As 2018 winds down, I will be sharing my reflections on another fabulous year of quilting adventures. I'll start with my Best of 2018 Blog Posts, chosen by the number of views!
|Sparkling Stained Glass Mandala, Finishes 32" x 33"|
This quilt was made for the Hoffman Fabric challenge. Not only was it juried into the traveling exhibit, but it was awarded Curator's Choice for the Applique Category!
2. Free-Motion Quilting Magic Without Any Marking!
|Mark Free Sampler, Finishes 28" x 28"|
This quilt sample was made for my new Pebble & Play! workshop to provide mark-free inspiration for pebble designs. The magic lies in the reverse side of this quilt! I included a few tips for free-motion quilting as well!
3. Project Quilting: Hometown Proud
|Do You Know the Way to San Jose?, Finishes 22" x 34"|
Inspired by Project Quilting's Hometown Proud theme, two laptops were upcycled to honor my current hometown of San Jose, capital of Silicon Valley. What an honor to have it win Viewer's Choice. In light of such a positive response, I continued to incorporate one or more unconventional materials into each of my Project Quilting 1-week challenges, leading to a fun series and a brand new Making Quilts Using Unconventional Materials workshop!
3. Project Quilting 9.6: Scraptastic
|"Under the Sea Debris," Finishes 30" x 51"|
For the final Project Quilting Scraptastic challenge, I incorporated a variety of plastic recyclables to help raise awareness about the devastating impact that plastic pollution has on our ocean's eco-system. Not only did it help me reevaluate my own plastic consumption habits, but it went on to win Viewer's Choice for the final Project Quilting challenge!!
5. Cleaning Up My Act: Ironing Surface
My ironing board surface was in desperate need of cleaning, so I snapped a few before and after pictures and did a quick blog post. Imagine my surprise when the number of views exceeded 2,000 views in less than 24 hours!! Although I am a little embarrased that so many people witnessed my dirty little secret!!
Honorable Mention: Ship Happens! by Guest Blogger: Mark Beach
|Mark's Ship Happens!, Finishes 33" x 24"|
My brother Mark came to visit me during a Project Quilting week. Rather than watch me work, he joined the fun by designing and finishing his first quilt. I loved watching his creativity set sail as he raided my scrap bin and created this 3-dimensional sailboat quilt for the Triangulation theme!! He blogged about his maiden voyage, which received the 6th highest number of views! I am pleased to report that he is still quilting, and has set up a studio space, in addition to joining a local quilt guild back in Florida!
I will be linking up to Meadow Mist Designs' Best of 2018 Linky Party. What fun to check out other quilt bloggers' Best of 2018 posts. Hope you will check it out, or better yet, share your Best of 2018!!