Monday, December 28, 2015

Best of 2015

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a Best of 2015 linky party.  It's a chance to reflect back on 2015.



2015 was the year of trying new things.

1.  Improv Piecing

In March, my guild, Maritime Modern Quilt Guild, hosted a workshop on improv piecing.  I was a bit reluctant to participate, but decided to step outside of my comfort zone.  I am very pleased with these two projects that are now on the wall in my sewing room.




2.  Longarm

In April, I purchased a used longarm machine from Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails because she upgraded to the Robot.  It was partly an impulse purchase, but it's something that I secretly wanted to have but never thought I'd have the money or the opportunity.  It's been fun working on my FMQ skills, and I look forward to learning more in 2016.


3.  Gravity Quilt

2015 was the the year of using lots of Kona and Jaybird Quilt patterns.  And so when Val told me she was participating in a Gravity QAL, it was an easy decision to jump on board with her.



4.  Quilt Block Design

I stepped out of my comfort zone and joined the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop.  Part of that adventure afford me the opportunity to design a quilt block.  My block is Floored.   Thanks to my bee-mate Dena for helping with the dimensions and to Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal for the block name.



5.  The Quilter's Planner

I was still riding the high of having designed a quilt block.  And then Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter took it to a whole new level.  She had been designing a quilter's planner, and it was finally coming to fruition.  And my Floored block was going to be featured in the planner.  Pick me up off the floor.  Not only was I able to design a block, but it was actually going to be in print.  I would never have imagined this in a million years.  I can't wait to get my hands on my planner.



What were your highlights of 2015?


20 comments:

  1. Great "bests"! I have enjoyed reading your blog throughout the year and look forward to following along with your quilting adventures in 2016 :) Thanks for linking up!

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  2. I have to do my post (somehow!) for this great linky. I really like your word improv quilts, and seeing your Floored block again reminds me that I'd like to make one!

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  3. Wow, what an awesome recap of your year, Anja. This one just kept getting better as I scrolled down. I hope you have an amazing 2016. :)

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  4. Great selection! I start to follow you, want to see what's next ;-)

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  5. Well my friend...you've had one helluva great year! So glad to have been along with you for some of it!!
    Here's to 2016 being another year of awesome!

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  6. Well my friend...you've had one helluva great year! So glad to have been along with you for some of it!!
    Here's to 2016 being another year of awesome!

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  7. This is a great post to recap your year. Yes 2015 has been a great year with the New Quilt Bloggers blog hop, the block challenge and the planner. Here's to another great adventure filled year in 2016!

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  8. Congrats getting your block published in the Planner!! Sounds like they floored you:)

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  9. Way to go, Anja! You really pushed your limits this year! I can't wait to see those planners...

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  10. What's funny is my first improv word was 'hope' too! Such a great list of bests for the year, especially getting your block published in the quilt planner! :)

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  11. I love that Floored block! And of course, the Gravity quilt! Gorgeous! :)

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  12. What! I didn't know you had a longarm ! Impulse or not, you are sure to have fun with it! I totally melt when I see your gravity quilt! Such a stunner!

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  13. Another great post to sum up the year! It's been fun to have known you from the new blogger blog hop and have enjoyed your work ever since. Have a great new year.

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  14. What a year! Anja, I love how you stepped out of your comfort level in more than one way. Whoo-hoo!

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  15. Anja, it has been so much fun to get to know you over this past year. You have accomplished so many things. I can't wait to see what 2016 brings for you!

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  16. You still wimped out of paper piecing, lol. Other than that, you had a very eventful year. πŸ˜ƒ

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  17. Those are some great highlights! I really enjoyed being part of the New Modern Quilt Bloggers group and getting to know new people. I didn't expect the interaction and community to develop the way it did. It's nice to have people with the same interests and passion as you, who care when you're debating colour choice, quilting motifs or bindings. It's also nice that we understand the work and new learning that going into this hobby of ours. I was excited to have my block in the Quilter's Planner too! I want to see what my page looks like. I ended up not ordering one, as the cost of shipping plus the exchange rate made it $72. I couldn't justify it.

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  18. You had some really exciting "Bests" Anja! Congratulations on Floored being in the Quilter's Planner!

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  19. You certainly had a very productive year...congrats on being in the Quilter's Planner!!

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  20. Looks like a wonderful year, love your improv quilts!

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