in the works now!
4. Biggest learnings – I think I’ll split this into two learnings…
so 4a. Learning to long arm. I bought my long arm in November 2016, so my one big goal for 2017 was to learn to use my long arm and get comfortable with it. At the end of 2017, I can say that I love my long arm and wish I’d bought it a long time ago. I posted my thoughts on buying a long arm here, and this is Drunken Blueberry, my most recent finish, on which I did a lot of cool free motion and ruler work that I couldn’t have imagined I would be doing a year ago.
and 4b. Be Social! In looking through all of my 2017 posts, the ones that had the most views and comments were ones that I linked up to Linky Parties. I had been participating in the Finish-A-Long (FAL) Linkies, but this year I joined up with Sunday Stash, Wednesday Wait-loss, and Let’s Bee Social. I also was part of a Bee for the first time (Bee Inspired – check out our blog here), which I loved. I will try to be even more social in 2018.
It was a good year and I’m proud of all the progress I made and finishes I completed. Here’s to an even better 2018!
Linking up with Cheryl’s Best of 2017 Linky Party