Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Best Of 2016


There's nothing more satisfying than being able to look back and actully see what you've accomplished in a year... especially when you see it it pictures. Firstly, I wanted to give a nod to the finishes that I've had this year I could hardly believe that I had finished six quilts this year! You may also have noticed a quilt finish in there that you've not seen before, and not without reason... this post bumped it from it's planned spot, but I plan to officially share next week.



The first "Best Of" category is the Quilt Finish With The Most Views. My Facing East quilt also gets the title of "Longest Quilt in the Making", and it's what I consider to be my epic finish of all time, and the project where I really fell in love with paper piecing.


Quilters always love to share tips, tricks, and techniques that make the whole process easier, faster, and more enjoyable... my Best Tutorial of the year I think hits all three. I've always been amazed that so many quilters list basting as one of their least favorite steps of quilting. I suppose that I can say that I really don't mind this step because my aunt showed me the best way to baste a quilt when I was just getting started, so I've spared all those years of aching knees and backs... and wanted to pass it on to you!


If you happened to read my previous post, you may already know that improv is not exactly my favorite technique. It's usually something that I avoid all together, but somehow I had these leftover snippits just begged to be turned into something improv... and you evidently like it too since my Jeweled Improv finish takes the title of Best Small Finish.



I had originally thought that finished projects are what draw the most views, and would qualify for the "Best Of" category, but evidently I'm wrong. Much to my surprise, to date, my top post for 2016 was actually a WIP that I had shared in spring. So, it looks like my April Design Wall is crowned with the Best WIP.


2016 was actually a pretty big year for me, and cannot go without mentioning that I released my very first quilt pattern! I am working on my second and third pattern and hope for a spring and fall release for the upcoming year. If you've ever worked on a pattern, then you know the amount of time and work that goes into it. Out of all the posts from the past year, my Jeweled Kaleidoscope quilt pattern gave me THE most satisfaction, and sense of accomplishment once I had finally hit the publish button... so I added one additional category of the Proudest Reveal post. 



Thanks to Cheryl for hosting the Best Of 2016  Linky party... wishing everyone a great slide into the new year!

14 comments:

  1. Hello Allison, I like how you went about looking back at your achievements. I immensely enjoyed reading along with your blog this year and am looking forward to your sewing year 2017 =)

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  2. Is there a pattern for the Most Views Quilt? Thanks!

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  3. It's been lovely getting to know you this last year. Some great finishes and projects in this post!

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  4. Great finishes, Allison! You can be really proud of all your beautiful quilts as well as the first pattern release! Looking forward to what you come up with next year!

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  5. Great post! It was lovely to see all the finishes, especially as i've only just found your blog

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  6. You can be so proud - those are all marvelous quilt finishes! I love your patterns and the colors of the fabrics. I'm looking forward to what you'll be sewing next year! :-)

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  7. Beautiful quilts! I can see why each of them are so popular - the colors and patterns are stunning!

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  8. Great post filled with some amazing finishes. Your facing east quilt is beautiful and I love the quilting. Thanks for linking up to the Best of 2016 linky party!

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  9. You had a big year! I love each and everyone of these quilts...and enjoyed following along with your progress! I know 2017 will bring many more from you...Love your work!

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  10. Congrats on a great year! I love following along to see what you'll create next!

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  11. love them all. a great year for sure. lots of inspiration

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  12. That was one productive year! Love your finishes and your categories :) And it was interesting to follow you along with your first pattern. All the best for 2017 - sewing and otherwise!

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  13. Beautiful work! I love Facing East...easy to see why it got so many views!!

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  14. Congratulations on your excellent work! Facing East is amazing and I love your pattern. Looking good for 2017.

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