Best of 2018 Blog Posts

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!!

Comments

  1. Looks like you had a great year. All very interesting posts.

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    1. Thanks Danice--It certainly was a fun and creative year!! Already looking forward to new quilting adventures in 2019!

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  2. I checked out your clean the iron post. I am thinking I have to replace my ironing board cover because my latest project bled red when I was using a hot iron. No worries, board and cover were both scored thrifted.

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    1. Thanks for visiting. Sorry to hear about your ironing board--hopefully you will have luck in scoring another thrift cover!

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  3. Love your quilts especially the mandala!! Wow!

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    1. Thank you Lynda-I love mandalas and have a series of mandala quilts using a variety of quiltmaking techniques!!

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  4. It's always a treat to visit your blog. Your post reminds me of the many fabulous quilts you made this year - always well made and interesting.

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    1. Awww...thank you Ann. I always enjoy taking this time to reflect and celebrate my quilt finishes and adventures---and start planning for another year of fun & excitement. Thanks for all the support and inspiration!

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  5. Great quilt finishes for 2018, I love the Mandela quilt! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you for hosting this fun linky party--it's been fun visiting others' blogs and drawing inspiration for the new year!!

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  6. Holy smokes...I love your vision! Hometown Pride just blows me away. Well, not like all the others didn't too. You get top billing on my list for inspiration! Great 2018!

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    1. Awww...thank you Calicojoan. I had a lot of fun incorporating unconventional materials into my quilts this past year--and can't wait to see what fun adventures await for 2019!!

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  7. Thanks to Best of 2018, I've come across your blog for the first time. Your work is absolutely stunning , in execution but especially in originality. I look forward to following it.

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    1. I am delighted you found me and enjoy my work! I sure have fun stretching my creativity and trying new designs!! I can't wait to see what is ahead in 2019!

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