Thursday, December 26, 2019

Best Five 2019 🐗

Welcome to my Best Five 2019, year of the wild boar! Cheryl, over at Meadow Mist Designs, is hosting a gathering of quilt bloggers' top 5 blog posts of the year! 

There are no rules for choosing the top five. I am listing mine according to posts with the most views. Here's a collage of my top 5 blog posts for 2019:
 
Starting with number 5:  
I made one of these hearts for my friend, Paula, who is host of Knitting Pipeline podcast and is an ovarian cancer survivor. I had so many 1/2" squares leftover that I made two more--one for my Mom and one to hang by our calendar! I love the look of the rick rack around the edges!
And number 4:
This is a sew along suggested by my sister. I am not sure I would have made it on my own, but her excitement was contagious! I'm so glad I made it as it is the perfect size for our new "guest room of faith"!
 
Number 3:
In 2018, my small group and quilt guild both decided to do a Gypsy Wife sew along. Having lived in Japan for 24 years, I have a good stash of Japanese fabrics that I wanted to use--new reproduction fabrics, old, upcyled fabrics, cottons and silks. I finished quilting it in February this year, just in time to enter it in our guild quilt show:
 
It received a 2nd place ribbon from the judges and a 1st place Viewer's Choice ribbon! In August I entered it in our county fair and received an Award of Excellence ribbon!
 
Number 2:
This is my sister's quilt. I love the Grunge fabrics and the modern design! I quilted it with an edge-to-edge design I nicknamed "Mod Watermelons"! 
And my most read blog post of 2019, number 1:
We are fortunate to have an IKEA store nearby, in Minneapolis. But IKEA's fabric department has shrunk down to include only thicker decorating fabrics and linens, no quilt fabric weight choices. If you hunt around in other departments though, as you can read here, there are options, especially for inexpensive quilt backs. Here are some backings I've bought at IKEA:
    
Thank you for visiting, reading and commenting on my blog in 2019! I appreciate you stopping by!!!
  
Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

20 comments:

  1. Such a fun top 5 posting! Nice to see a variety of quilts, projects, and quilty information. I'm looking forward to more of your blog postings in the coming year!
    Quilter Bonnie

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  2. I enjoyed seeing a recap of your beautiful creations! Happy New Year!

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  3. Congratulations on your much deserved ribbons!!

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  4. I like your top 5 choices!!! very Nice!

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  5. Super fun to see all these great pieces again! I always enjoy your beautiful work and upbeat, enthusiastic posts. Happy New Year, Nancy :)

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  6. What fun to see all these again. Your gypsy wife is one of my very favorites in your Japanese fabrics. Happy New Year!

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  7. A well chosen top 5! Loved every one of them but especially the Japanese Gypsy Wife. Have to read the IKEA post -- was just there a few weeks ago, I'm sure it will encourage a return trip soon!

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  8. I'm so in love with your Wallflower quilt, always a great pleasure to admire it!

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  9. I don't think I say lickety split its a really fun finish.

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  10. I always say that IKEA is my happy place, although I have yet to incorporate their fabrics into my quilting. I may have to visit my nearby IKEA and check out their latest fabric selection!

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  11. I enjoyed seeing all your beautiful quilts again, but I actually had never read your post about finding quilt backs at Ikea. Now I am sure I need to go visit the Denver Ikea store!

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  12. Beautiful work. Boy that Wallflower is stunning!

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  13. Wallflower and Gypsy Wife are my favorites! This was a fun post to read. I didn't know about Ikea, but I don't live close to one anyway.

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  14. Wow, all gorgeous works. I especially love your Japanese Gypsy Wife quilt.

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  15. Great recap! I love the rick rack on the hearts!

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  16. Japanese Gypsy Wife - the background color scheme is similar to a knock-off Gypsy Wife that I have at the longarmer. Sooooo love what you did. The judges were spot on in giving you those awards!

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  17. So happy to see all these great finishes of 2019.

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  18. Fabulous Five!!! The Linkity Split with Mod Watermelons makes me very happy :-)

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  19. Your Wallflower quilt is amazing. Thanks for linking up with Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday.

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