2017 in Review

A friend of mine asked me how many quilts I've made, and I realized I haven't really ever counted them up. I started a yearly count in 2013, but that was already five years into my quilt making. I've been going back and cleaning up old blog posts, but I'm still only in 2016, so I don't have a good count of the earlier days.

{I really need a social media intern, but my twelve-year-old only does YouTube...}

So a for-now-count, since 2013, I've made seventy-seven regular quilts {baby size and up} and forty-five t-shirt quilts. And that means it's just about time for a 50th t-shirt quilt celebration!  And possibly a 100th quilt celebration, if I can get a final count before I miss that milestone...

And that's not counting the minis and pillows and skirts and pouches and whatnot. Plus the Quilts of Valor tops, which in my chapter are quilted and bound by different people. Which begs the question - what actually counts as a finished quilt?

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So anyway - this year! Meadow Mist Designs is asking us about our top five, and this year, it's pretty easy to pick. My sister's wedding guestbook, Because Science, The Best of the PacNW, Dr Who and Wildflower Log Cabin {which was recently gifted to a friend who "stole" my baby name - so it gets to be with an Eleanor Mae since I'll never actually have one.}

Three were brand-new quilts, but the other two were in progress for a couple of years, so it was extra nice to finally see them as finished quilts. And it's a reminder that quilts are usually nicer as finished items than as boxes of blocks. My nephew - who was two and a half by the time I finished his parents' wedding quilt - definitely agrees.

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With that in mind {and also our military move weight limits in mind} I've been trying not to acquire as much fabric and new projects. Other than the expansion of my Dr Who stash, some Kona for the wedding and Minecraft quilts, and a couple yards for Because Science, the quilts of 2017 were made entirely from stash or UFO bins. And that's a pretty good feeling.

Always I Fought On / Bad Boys of Minecraft / Bearplane / California GirlCoquette CrackerFlying Four #2 / Pixelated HeartStrip FlannelToy Story

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I'm not picking five favorite t-shirt quilts, because you're all my favorites and I love each and every one of you. So here's all sixteen - three of which {top right} are someone else's Christmas gifts and will be blogged after that.

Memoirs of an Undergrad / A Million Steps / Travel the Fifty / Keep On Pedaling - TBB / Nevertheless She Persisted / Bloomsday # 1Hope Is The Thing With Feathers / It All Started With A MouseThe Winner Is / Laura's T-Time / Coast To Coast Now RetiredFraternitas / Bloomsday #2It All Started With The Bling

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And then there's all the other stuff from this year! Some minis, some pillow covers, a bunch of table runners, and a skirt. Again, almost all stash or UFOs. Maybe 2018 will finally be the year I clear out all the hexagon table runners!

Dog Sled Table Runner / Pink Mini / Shivaun Place Pillow / Christmas Skirt / Halloween Table Runner / Star PillowsFlower Mini / Bad Romance Table Runner / Modern Maples Table Runner / Make It Pink/Make It Blue Mini / FMQ Sampler Mini / Fourth of July Hexagons / Halloween HexagonDog Sled Pillows

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And then there's the two Quilts of Valor tops donated this year. Which is kind of a poor showing - I'd like to make more in 2018. Goodness knows I have the RWB stash to do it with! I do have both a leader/ender and a block of the month project in progress, so 2018 will be better.

I also made and donated a quilt made from Porch Swing Quilts' Chain of Four pattern, but it will be featured in a QOV book, so they asked me to not post pictures. {Although you can find progress shots if you search my Quilts of Valor tag.} And even though it was made and I found out about the book in 2017, it will be published and on tour in 2018, and will finally be donated in 2019. So it'll make my "best of" list for a couple years!

Considering we moved from Washington to Oklahoma this summer, not a bad showing. And now with a longarm in my living room, I have no excuse for not finishing things. Except for those children who insist on dinner.