Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 - My Year in Review

I could not have had a more productive, fun, fulfilling, rewarding or prolific sewing year.  I finished 26 tops, a record for me.  My goal every year is the same, 12 finishes, boy did I surpass that.

One goal for this year was to end the year with no UFO's and that's just what happened.  I finished Zipper (#196) and Ombre Star (#201) which I had started in 2016 in addition to finishing every quilt I started in 2017.

I made two baby quilts, and got the cutest pics of babies enjoying them.

Lilly Rose

I donated two quilts for fund raisers

Merrily #210 and

Hometown USA #185

Both these quilts found great new homes, and combined, raised over $7000 for worthy causes.

I'm so happy I finally tackled that double wedding ring quilt goal that's been on my bucket list for ages, it's an even sweeter accomplishment since I absolutely love what I made.

Great Big Peppermints # 217 - one of my top 5 for 2017.

This also met my Red and White quilt goal, why make one red and white quilt when you can make two?

Lady of the Lake #209

Another 2017 Goal that I accomplished was finally using some of my stash of Carolyn Friendlander fabric.  I ended up piecing two quilts using that fabric and have some left for something fun in 2018.

Sugar Shack, #207


Bits and Pieces #209

And I finally finished a 100 block sampler

This is also one of my top 5 finishes. #215

This is the year instead of sticking to my quilting plan I stopped what I was doing and jumped on a couple of fun and easy social media bandwagon quilts, very un-Thema of me.

Stars and Stripes #203

and Love You Most #195

I intend to be more open to these fun and easy projects in the future, they're a nice break and the finished quilts are great to have on hand when wanting to decorate the house for a special theme.

To round out my top 5 of 2017  I have to add

Fallville #214 - what's not to love,

Sunkissed - #204 - This quilt looks much better in person, sometimes it's just the right fabric for the right pattern that makes a quilt special, that's the case with this one.

My Jen Kingwell finish also has to make my top 5 list.

Long Time Gone # 216. I went with colors that were outside my comfort zone but think it all worked out fine in the end.  And even though I struggled with my fabric choices I loved piecing each block.

Due South was a feel good quilt too,

#200 - another quilt that had been on my to do list for too long.  OK, so now I'm up to 6 top fives, lol, who can really pick a favorite, any finish should be a favorite.

But I really do have a number one finish for 2017 - Swoon #194

I busted open all my Bonnie and Camille bundles to create 9 blocks from my favorite fabrics.

Then I splurged on a custom quilting job.  This was another quilt that had been on my to do list for too long.  I've never met a Swoon quilt I didn't love, but I think I love mine most of all.

All the quilts I made this year are listed on my Second 100 tab with pictures and details.  Start with Village, #193 and end with Falalala Lucy #218.

Today is the last day of the Year of Thelma, it has been a wonderful year, and as is the case with most years, I'm sad to see it end.  Since it was my special birthday year I gave myself permission to say yes to things I would normally say no to, and no to things that I just didn't want to do, all guilt free.  As mothers, wives, sisters, and employees and employers, we naturally tend to put ourselves last, I may not always put myself first in 2018, but I won't be bringing up the rear at every turn either, I hope you can do the same.

I'm still working on my 2018 goals, or as I like to think of them, guidelines.  It's always the same old story, so many quilts, not near enough time.

As I reflect on 2017 I am so thankful for the wonderful quilting community that supports and inspires me and makes me a happier and better quilter.  Best wishes to you for all things wonderful in 2018, thanks for stopping by blog.

All quilts are followed by my Lifetime Quilt #.  For more detail on any quilt go to my Second 100 tab, all quilts are listed with links to details.

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