Thursday, December 28, 2017

Creative Journey of 2017 and What's Ahead in 2018

Oh my what a creative journey 2017 has been!!
How about a little look at some of my favorites in no particular order...and some thoughts on the creative journey for 2018!!


Island Ways are Winding has to be my favorite post because of the photos. My hydrangea bushes were just beginning to bloom and they were the perfect accent to the scrappy colored little quilt.


Included in this post has to be my favorite make of the year. What fun was had at a retreat with Edyta Sitar for the teacher!!!


Being part of a blog hop for the release of Christa Watson's new book was one of many new exciting creative adventures for me this year!!!


Frosty Times Four has multiple reasons to be included in my list of favorites!! It has had the most views. Once again--I am loving the photographs in this post. And it is the first pattern I put for sale on my Craftsy page!!


Having an original quilt block--Adventure Seeker--published in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks was a super exciting adventure!! Add to that being part of the Road Rally blog Tour with other designers--well life is good!!!


My most favorite of the year is the camping/motorcycle adventure my husband and I took to Yellowstone this summer. Hands down the B.E.S.T. rides we have ever taken!! The country side that can be experienced from the bike is just beyond words to explain!! Check out the post for how this adventure inspired some creative block designing!!


The cycle ride through Shell Canyon in the Big Horn Mountains was so inspiring that I was so busy experiencing it in the moment that I forgot to take any photos--but the experience inspired this quilt block that I entered into the AccuQuilt Barn Quilt contest this past fall--and it was the runner-up!! This design now hangs in their corporate office for a year!! Super exciting!!!


So what doors will be knocked on and opened in 2018?!?

I will be having a few quilts/patterns available through the Island Batik Spring/Summer 2018 catalog. Super excited about this opportunity. Looking into ways to expand the pattern designing side of my business.


I want to stay more organized and on top of my customer quilts in the coming year. They have been so understanding this past year and I am very grateful to each and every one of them!!!



I need to start an exercise program that works for me. I am very active during the 6 months of the year where my husband and I  do a lot of sort and loading of hogs--but the other 6 months are a bit stagnant in the physical activity department.

I am linking up with Meadow Mist Designs and Quilting Jet Girl. Check them out for more reflections on 2017 and thoughts to 2018!!!


Click here to find Meadow Mist Designs.

2018 Planning Party

Click photo above to go to Quilting Jet Girl





Wishing you beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the blessings a heart can know!!
Happy New Year!!


Follow me on Instagram to see what crazy adventures I do in 2018!!!

57 comments:

Lisa J. said...

You had some great accomplishments this year and I wish you well with your goals for 2018.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

What a great recap of a wonderful year. I hope that 2018 is full of a lot of joy for you and you find that the plans you created here help you know where you want to focus your time and energy. Thank you so much for linking up!

Kate said...

What a fun set of quilting projects. Wishing you a joyous and productive 2018.

Cheryl said...

It looks like you had a wonderful 2017, I love your quilt photography and how you style the quilts. Thanks for linking up and I hope you have a wonderful new year!

Susan Smith said...

Sounds like a great year. Brave you with the biking, as my hubby has always ridden, but I'm dead scared. We do use our caravan when we can & enjoy adventures on the road too. I love your barn quilts & would love to try and make the top one from fabric. I'll keep an eye on your blog now that I've seen it. Thanks to Cheryl, I'm discovering some very creative people. Happy New Year & take care.

Jayne said...

What a life!! Travel, quilting! Best of luck in 2018. I'm sure you will make the best of it and live it to the fullest!

Quilting Tangent said...

Like what I see, new follower on bloglovin'.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

You've had a great year! Congratulations. Exciting times ahead, I'll bet!

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for sharing the fun photos.

GranChris said...

I love the year in review. Great pictures.

rosemaryschild said...

A great year of accomplishments to be proud of! Good luck in 2018! Thank you for sharing, Susan

Gene Black said...

What a great year's recap. I hope your 2018 is even more exciting and wonderful.

Lori said...

wishing for you a prosperous and healthy new year.

Cecilia said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun last year! I love your block for Accuquilt! I'm looking forward to seeing your projects this year.

JANET said...

Love the Island Ways are Winding quilt! Just so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Love your Winding Ways quilt project. Yellowstone Park is practically in our back yard and we love going there. Best wishes for a sweet 2018 for you and your family!

margaret said...

we raised hogs and rabbits when i was a kid. That takes commitment!

tac73 said...

Looking forward to seeing projects and adventures for 2018.

Lorene Holbrook said...

LOVE your quilting on winding ways! Perfect!

Lorie Bugaiski said...

Love your motorcycle advance.

works4me said...

You got quite a bit done. I wonder what adventures await you in 2018.

Joyce Carter said...

You made some really beautiful projects for 2017.

Marti Morgan said...

Looking forward to 2018 - thanks for the giveaway

Sewgirl said...

Looks like you had a great 2017...looking forward to see what happens in 2018!

Susan said...

Love your barn quilt. Congratulations on it being a runner up.

Janie said...

Beautiful Blog. Thank you for the inspiration.

The Quilted Dog said...

How fun! Looking forwRd to more inspiration in 2018!

Beth said...

Wow--lots of accomplishments in 2017. I like the motto of "Just Make Stuff" as a good starting point. It will be interesting to see where 2018 takes you.

Susan L. said...

Love, love, love your Barn Quilt!

MaryBeth Little said...

There's a barn quilt drive in the county I live in (Carroll County MD). I've seen most of them and get really excited when I discover a new one. Thanks for sharing.

Barb Neiwert said...

That's one HUGE barn quilt block in the last photo, lol! You've had a wonderful year. Isn't it grand to tour Yellowstone unencumbered by a roof over your head? We've done that in a convertible, and the difference is astounding - you get to see so much more. Enjoy 2018!

Farm Quilter said...

Motorcycle trips are so much fun! I just wish my husband had time off during the warm months!! Congratulations on being an Island Batik ambassador for 2018!

Mary C said...

Just Make Stuff!! Love it!

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I have enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your creations.

Sumac said...

Love your quilts!

Quilty said...

Gorgeous quilts, I love them all!!

Sewbig said...

So many beautiful quilts! I think I will use my winding ways templates that have been waiting patiently for me to use them.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Love the Big Barn Quilt!!! Great photo!

delaineelliott said...

Beautiful quilts! You are very talented. Thanks!

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Melva said...

What a great year!

Linda said...

Wowzers

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Wow, you've had quite an adventurous year in 2017. It will be fun to see how you top that in 2018.

Nancy Lewis said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts.

Nancy Lewis said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilts.

Barb said...
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Barb said...

Your barn quilt is inspiring--have been thinking about making one for our new building. Island Batiks are a beautiful fabric line--congratulations on working with them!
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Tabitha Keener said...

I loved all of the quilty inspiration! Your road trip looked fun too!

Brenda / SBD Embroidery and Quilting said...

Thanks for sharing your quilts! I really loved the bike trip!!

Judi Duncan said...

Just make stuff...the rule that I live by!

Kristyn said...

Looks like you had an amazing 2017

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

Wow Great quilt projects and biking too! rozz01(at)cox(dot)net

d said...

Congratulations on a wonderful year and best wishes for continuing good things for you.

BarefootThunder said...

I bet that Yellowstone bike ride was awesome!! been through there via van, hubs and I and a three year old... it was wonderful.
quilts great too :)

Judy Forkner said...

Congratulations on being a runner-up in the AccuQuilt Barn Block contest!

Deb B. said...

I'm glad I found out about you from the Island Batiks blog hop. It looks like you had a very busy 2017. I hope you have an exciting 2018.

Angie&Gary Short said...

Neat projects. Have a happy day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

apple blossom said...

love your creations.