Wednesday, 27 December 2017

2017 End of Year Review and 2018 Planning Party

Looking around IG and blogger sphere alike, the time of reviewing 2017 and making plans for 2018 has come round. As Yvonne of 'Quilting Jetgirl' is hosting this fabulous link party, I guess, I too could go back and check what I did and did not accomplish in 2017.

In December last year, I made plans to progress the 2016 quilting bee quilt tops. While I partially removed the blue and green bits in the blocks destined for the ‘Double Square Star’ quilt, I have not done anything else on this project. I made no progress whatsoever on the Bee Hive ‘Double Star’ quilt. So there are a few non-starters in 2017.

 2017 Accomplishments:

The ‘Rakish Needle’ Round Robin kicked off in March and it has been the most wonderful sewing experience in the round robin group this year. All six participants communicated via Whats App and it was just so much fun to see how everyone went about adding to each other’s projects. I had thought / hoped that we would be done with the round robin by the end of this year but that was a bit optimistic. There are two and a half more rounds to come in 2018 and I plan to relish those. I guess we might be done by Summer 2018.

Other highlights this year, were my participation in Katarina Roccella’s blog hop tour despite a few hick-ups along the way. The fabric I needed for my project did not arrive and I had to alter the project plan and buy fabric instead. Despite all that and the time pressure building because the fabric did not arrive, I did manage to deliver on my commitment. In the framework of the blog tour I also drew up my first ever foundation paper piecing template. There is room for improvement but the template is serviceable. I made a baby blanket top in one of the possible repeats for that block and am still rather pleased with the outcome.

Late in spring the unexpected opportunity to help out as pattern tester for @unicornharts presented itself and I volunteered to test the ‘Barmy Bear’ pattern, which I enjoyed immensely.

I participated in the ‘Getyourquiltywishesgranted3’ initiative on Instagram and, boy was I showered in fabulous fabrics. I won Rachel Hauser’s ‘Stitched in Color’ 'Summer Crush' fabric mosaic contests and received this gorgeous fabric bundle as a prize. I also just won a book 'Stoff und Faden' on fabric material science, which got reviews saying that it is really good. It has arrived but I have yet to read it.

This year I got to meet and make more quilty friends as I travelled to attend one of the monthly sewing meetings some of the Hamburg based quilters arrange AND attended my first ever sewing retreat organised by Mel Meyer and Allison Campbell-Richter. That were truly fantastic four days and I hope that many more meetings with these fabulous ladies will follow.

Whilst travelling in Japan, I had a lesson on how to sew a Japanese style floor cushion by hand with a Japanese Kimono maker in Tokyo and attended a Indigo dyeing workshop in Kyoto. I went fabric browsing too. =)

At home, I completed some pillowcases, a baby quilt and another baby quilt… almost.

Looking back, I am very happy with what I have achieved this year, even though I did not get done all of what I had set out to do. Some of that was due to starting new projects rather than finishing those already in progress but that surely is entirely beside the point – hem hem.

2018 Plans and Goals:

For 2018 I have decided to take appropriate measures in response to the WIPs not exactly amassing but demanding attention.

In order to finally progress the two quilting bee tops from 2016 and this year’s stash bee blocks, I have decided not to join any quilting bee groups in 2018. Instead, and besides also still being in the round robin, I will concentrate on finishing WIPs. I also have the ‘Oh Deer’ divisible squares pieces lying around waiting to be pieced together into a quilt top.

There will be more baby quilts that need stitching – there always are. =)

Apart from that, I should very much like to visit ‘Nadelwelt’ the local German quilt fair in May and meet my quilty friends in Hamburg again.

There is no need to plan further because new opportunities will present themselves as the year progresses. Here is to a wonderful 2018 for all of us.


  1. What great projects, and good goals for next year. I love those fabrics you won!! Those would make a great scrap quilt.

  2. I really enjoyed getting such a nice review of your year in addition to your goal setting. And I am always so glad that there are more baby quilts to be made. I hope you have a great 2018 and thank you for linking up!

  3. Found really great fabric ideas in your article. I'm gonna use them for fabric vertical blinds like this: As I know it's gonna be a trend in 2018

  4. Even with not accomplishing all the initial goals. I think you had an amazing year. I loved seeing the progress on the round robin and will be looking out for more posts. And I am pretty sure Japan was an amazing visit. Looking forward to meeting you again! And good luck with your 2018 goals.


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