Visitors from 72 countries stopped by Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats and have left over 1600 comments on the 98 posts I published this year. I was honored to receive 453 comments on the twelve 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop posts. I’ve been unable to reply to all of them but know that I have read and appreciated every one of them. Thank you for taking the time to stop and chat, ask a question, leave an answer, or offer some help. I’ve learned so much from my readers.
I’m excited to have almost 450 followers by email, WordPress, and Bloglovin. Thank you for taking the time to not only read what I write but want to follow so you don’t miss a post. I’ve only been blogging for 1 and 1/2 years and strive to make my posts interesting and entertaining. If they sometimes read a bit humorous, it’s an added bonus for both of us.
There’s a year-end party happening over at Meadow Mist Designs. Cheryl has invited us to reflect on our year by sharing five of our top posts.
I’ve chosen to reflect on a variety of posts that were either enjoyed by my readers or that I enjoyed writing.
1. Some of my readers have said they like my witty writing style. Most of my stories are true-life events that aren’t planned but just kind of happen like my purple thang story that I wrote about here.
I was laughing out loud as I reminisced the event leading to the writing of this post. Tu-Na Helper actually had to come and see what all the commotion was about.
2. The 2017 Quilt MN Shop Hop was an exciting adventure this year. We had not planned to attend but decided at the last minute that it would be a good diversion for me and give me something else to think about rather than my upcoming eye surgeries. Counseling would definitely have been cheaper but not nearly as much fun.
One of the highlights of the trip was meeting some of my followers like these two above. This fun banter between sisters happened on Day 6. You can read about it here. That same day I discovered a heartwarming story about Grandma Sue and how she’s passing on her love for fabric and joy of quilting on to her grandchildren.
The Story of Grandma Sue didn’t stop there. I was contacted by the local paper in Park Rapids for permission to print the story of Grandma Sue and her grandkids in their Generations insert. I was shocked and thrilled. Of course, I said yes. Grandma Sue emailed a photo of it and then mailed me a copy of the paper.
Another highlight of the trip was interviewing shop owners and staff to get to know the creation story behind their shop. It’s hard to pick just one more day of the hop since they were all so much fun. Instead, I’ll just share the Shop Hop page here that I created in my header which has links to all the days and then you can pick the ones you missed or want to read.
3. I held my first giveaway during my participation in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop.
While I was deciding whether to open the giveaway to International readers or just keep it to the U.S, I told Tu-Na Helper my dilemma about not wanting to exclude anyone but I was concerned about the shipping cost. His response was “Include everyone. What’s the chance that someone from out of the country would win, anyway.” Imagine his surprise when the random number generator selected the number and then I counted the comments—all under his supervision—and arrived at the winner, Jean from New Zealand. She sent me such a heartfelt thank you that I wrote a post about it here. I “met” Jean, who blogs at All Points of the Compass, on the 12 Days of Christmas in July Hop. She even wrote a poem about the little pillow pincushion and sent it to me which I shared on Day 11 of that Hop. The random number generator couldn’t have picked a better winner.
4. The most emotional post for me to write was Tu-Na Quilts: Wanted– Sister to Help Share the Brotherly Love about the Plus Quilt and the story behind the reason I made it and the making of it.
Our daughter had always wanted a sister. She finally found one the year we decided to host an exchange student from Germany. But you can go read it for yourself but be sure to have some Kleenex handy.
5. I live in the Sonoran desert during the winter. From the first time I spied a Saguaro, it was love at first sight. Well at least from me. I wrote this post all about them. Be prepared to see some pictures of them in the wild, some unusually rare ones, and some flowering in the spring. Oh, and you’ll also see pictures of a couple of quilts that were inspired by a Saguaro. See for yourself what makes this mighty giant worthy of it’s place here in my post review.
What I Learned Today:
- One can feel cold even in the desert of Arizona. Once the sun goes down, it begins to feel a bit cold in the winter.
- The Native Arizonans around here wear boots and coats once it gets below 60. I find a sweater or light jacket necessary but Tu-Na Helper finally felt cold enough today to wear a pair of jeans.
- The end of the month sneaks up on me all the time. I have just a couple of days left to finish my bee blocks. I’d better get busy.
- Sometimes memorable events are not happy ones.
- Maybe I have to look deeper for the cherished memory.
Question: What was your most memorable event from this year? What memory will you cherish forever? I will always remember the year I had two eye surgeries but it sure won’t be the memory that I will cherish. Instead, I shall cherish the memory of being given the gift of sight.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts
Best of 2017 at Meadow Mist Designs
Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt