Monday, December 27, 2021

Best of 2021

Each year, Cheryl invites bloggers to join the best of 2021 link-up and share their 5 best blog posts of  the year.   And the best part?  We get to define what 'best' means!  

 My best of 2021 all correlate to some major things that happened in my quilting life and documented on my blog.  They are listed in no particular order.

QuiltCon Together:  Having 4 quilts juried into the virtual QuiltCon Together quilt show was certainly a highlight for the year!   Read more about my thoughts and highlights from the show

Top row:  Boomerang and Carnival;  Bottom row: Cartwheel and Astro

Publishes: I had quilts featured in two different magazines.  Boomerang was featured in the QuiltCon magazine.  This was a big thrill for me - I really enjoyed every aspect of creating the quilt and to have it as one of the quilts in the magazine was very exciting.   I also had an article on One Block Scrap Quilts appear in Make Modern Magazine.

Hand Piecing QAL:  Kristin and I ran our third hand piecing quilt along with our quilt Harmony.  Harmony is composed of a single large block that creates a secondary pattern as you join additional blocks together.  (See the pattern.)  Collaborating with Kristin on our QAL was certainly a highlight for the year.

Quilt Coat - My absolutely favorite make of the year was my quilt coat.  I made a lot of geese and created the panels that turned into the quilt.  On my blog, I I shared the process of creating the panels and the pattern prep (part 1) and then shared the assembly process (part 2) and then the finish!  I love my coat and wear it almost every day.  It is warm and perfect for layering underneath.

Improv - I made a lot of projects this past year - bags, quilts and coats - including one quilt I haven't yet shared.  One of the quilts makes I had the most fun with was my I Believe in Dragons quilt.  Created for my guilds improv challenge - where it tied for viewers choice securing my first ribbon :-).  It was also juried into QuiltCon 2022 which both surprised and delighted me!

I also had the chance to take an improv class with  Jacquie Gering  which was awesome.  You can read about it and see my mini improv study on this post.   Improv hasn't been my first choice when I sit down to make a quilt.  But I've learned from the mini and the project from Jacquie's class is that I really enjoy the process which is a reason to try it some more!

I enjoy participating in the link-up each year even though it is always tough to choose just 5 highlights.  You can find my previous yearly top 5 here:  20202019,   201820172016

Have a wonderful day! Patty


  1. I love seeing the variety of quilting your projects that you have done, Patty! Your quilt coat is really amazing! Of course, I love participating in the hand-pieced QALs you and Kristin sponsor, and hope you're planning another for 2022. My fingers are crossed!

  2. What a wonderful recap of a great year, Patty. I look forward to seeing what you make in 2022!

  3. Patty this is such a great summary of your year! That coat is amazing! Can hardly wait to see where you go in 2022!

  4. Wow! Congrats on an exciting year with lots to celebrate--from QuiltCon acceptances, magazine articles, and really fabulous finishes!

  5. Your quilts are very striking! And what a year you've had. Congratulations on getting published! All the best for 2022.

  6. Congrats on all of the beautiful finishes, I love the QuiltCon quilts and the quilted coat! Thanks for linking up and Happy New Year!

  7. So many great finishes, Patty. I love especially that 4 awesome quilts that were in QuiltCon. Your quilted coat is awesome, hope you are getting a lot of wear out of that beauty!

  8. Love your color choices in your Harmony Quilt. (though I would never hand piece anything!) The spiral quilting enhances the design. Beautifully executed on all fronts. Thanks for sharing.


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