Friday, January 1, 2016

Top 5 Posts from 2015

Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a Best of 2015 Linky Party to celebrate our favorite blog posts.  While I am a bit late to joining the party, here are five of my favorite blog posts from 2015:

1.  The post with the most views was "Falling In Love with Interleave Quilts."  Here I reflected on leading a demonstration on Interleave quilts with 20+ members of my guild.  Not only was I honored by being asked to lead a demonstration, but I was astounded at how many members caught the Interleave bug!!
The First Wave of Interleave Quilts from my Interleave Demo

2.  This year I participated in "A Focus Through the Prism" series of challenges.  Several of my entries were in the top 5 for total number of views, but not my favorite "Pump Up the Volume."  It was so much fun channeling my 80's childhood memories with this quilt.
My Favorite "Focus Through the Prism" challenge entry..."Pump Up the Volume" inspired by the 80s!

3.  Each year I set 5 New Year's Resolutions to help me grow as a quilter.  I had fun celebrating my progress on all 5 resolutions, as well as other quilting adventures in my "Review of Quilting in 2015" post.
2015 Finishes

4.  In "My Lil Quilting Assistant" I celebrate and cherish the many quilting adventures shared with Skippy, my quilting assistant of 12+ years.  His service and many contributions to my quilting are invaluable and I tried to capture the joy he brought to my life in this touching post.  
Skippy Performing his Quilting Assistant Duties

5.  In "My Quest for the Perfect Hoffman Challenge Entry" post, I share my quest in designing a quilt shield using this year's Hoffman Challenge fabric.  I had so much fun researching medieval heraldry designs and using the various Pomegranate Gold fabric motifs throughout.
"We Are the Knights Who Love to Quilt" setting off on its year long quest to travel with the Hoffman Challenge Exhibit
Thanks to Cheryl for hosting this fun blogging event!

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful work! I love Pump Up the Volume! :)

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    1. Thank you Laurel...I am glad you liked it. It was a fun quilt to design and quilt!!

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  2. Very fun posts. The one about your quilting assistant brought tears to my eyes. Sorry you lost such a good buddy this last year. You had a productive year and have some gorgeous, bright and fun quilts to show for it.

    Thank you for stopping by blog for the Best of 2015. It just seemed right to add an honorable mention, it's hard to just pick 5.

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    1. Thanks Kate...he certainly was very special. I am looking forward to another productive year and some more colorful quilts in 2016!!

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  3. So many beautiful projects! Pump Up The Volume looks like it was fun to make. Giving yourself some resolutions to help your quilting talent grow is a great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. You were a no reply blogger and I didn't have your email address.

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    1. Thanks Carol...Pump Up the Volume was super fun to make, as I blasted 80s tunes in the background (for inspiration of course!!) I've had fun choosing 5 fun new years resolutions to help me grow as a quilter.

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  4. You make such bright, fun and colorful quilts! I love your designs.

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    1. Thanks Ramona...I've tried to tone down the color, but they make me oh so happy!!

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  5. Beautiful projects! My husband would love the Pump up the Volume quilt. His favorite shirt says, "I am Cassettes" haha! And he has the most amazing collection of (100?) Walkman's. I love every bit of his dork.
    Thanks for leaving the nice comment on my post, you are a no-reply blogger, but thankfully I found you here!!

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    1. Thanks Heidi--I think I may have resolved the no reply blogger deal. And I am glad a fellow 80s fan appreciated my Pump up the Volume quilt--please thank your husband!!

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  6. Wow Mel! You sure blew me away with your quilts. I love your style! Your quilts are fun and your use of fabric and color is wonderful. I especially loved your "Pump Up the Volume" and "Knights Who Love to Quilt" - very unique!

    Thanks for your sweet comment about Totoro on BuzzinBumble! I'm thanking you here because your comment came to my inbox as "no reply".

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    1. Thanks Lara--I hope that I sorted out the no reply blogger deal. I love choosing fabrics/colors for my quilt, and I am glad you appreciate my choices!! Pump Up the Volume and my Shield quilt were a lot of fun to create--glad you liked!!

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  7. Mel, I am now following your via bloglovin! Love your work! Congrats on on Knights traveling with Hoffman! (And thank you for the compliment on Witco's Daisies)

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    1. Welcome Paige! Always nice to have new followers!

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  8. You really broke out into an original quilter this year. Such gorgeous and innovative designs. And execution. Congratulations, Mel!

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    1. Thanks Ann...there are still a few quilt patterns that I'd like to follow, but its been fun venturing out into original designs this year!!

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  9. Wow Mel you do absolutely beautiful work. Love your flair for colour. I'm off to check out your Skippy post. I love animals and have my own invaluable fur assistants :-)

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    1. Thanks Sandra...I think the color/fabric selection is one of my favorite parts of quilting!!

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