Thursday, December 26, 2013

Top Ten of 2013

Happy New Year! I have to say that this year has been the best! I started blogging at the beginning of the year in January and haven't looked back! I first started as a way to keep up with what I am creating and a way to share with friends and family. I felt bad for always posting on Facebook when about 90% didn't really have an interest in what I was creating. It wasn't until March that I finally figured out what the heck I was doing and joined my first quilt-a-long, Virtual Quilting Bee. [I still need to finish that one, but all the blocks are completed so that's still a flimsy finish in my book!] I then joined Zakka 2.0 and a few other quilt-a-longs and met some wonderful new blogging friends along the way. The sewing skills and techniques I learned because of these sew-a-longs are invaluable!

So, in popular end of year blogging style, I give you my top ten viewed post of 2013!

1. Reversible Chevron Baby Quilt with Pattern



2. easy peasy chevron quilt



3. my pretty little GIANT star surround is finished...



4. Nap mat and quilting with minky...



5. Modern Christmas Tree Pillow Tutorial



6. Uptown square...



7. Zakka 2.0 - Happy Hexagon Trivet



8. for the boys: an anniversary man quilt



9.Dorothy Day Tripper...Glamping Style



10. MSBHQAL finish...



And I just couldn't leave out #11 since it was so close to making it...

11. southwest salsa: a free pattern



Things I learned this year:

1. How to blog and gain readers/blogging friends by interacting and participating in hops, quilt/sew-a-longs and visiting/commenting other creative bloggers.

2. How to capture my work with better pictures and editing. If you make something beautiful, make sure you take the time to capture that as well in your photos. Otherwise, that hard work and beauty can be lost to others that take the time to admire your work.

3. How to take my time on a project, big or small. It truly makes a difference in the end. Just relax and enjoy the process.

4. Never stop learning. Try new things to gain more skills. NOTHING is too hard! Join in a sew-a-long or quilt-a-long and you would be surprise how much you will learn along with the help of many others right there with you!

5. Share, share, share! It is so rewarding to get praise and affirmation of things you create. So, even if it's just on facebook, Flickr, or Instagram...SHARE AWAY!

Feel free to add to my list! Thanks again from the bottom of my heart and Happy New Year!

Melissa

Year In Review

21 comments:

  1. You took the words out of my mouth with you "What I learned" list. I also started blogging in January and have enjoyed every minute of it.
    Happy holidays!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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    1. Happy New Year, Ester! Great meeting you this year! And happy bloganniversiary next month!

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  2. Congrats on all the lovely finishes from 2013! And thank you for sharing your talents and being such a wonderful source of inspiration, Melissa! Looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings!

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    1. thanks so much Lorna! I am so happy to share with all my blogging buddies and it's so touching that you guys think I am inspiring! Ditto back! Super excited about your linky party in January!

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  3. Whoa what a great year! Do great to look back and see all that's been accomplished. I have learned so much too and I don't know about you but I feel so much more inspired:) You are one of those inspiring people! Loved following these amazing quilt projects....ps...I just saw you are going to Quilt Bliss! Looks so fun. Definitely going to be a great 2014.

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    1. Hi Paula! I already replied by email but I just couldn't leave your comment the only one without a reply...SO HAPPY NEW YEAR! XOXO

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  4. Wow! Great finishes this year and great photos too. You have had a good year. :) I know what you mean about posting on Facebook and 90% not caring about what you made. Glad you found all of us bloggers who do appreciate your hard work.

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    1. Thanks so much Anita! I love all my new blogging friends! Have a great new year!

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  5. Fantastic finishes this year! Your Uptown Square quilt is one of my faves, just gorgeous!
    And while i didn't actually start blogging in 2013, it was the year i actually started making friends while blogging. What a difference leaving comments can make!

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    1. Aww, I am so glad you like my uptown square! I really debated the name but thought it was ironic and funny and that's kind of my sense of humor. Hope you have a creative 2014 and thanks for commenting! Happy New Year!!

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  6. You have had such a productive year. Gorgeous projects and I am so glad I found your blog! Happy New Year! xo jan

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    1. Thanks so much Jan! I am so glad I found your blog, too! I enjoy your life on the farm. I even tell Mr. Relish tid-bits about your chickens and such. So please keep sharing! Happy New Year to you as well! Cant wait to see what 2014 holds for us!

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  7. such lovely work. Congratuations! However, some didn't show up... instead an image from flickr that said the photo is private came up.

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenniffier! I'm sorry you couldn't see all the pictures. I noticed it doing that last night on my computer too. I usually set the pictures to private if I haven't blogged about them yet, but it usually still shows up just fine one the blog. Hopefully it was just a glitch, but I switched all my pictures to public just in case. Let me know if you have any issues again. Thanks so much for visiting and hope to see your more in 2014!

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  8. I loved following along with your blog this year. I think all of your quilts are beautiful and fantastic. I know that you are really super busy sewing all the time. Having little ones makes it really interesting. I am glad that your dad is having a good recovery. Best wished for 2014!

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  9. So many gorgeous projects! I hadn't seen your Southwest Salsa pattern before. I really like it!

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  10. man, I still love that giant star! and those triangles, too. =) here's to a great year past and another on the way!

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  11. so productive! especially love your MSBHQAL finish. happy new year!

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  12. I love your "What I learned list"! Sounds like such an amazing year. :D Love your broken herringbone quilt! Gorgeous colors! And that hexagon trivet makes me want to go out and get that book! SO cute. :D

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  13. We copied your baby chevron quilt to the tee (Coquette fabric and all!) for my friends baby shower and it was PERFECT!! LOVE that quilt. Thank you for the inspiration....I know she will cherish it for years to come with her new baby girl!

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  14. I especially love your quilts # 2 and 6, you've done a lot this year, way to go!

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