Three Years of Blogging!

Happy anniversary! It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by.  On November 4, 2009, the first post in Kathy K. Wylie’s Quilting Blog was published and now, three years later, this is the 151st!  To celebrate three years of blogging, here are the top ten most-viewed articles from those 150 posts.

#10 Spinning Star Free Pattern

Last year, I participated in a Canadian designers’ Christmas blog hop. I presented “Spinning Star” – a design that can be used any number of ways, including appliquéd, quilted, and beaded – plus a recipe for our traditional Christmas Eve tourtière.

#9 – More Squares and Rectangles in Quilts
2010/06/23 – from #7 last year!

I realized that my study of squares and rectangles in quilts was incomplete because the original article focused solely on traditional patchwork quilt block designs. This post presented some additional examples of quilts, this time in a more contemporary or art quilt style.

#8 – Embellishing Quilts #1: Decorative Stitching
2010/08/04 – from #6 last year!

Reviewing The Quilter’s Directory of Embellishments (Sally Holman, C&T Publishing 2006) inspired me to write a series of articles on ways that I have embellished some of my quilts. This post featured decorative stitching.

#7 – More Hexagons in Quilts

Once we started looking at the use of hexagons in quilt design, I realized that this was a fairly extensive topic.  This blog post continued our examination of hexagons and the many creative ways they can be used in our quilts.

#6 – Basting a Large Quilt in Sections
2011/02/16 – from #1 last year!

Basting a large quilt can be a challenge, but I have found that working at it in sections makes the job very manageable. Obviously, many people wanted to know how!

#5 Art Concepts for Quilting: Balance Part 1
2011/03/02 – from #10 last year!

What is visual balance and how can it be attained? This article looked at two types of visual balance: symmetrical balance and radial balance.

#4 – Geometric Shapes in Quilts: Triangles
2010/07/14 –from #3 last year!

After squares, triangles are easily the most used geometric shapes in patchwork quilts.  More specifically, it is the right angle triangle – the half-square triangle – that quilters treasure.  This type of triangle was the subject of the fourth most-viewed blog post.

#3 – More Triangles in Quilts
2010/07/21 – from #5 last year!

The half-square triangle, or right angle triangle, may be the workhorse in traditional patchwork design but we shouldn’t overlook other types of triangles.  This article features equilateral, scalene, acute and obtuse triangles.  I suspect some of these types of triangles are used less frequently because they are not as easy to rotary cut and piece.  But with specialty rulers, templates or paper foundation piecing, they can be sewn just as easily and successfully as half-square triangles.

#2 – Geometric Shapes in Quilts: Squares and Rectangles
2010/06/16 – still #2!

While considering how the element of shape is used in quilt design, we began with two similar geometric shapes: the square and the rectangle.

And the #1 Most-Viewed Blog Article from the past three years is…

Geometric Shapes in Quilts: Hexagons
2010/10/20 – from #4 last year!

The series on Art Concepts for Quilting, especially on the subject of shape, was very popular with six articles in the top ten.  This article focused on the hexagon.

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