Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sayonara 2017! Yōkoso 2018!!! 🐕

Welcome 2018!!! Here's a Grace and Peace Quilting review of 2017 and what's to come in 2018, the year of the dog. First, 2017:

My own quilts quilted:  24
Client quilts quilted:  92
Total quilts I quilted in 2017: 116

Of my own 24 quilts, here is the breakdown:
4 Queen size quilts
6 Twin/throw size quilts
2 Baby quilts
8 Miniature quilts
4 Table runners

I have quilted 415 quilts since I first got my APQS Freedom longarm sewing machine in June, 2012. Number 415 was my own quilt, Nova by Gudrun Erla, quilted on December 31, 2017:

While sewing this year I listened to 111 books, many via the app, RBdigital, available for free through the library. Also, thank you to my DH who reads aloud to us during sewing evenings. I keep track of my books on Goodreads:

Here are my Best Nine 2017 from Instagram, my nine posts that got the most hearts:
I made mini calendars of 12 of my quilts again for 2018. Here's how the photo sheet looks before I trim them apart and punch holes:
Here are some quilt I donated to silent auctions in 2017 and how much money they raised. I am satisfied with what they brought.





And $40:

One of the benefits of working at Quilt Cove is that during the month of our anniversary of starting there, we can make one purchase at 50% off. My anniversary month is September. Here's what I purchased in 2017, and will try to use up in 2018:

And, lastly, a Christmas present I want to share. DD2 gave me a stuffed animal, Elmer the Patchwork ElephantThere are currently 39 books about Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, written by David McKee of the UK. Elmer is all about how it's okay to be different. To quote Bob Ross, "Artists (and quilters!) are supposed to be a little bit different!"

We first met Elmer while in Japan, when Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan gave out placemats, cups and small plates with Elmer on them. 

And on to 2018, the year of the dog in Japan! 

Some plans I have for 2018:
Do a SAL of Gypsy Wife quilt with two groups I belong to, Scrapbaggers and Dakota County Star Quilters.

Make baby quilts for Jack's Basket, a non-profit in the Twin Cities that celebrates babies with Down syndrome. My goal is to make 24 this year. DD2 did a fabric pull of 18 quilts so far.

Finish a couple of Bonnie Hunter scrap quilts.

Make some miniature quilts--they are my palette cleansers!

Happy New Year! Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

Linking up to Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework, Scrap Happy, Cooking Up Quilts, Midweek Makers, Let's Bee Social, Wednesday Wait Loss, My Quilt Infatuation, Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Busy Hands Quilts


  1. Sounds like you had a great productive year! I'm so happy to have met you in 2017, and I hope we continue to support and encourage each other in 2018! That pile of stuff you got from Quilt Cove is just beautiful. I wish I can reach out and pet the fabrics.

  2. What a great year! You really did a huge amount of quilting and reading!!

  3. You have had a great year! And you're doing a Gypsy Wife this year! I can't wait to see it. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. I want to know more about your mini calendar you made. Your Nova quilt is very fun! I really enjoyed your post, since I hadn't followed you for the whole year I could see other quilts you made. Happy New Year.

  5. Wow! You are very productive gal! I have enjoyed following along since I found your blog a couple months ago, and am really looking forward to all the eye candy you will share in 2018. Happy New Year, Nancy!

  6. Hi Nancy,
    What a fabulously productive year you had! Your last quilt, Nova, looks beautiful. I think that is wonderful that you listen to books, and even more that DH reads aloud. That is a great way to share a book together. Happy New Year to you and your family. I look forward to seeing your 2018 projects. ~smile~ Roseanne

  7. Great recap of your year. You really accomplished a lot!

    I wish you the very best in 2018 and thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!

  8. What a fantastic recap! I want to comment on all the things! Lol! Your quilt count is so impressive! As is your book count! That 50% off perk sounds wonderful! And I'm super excited about your charity quilts too! May your bobbin always be full in 2018! :)

  9. Great recap of the year! I love Elmer! When I still did storytimes, that was one I read frequently.

  10. What an interesting year, full of accomplishment! What are your top 5-10 favorite books you have read in the past year? Do you have a favorite topic? Nice that you were able to donate some quilts for charity and help raise funds for them. I especially liked the top blue and white quilt. What was your favorite anniversary purchase?
    Quilter Bonnie

  11. What a fantastic year!! The fact that you kept track of all of it blows my mind! So Elmer is just plain adorable! Different has always been a good thing in my book!

  12. What a great year you had! I really enjoyed this recap. Thanks for sharing it on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  13. You have cranked out some beauties in 2017 for sure! But what's a SAL? I'm familiar with QAL-Quilt Along, but not SAL?? So you've had your Freedom for about six years now, right? Your quilting looks great. I got a Millie this past March and I was dismayed by how difficult it was to "just" trace along a pantograph line without jerks and wobbles. How long did it take before you were able to execute simple pantographs smoothly?

  14. Wow, you are inspiring! That’s a lot of beauty added into the world. Thanks for the tip about Jack’s Basket; I’ll look into donating as well. (I have a niece with DS.) I plan to visit Dakota County Star Quilters in January. Hopefully I’ll see you there!

  15. What a year you had! This was a fun summary to read. I am on Good reads too and would love to know what your favorite reads were this year! I'm always looking for good recommendations.

  16. I too keep track of my books on Goodreads. I am disappointed that Goodreads tracks audio books differently than print books. I read several that GR says has unknown pages and therefore I got no page credit on my summary. "pout"

  17. Fabulous recap - I'm impressed! Here's to 2018!

  18. So much accomplished in 2017 - from reading to quilting to raising money! Oh! Elmer is the cutest!

  19. I loved this post. :) I'm impressed with how many quilts you can do up. I'm still pretty new on my longarm and really quite slow, so that kind of speed boggles my mind at the moment! I do Goodreads, too. I'll look for you there. I need to find a way to facilitate aural books to listen to while I'm quilting, now that I'm coordinated enough to breathe regularly. ;D


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