Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 - What a Ride!!

Hi, all!

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!!




  1. Wow, that was a year of many quilts. And I hope 2019 will be as fun filled. Happy New Year.

  2. loved the scrap attack sew along...really helped me eliminate stuff and projects that had been on the back burner far too long!

  3. It was a great year of quilting says this bloc reader!
    I enjoyed seeing your creativity at work and your generosity with the ministry quilts!

  4. Happy New Year - I like what you did with scraps with this year and have thought that I need to do something like that and this year plan to get the two plastic tubs (not too large) out of the closet and see what is in them and hopefully use some of them. I have been using lots of scraps though over the past years but sure do need to use more of them.

  5. Heres to a Happy, Healthy and Productive 2019. Glad I was able to follow along with your successful 2018.

  6. What a great year you've had Sarah!!! Thanks to your Scrap Attack challenge, I was able to donate 10 twin sized bed quilts to my local EVE shelter all but one (it was donated to me) was made from my scraps. I will continue my scrap Attack shelter quilt projects into 2019.

  7. Thank you for a FULL year of fun and inspiration! Happy New Year coming up :-)

  8. What a fun and productive year you had! I love that restored quilt for your friend's grandchildren.

  9. You are certainly an inspiration, Sarah! Congrats on all you accomplished. I've had a productive year of making charity quilts - my biggest being 17 to H2H.

  10. You had a fabulous year and I know that 2019 will be even better!

  11. Amazing year, Sarah! You never cease to amaze me with all you accomplish! Have a happy and blessed New Year, my friend!

  12. Lovely year! Thanks for sharing everything that you have been up to. My favorite accomplishment was that I finished my first art quilt & it was a finalist in a Mancuso quilt show.

  13. That really was a great year of accomplishments! My favorite accomplishment this year was being able to make quilts for H2H and American Hero Quilts - a lot of them. I'm not in school any part of 2019, so I really hope to get more done this year.


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