Saturday, 30 December 2017

Best of 2017 Link Up

I thought I had posted my last post for 2017, but who can resist a link up party?  Best of 2017 is hosted by the lovely Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs, you can find the Party on THIS POST!


I hold my hands up and say I haven't posted as much or had many finishes this year, but three of them ended up in the top four of my most popular ever posts.   So without any further ado (unusual for me I admit) here they are:

1. IT'S CHRISTMAS


I took part in the Christmas in July blog hop, one of the most fun, and stressful, things I have done in my almost two years of blogging.  Fun, well,  yes, after all it was a blog hop.  Lots of us participated over the twelve days and it was wonderful, I loved the experience, and to date I have had over 2,200 page views and still rising.  Stressful?  It included me doing a tutorial FOR MY OWN DESIGN and giving away the pattern templates which will always be available free, there is a link at the end of the post.  It was like the dream of being naked in public, opening myself to criticism and ridicule, but it didn't come, so any people liked it, such a relief.  I also had to work out how to share my templates which I did on Google Drive.  It was difficult for me and I did them high quality so they take a little longer to download, but it was the best I could do with my scanner.

2. Quilters Laundry Day Mini Quilt Along


My third most popular ever post, what a great hop this was, so many quilters participated and as the quilt could be personalised there were so many different versions too, some were even 3D.  If you didn't see the hop it is well worth a visit and seeing what some peoples imaginations can produce.  All the links to the participating bloggers are at the end of the post.

3. It's Finished


Oh yes, I couldn't not include this post even though it is so recent.  I finished my Gypsy Wife quilt top  and do you know it has jumped to my fourth most popular post ever?  Amazing!!!    No I haven't made any progress since, due to circumstances beyond my control I haven't been able to do any sewing or even much blog reading since December 21st.  This quilt took over my life from July to December, it has been top of my wish list and my greatest achievement.  It nearly had me bonkers and I am very happy it's finished.   I am so proud of it.

4. Secret Sewing


How could I not include the most fun swap I have ever had?  It was with my special blogging friend and accountability partner Janice from Colour Creating and Quilting.  I made her a mini quilt and named it Home to Roost, she made me one and named it Chicken Poop!  Enough said, if you want to read about it check out my post which includes the link to Janice, you will LOVE Chicken Poop.

5. April Update, and I've been a Numpty Again


I admit I struggled to choose my fifth post, several were ok and had a fair number of views but in the end I chose this one just because I love the fabric postcard I made.  I was sad to give it away I would have loved to keep it but I know the recipient of the swap loved it so it's ok.  Do you ever give things away and wish you still had them?  It doesn't happen often and after all this is a 6 x 4 inch postcard, but that's how it goes sometimes.

So, that's my round up for the year, I hope you enjoyed it.  I didn't have the best year for production but looking back over my posts, revisiting what I have done it was better than I remembered, and as Scarlett always said 'Tomorrow is another day', or in this case year.  Who knows what 2018 will bring but I know if I look hard enough I will find plenty to smile about.  So I'm wishing you all a very happy and peaceful New Year, and lots of lovely quilty finishes for 2018.

Until next year,
With smiles from
Kate x

22 comments:

  1. all great looking quilts - glad I found your blog this year!

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  2. Glad you joined in the Linky Party, as I know someone else who was doing the Gypsy Wife quilt & another someone with your name who loves hares. I certainly like all your makes. Take care.

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  3. Very fun quilts. I can't pick a favorite. The snowman is just so fun and Gypsy Wife is just luminous. It's always nice to look back and realize it wasn't as bad a year as you thought. Congrats on some fun finishes. Looking forward to seeing what comes in 2018. Happy New Year!

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  4. Such fun looking back at your wonderful projects. Happy New Year to you!

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  5. I admit to being naughty and not commenting on your lovely posts (although I did read them all) so I couldn't let the year end and not say something :) I've loved watching the progress on your Gypsy Wife quilt and seeing all those lovely colours turn into something so beautiful! Another favourite is your Home To Roost mini quilt - what a clever girl you are :) So my last words to you this year end ... Happy New Year 2018 and may all your quilts be big ones :) (hugs)

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  6. You had a wonderful year Kate! I have started doing a little hand-stitching so I really enjoyed your little rabbit postcard. I hope you have a good year, take care of yourself always!

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  7. Have a wonderful and happy New Year - WOW - 2018! Thank you, Susan

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  8. What an eventful and productive year you have had! I'm just in awe of your Gypsy quilt. He snowman is such a happy guy that I can't help smiling at him. Congratulations on a successful Quilting year and hope that your coming year will be blessed with good Quilts and good friends.

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  9. I love each one of your projects and it would be hard to pick my favorite but I'm not suppose to right. I have to admit the rabbit postcard tugs at my heart and I know how you feel about giving away something you really love. Your snowman quilt is darling and I have to be sure to save the pattern. Maybe one day I will do an appliqué project, it may be the snowman. It just makes me smile.

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  10. All great looking quilts. Your snowman with presents is super cute. Have a wonderful 2018!

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  11. You had quite a Year! They are all my favorites (can’t pick just one!)! Happy New Year! XO

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  12. Kate, it seems you had a wonderful and creative year quilting-wise. These projects are all lovely. I wish you an equally wonderfully stitchy year in 2018.

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  13. It looks like a wonderful year to me, and hopefully your eyes are healing and there will be so much more quilting joy for you in 2018!

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  14. You had some truly lovely finishes this year, Kate! Happy New Year to you, my friend :)

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  15. All great projects. I think 2017 was a good year, but here's to an even better 2018.

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  16. What a great year, Kate! Looking forward to your 2018!

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  17. Great finishes, I love the Christmas quilt. Thanks for linking up and happy new year!

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  18. A year of great finishes Kate, and nice to be reminded of them. I loved your postcard.I would have found that really hard to part with, and had I received it, I would have it permanently on display. Also loved your laundry day. If only laundry days were really like that!

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  19. Looks like your year was terrific! Love your Gypsy Wife. The postcard is so sweet, but I am sure the recipient loved it and you can cherish the picture and memories of making it. I love knowing someone loves something I made for them.

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  20. I am in love with your Gypsy Wife. But it is the snowman that makes me dance. I wish you many quilty joys this year. I am sure you will teach me a thing or two in 2018 - as you've done in the past.

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  21. Wonderful roundup of projects Kate! Oh how I love love your Gypsy Wife quilt! Have so enjoyed watching the blocks appear on Instagram and here. Yes, I have given away things I've made that I would have loved to keep...one I remade, a Sister Quilt that won the grand prize in my first quilt show I entered, just local. My sister loves hers so yes, that makes it easier. Your beautiful joy-filled snowman quilt is on my bucket list, downloaded the templates (you are so clever) when you'd released it. Here's to a quilty-plenty 2018. :-)

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  22. Hi Kate. Congratulations on your finishes. Love your quilts. Yes, it can be hard to give away a quilt that we love (size doesn't matter!) As long as it goes to someone who cherishes it, that's really what matters....oh and that you took a picture of it also helps!

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With smiles from,
Kate