Happy Old Year Ending • 2017

This year’s main quilting events: Shoulder surgery in January, which pretty much sidelined me for a long time.  That’s at the top of the list, because whatever I did after that was like icing on the cake.  My  achievements — or lack of, depending on your view — can be found under the tab “200 Quilts,” a handy way to navigate the morass of blogland.

But here’s some eye-candy, quilt-style.

2017 Makes_1

2017 Makes_2

and a few more…

2017 Makes_3

So, in spite of a lame start, I did manage to get a few things made.  That’s why I do these posts–they are more for me, to say…hey, you didn’t do so bad.  So often we only notice what we don’t do, what we can’t make or achieve, as you’ll notice by my language in the intro, where I denigrate my accomplishments.

European Patchwork Meeting Banner

I did some some traveling, which expanded my horizons a bit, to the European Patchwork Meeting…

Tokyo_Yuzawaya

…as well as Seoul and Tokyo (accompanying my husband to his meetings).  Next travel is to Ontario, California for Road to California, and to Pasadena for QuiltCon 2018. Luckily both are within an hour of my home.

I’m joining up with Cheryl’s Linky Party, because I’ve found it so fun to browse what everyone else has been doing this year.  My top five posts for 2017 are:

  1.  Mini Sew-Together Bag.  I recently moved the pattern up to Craftsy and am happy that it has helped find a wider audience of bag enthusiasts. Mini Sew Together Bag_5b stuffed

2. Christmas Tree Skirt.  Although there is no pattern, there is enough information on this post so you can make your own.  I’m still surprised by how much traffic this post gets.

Christmas Tree Skirt 2014

3. Shine–the Circle Quilt Post is a busy place, as I make available many EPP patterns for free, so you can make a circle block either for a quilt, or pillows or wall-hangings.  And this year, the quilt will hang in Road to California.

4shinecirclesquiltl

4. Two posts are virtually tied for the same place: the post on how to convert a Chuck Nohara block illustration to a pattern, and the posts showing the tutorial on my Piggies quilt.

Chuck Nohara_2

Chuck Nohara quilt top

Piggies_front

Piggies!

5.  Christmas Tree Block Swap tutorial.

xmastreeswap

I hope you do your own tallying up, and sail into 2018 with the wind at your back.
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year18.png