Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best of 2017 and Plans for 2018

As the end of 2017 fast approaches, it's time to reflect on the year that was 2017 and to think about 2018.

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a Best of 2017 Linky Party.

Here is my list of 5 posts:

Most Views - My Star Quilts for my little friends in South Africa received  the most page views in 2017, with 1,459 views.  I think these were my favourite finishes of 2017.

Second Most Views - I don't pay attention to blog stats, so was surprised that the post with the second most views (1,350) was my Modern HST Sampler.  It was a fun quilt along, but I didn't think the quilt was a show stopper, but clearly it was well received.

Pattern Testing - I had fun testing several patterns in 2017: Wind Farm, Squared Off, Gemstones, Beluga Whale, Star Blossom, and Faith, Hope, and Love.

Clothing - I made a few tops, a dress for myself, and a Geranium dress for my new niece.

Best Adventure - The best quilting adventure of 2017 was a 5-hour drive to Calais, Maine, to buy $2/yard fabric with quilting friend Dena.

I wonder what quilting adventures are in store for 2018.  Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a 2018 Planning Party.  I didn't finish all the projects on my list this year, so I will continue to work on them.  Unfortunately, my sewing room did not stay organized -- Must. Stop. Buying Fabric.  ha ha ha

My goals/hopes/plans are to:

  • Organize all my fabric into one space (rather than the three spaces right now.....)
  • Continue to sew projects that make me happy
  • Continue to have fun

2018 Planning Party

Here's to a wonderful 2018.


  1. Your list reminds me of my 'keep in mind' sewing goals: Stay organized and have fun as often as possible! My sewing supplies have a habit of reaching out to other areas of the house as well! Lol. Hope you have a Happy New Year! Looking forward to following your sewing adventures throughout the year! 😊

  2. What a great and realistic list. I'm happy for you.

  3. I love all of your goals for the year, Anja! It's hard to go wrong when your driving forces are to have fun and make things that make you happy :) Happy New Year!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing and linking up, Anja. Three spaces? I hope that consolidating goes smoothly and helps you feel creatively ready for lots of quilting and sewing in 2018. Happy New Year!

  5. You included some lovely finishes Anja, I love your gemstones and beluga whale pattern testing quilts, you have such a good eye for colour. Great goals, I think they strike a chord with many of us, my stash is a mess and I am always disorganised, but enjoying quilting and having fun is why we do this. Wishing you many more successes and quilty adventures in 2018 and thank you for always being so helpful and sharing. You made me feel so welcome when I started blogging and I never forgot you for it.

  6. I love your goals for 2018! I’m trying to get my stash organized (at least my stash is organized by colour), but my bins don’t allow me to really see what I have so I find myself buying stuff I already have! The thing is getting everything organized isn’t as much fun as actually sewing!

  7. Love your 2018 goals! I am so glad I organized my fabric last year, it makes finding things a lot easier. Now to stop buying more myself would be good

  8. Great post, I loved revisiting the finishes and the comic at the end is so funny (and true). Thanks for linking up and happy new year!

  9. You had a great year Anja! That Star Quilt...gorgeous! And clothing! Not one of my goals, but I've wanted to try making clothing again. Keep doing what your doing in 2018!

  10. Cheers to 2017! And well wishes for 2018 goals! Definitely some great goals there. Always sew to make you happy. Have to love what you do :)

  11. A 5-hour drive to buy $2 fabric is dedication to the craft, Anja!
    Great goals. I will follow the last two, but I will have to skip the first. My craft stuff would not all fit in the one space even if I tried to organise it. I have a craft room AND the wardobe of the neighbouring spare bedroom, where the less frequently used stuff lives (e.g. mosaic tile snips).

  12. Keep it happy, Anja! That's good advice for anyone to follow for the new year. I'm with you on finishing up some lingering projects yet before making a lot of new plans, and that will make me very happy. Wishing you a year filled with joyful sewing adventures!

  13. You seem very organized to me, already. Wishing you success and happiness in the new year.


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