Times flies when you are having fun! 2016 is quickly coming to an end, which puts many of us in a reflective mood. Before we turn the page to a new year on the calendar, let’s take a moment or two and look back over the past twelve months and the major accomplishments of True Blue Quilts.
2016 Instagram Favorites
Visit 2016bestnine.com to see your most-liked posts from Instagram. Here is what they showed me:
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Top left: My Beaded Curtain quilt pattern is available as a PDF download. I sketched the original idea while on a long flight in 2014, and brought it to life last January.
Top center: I designed my Swirlpool quilt to feature the Lil Twister (TM) ruler. I love these easy pinwheels so look for more Twister patterns in 2017!
Top right: I took a self portrait for the #mycreative2016 series on Instagram. Notice my longarm in the background – Welcome to my office!
Middle left shows the detail stitching on Beaded Curtain. I explain this free motion quilting design in this post.
[Related Posts: I share new quilting designs on Free Motion Mondays!]
Middle center is a quilt made by a friend from Sew Pro. Sherri blogs at Rebecca Mae Designs, and this sweet winter-themed quilt was published in Simply Modern magazine.
Middle right is my Rainbow Twister quilt. See details here. I told you I love the Twister pinwheels!
Bottom left: Have you tried free motion quilting? These are some easy loop designs. I haven’t posted much about this quilt, because it will be included in my next book. Stay tuned!
Bottom center: Two Fabric Bargello, a kit from Susie Weaver, is stunning in person! The plan is to hang this in my bedroom…someday…when I get it quilted!
Bottom right is a variation of the Yellow Suns quilt from my book Monochromatic Quilts: Amazing Variety. A student chose a black and grey palette, which looked very sophisticated. She gave it to me for quilting so I got to enjoy it for a few extra days!
Best Quilt Projects of 2016
I had some great finished in 2016. My longarm notes tell me I quilted 46 quilts this year! Most of those were for longarm customers.
Another satisfying moment for me was becoming an online quilt teacher.
Join me on Skillshare.com to learn how to make a baby quilt, placemats or this Sudoku quilt. More to come on this platform in 2017 as well.
The absolute best part of 2016 was starting another quilt book with my mom. She taught me how to use the Angle Play templates, and we are working on several patterns for release in 2017.
It is a wonderful partnership! I am so blessed to live about 20 minutes from her, so we can get together and sew about once a week. Shopping her massive stash is an added bonus!