It’s that time of year to reflect on projects done and posts written.
I’m joining Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs for the Best of 2018 Linky Party. Thanks Cheryl for putting this together.
My Five “Best of 2018” Posts
This was the second pattern I designed and made available for sale on Craftsy. As most of you already know, many of us pattern designers received a letter from Craftsy explaining that they were improving their pattern store. However, many patterns were eliminated and I am sad to say that Crafsy let me go, too, so my patterns are no longer offered on their site. I hope those of you who purchased them already had them downloaded and saved on your computer. I will be looking at other ways to make that pattern available in the future.
The Fall into a QAL was designed and hosted by members of Partners in Design. You can find a link to all 12 of my QAL posts here which includes Tu-Na Quilts: Block Four — Sunflower with Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Steps to Making Accurately Pieced Blocks, Tu-Na Quilts: Block Five — Acorn with Lesson 1: Let’s Take the Wheel for a Spin of Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Guide to Fabric and Color Selection for Quilt Blocks, and Tu-Na Quilts: Block Six — Pie with Lesson 2: Variety is the Spice of Life of Tu-Na’s Tried and True Easy Guide to Fabric and Color Selection for Quilt Blocks.
I had a great time working with my fellow members located around the world. We’re gearing up for another big announcement for another QAL which we will announce soon. Once Christmas is over and the New Year begun, I’ve got my work cut-out for me as I’ll be designing another block for this new QAL.
For the past 5 summers, Tu-Na Helper and I have spent quality time together in our little car traversing the Hi-ways and back roads of Minnesota stopping at all the participating shops on the annual Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. We’ve seen fabulous scenery of Minnesota, explored great quilt shops, met old and new friends, and bought a lot of fabric and patterns.
I interviewed some of the shops and wrote about our travels. You’ll find the links to my daily posts for this past summer on the bottom of this post. The previous two summers are found on my header under shop hops.
This was the second time that I participated in the Art with Fabric Blog Hop. Creating this piece was fun. I wasn’t able to participate this fall since I was busily finishing several quilt projects and planning a long trip to Germany and Italy. There’s always hope for next year.
I’ve visited Melva from Melva Loves Scraps a couple of times when Tu-Na Helper and I make our annual migratory trips as she lives close to our route. In May, we stopped and sewed together while Tu-Na Helper explored the surroundings and took a nap. It was fun and productive and nine little girls benefited from our work. Thanks, Melva; I still smile every time I think of that sewing day.
This post has absolutely nothing to do with quilting but everything to do with inspiration. If you haven’t seen the desert in bloom, you’ve been missing out on some very beautiful flowers.
Thank you dear readers for reading my posts, following me, and leaving lots of comments. This past year has been extremely busy for me and I haven’t been able to reply back to everyone. But I sure appreciate the time you’ve taken to answer my question or leave a comment. I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you. Let’s stay in touch.
What I Learned Today:
- I am tired. I’ve been busy keeping warm (we flew back to ND for Christmas), feeding a large family for almost a week (we number 17 plus mother-in-law makes 18-but the adult kids have helped), and trying to elicit and maintain the Christmas spirit (Tu-Na Helper was rather grumpy this morning so I think he’s lost his).
- Time marches on whether I’m prepared or not. Christmas catches me by surprise every year. Or maybe it’s that I leave too many things to do for the last minute than is humanly possible.
- I’ve been extremely busy this year. Some of my projects and posts made it to the finish line; others are still waiting.
- I am glad a new year is coming soon. It’s time to clear the slate, reset the energy, and try again.
Question: How did you celebrate Christmas? Tu-Na Helper and I tried something new with our grandchildren this year. We took each grandchild (ages 3-9) on a shopping spree (Choose Your Own Christmas Present Adventure) for a book, something to wear, and things to play with. We came home with many stories to share of just how well-behaved our grandchildren are as well as what good shoppers they’ve become. They had a toy dollar limit (ok a very loose dollar limit) but all had to make choices as to which toys they really wanted and which they were willing to put back on the shelf, because “Life is full of choices so choose wisely.” No one fussed when we told them we were going to wrap up their items and put them under our Christmas tree for them to open on Christmas day. I think their parents were a tad bit worried about that adventure until all was revealed on Christmas Day.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
Karen, Tu-Na Quilts