With hours left in 2018, I am scrambling to squeeze in a few more things, one of which is this post.
I've participated in all three of Cheryl's previous Best Of linky parties, so I did not want to miss 2018! It's good that I'm doing this, because it made me update my Quilts of 2018 page, which has been sadly neglected since, oh, the last make in August! Gulp. Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs hosts this linky party on her blog, one of my favourite blogs, I might add. This is the fourth year she's done this. I've always done mine by stats, but this year I'm simply picking my favourite makes. At least that's my intent as I start writing this post! You never know where I may go, if you've read me for any length of time. Heck, I never know where my own post may go, LOL.
This past year I had the honour of being one of the Island Batik Ambassadors. It pushed me in new directions, stressed me a bit (in a good way), challenged me, and made me venture ever further into the world of my own designs.
1. My favourite make of the year is In the Shadow of the Plus, a quilt I designed in my annual #30quiltdesignschallenge on Instagram. You betcha I'll be hosting it again in 2019.
I'm very proud of all my publications, but this first in-print one is a wee bit extra-special.
2. Postcard from Sweden is one of my favourite 2018 makes. It's so happy and bright and geometric and so not my usual style, outside of rainbow colours, which I have always loved. It no longer lives with me, but I cannot wait until the future owner finds out that is is NOT living with me any more...tee hee!
Midget Gem Quilts, who was my co-host for the QAL.
3. This next quilt I'll admit made me tear my hair out, but not the papers out(!), all in a good way in the end.
Fallen Sky was my make for the paper-piecing challenge we were given as Island Batik Ambassadors. It's a pattern by Cindy of Stitchin at Home, such a clever design.
4. Lift Up is another of my own designs, another I loved seeing come to life in fabric.
5. This kaleidoscope cushion cover was another original design, using techniques I'd learned 18 years ago when I took a class from a protégée of Paula Nadelstern's. It was made for a Benartex blog hop for Paula's new line at the time, Wonderlust.
I hope you'll check the links to the projects, and I hope you'll consider joining in with Cheryl for her linky party. It was difficult to pick just five favourites! I had three more faves, all given away. Knowing they're loved and used makes me so very happy.
Here are links to previous Best Of posts of mine:
Best of 2017
Best of 2016
Best of 2015