A couple of years ago, I started out my blogging for that year by revisiting my favorite quilts from the previous year. It was fun for me to see the quilts again – as so often I finish a quilt for a deadline and forget to sit and enjoy my finished project. A recap is a good way for me to pause and reflect on my time spent on each item. I also remember people enjoyed the seeing them all in one post. It’s a popular concept on Instagram also. Everyone (but me because I couldn’t get it to work that day) posted a photo of their top 9 posts from the that year. This post is my blog version of that concept.
Favorite Trendy Table projects from this blog post.
Metro Hoops from this blog post.
More Trendy Table projects from this post – My favorites being the two on the right, Frosted and Rock Candy.
Wrapped – Also from my Trendy Table book
Sorbet – From this post and also found in the Trendy Table book.
Painted Lady – from this post.
Starstruck Medallion quilt – from this post and this booklet.
Starstruck Runner – found in this booklet.
Lastly, Preppy the Whale – from this post.
As I reflect on 2016, I have to say I really enjoyed the projects I worked on. I did mostly small projects for work and made lots of runners. I took the time when the boys were napping to do some quilting projects for fun that were designed by other people. It’s been a while since I’ve done that, so it was a treat for me. It also led me to revisit handwork and wool and I’ve been loving it. It has sparked a lot of new ideas for me – Ideas that I have been working on for the last 5 months, but have yet to share. Personally, this year has been good too. The boys are at fun, yet challenging ages. Everyday is a new adventure and we are learning something new every day. I feel like I’ve struck a better balance between working and being a mom, and am grateful for that. The boys are growing up so fast, and I’m glad to be able to spend a lot of time with them and not miss it. It means I have been putting out less product for work – but I am fine with it. This plaque that I found on Etsy pretty much sums it up.
Painted Lady and the Starstruck Medallion Quilt really caught my eye. Thank you for including the booklet links for these lovely projects!
Good for you! It is a hard thing to strike a balance between Mom and livelihood….sounds like you’ve found a good place. You will never regret time spent with those beautiful children and your creativity will still be there when they start school. Love your blog and you are one talented lady! (and, just because I’m from Minnesota, I have to say You Betcha!)
Happy quilts! I always read your posts am smiling by the end. Thanks!
but isn’t being mom the best? You really appreciate it when it was a hard fought struggle to have your family. (I have been down that road myself). I found I have changed my quilting style a LOT since the kids came along. Before, lots of big quilts, now, things my kids request or small stuff…it is amazing the transformative powers of kids! LOL Take your time. Right now I am making table runners too but your quilts are timeless, I still buy your books because some day I will be quilting with my girls!