Friday, December 28, 2018

Best of 2018

As much as I love Instagram and the in-the-moment sharing, the spontaneous feedback, and the ever-growing community, I'm a blogger at heart, and it's here that I really began to expand my horizons in the online quilting community nearly eight years ago. So I kind of couldn't resist joining in again for Cheryl/Meadow Mist Designs' Best of 2018 Linky Party, where folks are sharing their top five blog posts of the year. I'm choosing to base that solely on reader views.

1. Wedge Slabs
A tutorial I wrote for a Seattle MQG giving quilt project. Measuring 6 1/2″ tall, you can make them as long as you want. The guild made slabs 18 1/2″ and 24 1/2″ long, and you can click to see our finished quilt, Play It Cool,

2. Sidewalk Chalk on Asphalt
Made with Meghan/Then Came June's Sidewalk Chalk pattern, this was a really fun one to put together - with an improv feel, but not really. It went right to use as our bed quilt, and I was able to cross a long-time goal off my list.

3. If Not, Then
Armed with Katie/Sew Katie Did's Box Pouch pattern, what started as discarded quilt blocks became box pouches, and they haven't been the last.

4. QuiltCon: Gifted
This was a surprising 'best of' post! Not sure if it was because it was QuiltCon related, or folks just enjoyed the small projects.

5. Plusses
This quilt, using Leanne/she can quilt's Giant Plus Quilt tutorial, was a fun one to build, used plenty of my Cotton + Steel stash, and went together pretty quickly. I really do want to make another.

Interesting, huh? I do love that #1 is a simple improv tutorial - something I really do enjoy sharing. But otherwise, I'm not sure the 'top five' reflect how I see my work, but then again maybe so. If you see some profound conclusion here, do let me know, ha! Otherwise I'll enjoy it as a moment in time and let it go at that.

Linking up with Best of 2018 Linky Party.


  1. In terms of the larger quilts, I agree that if I were to reflect on your work the larger quilts here are not representative of the style I think of for you. The smaller pieces here, though, are another extension of you and many of them here do incorporate a bit of improvisational piecing or a make-it-work kind of attitude that I definitely associate with you. :)

  2. yes they do reflect you! and maybe other people's desire to emulate your style..... another great year in the books

  3. Lovely projects!
    And Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. You finished off some great projects this year. SEW glad to hear that you are still enjoying your "new" bed quilt!!

  5. You've made many amazing large quilts that I associate with you the most. But your style somehow manages to peer out of these small projects too. Maybe it's your special touch, the fabrics your choose...but they are all you. Your blog is a plethora of great tutorials and inspirations! Thank you for always sharing all your projects with us.

  6. I can see why it surprises you. When I think of you and the blog the first thing coming to mind is your improv style - btw thanks for the slabs tutorial - I used it's concept in one of my quilts and am happy to finally have finished that old WIP. And I so want to do a solid slab quilt anytime I see yours'.

    But especially the big sidewalk quilt is also you. I still love it so much!

    Overall I think it is great that with quilting we can have so many different things and concepts and still make them our own. Which you did! Don't question yourself too much. Looking forward to seeing your 2019 work :) All the best for the new year!

  7. It is so interesting seeing your top five posts! It shows me that you are an all around quilter/sewist that loves to make many different things. I'm shocked that more of your amazing improv isn't highlighted!

  8. I always look forward to your blog posts Debbie, so pleased that you continue on. I have long admired your Giant Plus Quilt and perhaps this year I can actually make one!

  9. Mmm ... Not sure Blogger stats are fully reliable ... Anyway that was nice to see these projects a second time ! I'm looking forward to seeing what's next :-)

  10. I love all of your posts and always learn by looking at your in progress and finish posts. I love how you fearless combine colors and different sizes and shapes of fabric. Thanks for linking up!

  11. I love all your blog posts no matter. I know there might be room for error in the stats on blogger because mine changed from the time I wrote them down to the time I linked up the old posts but in your case...I would look at whatever you post. :)

  12. I agree with you re blogging, I am on numerous social media sites but my blog is my first love. The platform is perfect for sharing images AND the process behind the project.