On December 27, 2012 I wrote my very first blog post. I was determined to overcome my fear of technology, and I wanted to document my ongoing journey with cloth—quilts, clothing, and more. I had no idea that maintaining a blog would become an integral part of my life as an artist. I did not know that it would become a tool for teaching, a method for documenting, and a means of connecting with the larger world of makers.
371 blog posts later, I am still writing.
I am a bit disappointed that I wrote only 37 blog posts this year. My goal for 2018 is 72 which seems outrageous, but I have a plan.
In celebration of my blog’s birthday, I always post the top ten reads for the year. I hope you find a post that you missed or want to revisit. Here we go.
10. A Few Things You Should Know
I think the biggest learning curve in my life right now is getting my act together as a teacher. I am continually trying new things–some work, some don’t. The bottom line is that I truly care about each student, and her success, but as I try to be all things to all students, I sometimes fail. I hope you will stick with me while I figure this out.
9. Art Quilts International Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman
Dance Party at Tamara’s House was selected to be part of this amazing book of eye candy. If you didn’t get it for Christmas, you can still buy it for yourself. It is loaded with excellent visual inspiration.
8. Meeting New People
There was a time early in my life as a quilt maker that I was afraid of meeting new people—this is the story of how I changed that up.
6. Improv Patchwork—Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape and Blog Hop-Improv Patchwork
I am combining these two posts because they are next to each other on the count down, and they are essentially the same. They are posts related the book Improv Patchwork–Dynamic Quilts Made with Line & Shape by me. If you want a signed copy, you can get one here
5. Teaching Schedule July 2017 – July 2018
Today, I updated and expanded this post, so if you want the latest on when and where I will be, check it out. Especially if you just happen to be on the Big Island in January! I am teaching on January 4th and 9th at Quilt Passions, Kailua Kona.
4. How to Build a Quilt
I think this might be my only tutorial for the year. I explore ways to get off the grid and build a quilt improvisation-ally.
3. A Few Thoughts on Sharing
I think this was the most difficult post I wrote all year. The one that I heamed and hawed about until I finally just hit the publish button and turned my computer off. A Few More Thoughts on Sharing is a follow up post that I also like a lot.
2. Fleece Flannel Blankets
This post was written in 2013 and it has been in the top ten every year but one. Every one needs a fleece flannel blanket.
1. The Perfect Beginners Top Down Sweater
I wrote this post in February of 2015—more than two years ago. This year, I finished my very first top down sweater. I used the My Favorite Sweater pattern by Fancy Tiger Crafts. It is a great beginner pattern. My version is super thick. I call it my cast iron sweater. It looks and feels like a cast iron skillet. Every time I wear it, I debate about making it longer. I know I should, but do I want to?
I have written a Happy Anniversary post every year to celebrate another trip around the sun. You can read them here.
In writing these posts, I have discovered the best way to search for past entries on my blog is to go to my ABOUT page. There, you can search for individual entries by subject or month. I know it would be nice to have that feature on my home page, but the WordPress template I use doesn’t allow for it. The plus side to this is a CLEAN home page. The negative is that you can’t easily find old posts. Which kind of stinks.
What what kind of posts would you like to read next year? Did your favorite post make the list? I would love to know.
Thank you for being along for the ride. It means a lot to me to know that you are out there reading and maybe even thinking about something I wrote. One stitch at a time we are learning what it is to be human at this dot on the timeline, at this moment in history. Let’s make it better. It’s kind of our job.
I will leave you with my most recent selfie. I took this in front of my friend Colleen Kole’s work to prove I was there. Two seconds later, security was trailing me to make sure I didn’t do that again. Turns out this was a no photo exhibit.
Happy New Year People!