2018 Year in Review

2018 has been an amazing year for my quilting adventures. I turned my hobby into a business, Patchwork & Poodles, started this blog, and released my first pattern. I want to thank all of you for following along, cheering me on, and sharing my work with your friends.

Today is also my golden birthday! That’s right, I’m thirty years old today. I’ve been saying for months that thirty is going to be a good year, so I’m going into it with high spirits. I used to hate the fact that my birthday was sandwiched between Christmas and New Years, and it never seemed to be at a convenient time for anyone. But earlier this year, while reflecting, I realized that in a way I’m very lucky, since my birthday falls right before the new year. Having a birthday at the same time as the Earth seems like a great time to turn a year older, make goals, and gear up for the new year.

I started quilting in July 2016, and I’ve been keeping a notebook of all of my makes. Now with the inception of my blog, it seems fitting that I do a recap on this virtual platform as well. I want you to know this isn’t a competition or about who made more stuff this year. Quilting is a hobby, a passion, and I’m very lucky to have the time to do a lot of it. So please, if you didn’t make as much stuff this year, don’t feel like you didn’t measure up. It isn’t about how much you make, it is about how much love you pour into your makes.

I consider a “finished” quilt one that is completely quilted and bound. Because of this, I have quite a few “in progress” quilts that will be considered finished quilts in next year’s round-up. All quilts shown below were finished this year, even though they may have been started in 2017. And on that note, let’s get started! This year I finished …

1 mini quilt:

2 wall hangings:

8 tote bags (for pattern information check out my blog post):

4 candy corn buntings (no pattern):

6 quilted pillows:

Clockwise from top left, neutral patchwork pillow (pattern modified from the Pumpkin Seeds Quilt pattern by The Pattern Basket), Ring of Coffins pattern by Art School Dropout, improv pillow (no pattern), Cross-stitch Santa (Bucilla kit), Prairie Points Tree pattern by Sterling Sews, and a second improv pillow (no pattern)

1 Christmas Stocking, pattern by @katylivings found in a magazine:

1 baby quilt, Modern Crossing Quilt pattern by me!:

And 20 (!) throw quilts:

Okay, so this one will be hard to try to document, but we’ll go left to right in “rows”:

  1. Phoenix Quilt pattern by Purple Pineapple Studios
  2. Sidewalk Chalk Quilt pattern by Then Came June
  3. Scandinavian Tomte Quilt pattern by Rebecca Mae Designs
  4. Scraps of Scraps improv quilt, no pattern
  5. Christmas Joy Quilt pattern by Lo and Behold Stitchery
  6. Sienna Burst quilt pattern by Then Came June
  7. Celtic Crossing Quilt pattern by Lo and Behold Stitchery
  8. Flight Path Quilt pattern by Quilting Jet Girl for Patterndrop
  9. Honor Quilt pattern by Villa Rosa Designs
  10. The Finch Quilt pattern by Village Bound Quilts (pattern not yet released)
  11. Mountain Horizon Quilt pattern by Lo and Behold Stitchery
  12. Black Diamond Quilt pattern by @heartofcharnwood in issue 36 of Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine
  13. City Tiles Quilt pattern by Emily Dennis (Quilty Love)
  14. Halloween 4-patch quilt, pattern came in a kit and I couldn’t find it for sale anywhere
  15. Quilt Guild Brown Bag Challenge quilt, no pattern
  16. Celtic Crossing Quilt pattern by Lo and Behold Stitchery
  17. Seeing Double Quilt pattern by Then Came June
  18. Stars and Stripes Quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms
  19. Modern Crossing Quilt pattern by Patchwork & Poodles (hey, that’s me!)
  20. Simple Addition Quilt pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew

Riley sat his bum down on all of them…

And I published my first pattern! The Modern Crossing Quilt PDF pattern is available in my shop!

It has been a great year, thanks for following along. I’m excited for what 2019 has in store!

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