Thursday, December 29, 2016

Remembering 2016 While Planning 2017

{My quilt display for a talent night at church.}

2016 has been a great year, even if it was crazy busy.  My theme for the year was to "Enjoy the Journey."  I listed six specific journeys I planned on taking this year in my 2015 year end post.

1.  Creating and Quilting

My creating and quilting journey is really what kept me going this year.  Quilting is very therapeutic for me.  I feel like I accomplish more and am a better wife and mother when I am taking time to create.  I finished 25 of my own quilts this year.  12 were donated to good causes, 3 were given away, 3 were for my boys, and 7 were for my home.   I made three mini quilts, a table runner, four quilted buckets, thirteen baby blankets, 14 seasonal bunting/banners, and 26 drawstring bags.  I also quilted 9 quilts for other people and repaired four quilts.

Here are five of my favorite projects from the year (in no particular order) for the Best of 2016 Linky Party.  Click on the captions to learn more about each project.

{Controlled Chaos}

{Beach Party}

{Dancing Daisies}

{Mr. Bones}

{Lego Rainbow}

Plus one more (or five in one) just for fun.

{Chunky Race Quilts}

It was such a busy year that I didn't do as good of a job with stash reports.  So the following is an estimate based on my memory. Thank goodness for a blogging record of projects made throughout the year.  All of the fabric I purchased was for specific projects with the exception of Kona black, white, and snow.  

In 2016 I used approximately 170 yards of quilting fabric and purchased about 65 yards.  That means that my stash of quilting fabric is more than 100 yards less than than it was a year ago.  I used 39 yards of baby flannel and purchased 54 yards on Black Friday.  So my stash of baby flannel has grown which is good because I need to make more blankets.  This is about 100 yards less fabric used than the previous two years, but with everything else going on I still think it is pretty good!

Now back to my journeys which I enjoyed in 2016...

2.  Teaching Quilt Classes.

I am still teaching beginning free-motion quilting at my local quilt shop.  I taught the class three times this past year and my next class is already scheduled for 2017.

{The classroom all set up}

3.  Building a New House.

Building a new house was a bit stressful.  I was grateful for the reminder to enjoy the process as well.

{Our house December 2016}

{Our house February 2016}

4.  Moving to New House.  

We were so grateful for our family and friends who helped us in the moving process.  We had most everything packed and settled within a month.

{Our House April 2016}

5.  Making it a Home.  

It took a few months to get to know the neighbors and decorate the house how we wanted.  It then started to feel more like a home.  You can take virtual tour of my home here.

{Our home November 2016}

6.  Being a Mother and Wife.

While quilting keeps me going and keeps me sane, I find my responsibilities in my family the most rewarding.  I took a two month blogging break during the summer to spend more time with them.  I am so grateful for all four of my boys.

{My wonderful boys}

I am now looking forward to a new year in 2017.  My focus will be on "choosing joy" while working on these seven goals:

  1. Use my stash ~ I would love to use up the rest of my old stash fabrics.  I am sure I will still have some new stash fabric at the end of the year.  
  2. Use my scraps ~ I have lots of possible projects I can make out of my scraps and leftovers.  I would love to cross some of them off of my list.  
  3. Use new fabrics ~ I am sure that I will be buying new fabric.  I just want to use a lot of the fabric I purchase.  
  4. Finish quilts and other projects ~ I love the process of making quilts, and I love finishing them even more.  I want to finish at least one or two quilts every month.  
  5. Make quilts to donate and give away ~ I want to donate at least six quilts this year.  That will average out to one every other month.  
  6. Help others to finish their own quilts ~ I want to keep teaching classes and hosting my small quilting group at my house.  
  7. Keep my family as my number one priority ~ I find joy in quilting, but true joy comes from time with my family.  

Once again, Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a Planning Linky Party for the new year.  I will be joining her party as well.

2017 Planning Party

I wish you all a Happy New Year!



  1. The view where your new house is just beautiful. Your quilts are all gorgeous! I love Beach Party and what you did with Drunkard's Path blocks! Your quilting is awesome. Hope you have a great 2017. Looking forward to following along.

  2. Love your goals for 2017! You got a great amount of quilting done considering you built and moved into a new house. You were one productive girl this year! Looking forward to your scrap quilts this year.

  3. Wow - you've had a busy year!! I love the Beach Party quilt - such a fun design. Good luck with your goals for 2017!

  4. Your quilts are beautiful! I really love Beach Party!

  5. Just by stating your goals you are on track for meeting them! I like your focus on family, too. Seems like you are hitting the right balance between sanity and joy. Happy New Year, Jasmine!

  6. What a busy year you have had, congrats on the new home and love you beautiful quilts. Much happiness in the new year!

  7. Wow Jasmine what a busy year you have had - I can't believe how many quilts you made whilst building and moving into your new home!!! Good luck with your goals for 2017.

  8. Your quilt work is stunning!! Congratulations on your new house, wow 2016 was very busy for you! Your family is beautiful and I wish you all health, joy and abundance in 2017!

  9. Great goals -- wish I'd read yours before I did mine -- I love the use your stash!

  10. What an amazing year you had, Jasmine. I look forward to seeing what you create in 2017 and thank you so much for linking up!

  11. Your quilts are beautiful! I like the quilting pattern you stitched on beach party, there is so much movement in the quilt, makes it interesting to look at. And I really liked the lego blocks quilt, what a cute idea as a kid quilt! Happy New Year.

  12. I can see that quilting gives you wonderful balance and scope for creativity. Have a very happy new year and many blessings for a great 2017.

  13. Beautiful finishes (the quilts and the house)! I love how the quilting on the lego quilt! Thanks for linking up with the Best of 2016 linky party!

  14. You had a wonderful year with lots of finishes and family. Happy New year and I look forward to all your posts of 2017!!

  15. Very productive year my friend. I htink this exemplifies so many of us quilters, yep we buy fabric, but we still mostly use our stash, or combine new with old, we give away more than we keep, both tangibly and intangibly, and our families are always #1. And, SO TRUE, it's because of our quilting that our families are better, happier, more cohesive units!

  16. Great goals for this year, Jasmine! I love the picture of your husband and the boys :)


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