I should have guessed that a year that began on a Monday, at -32°f, to boot, would go sideways on me, and boy howdy, did it ever. Still, I managed to produce a few more blog posts than I did in 2017…which isn’t saying much, to be honest. But this is already my second post for 2019, so things are looking up!
Once again, I am taking part in the “Best of the Year” link party, sponsored by Meadow Mist Designs. Seriously, you’ll want to check out what the other bloggers have been up to!
So, when I looked back over the “Seams Like a Plan” blog posts for 2018, it was fairly easy to pick my five favorites. Four of them deal with projects I produced for the Island Batiks Ambassadors program. Imagine this…twice a year a big (about 20 pounds!) box filled with Island Batiks fabrics, Aurifil thread and Hobbs battings arrives on your porch, and all they ask is that you make stuff with it! Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?
- A Wee Little Quilt – In February, the Ambassadors challenge was to make a miniature quilt. It’s not something I do very often, but it is a lot of fun now and again.
- Am I There Yet? – In March we were asked to try a new-to-me technique. I thought an improvisational quilt would be simple. I was wrong…but in a good way.
- Highland 9-Patch – I took another stab at improvisation in this post, and wound up with a modern-style quilt I refer to as my “splendid failure.”
- Safari Sampler – In August, I had a complete line of Island Batik’s Safari collection, and was challenged to use as many of the fabrics in the line as possible. I produced a sampler, and managed to use all of the fabrics. (This post has a free pattern you can download.
- Controlling the Chaos – My friend Vina was having trouble making a “random” quilt block, so I simplified it for her, and added the pattern to my “Thrifty Quilter” scrap block collection.
So those are my favorite blog posts for 2018. Feel free to mosey through the archives and read the rest as well.
As for me, it’s on to 2019, and I have a few quilty things on my calendar already. I have a few patterns that will be published in various magazines this year, and am going home in a minute to put the finishing touches on another proposal. I have one more quilt to make for Island Batik, and am waiting to hear if I get to continue with the Ambassadors program for another year. And, I have a couple of ideas simmering for the Moda Bake Shop blog.
That and a full-time job should keep me busy.
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