Do you ever take the time to look back over the past year when you start thinking about making New Year's resolutions? I thought it might be fun to take a look back at 2018 (which seems to have gone by in a huge blur!) before thinking about what I want to do in 2019. So let's see some of the highlights!
January saw the advent of Scrap Attack!, a monthly goal for dealing with scraps. I enjoyed doing this, although there were months when I was too busy to draw another task from the box. I did find, though, that I really enjoy sewing with scraps, and it showed throughout the year.
And of course, since 2018 was turning out to be the year of the scrap, the theme for the quilt-along starting in late January was Scrumptious Scraps! This year I had help from some friends (because scrap quilts take a lot longer to make!) and between the four of us, we provided six tutorials for simple scrap quilts that would be easy to make for...
...the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge! This started in mid-March and ran through the end of May. Quilters were challenged to join in and make quilts for one of three charities (or a local charity of their own choosing) and it was a rousing success in 2018! The final posted numbers were 150 quilters participating, making 416 quilts that were donated to people in need!!! I know that more quilts have been donated since then, as some people who were unable to finish by the end of the challenge have let me know they finally sent theirs on. I am always amazed by the generosity of quilters!!
Then July brought the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop with 28 bloggers participating this year. They shared amazing ideas for gifts and crafty things to make your holidays sparkle!! And I also shared another quickie quilt as a quilt-along - twelve days, one hour per day, and you can have your own Christmas quilt!
This year I made a lot of memory quilts, pillows, and even a table runner! I love doing this kind of work because it's so important to the recipients.
I also had the pleasure of restoring this fun vintage quilt for my friend - she slept under it as a child at her grandmother's house, and wanted to use it in the room she was preparing at her own home for her first grandchild! It's now restored, and ready for generations of kids to enjoy!
And did I mention I made a few t-shirt quilts? Whew - I lost count of how many I made this year, but it was a lot! My tub of t-shirt backs can attest to that...
Quilts for my grandkids rounded out a year filled with scrap quilts, comfort quilts, ministry quilts, and sometimes "just for the heck of it" quilts! Our quilt ministry gave out a lot of quilts this year, with my favorite large donation being 51 quilts for the teachers at our local elementary school, to thank them each for all they do for the children of our community.
So that's a quick overview of 2018 - and now I can't wait for 2019 to start! Tomorrow I'll share some of my goals for 2019 - it's going to be hard to narrow it down to a short list, but I'm going to try.
I'd love to hear your favorite accomplishment of 2018 - do share in the comments!!