Best of 2017 + a giveaway

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What a year.

It’s still shocking to me to see pictures pre-Irma. Having sustained serious home damage and still in the process of putting things back together, it’s been very easy to forget how things used to look and function around here. Putting together these photos reminded me of that. This process has also reminded me of how much stuff I’ve forgotten about over the year! Do you do that? This reason alone justifies taking an actual look back. If you haven’t done this for yourself yet, do it. While there might be difficult things to look back at, I promise that there will also be encouraging things as well. I’ll bet you accomplished more than you thought you did…

It’s been a big year. I released 2 new fabric collections–Blake and Gleaned, as well as 4 new quilt patterns–Eads, Tee, Russell and Wainwright. Sessoms got an update, and I added some new items to the shop (here and here). We did our first QAL together with Eads, which I really enjoyed, and I hope you did too!

Carolyn Friedlander 2017

Thank you so much for all of your support this year! Without you, none of it would be possible. Because of that I want to thank you and give some stuff away. I’ll be giving away goodies from above to 7 lucky winners.

To enter, leave a comment by January 4, 2018 (11am EST) in this post sharing one of your favorite highlights from 2017 and/or a goal for 2018. Giveaway now closed.

For me, I really enjoyed sewing with you in the Eads QAL, and I hope to do it again in 2018!

Happy New Year!

Carolyn Friedlander 2017

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301 Responses to Best of 2017 + a giveaway

  1. krislovesfabric December 29, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

    A highlight for me this year was getting some quilt tops from years-past bound. I feel fresh from that to start some new projects this year, yay!! Thanks for the chance, Happy New Year!!

    • Marie December 29, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

      Making my first complet quilt was for sure once of the highlight of 2017. The Russel quilt pattern is amazing!

    • Ginny December 29, 2017 at 8:44 pm #

      My goal is to become active in my local guilds and to make new quilting friends in the city where I have recently moved.

    • Melissa Lewis Reilly December 29, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

      Hi Caroline. Of course my class with you in Sisters OR this summer, on Hesperides, was beyond wonderful. And OMG treating myself to your pack of 80 weight thread has rocked my appliqué life. Looking forward to many more times ahead. Best to you in the cleanup – we’re all thinking about you! Melissa

  2. Gill December 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    I didn’t do the Eads QAL in 2017 but I’d like to do it in 2018!

  3. SuzyMcQ December 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    Hmmm, my highlight would have been getting a new machine with a larger throat which enabled me to take my quilting to a higher level.

    For 2018, it’s to piece and complete one of your quilt patterns. Perhaps Eads. It’s so hard to decide, Carolyn.

    All the best to you in the new year!

  4. Christine December 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    One of my highlights was changing jobs. I now get to train and mentor bright excited youngsters. So much fun!

  5. Erin December 29, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    One of my 2017 highlights was learning free motion quilting with you at Craft South. I learned a new skill from a talented master in a beautiful setting. I am truly grateful.

  6. Lennea Heymer December 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

    Highlight for me this year was to stop long-arming for other people. This has allowed me to sew more for my own pleasure and fun. In 2018 I’d like to work through a bunch of my stash with new patterns – I purchased the Eads pattern for part of that quest. Your posts are inspiring. Thank you for sharing your sights and visions with all of us.

  7. Leigh Betty December 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

    My highlight would be completing a Gypsy Wife quilt top with your fabric and some Charley Harper fabric.

  8. C December 29, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

    I want to better document my makes.

  9. Amorette Drexler December 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    My highlight is seeing your process and what steps you take for making. I just tried slow stitching applique this year from your creativebug class and I enjoyed the zen aspect.

  10. Tabitha Keener December 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    My highlight for this year was finishing a king size quilt for my brother! It was the first quilt I’ve made that big and I’m not sure I want to try that again on a tiny home sewing machine! In 2018 I hope to learn hand embroidery and bag making. Thanks so much for a chance and I always look forward to your inspiration!

  11. Stephanie December 29, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    Highlight of 2017 was becoming more confident in my sewing techniques. I have had a go at EPP, FPP and traditional piecing. In 2018 I want to explore colour combinations and be more adventurous! Also to make a quilt big enough for my bed.

  12. Melissa P December 29, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    My highlight was being able to see with friends several times, and to finish a quilt! Love your fabric and patterns-what a busy, beautiful year you’ve had! Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful gifts!

    • Melissa P December 29, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

      I meant sew with friends 😁

  13. Amy Southerland December 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    I went back to school as an adult and while working full time, by happy to day I completed my Master of Public Administration and a Graduate certificate in Urban Planning in 2017! Now I have more free time and can’t wait to start sewing more in 2018.

  14. Julie December 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    2017 was a pretty intense year for me, but one of the good-intense parts was arriving in a new home – and now living in a city I love for the first time in my life. I’m also home for the first time and that means everything. ❤️ Now that I’m settled, 2018 is all about getting my own little business off the ground!!!

  15. Keri Brusven December 29, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    I only did two blocks from the Eads QAL, so I’m looking forward to getting back to that. (Need to finish cleaning my sewing room first. Yikes!) Also, want to finish my City Sampler quilt. I made all 100 blocks from your fabric, but I still need to finish piecing the front together. Happy New Year, everyone!

    • Keri Brusven December 29, 2017 at 2:49 pm #

      I can’t believe this wasn’t the first to come to mind… I get to take a class from you at a Fancy Tiger in September!!!

  16. Hillary December 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    Love the photo montage. My goal for 2018 is selfish sewing – I have fabric and patterns for some dresses and tops that I want to knock out in January and then I’m going to focus on quit WIPs. Sew my stash. 🙂

  17. Natalie Skinner December 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    The quilting highlight for me this year, was getting a quilt accepted into Quiltcon (and it features Friedlander fabric)! One of my quilting goals for 2018 is to make as many quilts as I can using the fabric I already have in my stash.

  18. A.e. Macha December 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm #

    Congrats on a great year! One highlight of 2017 was daily drawing challenges- I did three of them and feel super nourished. Now to master easing a sleeve in 2018.

    • Linda Stewardson December 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

      My highlight was finishing a baby quilt for a new baby in my family. I love to start things but have trouble finishing. Have to change that!

  19. Louise December 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    My highlight this year was taking up hand piecing. My goal for 2018 is to finish my first completely hand stitched quilt for my son

  20. Erica Friend December 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    My goal this year is to finish all of my WIPs! Easier said than done! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  21. Corrinna December 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    It was great meeting you at Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show and I’m looking forward to Friendlander in 2018. It’s a stunning collection. Highlights this year were indulging in my two hobbies, riding motorcycles and sewing. I packed a lot of miles in and sewed lots of fun stuff to give away to friends. In 2018 I hope to finish more clothes and ride more miles. Happy New Year!

    • Corrinna December 29, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

      Ugh, I mean Gleaned in 2018! Yikes, major name mistake!

  22. Safieh December 29, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Finishing up my Carkai quilt was definitely a major highlight for 2017! For 2018 my goals will definitely include more quilt finishes and more practice on my longarm! Xoxo

  23. Sherry December 29, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    Getting to use all of my Carolyn friedlander collections in a 100 blocks in100 day’s quilt was the BEST quilt thing this year. Can’t wait for Gleaned’s release.

  24. Nelson December 29, 2017 at 2:58 pm #

    A highlight for me was starting needle turned applique with one of your patterns. It’s a very relaxing process with great results. My goal for 2018 is to start garment sewing.

  25. Samantha Ewers December 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    A highlight for me this year was a dedicated sewing room. We remodeled an unused room in our basement and I love having a space to create in.

  26. Martha Henrichs December 29, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

    A 2017 highlight was finishing over a dozen UFOs!

  27. Sarah Simpson December 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    As I reflect on 2017 I am happy to have participated in another craft fair selling my wears! In 2018 I hope to see 3 clothing staples.

  28. Janyce Anderson December 29, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    Being a traditional quilter for 30 years, I have so enjoyed this modern movement. The dymanic use of color, and manipulation of traditional patterns, and the freedom to try new designs has been so inspirational! Looking forward to my 2018 challenges.

  29. Angela December 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    Pretty excited to get some new quilt projects done in 2018, but the best one will be the double wedding quilt I’m “surprise” making for my best friend’s wedding!!!

  30. Kristi December 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm #

    One of my highlights was the birth of my second son, but because of that I got close to no quilting done this year. Looking to get back in the groove in 2018!

  31. Brooke Bristow December 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    Highlight: Selling my designs on tea towels for embroidery at local shows around Kansas City.
    Goal: Design 5 new embroidery patterns and get them selling on ETSY!

  32. Andrea December 29, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    This year, I finished my first quilt and gifted it to my niece. Also, I started to see garments for my kids and also for myself – which is really fun and rewarding. My Christmas present was a large rainbow bundle of your fabrics – so my goal for 2018 is to tackle one of your quilt patterns. I already bought Wainwright. Thank you for all your inspiring work!

  33. Emily December 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

    A highlight was having my little baby girl!! A goal is to do more garment sewing and use her as my little muse 😍😍

  34. Chrisrine December 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    I had a couple of highlights this year. Hubby was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and thanks to the availability of great healthcare, he was able to fight the cancer and go into remission! On a creative note, I was able to finish the first quilt I ever started! I had set it aside and thanks to a QAL, I was motivated to finish the top and quilt it on my little home machine. That was pretty challenging because it ended up being king size but we just love it so it was worth every stitch. For 2018 I am looking forward to continuing on my quilting journey while I continue to knit and spin along the way. I would like to learn some new to me technique like applique and improve quilting. Happy New Year!

  35. Amber December 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

    I put myself out there this year and took quilting classes to push myself… next year I’m going to QuiltCon! I’m really enjoying furthering my craft and can’t wait to see what I can do in 2018 with my new skills!

  36. Sara Guidry December 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    A highlight for me in 2017 was finishing a community quilt project I organized. I am super excited for QuiltCon in 2018, and have a goal to learn something new!

  37. makingwhatever December 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

    Highlight for me was being able to sew and donate 6 NICU quilts. Goals for 2018 are to quilt current finished quilt tops and sew even more items to donate.

  38. Julie December 29, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    What a beautiful and inspiring look back! Highlight of 2017 was the birth of our 5th grandson and looking forward to 2018 as a time of lots of family time and lots of stitching time!!

  39. Kari Buccambuso December 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    Highlight: learning to quilt and making several beautiful miniquilts and pillow covers.
    Goal: Making around 5 actual quilts next year plus a set of pillows made entirely from fabrics from all of your lines! I’ve been gathering and gifted little bits from kind people on Instagram as I’m brand new to quilting this year!

  40. Carmen Christian December 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    Quilting highlights for 2017 started out with going to QuiltCon in beautiful Savannah and taking classes from you and Jen Carlton-Bailey. And then going to Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, Oregon and taking classes with you, Heather Jones and Tula Pink! Looking forward to 2018 starting with QuiltCon and yes, I am taking another class from you (really I am not a stalker, I just have good taste;), Anna Maria Horner and Sarah Fielke. I will also be going to Quilter’s Affair again this July (haven’t had registration yet so not sure what I will get in to) and Sisters, OR again in September for a workshop with Valori Wells.

  41. Kristina Karson December 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm #

    A highlight for me this year was discovering your work and stumbling on the eads qal, being so attracted to the colors, patterns, and potentiality for fun that I decided to start my very first quilt ever and learn how to paper piece! I really wanted to make a king size so my goal for 2018 is to finish the full 247 eads blocks, and maybe make some shams to go with! Thanks, Carolyn for the beautiful pattern and inspiration to try something new!

  42. Carol Nelms December 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    My highlight-my niece wanted to learn to quilt!! She is 21, still in college, and making a pinwheel quilt as her first. What a joy to have someone to teach, and to leave my fabric stash to.

  43. leslie December 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Goal for this next year is to finish more projects-knitting, sewing, embroidery.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  44. Gary Butler December 29, 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Discovering more slow stitching in the form of hand piecing. Makes you even more present to what you are creating, as well as being portable (so finding new places to sew)
    The goal? To complete a whole quilt by hand, even the binding.

  45. Cindy Lammon December 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    I’ve made so many fun projects this year including your Rin and Tangelo patterns. Hope to do some appliqué and hand quilting in 2018!

  46. Danielle December 29, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    My highlight was my daughter sleeping through the night – that was earlier in the year but I have only just got my sewjo back… for 2018 I am planning on sewing a lot from my stash both clothing and patchwork fabrics.

  47. Heather Long December 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

    i have quit a few goals for this next year- clean, organize, and maintain my sewing room! which will probably be as hard as exercising regularly , but i really need to strive for it. also i really love making quilts to donate to people in need so i’m hoping i can do more of that. And along the lines of cleaning my sewing room i’d like to finish some projects and quilts i started this year and earlier. Managing my time better i think will help better me to keep up with the goals i’m hoping to achieve. i would also like to get my hands on some of your new fabric! its always amazing! 😉

  48. jennmcmillan December 29, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    A goal I had for last year was to cut back on the number of shows that I did and focus on more “me” projects, or projects for family members which I did! My goal for 2018 is to severely limit my fabric purchases and get creative with what I have in my (massive) stash! But I also have a big secret quilt project on the go and want to continue working on my Eads quilt, which I’m continually pulling colour combos for. Thanks for the great year of inspiration, patterns and fabrics!

  49. Anne December 29, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    I have three hightligths this year. One is quilt related: I made a quilt in a weekend that I unexpectaly love. I didn’t expect much of it and then I came to love it! The other two are personal: moving to a new home and buying a lovely kitten. In 2018 I plan to graduate and finish my farmers wife quilt. Two wonderful goals! Thank you for the giveaway. I very much enjoy your overview.

  50. Sheree C December 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    I viewed most of the beautiful eads QAL but didn’t join in time. I love your beautiful fabric. I will have as one of my goals to join eads QAL in 2018. I really look forward to it!

  51. curlygirlswalking December 29, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    I have been lucky enough to buy your fabric for a quilt I am making this coming year for my new home away from home…..I can’t wait to get it started! I love your impeccable style.

  52. IreneKF December 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    One of my quilting goals for 2018 is to make 2-3 versions of your Collection quilt. I came across it quite by accident on someone else’s blog and just had to buy the pattern. I have been looking for an applique project that was more modern than Baltimore album blocks. This one inspires me and I plan to use only fabrics that I have in my (considerable) stash.

  53. Judy Maloney December 29, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    A highlight of 2017 was that I retired from my nursing career and now work at a fabric store (for fun!) My goal for 2018 is to hand quilt the quilt that I have been piecing by hand this past year. I love slow sewing!

  54. fromshawna December 29, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    A highlight is seeing all of the amazing makes shared on instagram! A goal for this year is to start a new CF quilt using one of the many patterns I have.

  55. Leslie B. December 29, 2017 at 3:51 pm #

    Highlight of 2017 was making a quilt for my Mom to enjoy. 2018 …. finish more and start less 😉. Love, Love the strong architect elements in your fabric and quilt designs ❤️

  56. Sabrina Lavieri December 29, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    My highlight from 2017 was getting my singer featherweight up and running. My goal for 2018 will be to play with your Eads pattern.

  57. Erica Page December 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm #

    The highlight of 2017 was piecing a queen sized quilt for bed and the goal for 2018 is to hand quilt it.

  58. Kirsty December 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    A 2017 highlight was finishing and gifting a quilt to a very special aunty. She loved it. I’ve got lots of plans for 2018 including lots of bushwalking adventures, quilting and hopefully finding a new job.

  59. Sam tyler December 29, 2017 at 4:07 pm #

    A highlight for me is wearing almost all clothes I have made myself. The goal for next year is more of that and more clothes for my children!

  60. Neressa December 29, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    2018 will be the year I tackle our bed quilt. Modern courthouse steps with your fabric- chambray and some kona. My husband and I eloped to the courthouse 15 years ago when we were babes(early 20’s). I hope to celebrate all we’ve been through together!

  61. Kat Salemno December 29, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    In 2018, I hope to sew more for fun and work on some of my projects that are sitting (still uncut). One of my projects is making a Lucy Boston wall hanging with some of my CF collection!

  62. Arita December 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm #

    One of my highlights was retiring this year after working close to 40 years. Also having a quilt accepted into QuiltCon 2018.

  63. Susan December 29, 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    Everythema about 2017 was fantastic, but there was this trip to Madagascar to visit my daughter…in 2018, more fabric work!

  64. Joy December 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    My favorite project of 2017 was cooking my newborn baby! I had a bizarre form of morning sickness that made me nauseated when I looked at fabric so I didn’t get much done. In 2018 I look forward to finishing my Collection quilt and making a Wainwright for my new son.

  65. Linda December 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    My most favorite make in 2017 is my Aerial quilt. I used liberty of london circles and chambray/denim/double gauze. Almost finished -hand quilting with wool batting. Warm, soft and cozy.
    I also ventured into garment sewing (Hannah dress is my fav). For 2018 I want to try working with knits and will continue to try new patterns that include new skills.

  66. Betsey December 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    My highlight was definitely the birth of my daughter!!! I went crazy nesting and really enjoyed all of the stuff that I have made for her. I like being out and having people ask if I made her bib or her pants or her hat. Plus she looks really adorable!

  67. Nicole December 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    A huge highlight for me was getting a new sewing machine. It was a total game changer and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in 2018!

  68. Denise Clason December 29, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    I really love to quilt with really pretty fabric‼️ Have several tops to quilt this year.

  69. Lindsey Kelly December 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm #

    fun fun! my favorite project has been my applique project from your creativebug class! It really opened up a whole new demension of sewing to me! I’m really looking forward to making a quilt with your wainwright pattern this year!

  70. Maria December 29, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    My goal for 2018 is to sew more clothes for me. I no longer have to try to get my body to fit the clothes if I can master altering sewing patterns so the clothes fit me perfectly. For 2017 what I’m most happy with is that I have come so much farther this year, with sewing and quilting, and being able to make my own sewing patterns.

  71. Katy D. December 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm #

    My goal for 2018 is to slow down. I spend my days taking kids here and there. I plan on slowing down and being in the moment more. I think Wainwright would be a good way to start that!

  72. Niku December 29, 2017 at 4:38 pm #

    A highlight was definitely QuiltCon in Savannah, and getting to see some of your quilts in person!

  73. Margaret S December 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    My biggest highlight of the year is learning how to appliqué. I’ve finished the Collection quilt for my daughter’s room and am currently working on my Rin quilt. In 2018 I’d like to get some practice with paper piecing and to finish all the quilts of mine that are currently in progress. Congrats on a great year Carolyn and I can’t wait till Gleaned comes out.

  74. Diana Self December 29, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    One of the highlights of 2017 for me was discovering you on Creativebug and getting the quilting bug after seeing all your beautiful fabrics. I’ve just finished my 2nd quilt and I consider both of those warm-ups in quilting techniques. Last month I bought your Eads Quilt pattern and a bunch of your fabrics. That’s my goal for 2018, to make your Eads Quilt, which I will probably keep for myself! 🙂

  75. Sue Laufer December 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    High point of 2017 has been being president of Oahu Modern Quilt Guild for the second year. For 2018 one of my goals is to return to garment sewing a bit. It’s been 40+ years. I am feeling fearless! (for now)

  76. jeanne e. December 29, 2017 at 4:47 pm #

    A quilting related highlight for me this year was being able to take a workshop with Anna Maria Horner. She is lovely and it was such a enjoyable and inspiring time. A goal for 2018 is more mindful spending…and wanting to do more hand/slow stitching, especially in the vein of Natalie Chanin/Alabama Chanin and needle turn applique like yours. Your handwork is such beautiful inspiration! Happy New Year! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2018.

  77. Cindy Courtney December 29, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    Hands down, a plan/goal for 2018 is to give my son’s fiancé a quilt made in the 1930s by my grandmother in West Virginia.

  78. Robby December 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    I made 3 (!) quilt tops with the friedlander collection and one with carkai in 2017. I guess you could say it was a Friedlander year for me! I’m eagerly awaiting gleaned and already have plans for it in 2018.

  79. Teresa Clark December 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm #

    My highlight was completing a quilt for my daughter and seeing that she placed it on her guest bed. My goal for 2018 is stop dithering about nit-picking decisions in sewing and just jump into projects.

  80. Rose December 29, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    My highlight for 2017 was learning to appliqué – I never thought it would be as satisfying as it is. In 2018 I actually have to finishing quilting some of my completed tops – maybe my goal should be finding a way to make quilting a piece as fun as piecing it!

  81. Kara Kasmer December 29, 2017 at 4:58 pm #

    It was my first year quilting (and sewing), so this found passion is the highlight. I’ve made 11 quilts start to finish using only my own hands (and home sewing machine). My goal for 2018 is to step it up a notch and make more! Cheers and have a happy new year!

  82. Dorothea December 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    There has been two absolute highlights this year: first we adopted a golden retriever-puppy and second my (now) husband and I got married. It was really a beautiful year!

  83. AlliK December 29, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    I’m relatively new to sewing, so two highlights this year were attending my first QuiltCon (also a big deal for me since I’m really shy) and sewing my first 4 garments (3 blouses and a pair of pants. I wore them on another big 2017 highlight for me: my trip to Australia.) A quilting goal for 2018 is to design and finish a quilt for my mother’s 80th birthday.

  84. Andrea December 29, 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Mine would be the Swedish Death Cleaning my family and I just completed. (It’s a really thing, look it up) It feels so good to purge all the unnecessary junk we’ve accumulated!

  85. Stacy December 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    I want to learn block printing in 2018.

  86. Robin Tilsworth December 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    Quilting highlights of the year include the successful launch of DCMQG collaborative exhibit with a local arts center; and gifted quilts celebrating a new teacher, a new marriage, a new condo and my wonderful Hawaiian shirt-wearing brother. The third highlight was helping my daughter launch the new food history magazine, Eaten.

  87. Kathleen December 29, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    Getting Engaged for non quilting. And for quilting it would be just the fact I got to make more quilts then ever this year.

  88. Theresa Childs December 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm #

    I’m looking to build some small, healthy habits that make a big impact in 2018.

  89. Ann December 29, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    My highlight for 2017 was meeting an IG friend who divides her time between Amsterdam and Normandy. We met in Amsterdam and Anne was just as wonderful in person as she was on IG. We shared gifts we hadn’t discussed a meal that was fabulous and a local quilt store where sadly we bought nothing but enjoyed the experience of sharing looking at the fabrics together. Gotta love this great big beautiful world and the terrific people that populate it.

  90. Sandy Belt December 29, 2017 at 5:21 pm #

    Made two tops from your wonderful patterns hope to quilt them this son is an engineer so your patterns are his fave

  91. Lorene December 29, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    My highlight of 2017 was adopting an amazing rescue puppy. It’s been amazing seeing her grow, taking her on adventures, and sewing her some sweet outfits.

  92. Julie Vine December 29, 2017 at 5:23 pm #

    This year has been a year of starts (lots of wips) and hoping next year will be a year of finishes (including my collection quilt and aerial grove). Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your creativity!

  93. ELLEN RUDEN December 29, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    My highlight in 2017 was doing my 1st pop up shop in September, which led me to doing my 1st holiday maker markets! My goal in 2018 is to teach modern improv quilting to the kids at M-Lisada orphanage when I return to Uganda in February for my 3rd volunteer trip. I’m hoping to help them make several big quilts that I can bring back to sell here & then send them the money. The dinner napkin project in 2016 raised over $4,000 for them, so I’m hoping the quilts are a big success, too!

  94. Miwako December 29, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    Highlight for me was I sewed my first shirt! It gave a confident to start sewing own clothes. As for 2018, I want to use as much of my fabric stash. I went little crazy this year on fabric buying. . . 😉

  95. Dara December 29, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

    One my highlights this year is just being able to take a deep breath and appreciate the process. No more rushing through a project just to finish. As a result my projects look like I want them too and are loved and used.

    • Dara December 29, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

      Forgot to add my goal for 2018 is to work on a hand quilted project, and some of the projects in savor each stitch.

  96. Diana Taylor December 29, 2017 at 5:40 pm #

    My big accomplishment this year was finishing my first English paper pieces quilt. There’s definitely more handsewing in 2018!

  97. Susan Strong December 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm #

    My highlight for 2017 is having my quilt “Tilting at Windmills” included in the book Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century.

  98. Phillipa December 29, 2017 at 5:43 pm #

    For me, 2017 was a year of learning and connecting. In particular I found a love for slow stitching. I don’t like to make things in a rush, I really enjoy all the processes and the finished product of something that I have taken my time with. I gained a lot of this insight from my Collection Quilt (I’m still stitching away at it!). 2018 is mapped out to be a big year for me in my sewing room and I am currently setting out my goals for the year. The big ticket item is to finally hit ‘go’ on my blog!

  99. Lisa Metson December 29, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    Quilty highlights included my first Qulicon and your class there and the Eads QAL, a first time paper piecing. Non quilty highlight was our trip to Iceland. Looking forward to finishing up my many WIPs including my eads quilt.

  100. Bluework December 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    My highlight this year: Two marvelous patchwork workshops in the Netherlands and my goal for 2018 to finish atleast 50 % of my WIP s. You do such a georgious job Carolyn Thanks for that and a Happy New Year

  101. Lindsay December 29, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    Highlight for this year was making a paper pieces scrap quilt. Had to put to use those damn scraps!!!! As I master piecing techniques I plan for this year Be the year for learning hand quilting and free motion.

  102. Megan December 29, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    As silly as it sounds one of my biggest highlights this year was moving and getting my sewing space set up at our house. We lived in a temporary situation for 7 months while renovating our house and I couldn’t really sew as all my stuff was in storage. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done at our new house which doesn’t leave much time for sewing but I try to set aside some “me time” at my machine a couple of times a week to keep myself sane.

  103. Sandy K December 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    I hope 2018 will be the year I make both grandkids a Christmas quilt.

  104. Heather December 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    2017 was challenging because I had a baby in July and felt like I never had time for creative endeavors. Now that he and I are a few months in to getting ourselves on track I’ve been able to carve out some time for making, and my goal is to do more of it in 2018.

  105. Vicki H December 29, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    My goal for 2018 is reduce ufo’s by finishing one a month.

  106. Wendy Wild December 29, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    The highlight of my year has definitely been the arrival of my nephew just three days ago. Hot on Tom’s little heels is falling in love with applique while working on The Collection Quilt and cherry picking favourite fabrics from Carkai, Euclid and Friedlander. I’ve also had a couple of my own designs published which is really exciting, but finally finding an applique technique that I love after almost 25 years of quilting is amazing!

    For 2018 my main goal is to practice my FMQ. Who knows I may even learn to love it too. 🙂

  107. Julia Kelk December 29, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    My sewing highlights are threefold…. learning to sew curves to make a colour wheel quilt with Liberty fabrics; getting a new sewing machine which is amazing; and learning to do needle-turn appliqué via your The Collection Quilt, Which I love! Goal for 2018: learning to foundation paper piece!

  108. Lindsay D December 29, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    A goal for 2018 – try and sew every day.
    A highlight from 2017 – sharing and celebrating Christmas with my (cancer-free) Mom & Dad.

  109. Kim Johnson December 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    What a beautiful year you have documented! The highlight of my year was celebrating 30 years of marriage with my husband and best friend.

  110. Stephanie F. December 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    My highlight for 2017 was immersing myself into handsewn projects. It forced me to slow down and really has become a meditative journey. I enjoy and appreciate the process. I’m looking forward to finishing my king-sized Rin Quilt in 2018. Cheers to all!

  111. Barbara Poyhonen December 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm #

    A highlight for me is I became a grandmother for the first time in 2017! For 2018 I would love to complete a large quilt start to finish using a pattern. I ‘m brand new to quilting and made a quilt for my granddaughter but that was just ‘winging ‘ it by watching videos. But did fall in love during that process.

  112. Mary on Lake Pulaski December 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    My goal for 2018 is to sew my stash! I love the fabric I own & need to use it.

  113. Carolyn F December 29, 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    My highlight from 2017 was working with lawns for the first time. My goal for 2018 is to consistently sew every week as well as create at least one quilt off my bucket list to keep for myself.

  114. Meaghan December 29, 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    I’d love to start a finish a quilt for the first time ever! Thank you for this opportunity.

  115. Mindy December 29, 2017 at 6:15 pm #

    It looks like you had an amazing year! I’m so happy that I discovered your work this year. I truly enjoyed learning needle turn appliqué in your creative bug class. Thank you for all your inspiration! Wishing you a fun and prosperous new year.

  116. Megan December 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm #

    This year a highlight was teaching my first few quilting classes at a local shop.

  117. Vonda Christians December 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

    I did the Eads QAL In 2018 I would love to do the knit quilt with serger tips..

  118. Christine Weld December 29, 2017 at 6:43 pm #

    A goal of mine in 2018 is to make your Envelopes quilt, which I’ll be lucky enough to get a good start on in your class at VCQ in the spring! Very much looking forward to it!

  119. Pam Jessup December 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    I started the Eads QAL and cant wait to take the class at QuiltCon!

  120. Susan Sawatzky December 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

    My highlight for 2017 was the birth of my first great grandchild, Emma Cheyanne, born on July 31. I met her at Thanksgiving and she is indeed most wonderful.

  121. TheMadHouse December 29, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    My best bit of 2017 was learning to trust my instinct. A hard lesson which caused lots of pain but also ultimately was so empowering. I hope that I learn to be less busy in 2018 and just make the most of creating and the process of creating

  122. Jenna December 29, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    I got a promotion, sold my house and moved to a place where my fabric stash is much happier. Even my cat is happier. I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring.

  123. Missy December 29, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

    Goal for this year is to get a quilt I finished in 2016 quilted!

  124. Beth Curran December 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

    I’m looking forward to finishing a quilt to celebrate my niece’s first birthday!

  125. Gail Butler December 29, 2017 at 7:51 pm #

    Highlight for me was completing over 500 squircle blocks, any my goal is to complete a quilt using them.

  126. Brenda December 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    Finding a little more time to see more days. Even if that means getting out of bed earlier on workdays!

  127. Lora December 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    Sewing-related highlight was getting a new machine (that consistently works!), but a general life highlight was becoming pregnant after half a decade of fertility issues. 🙂 On that note, the sewing goals for 2018 include one (or two) baby quilts and making fun baby clothes.

  128. Lauren-Kate December 29, 2017 at 8:05 pm #

    My goals for 2018 are to pass my qualifying exam for my PhD and make your Collection quilt!

  129. Michele L December 29, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    I’m glad I started following so many inspiring people this year! Learning so much! I hope to get over some fears with appliqué and thus finish one of my unfinished projects in 2018.

  130. Kristyn December 29, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    I tried out a few new sewing skills, including working with knits, this year. I’m looking forward to continue skill building and to finish up some WIPs including my Eads quilt from the -along and my kaleidoscope quilt out of all of your fabrics (up until Gleaned). I’m also looking forward to more charity sewing for this upcoming year.

  131. Paula Berg December 29, 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    My 2017 highlight was when the neurologist told me my brain was “unremarkably” normal. I celebrated….bought a new sewing machine and created some “remarkable” things.

  132. Jennifer December 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

    A highlight for me was finishing my Aerial Grove quilt. It’s been on my bucket list for a while and was my only major finish this year (though I’m oh-so-close on a nother.)

  133. Emily Hedrick December 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

    Sessoms and Morris are on my to-do list this year! You killed it with Gleaned – can’t wait to buy yardage! (insert crazy face emoji)
    I do love the Euclid fabrics. I do hope you are able to include more canvas or home dec weight fabrics. I much prefer them for baskets, and bags alike.
    Thanks for the great patterns and fabrics!

  134. Mylene Leung December 29, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    My non-sewing highlight would definitely be taking a 3 months Sabbathical at the start of 2017 to sort out my life, and picking up a new hobby: Lindy Hopping! My sewing highlight would be purging my creative mess accumulated over the years and setting up a new sewing room with a brand sewing machine that encourage me to start quilting! I hope in 2018 I would learn how to FMQ! Thank you so much for the generous giveaway:)

  135. Michelle Wilkie December 29, 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    I really enjoyed making and releasing my Quilt San Francisco Bustle. It’s one of my favorite quilts.

  136. Megan Fisher December 29, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    This year I really enjoyed seeing all the new, beautiful, and inspirational quilts and projects everyone did. In 2018 I am looking forward to doing more with my stash and trying new things in surface pattern design.

  137. Margaret December 29, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    2017 highlight was finding a small studio space to rent, which leads to my 2018 goal–take advantage of that space and make more time for making.

  138. Leah December 29, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

    My goal for 2018 is to do some more hand work and to prep lots and lots before the baby comes!

  139. Julie December 29, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

    My 2017 highlight was finishing a king sized quilt for my bedroom! In 2018 I’d like to try hand appliqué… maybe a RIN block to start.

  140. Lilly Cox December 29, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    My sewing highlight for the year was finishing several UFOs and having one item I donated to our guild auction actually sell.

  141. Kim Santariello December 29, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    A highlight for me was being able to attend Glamp Stitchalot and learn from great artists. My biggest goal for 2018 is to finally finish a quilt for my father and stepmother

  142. Valerie December 29, 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    Great recap and reminder to look at all parts of life. My sewing highlight is starting and finishing my giant strings quilt, and a goal for 2018 is to do more improv in my quilting.

  143. Anna Ward Barnes December 29, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    I lost my mom this past year which really changed about every aspect of my life. My goal this coming year is to not be as intimidated as I feel right now to start new sewing projects without her (because I talked thru a lot with her) and to still feel inspired and feel her with me as I start new sewing projects. She was a big help with all sewing projects and hand sewing is something we loved doing together.

  144. Maryanna December 29, 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    Thank you for sharing all these lovely photos with us! My first big goal for 2018 is to (finally) move my sewing room up to our main floor, from the basement. I’m very much looking forward to having a warmer, neater, more inviting creative space in the coming year!

  145. LL December 29, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    One of my highlights was finally meeting my toddler nephew who lives thousands of kms away from me. It was nice to get to know the little monkey who I’m making stuff for!

  146. cheryljbrickey December 29, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

    One of my 2017 highlights was getting my book finished (it will publish in Feb)

  147. Diane December 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    My highlight was setting up my new quilt room after moving to a condo. It is larger than my old room and has fabulous light. I love to sew in it!

  148. Sarah December 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm #

    A highlight for me in 2017 was also a sew-along — well, actually two of them for Jen Kingwell patterns. In 2018, I’m planning to try a bit more hand sewing including appliqué! I’m sure I’ll be using one or two of your awesome patterns for that.

  149. Traci December 29, 2017 at 9:28 pm #

    This year I made a few baby quilts and other baby handmade items for family which was very satisfying but….I had a few projects planned that I did not get very far with, honestly I felt intimitated and in over my head. So my sewing goal for year 2018 is to that leap, make a list of the projects, and jump in! Thank you for the inspiration you give, love your work.

  150. Carissa December 29, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

    Happy New Year, Carolyn! Thanks for an inspiring year! My biggest highlight was the Eads QAL without a doubt. I kinda can’t believe I made all those blocks! 😉 And for next year, I hope to complete Sessoms or another of your lovely patterns and play with lots of Gleaned fabric. It’s bound to be a great year! 🙂

  151. Ashley December 29, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

    Camo high tops block!

    • Ashley December 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

      One of mine is that I started to seriously quilt after 6 years!

  152. Brittany Bowen Burton December 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    One of my highlights was winning an award at QuiltCon, and for 2018 I looking forward to year of finishing a handful of projects that are more than halfway completed and need just a bit more attention.

  153. Christy Newell December 29, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    A highlight for me has been seeing my handmades business grow thanks to the huge support for handmade goods in my community. A big goal I have for 2018 is finding a better balance between business and personal projects—I am STILL not finished with my Collection quilt-along from last year. Hahaha

  154. Karen Oyerly. December 29, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    I hope to finish a queen size quilt for my master bedroom – I’ve had two in progress for way too long!

  155. Kristie Fields December 29, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

    One of my 2017 highlights was helping my husband to open his own business. In 2018, I am looking forward to seeing how much it grows and where we go from here.

  156. Ellen M. December 29, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

    I finally figured out how to foundation paper piece! Thank you for sharing with us! Happy new year!

  157. Emily K December 29, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    I started keeping a list of all my completed knitting and sewing projects this year, which has been a great way to see what I’ve accomplished and also makes me less likely to let a WIP languish!

  158. Anna December 29, 2017 at 10:02 pm #

    2017- thrilled to have found my “sewing for me” sewjo. Mostly by catching up with and old friend who also sees and being inspired but what she has done, sharing tips and patterns etc. Goal for 2018 is to face my sewing nemesis: adult tshirts. Seems basic but I just can’t get those necklines right.

  159. Jennie Mitschke December 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

    I have two of your patterns, outhouses and trees, and many of your lovely fat quarters. I really want to make both for gifts in 2018!

  160. Becky December 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm #

    Love all your fabric! A highlight of 2017 was join my local quilt guild and meeting lots of new quilt friends. I hope to finish several quilts in 2018!

  161. DianeY December 29, 2017 at 10:12 pm #

    Wow! This was a year that went by too quickly. Highlight was a cruise we took in January. I did some sewing, but not much as after the cruise I got the flu and then pneumonia, so it was slow going for a long time! Looking forward to getting my groove back in 2018

  162. Elizabeth J December 29, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    Highlight – moving and a new job! Goal for 2018 – make more crafting time and more exercise time. Basically, time for me.

  163. Isabel Moore December 29, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

    My highlight this year was attending classes at Sisters Oregon! I loved the outdoor quilt show! I also peaked into your class to show off my scissor pin neck thingee! 😊
    I am a big fan of you and your fabric & patterns.
    Happy new year!

  164. Tina M December 29, 2017 at 10:19 pm #

    My highlight this year was getting back into quilting after quite a few years of getting life back in order. Everything may not be perfect but it sure feels good to be sewing once again!

  165. Stephanie Bunch December 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm #

    Highlight – a new job that I really enjoy. It feels wonderful to be back in the nonprofit world. 2018 a my goal is to get more involved in the local quilting community and make a few charity quilts for the local domestic violence shelter.

    Hope your holidays were wonderful and wishing you a happy and safe new year.

  166. Beth T. December 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm #

    A highlight of 2017 for us was adopting a 12 year old dog from a shelter. It was an unexpected decision, and a great one. Lottie is happy to have a home and we’re delighted she is part of our family. Rescue dogs are the best, and old rescue dogs really need homes.

  167. Amanda Gilmore December 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm #

    I just finished my first few free motion quilted things…a Lisa the Unicorn pillow and a baby quilt. I have been inspired the last few months by your creative bug class and my hope for 2018 is to try a little hand quilting! Happy New Year!

  168. Diana Madden December 29, 2017 at 10:29 pm #

    Accomplishment(s) for 2017: hand quilted Fancy Tiger Constellation pillows for my two young adult daughter’s Christmas gifts, first patchwork or quilting! Also, actively pursuing career change to landscape design and finegardening after a year of wholesale nursery employment, nothing like a poor-fit job to bring what you’re doing with that time into focus. 2018 goals (non-career) include more handmade wardrobe items and trying a double-bed sized quilt with colorwork!

  169. Sarah December 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    In 2017 I made a person! And kept her alive for the fourth trimester. My goal for 2018 is to make more and do less mindless consuming.

  170. Kristi December 29, 2017 at 10:41 pm #

    I want to learn to quilt in 2018! I’m hoping to go to one of the quilting retreats you’re doing with Fancy Tiger Crafts next year

  171. Emily firlik December 29, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

    My goal is to attend a sewing retreat

  172. mjb December 29, 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    I loved going to QuiltCon in Savannah in 2017.

  173. M December 29, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

    My goal for next year is to graduate from the university 🙂

  174. Amy Ficke December 29, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    My 2017 involved making & finishing 7 small sized quilts and making samples for my LQS.

    2018 is going to be lots of stretching for growth in teaching classes and expanding my creative comfort zone.

  175. Fleur December 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm #

    Hi Carolyn one of my highlightsfrom the year is that I’ve finally joined a beginners patchwork class and discovered the creative and also therapeutic benefits from sewing. Best wishes Fleur

  176. Kelsey Foster December 29, 2017 at 11:29 pm #

    In 2017 I finished a year-long quilt project of ocean waves. So happy with how it turned out, but also SO glad it’s finished! Haha
    In 2018, I will be making a quilt for my first baby, which is exciting!
    Another goal is to acquire more fabric designed by you!! 😉

  177. Kathleen McCormick December 29, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

    My favorite accomplishment was design a block for I Wish You A Merry QAL. For 2018, I’dike to write a pattern or two.

  178. Renee December 29, 2017 at 11:44 pm #

    I’m making PJs right now out of your beautiful Friedlander Lawn, which has definitely been a highlight of my sewing year! Goals for 2018 include sewing more from my stash and tackling a quilt project!

  179. Maria December 29, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    My favorite highlight is your Tee quilt. A quilt with knits?! And a lawn backing?! Drooling so much over here.

    My goal for 2018 is to make an aviatric medallion quilt!

  180. Veronique December 30, 2017 at 12:43 am #

    A few goals for 2018: – be more organised – finish a quilt for everyone in my family – spend more one on one time with my kids

  181. paulsonfam December 30, 2017 at 12:46 am #

    Goal: make myself a dress that I’m happy and excited to wear!

  182. Cindy December 30, 2017 at 12:51 am #

    The highlight for me this year was becoming a grandma to a beautiful granddaughter. My goal for 2018 is to make a quilt from the Gleaned fabric I ordered today. Love the designs.

  183. Hilary S December 30, 2017 at 1:02 am #

    My highest highlight was having a baby in June. My second highest was finishing two quilts as Christmas presents! My goal for 2018 is to cut sugar out and finish a bunch if WIP.

  184. Emma December 30, 2017 at 1:13 am #

    Not too many highlights this year unfortunately, but a goal for next year is to work harder on being contented and happy!

  185. Shannon December 30, 2017 at 1:24 am #

    So fun to follow you! And I am loving the slow sewing on my Wildabon this year and next!

  186. MC December 30, 2017 at 1:25 am #

    I was really happy to see my Collection quilt top completed this year. I hope to start quilting it before the end of the holidays! Goal for 2018 is to finish up my completed tops and turn orphan blocks into cushions. Also following along with the Mighty Lucky club 🙂

  187. Nancy Rossman December 30, 2017 at 1:53 am #

    My highlight of the year was finishing a King size quilt with hand quilting. A first for me! Since then however, I have been overwhelmed with a new medical diagnosis and unable to focus my head to quilt. I miss it so very much and can’t wait to get back to it in 2018, hopefully with a bundle of your Gleaned fabric! I’ve been anticipating this release since I first saw your pics.

  188. Sue December 30, 2017 at 1:56 am #

    A highlight from 2017 was my first EPP Hexie quilt! I never, ever thought I’d hand stitch a quilt!

  189. Sue Smith December 30, 2017 at 2:14 am #

    Highlight of 2017 was making new friends at Glamp. I feel as if I’ve known them my whole life, and that these friendships will last years and years.

    For 2018, I’ve mustered enough courage to attend a meeting of my local Modern Quilting Guid. Hoping to make some new friends there, too!

  190. Kathy Slaughter Cummings December 30, 2017 at 2:15 am #

    I made a #sewcialbeesampler and the Wayward Transparency QAL with @quiltingjetgirl and 2 BOMs!!! Thank you!!

  191. Lisa December 30, 2017 at 2:26 am #

    I retired and moved to Hawaii, and am now quilting with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

  192. Maria vetter December 30, 2017 at 2:46 am #

    The shift fra art quilt to modern quilting is my highligth. I don’t see myself going back. I love the funktion, the feeling and the making of a modern quilt. My 2018 be much more of art quilting! Have a Nice new year!

  193. Allison December 30, 2017 at 3:08 am #

    Oh, lots of highlights throughout the year… new sewing machine, my own pattern release, and discovering a way to get around needle turn applique (can’t hand sew)

    Quilt finishes line up my goals list, and in general staying focused on current in the works projects.

    Your projects are always lovely and inspiring… thanks for the giveaway!

  194. Linda Fleming December 30, 2017 at 3:09 am #

    For 2018 I’d like to make some Facing East blocks using white/ cream fabrics.
    I’d like to have finished the quilt for my husband but I’m still waiting on the backing fabric he picked from a big online store!

  195. Elena Battles December 30, 2017 at 3:22 am #

    Thank you! I am trying to improve my hand work skills. In 2017, a highlight was taking a Hawaiian quilting class in Oahu. My goal for 2018 is to thoroughly enjoy my QuiltCon workshop with you to further that same goal! Happy New Year!

  196. Thea December 30, 2017 at 3:36 am #

    Highlight learning to sew. Goal make a quilt. Like your fabrics and designs so very much.

  197. Christi P. December 30, 2017 at 5:08 am #

    My highlight for 2017 was getting a new quilting studio. We added a room on to our home just for me :). It makes all the difference in the world having a nice large room to quilt in! My goal for 2018 is to get my room organized in a way that will make me more productive!

  198. Raquel Àlvarez Arce December 30, 2017 at 5:09 am #

    For me was finding your architextures and then everything else!!! Now i’ll start 2018 with a quilt proyect on my mind =D thanks! Greetings from

  199. kay December 30, 2017 at 5:09 am #

    Such beauty in the pictures 😍
    Thanks so much for the opportunity for us all to win all these gorgeous goodies 💓
    For me 2017 was about reconnecting to my quilty side, having quilted for about 13 years it has been an on and off journey for me but this year has been the best yet for my crafty side, I have been to a lot of retreats this year and that I feel has helped tons with my creativity, my husband was very poorly this year and had alot going on so I turned to fabric more 🙂 , 2018 will be even more awesome with going to a lecture and a class run by Tula pink and yet more retreats 🙂 I think my wish for 2018 is for it to continue like this and that I meet more lovely quilters and buy more fabric ( of course 😉 )
    Love and luck to you hunny in 2018 hope it’s a good one for you too xxxx

  200. laurabligh December 30, 2017 at 5:26 am #

    A highlight this year was staying up-to-date on a BOM project. Happy New Year!

  201. Sammie December 30, 2017 at 6:50 am #

    A highlight for me in 2017 was becoming pregnant with my first child. Now that I am towards the end of this pregnancy, I want to start 2018 off trying to be the best mom I can be and getting back to sewing and quilting more often!

  202. vivian383 December 30, 2017 at 7:11 am #

    My most important highlight was reconnecting with my creative quilting side this year. After a 2 year hiatus due to a recent separation I was finally able to get back to my sewing machine, cut out and complete a quilt!

  203. Sandy December 30, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    I’m always inspired by your work and in the new year, I would love to connect with more quilters to be inspired… And maybe inspire!

  204. Sarah L. December 30, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    There were so many fantastic highlights of 2017 personally and professionally. I think sewing wise my highlight has been beginning to make my own clothes and be more cognizant about what store bought clothes I buy. It made me feel really good tonwesf clothes by me and reduce my clothing footprint (for so many reasons). 2018 is going to bring a lot of changes for me 😉 so in some ways I am trying to keep my goals realistic. My main goal is to remain creative and stay true to my voice. I love everything you have done. Thank you for being you!

  205. Carin December 30, 2017 at 7:47 am #

    My first goal for 2018 is a quilt for a babys christening.

  206. Audrey December 30, 2017 at 7:48 am #

    I had so many highlights! I’ll choose attending QuiltCon and meeting my IG friends. My goals are try new things and finish some quilts. I get to the quilting part and fear happens!

  207. Judith Avers December 30, 2017 at 7:53 am #

    A highlight would be the insurance and repair resolution of a home flood that took almost 3 years to get through. (Flood solidarity- sorry you’re experiencing that!) A big practice in letting go of my stuff and practicing patience. A goal of 2018 would be to quilt more (!! I am a newbie) and focus on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

  208. Gigi Voegeli December 30, 2017 at 7:56 am #

    my highlights for this past year were designing and making a samper quilt from my vintage 40’s fabrics and doing several quilts with improv blocks. Wanted to learn more about how to do this. Goals for next year– continue on with designing, improv and getting some of those UFOs done!

  209. Cocoa Quilts December 30, 2017 at 8:46 am #

    I know I may not be the normal, but my highlight is ending 2017 with NO WIPs. I have lots of things planned for 2018, but hope to end 2018 with no WIPs. Happy New Year to you and your fmaily!

  210. Jean S. December 30, 2017 at 8:47 am #

    The highlight of 2017 for me was to take your classes at the Quilter’s Affair in Sisters, Oregon. Hand stitching is now a part of every day for me and I am so grateful. In 2018 I want to make the Tee quilt with my knit fabric remnants. Thank you for a great year of inspiration!

  211. Bruce Bennett December 30, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    My goal is to quilt more. I just didn’t have enough time in 2017!

  212. elsa December 30, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    My highlight this year and for years to come is my granddaughter, Frances. She is such a delight to be with and I’m lucky enough to see her everyday!
    Goals? Finishing a few quilts that I started in 2016 -2017 and when starting a project to focus on finishing it. Also, to continue my path of kindness and be a lot more upbeat (last year was a tough one).
    Thanks for the giveaway, so generous!

  213. Mary Hall December 30, 2017 at 8:56 am #

    I’d love to finish my “collection” quilt I’m making in Liberty fabrics this year.

  214. Christine N December 30, 2017 at 8:57 am #

    My highlights for 2017 include finishing two quilts I started last year. For 2018 I have a few more quilts on the to-do list, including a few faster finishes, as well as continuing to advance my garment making skills. Happy New Year to you!

  215. Liz Elias December 30, 2017 at 9:20 am #

    I’d like to try EPP in 2018.

  216. tiffany December 30, 2017 at 9:23 am #

    Such a beautiful year! Moving out of state took up a chunk of time in 2017 (and new house stuff will carry waaaay into 2018), but this year kind of marked a switch from primarily making small things to making quilts. I usually say that garments are a goal for a new year, but this year I’m saying even more quilts! All that love & care stitched into fabric really does matter.

  217. Holly Hardin December 30, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    A quilting goal that has been on my mind for 2018 is to make a quilt for my best friend’s son’s high school graduation this spring that he thinks is cool. Not an easy feat!

  218. MB Meadows December 30, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    A goal for the new year is to finish my EPP plus quilt top!

  219. Laura December 30, 2017 at 10:14 am #

    2017 was full of lovely sewing and the welcoming of a sweet babe. Hoping 2018 continues to have room for all the sewing!

  220. JaneR December 30, 2017 at 10:50 am #

    My favorite 2017 memory: The Galapagos! Trip of a lifetime. 2018 will be more home-centered. Quilt goals include finishing ufos, and becoming more proficient with home machine and longarm quilting. Thanks for your giveaway!

  221. Amanda Allen December 30, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    I worked my backside off sewing, and sold enough of my work to buy a really nice sewing machine.
    Also, both my children are potty-trained now, which is definitely a highlight >.<

  222. Amy December 30, 2017 at 11:11 am #

    Highlights of 2017 feel few and far between… I knitted more than I sewed this year – which isn’t to imply that I prefer one over the other. I saw my youngest brother get married a few weeks after he and his fiancée experienced Harvey. And I became closer to my ‘Cat Lady’ friends – even planning a trip with all of them for early next year. Those things have been sustaining to me in a world that feels increasingly volatile. Onwards and upwards for 2018!

  223. Catherine December 30, 2017 at 11:36 am #

    I participated in my first qal with you with the eads quilt (which I will finish in 2018). Enjoyed spending time with my family. I saw my daughter battle cancer and survive.

  224. Danielle W. December 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

    I challenged myself this year by learning how to make quilt essentials from HSTs and paper piecing to flying geese. I learned how to fussy cut and hand quilt a top. You’re right when you say that sometimes you need to look back just to recognize all that has changed. In a year that has been mostly filled with having a newborn, it’s amazing to be able to look back and see that I actually learned and accomplished a lot more than that this past year. This next year I’m participating in my first quilting bee, I hope to finish the fussy cut sampler quilt, and make two quilts for my family. Happy New Year!

  225. Lynda H December 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm #

    I am 72 and retired so I have lots of time to sew. My highlight of 2017 was working on a mystery quilt with my daughter who has decided that she wants to learn to quilt – teaching her how to to HST’s and Geese – she is a lot pickier than I am – uses her ripper way too much, but enjoying the process. Don’t know what 2018 will bring, taking one day at a time works for me.

  226. Martha December 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    Accuracy and precision are my next areas to improve. A friend has a milestone birthday and a Lone Star quilt would suit their tastes, as well as areas I want to refine, which I plan to make extra special by hand quilting with wool batting. As a fun challenge I am using my floral fabrics to make a double 4 patch, they are mostly 1930’s reproductions so it should be interesting to puzzle it together with my stash. Cheers to a 2018 filled with happiness and achieved goals!

  227. annabelle December 30, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    to live, simply
    to do, not just think or dream of it

  228. Victoria Gray December 30, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    My 2018 goal is to work on my accuracy in piecing. I’m planning on doing this with the long time gone pattern by Jen Kingwell. 2017 highlights include ocmpleting a king sized quilt for our bed and quilting it myself on a long arm!

  229. Dell Lopez December 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    My highlight of 2017 was making 23 quilts – my second year quilting. I have absolutely fallen in love with this process.

  230. Ryely December 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed continuing to develop my sewing skills in 2017 and in 2018 I’m hoping to let go of the overly critical voice and just enjoy the process more!

  231. Elizabeth Johnson December 30, 2017 at 2:34 pm #

    My highlight for 2017 was getting my sewing shed! For 2018 will be moving in! Got the wood flooring for Christmas just have to get it installed! Moving from the kitchen to a space of my own! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  232. Jaci B. December 30, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    I look forward to Quiltcon 2018 and I am hoping to work on my photography skills.

  233. Hannah December 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    My highlight for 2017 was carving out a designated “clean studio” in my house, apart from my more “messy studio”, where I can devote time to my love of fabric.
    A goal for 2018 is to start a group quilting club with a handful of other crafty women where we create two quilt as you go blocks each month for each of the other members then culminate the year with each having a finished quilt- so excited!! Thanks for the inspiration- I received your book for my birthday and adore it!

  234. Dawn Conwell Mulkay December 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm #

    I enjoyed seeing my own progress with hand stitching. I no longer hate it. I am looking forward to making more things for myself and my family in 2018 and trying to sew every day.

  235. Julie December 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    My 2017 highlight would be attending a quilt-get-away with some friends in the quilt group I belong to in New Zealand. I haven’t sewn for such a sustained period all year!

  236. Carolyn Begley December 30, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    One highlight was learning a hidden binding technique. A goal for ‘18 is to keep learning and growing as a quilter. Thanks for your inspiration – your productivity alone is inspiring!

  237. Melanie December 30, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

    So inspiring! Thank you for all that you have created and shared this year. Glad to hear you are slowly but surely putting things back together after the storm. Highlights this year were completing two quilts that I have been meanly to finish, as well surprising myself by knitting up four shawls in the last half of the year!!
    Happy New Year! Wishing you health and another creatively rewarding year ahead. xo Mel

  238. Katie December 30, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

    My goal for 2018 is to put aside my dear of failure so I can make more progress on my personal life goals.

  239. Vicki Lorraine December 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    My highlight for 2017 was every Friday spent with a fabulous bunch of beautiful ladies doing what we love best. Stitching, knitting, quilting, crocheting. Whatever takes our fancy. A local library gives us a wonderful working space. We love, share and laugh together.

  240. Gayle December 30, 2017 at 5:30 pm #

    I did enjoy following along with your Eads sew-along. I wish I had been able to squeeze it in my schedule. My main goals for this year are to finish at least one WIP/UFO each month and to streamline my sewing and office space. Thanks!

  241. Linda December 30, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    One of my highlights was discovering the doe couch and wanting to make one myself!! I also now have a Carolyn friedlander dedicated shelf in my studio now!!💕

  242. Carol December 30, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Same goal I always have – SEW MORE! Make more time for sewing and other creative endeavors.

  243. Vanessa Pritchard December 30, 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    A highlight for me this year was moving into a larger sewing space. I have yet to organize it exactly how I imagine it looking, but it was a nice start nonetheless. A goal for 2018 is to experiment more with garment sewing. Another big goal is to attempt my first Christmas market under my business name Smokey & Sprocket. Thank you for the opportunity!

  244. Elizabeth Porter December 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    My highlight was picking up sewing again! I pieced together a rainbow hexagon quilt with solid RK fabric for my son and have a bright and modern log cabin in the works. I don’t yet own any printed fabric, so incorporating prints is my goal for 2018.

  245. Elizabeth December 30, 2017 at 8:30 pm #

    Looking back, this year was full of hard work, late nights, tears of joy, lots of giggles and lots of love ❤️. My business quadrupled in growth, we moved and are renovating our mid century modern dream house, had our 10 year wedding anniversary and enjoyed another year watching our sweet kids grow. Next year I want to SLOW DOWN and spend more time with the people I love and less time working. And more time sewing!

  246. Sue Contant December 30, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

    Highlights: Discovering you as a fibre artist as well as designing and completing a quilt for my adopted granddaughter out of silk from China. I now have plans / design for incorporating big stitch hand quilting into a large, hidden 4 patch quilt top (entitled ‘cross roads’). You have inspired me to both machine stitch and hand-stitch this 72” x 72” quilt. Thank you for being an inspiration, Carolyn!

  247. Claudia December 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm #

    I need to create more time to sew during the day.

  248. Stephanie Engle December 30, 2017 at 10:52 pm #

    Some highlights of 2017: A new sewing machine, helping my daughter’s friend make an apron for her 1 year old apron, renewed love of sewing and quilting. Plans for 2018 include more sewing, quilts and clothes, as well as more hand sewing.

  249. Bernie December 30, 2017 at 11:46 pm #

    This year my highlight was discovering quilting! Next year’s goal: finish my first large quilt!

  250. Jan December 31, 2017 at 1:36 am #

    My goal for 2018 is to make each of my family members a quilt for our Thanksgiving get together, and perhaps sneak in some time to start my Wildabon quilt.

  251. Samantha December 31, 2017 at 2:19 am #

    My goal for 2018 is to finish all my WIPs.. I made a good dent in them this year, but it would be lovely to have them all done!

  252. april December 31, 2017 at 2:45 am #

    wow, so much beautiful work, Carolyn! my ’17 highlight was finishing the biggest quilt i’ve yet made, for dear newlywed friends, out of Doe fabric. it turned out great and they absolutely love it; we all almost cried when i surprised them with it. the happiness of that moment and this physical manifestation of adoration for your favorite people is something i didn’t know quilting was truly about for me, but it is The thing, turns out.

  253. Urska December 31, 2017 at 7:52 am #

    I begun with day job after my 4th child was one year old. It was quite intense year. No big project with sewing…

  254. Mary Willis December 31, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    I went to QuiltCon in Savannah in February and took a fun paper piecing class with Carolyn. I enjoyed it very much. Happy New Year ✨🔆😊

  255. Rebeka Branagan December 31, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    Highlight for me were 1) actually machine quilting my first bed sized quilt! (Twin) and 2) learning about spray basting and then knocking out a handful of UFOs.

    I look forward to using my machine quilting game in 2018.

  256. Laura G December 31, 2017 at 10:38 am #

    It’s been a big year of sewing for me, so my goal for this year is to work on incorporating all my leftover scrap fabric into my new projects!!

  257. Jessica December 31, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    It was definitely a rough year, and I didn’t experience anything as bad as you. It’s just been finding a way to move ahead in our current environment without going insane. I’m hoping for better in 2018. I hope your recovery is going well! A highlight for me was getting to teach classes on appliqué for the first time. Thank you for all the inspiration and teaching you’ve provided me! In 2018, I’m hoping to design more of my own quilts and get more into garment sewing.

  258. Sita December 31, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

    it’s been great year for me though there are so many PHD. I want to finish them in 2018. 💪🏻

  259. Tara Sieberg December 31, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    I’m just looking forward to finishing more projects!

  260. Laura December 31, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    A goal for 2018 is to make a temperature quilt. A group of friends are crocheting blankets, but since that’s not my jam, I’m making an aerial grove quilt instead. (One friend is a pastry chef, so we’re convincing her to make weather cookies every week).

    Happy 2018! I’m excited to see what’s in store!

  261. Marcia Larson December 31, 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    Looking forward to 2018 as ‘17 was a very hard year. Creatively speaking though, the EADS qal was a definite highlight. I’m hoping that it will be an early finish this coming year along with my hand appliqued Botanics quilt that has really been a comforting and mindful way to end the year, especially since receiving your 80wt applique thread kit! Another highlight was tackling shibori dyeing for the first time and loving it. I’m already planning two quilts using my shibori fabrics for next year. Personally, I am starting the year off with the 40-day Daring to Rest yoga nidra program to start the year from a base of restorative rest, balance and clarity to power my creativity in 2018. Happy New Year, and see you at QuiltCon!

  262. Angelina December 31, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

    Plan on finishing my Collection Quilt in 2018!

  263. Ann December 31, 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    In 2017, I was grateful to make it through my first year as a full time sewist! I learned a lot and still have so much to learn, but I still love doing it every day.

  264. Susan January 1, 2018 at 12:00 am #

    2017 was the year I started quilting for the first time in my life (I’m 57) and found my creativity and a love for expression of it through quilting. Something about it is magical, to me. I’m so grateful to all of the amazing artists out there that inspire me through their fabric, patterns, creativity and designs! And I am grateful to have the luxury to spend the time, to have the tools and the space to pursue this wonderful art. May everyone have a safe, happy and beautiful year ahead in 2018.

  265. Kathleen January 1, 2018 at 2:23 am #

    In 2017 my husband and I moved into a new house and bought puppies. Life has certainly changed! The house was designed and built for us – with a quilting room for me. I’m looking forward to quilting lots this year (Totem pattern. Tangerine Lawn!) and training our puppies – or having them train us.

  266. erin January 1, 2018 at 8:33 am #

    Happy New Year, Carolyn! Sewing-wise, the highlight of 2017 has to be my NEW BOOK! xo.

  267. Patty January 1, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    In 2017, I found myself getting more active in my local MQG. For 2018, I want to try my hand at handquilting a project.

  268. RR January 1, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

    A highlight for me was making men’s tie quilts NOT using a dresden plate style. My goal for 2018 is to design a quilt using deconstructed leather pouches

  269. Sally Mortenson January 1, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    I especially enjoyed doing your modern applique, and the patterns in your book.
    I hope 2018 is hurricane-free for you.

  270. Karen Maxwell January 2, 2018 at 4:03 am #

    I love your fabric ranges, I made a quilt using your Doe fabric range. planning to make more time for sewing in 2018!

  271. Tamara Isaacs-Smith January 2, 2018 at 8:53 am #

    Love your fabrics and patterns, late last year(2017) found a pattern by you called Olive Wood, found your website so I could share with friends, goal for this year is to make the pattern, already started have 3 blocks together, have 3 more to make( additional fabric spoke to me and said they needed to be in the quilt :)).

  272. susan January 2, 2018 at 11:04 am #

    Happy New year! There have been countless times last year that I have looked at your site and your work. Each time has given me a little more room to step back from my own efforts and view my process a new. Not only are your fabrics and patterns inspiring, they remind me to step back and consider things in new ways. Thank You.

  273. MoeWest January 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    The highlight of 2017 for me has to be retiring in December. In 2018 I plan to put my extra free time to use by finishing a few UFOs so that I can start on other projects waiting in the wings. I also want to start daily walks for exercise whenever the temperature is above freezing (so not this week!).

  274. Kate January 2, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    In 2018 I’m looking forward to doing some crafting for myself. The few projects I did for me in 2017 were a highlight, so I’d like to treat myself to a quilt and a sweater in 2018.

  275. Bonnie January 2, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    As 2017 was a year spent going in too many directions I hope to focus my stitching energies this year.

  276. Ann in NC January 2, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

    I hope to start (and finish!) one of several of my Carolyn F. projects!!! Congrats on 2017 being a year of lots of accomplishment! Have a great 2018!

  277. Marika January 2, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

    2017 highlight: making quilts for all of my cousins kids, a total of 8, and seeing how much they loved them

    2018 goal: create a quilt and keep it. Have made close to 30 now and still haven’t kept one!

  278. Maria January 3, 2018 at 3:31 am #

    I’m finally sending off an early quilt top to to quilted professionally, after 18 months of debating which design I would quilt it with myself. So here’s to letting go of more in 2018, and turning loose ends into valued quilts.

  279. Ela January 3, 2018 at 5:27 am #

    Goals for 2018? No, no goals. If I don’t have any goals I won’t be disappointed when I do not achieve them :))). But there is one thing which I would like to improve: be more organized….
    Happy and creative sewing this year!!

  280. Carmen January 3, 2018 at 11:28 am #

    Happy new year, Carolyn! 2017 definitely had its challenges — we got into a car accident in April and were sooo fortunate to be okay, but it turned out that the tow company (and the car rental company they worked with) were scammers, so dealing with them and our insurance company and credit card company caused so much unnecessary stress after the fact for my partner:( We’d like to think we’re a little wiser now for it, but sometimes you just never know.

    Anyway, in terms of highlights, I can honestly say I worked extremely hard in 2017 — at my day job, with freelance work, and with my sewing. I started and finished a Totem quilt in nani IRO and an Aerial Grove quilt in Liberty and I loooove them both — and I’m not just saying that because I’m entering your giveaway! I’ve also been sewing button-down dress shirts for a long time but I took a class on it just to learn to do a cleaner finish, so those are really a pleasure to sew now:)

    For 2018, I can already tell that I’m going to be sewing more clothing (and one of my goals is to learn to serge!). Best of luck in continuing to put everything back together, Carolyn!

  281. karenbolan January 3, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    My highlight from 2017 was quitting my job, and my goal for 2018 is to figure out what I want to do next. I’m really looking forward to your Gleaned line too! 🙂

  282. Debby Schindall January 3, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    I would love to do the 2018 QAL, and I would also like to make a quilt using your knit fabric. Enjoy seeing your beautiful photos, so much inspiration. As a fellow Floridian, the story of Irma is still with us, in our homes, landscape and memories.

  283. Liz R January 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

    Happy New Year! Thank you so much for your work. Your designs are so inspiring. My goal for 2018 is pretty simple, to make a 2nd quilt. I learned to sew and quilt in 2017 and I want to make my 2nd quilt for 2018.

  284. Carolyn January 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    My goal is to develop my color sense further. I love laying out pieces and sorting them by color after looking and thinking about it for awhile.

  285. mfvillar86Mary V January 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    2017 accomplishment: saved and purchased new dream sewing machine!
    2018 goal: selfish sewing! I give a lot of handmade gifts but am looking forward to focusing on myself this year

  286. Jenny January 3, 2018 at 9:48 pm #

    2017 was a year of re-balancing my life: acclimating to retirement, caring for our new grandson and feeling gratitude for FREE TIME to sew and quilt!

  287. Tamie January 3, 2018 at 9:56 pm #

    I finally finished a Swoon for my daughter ( long time in the making) and decided to power through and not let appliqué defeat me. I have made great progress. Thanks for the giveaway.

  288. Becky January 3, 2018 at 11:40 pm #

    2017 accomplishment- making Grainline Studios Archer, my first button down shirt! It took awhile, but I love it. I have hopes for a new quilt this year, and maybe a couple bags. Thanks for the giveaway!

  289. trudysperson January 4, 2018 at 12:37 am #

    The highlight of my year was riding in my first GranFondo – 123 km cycling from Vancouver to Whistler! And for 2018, I’m hoping to quilt more, finish more and use my stash! Thank you!

  290. Sandra Woods January 4, 2018 at 7:17 am #

    My goal for 2018 is to make, instead of making excuses.

  291. Patricia Hanna January 4, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    2018 goal: Get my 11 UFO’s quilted on my longarm, and get at least 2 of them bound and ready for a charity auction.


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