Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 in Review

2017 - Looking Back...

2017 has been a fun year of crafting and making friends. I appreciate you all and love hearing from you. More details about the finishes in the photo above may be found on this page.

Unlike last year, several Top Viewed Posts of 2017 made it to the Top Viewed Posts of All Time list.

Top 5 Blog Posts in 2017
TAST 76 - Whipped Chain Stitch
1. TAST 76 

Top 5 Blog Posts Since 2012
1. TAST 76
3. April 2017
4. Crazy Quilt ATC Tutorial Part 1 - Piecing
5. May 2017

2017 Activities

2017 UFO Challenge
11 UFOs were finished! More details are here.

My 2018 UFO Challenge list is here

Crazy Quilt Journal Project (CQJP)
December 31st is the last day to sign up for CQJP 2018! Details are here

To see some eye candy, I encourage you to check out the CQJP 2017 blog - here - when you have a bit of time to drool over admire the pretty CQ blocks others created. My progress is below.

CQJP 2017 January Block

A tutorial to piece a crazy quilt block is here.

CQJP 2017 February Block

This tote bag was donated and raised $150 for engineering scholarships in Oregon.

CQJP 2017 March Block - in progress
The most recent blog post is here.

This will become a pocket on a tote bag that will be added to my Etsy shop.

CQJP 2017 April Block - pieced

This project was added to my 2018 UFO list. Once finished, I plan to add it to my Etsy shop.

InCoWriMo 2017
INternational COrrespondence WRiting MOnth is in February. 2017 was my first year participating. I will definitely join again in 2018! You may find my 2017 experience here and the InCoWriMo website here.

Sun, Sand, and Sea Block of the Month
This was hosted by Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy. It was my first BOM and I absolutely loved it! 

The orange & black Oregon State University theme made it all the more fun.

Find more details on this page

HAED "QS Red Hearts"
13,385 stitches were added to this piece based on artwork by Ching-Chou Kuik.

Charting Creations "Fractal White Tiger"
10,207 stitches were added to this piece based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

HAED "Twilight Duel"
17,213 stitches were added to this piece based on artwork by Ruth Thompson. 

HAED "Storykeep Effects of Caffeine"
1,425 stitches were added to this piece based on artwork by Randal Spangler. 

This is my travel piece and it only received 8 days of attention this year.

This was my first full year using Instagram. You may find me here.

2017 Best Nine on Instagram. 

HAED QS Red Hearts, Block 3 of the SS&S BOM, HAED SK Effects of Caffeine, and HAED Twilight Duel photos were popular.

Hand Stitched Treasure on Etsy
In 2017, I stepped out of my comfort zone and began listing products for sale in my Etsy shop. Etsy makes this easy and I have some fun plans for 2018.

Hand Stitched Treasure on Facebook
Encouraged by a few of you wonderful blogging friends, I started a Facebook page featuring blog posts and a few sneak peeks of projects in progress. 

I wish you all an amazingly
Happy New Year!

Thank you for visiting!

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Catherine said...

Gosh, you’ve really achieved a lot this year. Happy new year, and I look forward to following you in the new year!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You have a completed a lot of great projects and have some really intense WIP pieces as well. So, in appreciation, I thank you for all you share here from the projects you work on and the techniques, tips and tutorials you share. You are most generous with your time. Thank you too for continuing to blog.
xx, Carol

Happy New Year.

Renee said...

Thank you so much, Catherine! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

2017 was a great and productive year! Nice to revisit those projects, too.

Brigitte said...

I love these mosaics a lot They perfectly show how much we accomplished during a year. Great showcase of yours.

Katie said...

Doesn't it feel good to look at it all in a post like this. You did amazing!! You will do amazing in 2018. I just have a feeling.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

First of all, congratulations for the 31 days of posting success. Your progress and goals are absolutely admirable and I can't wait to see what comes from your talented fingers in 2018!