Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wrapping Up 2016 and Looking Forward to 2017!!!

I have to say, this is one of my favorite posts to write each year.  I just love being able to take a step back and look over everything that the past year has brought. And then stop and think about what I am hoping to do in the next year.     So as I close up 2016 here at Happy Quilting let's take a quick look of what's been going on around here this past year.

45 Quilts 
 (including quite a few secret ones that I can't show yet :)

4 Mini's

10 Projects

And Countless Blocks including:
 Bee Blocks, Splendid Sampler Blocks, and Sew Sampler Blocks

And there's  Happy Quilting 2016, all rounded up in 4 little pictures :)  Wow, this year sure has been packed with a whole lot of quilting fun!!!   And I have to say, it is just so fun to see it all together in once place ;)   You can see more details about all of the quilts in my Quilt Archive Tab at the top of the page including links to any tutorials ;)

As I look back on this year, I am just so incredible grateful for this little space to share my passion.  I was asked by a dear friend earlier in this year if I still love this all or if it was starting to feel to much like work.   And It made me stop and pause, and realize how incredibly lucky I was to be able to say I do indeed still love it all!!!   Sure, there are some crazy days in there, but all in all, I am just so grateful each day that I found such an amazing industry to be a part of and that I get to share it each and every day with all of you ;)

And now, It's time to look forward to 2017!!!

Each year, I hang a little print off in my sewing room that serves as a daily reminder of what I want to accomplish creatively in the year ;)

The print off for 2017 will read the same as 2016:)  I found these goals to be super helpful in 2016 and still have some room to work on them so they are sticking around for another year.

1 -  Pass It On
2 -  Watch The Time
3 -  Plan With Purpose
4 -  Mommy First

And again, these probably only make sense to me but there are so many thoughts tied up in each of those little statements.   They will  be wonderful reminders to me each and every day and I look forward to them  guiding me in my 2017 Creative Journey!!

And One Last Thought Before I Wrap This Up . . . I just can't say it enough . . . Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!  There are just not words to say how grateful I am for your daily comments and emails and simple words of encouragement.  They mean the world to me.   Truly, it would not be Happy to be be Quilting without all of you.  The personal interaction is what adds that Happy factor so Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!!

So so long 2016 and here is Looking Forward to 2017!!!!!  May it be another year filled with lots, and lots, and lots of  Happy Quilting!!!!!!
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  1. You have a penchant for large quilts, as do I. One of my goals for 2017 is to make more lap quilts and resist the urge to make bed quilts. I understand your 4 goals completely. Happy New Year!

  2. Happy new year Melissa! You have so much to be proud of! I am looking forward to all your fun happy ideas in the new year!

  3. As a mom of five kiddos I'm glad quilting is your therapy! Congrats on such a wonderfully productive year!

  4. I just copied down your 1-4 sign to post. Just being reminded of those actions/priorities a few times a day could be a complete year-changer. Thanks for all you do! Happy New Year!

  5. Really!?....45 quilts!? Wow! I can't even seem to finish one. They are all so pretty. Happy New Year!

  6. Really? That's basically one quilt per week!!! Crazy!! :-) I'm not sure how you do it!! I need to be a little fly on your shoulder to watch you at work for a week! :-) And those are good goals: I need to set some that are similar! Have a wonderful new Year!! Hugs, H

  7. It was another great year for you. I'm looking forward to 2017. Happy New Year.

  8. Good evening Melissa! I just started following your blog in 2016 and have enjoyed your posts a lot. I do not always comment and that is one of my goals to work on. I think your goals are superb! Will you please write a post explaining how you can manage to create such amazingly beautiful quilts and 45 to boot in one year! I realize I am getting older in age, yet I do not feel that age at all. I really thought I was doing excellent at one a month...which for me is! You are amazing and should definitely be very proud of yourself! I look forward to 2017 and what it reveals in the quilting world!

  9. You achieved quite a lot in 2016! Love your starburst patter and that special Irish chain.
    Have a creative and wonderful 2017!

  10. You are an inspiration to us all! Those goals are perfect. I also have to say thank you - I've been a lucky recipient of your "pass it on" goal, so thank you!

  11. Wow! You are an incredibly fast sewer. I'm lucky if I get a dozen projects completed. What is the name of the block in the last pic (first block on the second row) and where can I find pattern info? Karen


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