Happy New Year and a Year In Review…

Best of 2016I’ve never really thought about all of the things that can happen over a year or so, but it really is amazing to see how things turn and evolve thru each day, week and month. Last year at this time, I participated in a linky party with Meadow Mist Designs

Last year at this time, I was amazed that I had just over 100 posts for the entire year of 2015, I thought it was an amazing feat to accomplish, but this year, even tho I had a few low months, I still managed to beat that accomplishment with 166 posts to my blog in 2016 versus the 109 I had for 2015. I never thought it would be possible to be honest.. but I had a fun year offering events such as hosting blog hops, and even a second block of the week series during the summer.

So, my best of five well the first is very simple, finding out that other bloggers would also want to participate in hops and joining in to show off their beautiful projects. I enjoyed the entire year of this and it was so much fun to make some wonderful and new friends. I feel very blessed in such a wonderful community of quilters that people would open their hearts to new friendships.

Never in my dreams did I ever expect to actually meet two of them before the year ended, but I got the privilege to meet Theresa at Bumbleberry Stitches and Darlene at Quiltshop Gal after the biggest thing that happened to me this year with the move back to the USA in October.

Last Year, Seams To Be Sew hosted 4 1/4 blog hops (I say 1/4, because I found out I was moving just as Eerie Nights was about to start and I wasn’t going to be able to participate like I had planned, so Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy took over for me), one Row Along and two blocks of the month/week events along with a dual event with Janeen at Quilt Art for December’s 12 Days of Christmas.

I’ve continued my post of Row by Row Free Pattern downloads by updating it in December, and am working on the 2017 Block of the Months being offered around the web, due to be posted on Monday January 02, 2017.

All in all, it’s been a pretty cool year… 

So, the Best Top 5 here at Seams To Be Sew…

  1. Friends I’ve made in the blog hops hosted here at Seams To Be Sew.
  2. The Road Home Row Along with 40 bloggers participating this year, it was an overwhelming success and I’m looking forward to 2017’s row along.
  3. Sunbonnet Sue and Sam Travel The World, paired with the idea of the Olympians, this turned out to be a lot more fun than I ever dreamed possible. With over 600 patterns bloggers have created turned into the Flickr group and more coming, this has been a wonderful opportunity to see how others worked with my patterns.
  4. Moving home to the USA.. I missed it tremendously, and the opportunities that will come from doing so such as meeting people I’ve known just by blogging with them or replying to a comment is more than I could ever have hoped for.
  5. 12 Days of Christmas… WoW, what a great event this turned out to be, and Janeen’s village, absolutely one of the best opportunities to get to work with such a talented artist… 
  6. and really, I just can’t not say Thank You enough to those of you who took the time to tredge out to your local quilt shops and pick up a Wooly Block kit for me. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You… 

For 2017, I’ve decided to set some goals. Now that I’m home, and our belongings from storage are now on their way to Colorado, I’ll be able to dig into all my UFO’s and work on them, I can work on projects I started overseas that haven’t been finished, so I intend to sew far more than I have been.

I pledge to get to 200 posts, and I’d like to see my Facebook page get to 1000 likes… how cool would that be, it was only at 500 last February 11, and already now at 923, there is a real chance it will see 1000 likes.

To all of you who’ve put up with me and my little idiosyncrasies, thank you!! I truly feel blessed that you visit and enjoy my blog. I’m honored you take the time to leave a comment or send me an email.

Thank you also for buying my patterns. Every bit helps and now that we are back in the USA, it has truly been a blessing to have a little bit of extra income.

I hope for you all a New Year filled with happiness, blessings, and only good wishes. Be Safe, and Bless You All.

For visiting today, I have a little free pattern for you to enjoy.. make it and send me a picture… 

Happy New Year 2017

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Artist Rajiv’s Graphics
This pattern will remain free available currently on Craftsy

I love you all,

Marian
Seams To Be Sew

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21 Responses to Happy New Year and a Year In Review…

  1. I think you have had an amazing year, packed with #CreativeGoodness. I’ve enjoyed our friendship and thrilled to have you back in the States. I hope all your possessions soon arrive and you feel settled into your new home and can find plenty of time to enjoy and create. Happy New Year.

    QuiltShopGal
    http://www.quiltshopgal.com

  2. Lori Smanski says:

    thank you for the adorable bear. happy new year with lots of creative fun. I do so looking back on the past year and seeing what I have accomplished and looking at the new year and setting new goals. look forward to this new year following you.

  3. Edith Gorzo says:

    Happy New Year, Marian! Thanks for the New Year Bear. Love it!

  4. Robin Forshee says:

    Thank you for all you do for all of us. God Bless you and can’t wait to see what you have for us in 2017.

  5. Linda Fleming says:

    Love the Happy New Year Bear pattern.
    Thank you.
    Best wishes for 2017.

  6. Mary says:

    Happy new year. I’m looking forward to following along this year. Thank you for the cute design.

  7. Lori Michel says:

    Thank you for the cute pattern…just perfect as it is my birthday….and hoping 2017 brings you much creativity and happiness….

  8. Mary chevalier says:

    Happy New Year Marian .Did you recieve the new message i sent you? Mary Chevalier

  9. Bev says:

    Happy New Year Marian! Congrats on a successful and busy 2016 and into 2017 as well! Many thanks to you and all those who helped bring about each blog hop, block of the months, row by row, etc. and for sharing patterns or creative ideas with us. Cheers to 2017 and achieving new goals!!!

  10. Kathy E. says:

    Marian, you certainly did have a wonderful year full of accomplishments! I hope you make 2017 the best yet! It’s a great feeling to “see” the open road ahead and be full of possibilities, isn’t it?

  11. Lisa says:

    Joining you from the Best of 2016 Linkup. You’ve had a really busy year. Congratulations on all your successes.

  12. Joyce Carter says:

    Happy New Year Marian! Wishing you all the best in the new year.
    I am so happy that I found your blog a long time ago. It has been a pleasure visiting with you and seeing all the amazing things you create. You are a wonderful and dear person. It is always so nice coming here. Thank you for doing all that you do.

  13. Shelley says:

    Thank you for the Happy New Years bear. Great pattern. Happy New Years to you too and wishing you a year filled with wonder and joy!

  14. Renee says:

    Thanks for hosting all the activities that you did and shared. I hope you have a great 2017 and get your wish of sewing lots. I look forward to seeing what you do this year. Happy New year and take care.

  15. Carol S. says:

    You had a very busy year! Lucky you to have met those two sweet bloggers. Here’s to 2017 being a great year for all of our creativity. Happy New Year, Marian!

  16. Karen Beigh says:

    Thank you for the New Year’s design. I have been looking for something with the New Year theme.

  17. You had an amazing year and I hope that 2017 is even better for you! Thanks for linking up with the Best of 2016 linky party!

  18. It looks like you had an amazing year Marian! I discovered you and Janeen during the 12 Days hop, and I’m so glad I did. Looking forward to getting to know you better and making lovely things together in 2017!!!

  19. CJ Jolly says:

    Thank you & Happy New Year!
    (Truly enjoyed following The 12 Days of Christmas.)

  20. Sherry Forslund says:

    Happy New Year Marian!

  21. Anna J says:

    Happy New Year to you too Marian! Thank you for all the wonderful things you have given to us throughout the year! God bless,
    Thanks,
    Anna

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