2017 has been a good, busy, difficult, wonderful year. I like to focus on the good and wanted to share a synopsis of my quilting adventures this year.
I started the year off making this big Irish Chain as a summer quilt for our king bed,
Next was my Emerald City quilt that was published in the May/June issue of Quilty. Pretty simple design and really a quick make.
In March I made two of these little baby quilts, using the Fancy Fox pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. These were for two young friends having their first babies.
I designed the block for this for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine and made it into a patriotic lap quilt.
These two little brick quilts were made to try out the pattern for our church's Threads of Love quilting project. Another really quick and easy pattern. We had several ladies from our local jail that joined us for this project. It was a wonderful experience for us all.
One of the things I learned this year was how to make kaleidoscope blocks. I made this little wall hanging from a donated panel to our quilting group. I definitely got hooked on these blocks.
So hooked, I made a huge king size and a couple other projects from the leftovers. I've submitted the big one to the spring 2018 Paducah quilt show. Haven't heard yet if it has been accepted.
I put this together pretty quickly for a co-worker having a little girl. I used a few more of Elizabeth Hartman's little critter patterns.
This last one was made from a block I designed and was published in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Winter issue. I went back to a process of using cast off shirts; something I did a lot of a few years ago. The block was called, Shirt Circles.
I made another baby quilt that is to be published in 2018 (teaser- kaleidoscope blocks), and have three more I made and submitted but haven't gotten word yet if they have been selected for publication. After I hear I'll be able to show the ones that got rejected :( and hopefully have a published one or two to show later in the year.
I don't let rejection discourage me too much. I know there are quilts I make that I love and others I make, not so much. It's all part of the process of learning and creating.
My 2017 included a trip to England to see the grands, vacation with the hubby in Siesta Key, death of my mom, the kids coming home for a visit, running four half marathons, working 25 hours a week, and making all these quilts. Like I said, it was a good, busy, difficult, wonderful year. I hope you can look back on your year and remember Philippians 4:8, "Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
I am looking forward to a very busy 2018, as we plan to sell our home, build a new home (with an improved quilting space), working, running, creating. I don't know about you but the next few days I'll be making my list of goals for the new year.
God bless you and here's to a great 2018!