Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Another year in the archives

Hi everyone, and welcome to the end of 2017!  It's been an adventure hasn't it?  What a crazy year! When we were kids, who could've imagined what would be in 2017?  For our family, this was a good year that got even better towards the end, when we added two more grandbabies to the family.  In the sewing room, I made some pretty things and some useful things and had some fun. How about a look back before we welcome the new year?  Here we go!

According to the spreadsheet I keep on these things (yes, really), I had 22 quilty finishes this year.  To me, this means either finished tops or quilted and bound finished quilts.  Some of these never made it to the blog, but of those that did, these two string quilts were the most popular ones in 2017:


I have to admit that I like them, too! These are string quilts made from patterns in Amanda Nyberg's book No Scrap Left Behind.  Both of these lovely quilts used up florals that I'm no longer really interested in and turned out way better than I anticipated.  These were gifted to two of my adult nieces, and both of them promptly sent me pictures of the quilts in use, which is a great way to insure that you get more gifted quilts!

I can't ever pick a favorite quilt, but this one certainly made me happy:


This is the Happiness quilt, a wedding gift for my daughter and son in law that finally got finished this year.  I love this one so much, and thank goodness they do, too!

This was probably the most useful little quilt of 2017:

On Deck

This quilt lived on our deck from the day it was finished until it got too cold to be out on the deck.  Based on this year's use, it will likely be used out there until it falls apart and I have to make another!

This year, I also finished off the It's Complicated quilt:


and finshed the top for this year's BOM, Constellations:


I made some small quilts:

Rustic Heather


Prairie Queen door hanging
 
And some fun quilts:

A little I Spy quilt for my grandson!
And a couple of table toppers:

Loyal Union table topper

And I ended the year with some free-pieced projects:

Free as a bird

There are too many other fun quilts to show them all, but overall, this has been a great sewing year for me.  Thanks to all of you for coming along and sharing the adventure.  It's been a lot of fun, hasn't it?  I'm really grateful for all of you in this fun and supportive community, and I hope to see you all again in 2018.  I already have some fun things planned for 2018, including a new BOM, so it already looks to be a good start to a good year. Until then, may your needles be sharp and your bobbins be full, and your new year be joyous!

Bring on 2018! 

Joyful!

Sharing at Let's Bee Social, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, crazymomquilts, Finished or Not Friday, and the Best of 2017 linky party at Meadow Mist Designs.

26 comments:

Jo said...

Beautiful work and a happy new year to you and your family

Anonymous said...

what a lovely collection of quilts!

Debbie Huber said...

Congratulations on your many wonderful quilts!

I love your last one: If that is the BOM, I think I will join!

piecefulwendy said...

So fun to see your quilts of 2017! You have had a productive year! Looking forward to 2018 with my quilty friends. Happy New Year!

Izzy said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful year! Here’s to a fantastic 2018!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Wow, you had a wonderful quilting year!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Congrats on your finishes! Feels great doesn't it - waiting for 2018!

SarahZ said...

So many really wonderful quilts! Love love "It's Complicated", and "Joyful"! I am really excited to join you in your new BOM this year!!!!

Cheryl said...

Such amazing finishes. All of the quilts are beautiful. Happy New Year and thank you so much for linking up!

Louise said...

How fun to see so many of your beautiful quilts all together in a single post! I love all the bright, saturated colors you use :) Here's to a wonderful, colorful 2018!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

WOW!! what a great and productive year!!!

saroy said...

Wow! I love how much variety there is between all your finishes -- so many great color palettes and patterns!

Quilty said...

Beautiful quilts, and such a wondeful year!

gayle said...

And a joyful new year to you, too!

Kate said...

You had some gorgeous finishes in 2017. Wishing you a productive and joyous 2018.

Nann said...

Such eye candy! I especially like Joyful and It's Complicated.

Bernie Kringel said...

Mari, you finished a gorgeous assortment of quilts this year. Varied color schemes and patterns - so much to look at.
Very much looking forward to quilting along with you this year too. Happy New Year!!

Christine S said...

Lots of pretty things! Happy New Year!

Jenny said...

It's always fun looking back, isn't it? And you have such a selection of wonderful quilts - congratulations!

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

What a great year you have had, so many achievements, and so varied. Congratulations on your wonderful success, I look forward to seeing what you do in 2018.

Heide said...

Beautiful finishes for 2017, wishing you a another successful and quilty 2018!

Little Penpen said...

Wow! how productive you were! Those are some beautiful quilts!

Calicojoan said...

Each and everyone is gorgeous. You had a spectacular year!!!

Lynette said...

oooo! The Happiness quilt is gorgeous!

Mom of Three Quilter said...

Lovely quilts! I particularly like your I spy quilt. I have been making those but have not done one on point with such colorful fabrics around the I spy fabrics. Really nice!!

JanineMarie said...

Okay, I keep scrolling up and down to look at these again and again. There is a big grin on my face. I keep thinking. "Oh that's my favorite, no, that's my favorite." Doesn't matter, the whole 2017 body of work is a happy mix. I love all the lush greenery in your photos, too. It sets off the quilts in such a lovely way. Have a beautiful quiltful new year!