One Year of Blogging!

It has been one year since I entered the world of blogging.  My first post was published on November 4th 2009, and since that time I have added 50 articles.  With the exception of a week off in March and another in August while I traveled on vacation, I achieved my goal of writing once a week.  I thought it would be fun, on this first anniversary, to take a look back at one year of blogging!

November 2009
The impetus for getting my blog up and running was a blog tour hosted by Quiltmaker Magazine.  As a result, the #1 most viewed page over the past year is the November 12th post featuring my block in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Special Issue Magazine.  It also generated the most comments.  What a great way to get started!

That month, I introduced my new quilt project and wrote my first how-to article on using a focus fabric to choose fabrics for a quilt.

December 2009
The month began with a product review of the Easy Edge Appliqué Tool, and then switched gears to Christmas.  I described the Christmas ornaments I make each year as gift tags, showed some of the ornaments I have made for my tree, and revealed my annual ornament for 2009.

January 2010
The New Year began with a review of 2009.  At the end of that article, I said that I would share my goals for 2010 in a future article.  Did you notice that I never did?

That month, I revealed sections 2 and 3 of the center panel in my quilt Flourish on the Vine.  My second how-to article on preparing patches for needle-turn appliqué was the #5 most viewed page, thanks to being picked up by a quilting site.  The #9 most viewed page followed with a look at my favorite appliqué marking tools.

February 2010
I am often asked if I sleep, so I wrote about that in February!  We saw sections 4 & 5 of Flourish on the Vine as well as a beautiful Sewflakes quilt design by one of my students.  The #10 most viewed page described the making of the quilt “Trinity”.  Every patch in that quilt was dyed by printing its unique color formula onto pre-treated fabric sheets using my inkjet printer.

March 2010
Writing about the quilt “Trinity” led to a four part series about printing fabric:  part 1 on dyeing fabric; part 2 on photo transfer; and parts 3 and 4 on scanning and printing.  A lot of information on this topic is included in my lecture Computer Aided Quilting.

April 2010
The month began with an article describing my experiences as an artist-in-residence at a local high school.  Section 6 of my quilt “Flourish on the Vine” was revealed, followed by a how-to article on partial seams in hand appliqué – a technique I have used a lot in that quilt.  The final post was written in Calgary Alberta, where I was attending Quilt Canada.

May 2010
More on Quilt Canada followed in the first article of May, then we learned about ways to avoid shadowing in our quilts.  The final two sections of my quilt Flourish on the Vine were unveiled, but have you noticed that I still haven’t shown you the entire completed center panel?  Stay tuned.

In May, I set up a Facebook page and wrote a post about this social networking site.  I have enjoyed maintaining this page, especially the Student Gallery photo album!

June 2010
June saw the introduction of a new series on art concepts for quilting.  We began with the element of shape, and spent two weeks looking at the geometric shapes of squares and rectangles.  The first post was the #4 most viewed page and the second one was #6.

At the end of June, I received my EQ7 upgrade and wrote about some of the new features in this popular quilt design software.

July 2010
More new features in EQ7 were discussed in July, then we returned to geometric shapes in quilts.  This must be a popular topic, because the first article on triangles was the #2 most viewed page and the second one was #8.  The final article that month was a book review on The Quilter’s Directory of Embellishments.

August 2010
Reading that book prompted a series on embellishing quiltsPart 1, on decorative stitching, was the #3 most viewed pagePart 2 looked at embellishing quilts with ribbon, braid and cord.

I missed a week in August while I was vacationing in Boston.  As it happened, the World Quilt Show XIV opened in Manchester NH that week – a mere one hour drive away!  My article on the Canadian exhibit and winners was the #7 most viewed page.

September 2010
We completed the series on embellishing quilts in September.  Part 3 looked at fabric manipulation, part 4 at embellishing with buttons and beads, and part 5 at art media.  Then we celebrated with local quilt shop Quilters Cupboard in Uxbridge for being featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Quilt Sampler® magazine.  Finally, I shared my entry into the 2010 IQA silent auction

October 2010
All summer long, I worked on the borders of my quilt Flourish on the Vine.  The first two articles in October described the swags in the borders:  part 1 outlined the challenges I faced and part 2 explained how I addressed those issues.

Then, after a long hiatus, we returned to art concepts in quilting with three articles on hexagons.  We saw examples of quilt designs and fifteen quilt blocks featuring the hexagonal shape.  Last week (the first week in November), we saw what happens when hexagons are divided into six triangles or three diamonds.

Happy Anniversary!

I hope you have enjoyed my blog so far and that you have learned many useful things to help you along your quilting journey.  There were times when I wondered if I might run out of ideas to write about, but one idea just seemed to lead to another.  You can expect lots more to come in the series on art concepts for quilting, including an inside look at a quilt design focus group that I have joined.  As always, I welcome your thoughts and your comments – thanks for reading!

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