2018 Mid Year Review
|Hexie flower for the|
Kingfisher Stitch Along
Possible Quilt Alongs
I knew that I would be participating in Alida's Starry Bright Sky QAL. So far, I'm up-to-date on my blocks, even if my June block was a mess.
I was seriously considering participating in Block of the Month Series presented by Bernina and even bought loads of Alison Glass fabric for it. Although it's a lovely quilt, I think that it's the colours and the fabric that impressed me the most. I will use that yummy fabric but I've decided to minimize the amount of traditional quilting - as in following a pattern - that I'm going to do.
|One of two cuddle quilts|
I joined my second Postcard from Sweden QAL, this time hosted by mmm! quilts. I'm happy to report that my quilt top is finally done!
Also, I combined my wanting to make charity quilts with Amy's Comfort QAL in April. I adapted the simple pattern to make 2 lovely charity cuddle quilts.
|A mix of FMQ designs based on|
Angela Walter's FMQ Challenge
Since I wanted to keep practicing my FMQ, I joined Angela Walter's FMQ Challenge QAL. That was a lot of work but I really enjoyed it. Here's the square where I practiced most of the FMQ designs.
Update my blog
I've slowly been updating my blog like I wanted to. Many are just minor changes, like using consistent headings and post formats. All best practices of writing for the web that I've learned at work.
|Project finishes for 2017 page created using the InLinkz tool|
I've also created more pages for the blog, highlighting the projects that I've completed in each year. Pages for 2014 to 2017 have been created using my InLinkz tool. I only have 2012-13 left to do. I've created a Linking Parties and Events page to help me keep track of dates as well as make it easier to post buttons on the side of my blog. I've learned a lot and am hoping to create a Tips for working in Blogger page sometime this year.
|Morning Has Broken|
|Islas Canarias art quilt|
I was able to exhibit my art quilts at both Fibre Fling 7 and the Common Thread Quilt Guild's quilt show. These two pieces are 2 of my best pieces to date.
I am currently working on an art quilt for a show for next summer with the Out of the Box Art Group. It needs to be finished by the end of September and is coming along nicely.
Finishing Some UFOs
This category wasn't in my 2018 plan but I'm adding it here since I also managed to finish 2 UFOs. Street Art My Way (2014) and Scrappy Triangles Baby Quilt (2015).
|Scrappy Triangles Baby Quilt|
|Street Art My Way|
- Wow! I can't believe all that I've accomplished!!! And mostly without too much pressure. I wasn't sure how true that was so I went through my posts. May was the usual busy month with the Art with Fabric Blog Hop and a quilt show, but otherwise I seem to have done pretty well keeping the pressure down.
- If I'm productive, it's because I try to quilt every day, as long as I'm not too tired. I've discovered that since I don't watch television, I have lots of time to quilt or read. I don't often spend much time on the computer since I work at one all day, but I get my small doses of Instagram and reading blogs a few times a week.
- Since I work on many projects at a time, I can choose which project to work on in the evening based on how much energy I have. I've been doing this for about four years now and my quilting has really improved.
- I've also discovered what stresses me (deadlines and complicated piecing) and what I enjoy (FMQ, art quilts and improv piecing). That has really helped me manage both my time and my stress effectively. As I write this, I realise how lucky I am to have found what I am passionate about and how to make the most of it. I also have to add that, as you know, I love blogging and being a part of this wonderful online community :-)
- 2018 Planning Party, December 24, 2017
- Starry Bright Sky QAL
- Postcard from Sweden QAL with mmm! Quilts
- Postcard from Sweden quilt top, April 19, 2018
- The Comfort Quilt QAL with Amy's Creative Side
- Two cuddle comfort quilts - May Progress & finishes, May 30, 2018
- Angela Walter's FMQ Challenge QAL
- Free Motion Challenge Quilt Along Update, April 14, 2018
- Islas Canarias Finished, January 28, 2018
- Morning Has Broken Art with Fabric 2018, May 21, 2018
- Street Art My Way is Finished, March 22, 2018
- Scrappy Triangle Quilt Finished, March 26, 2018
I will be linking this post up to JETgirl's 2018 MidYear Review Link Up. I will also link up to these parties. Check them out! Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Design Wall Monday, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, Tuesday Colour Linky Party, Finished or Not Friday,