I always love diving into my site stats each January to see what projects you guys loved best during the previous year. Each year it surprises me which ones you loved the most.
2018 marked my 10th year blogging. I can hardly believe it’s been that long. I feel like an “old lady” when it comes to blogging and social media. So much has changed. Most of it for the best, but some of it not for the best. Part of me misses the “good old days” when you didn’t feel bombarded with images and messages from millions of bloggers and influencers. Part of me also cherishes all of the wonderful information and ideas they are putting out into the world. They really do help make the internet a more inspiring place.
This year instead of just listing my most visited posts for the whole year, I thought I’d break it down by month instead. I’ve included one new (published in 2018) post and one old post for each month.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
Reader Favorite Quilt, Sewing, and DIY Projects:
You loved my round up of 50 Simple Beginner Sewing projects, it remained at the top of my “visits” list most of the year.
I think in January, you guys like and many others decided to tackle a new hobby! Which I love!
This fun Kite Foundation Paper Piecing Pattern with beginner FPP tutorial by Sarah Ashford.
Sticking with the “learning” theme, this post with 3 Simple Tips for Beginning Quilters.
I think many of you may have had Spring babies on your mind as this Self Binding Patchwork Minke Baby Blanket tutorial was at the top.
A few years ago we painted our Kitchen Cabinets white. I detailed the whole process along with a lot of things that we did wrong, in this Tips for Painting your Kitchen Cabinets post. You guys loved it in March. Maybe Spring weather was inspiring a bunch of remodeling projects?
This simple and cute Hair Ties Tutorial by Simple Simon and Co was a reader favorite.
I think a sudden urge to stitch up Easter dresses pushed this Pillowcase Dress Tutorial to the top of the reader favorite list during April.
Tired of always tackling large sewing projects, I decided instead to try a few small sewing projects that month. I shared my inspirational list with you guys, and you liked it!
I feel like you guys are all my “spirit buddies” as Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas was at the top of the list this month. Procrastinators unite! (tomorrow :)
Inspired by lazy summer days I pulled fabrics to make a few Summer quilts. I shared a few of my favorite Fresh Summer Quilt project ideas with you.
Tied with the Fresh Summer Quilt projects post, was this one teaching you how to make a Flat Bottom Zippered Pouch.
I think you guys had summer wardrobes on your mind as my Kimono Jacket tutorial picked up a lot of hits in June.
Unable to find a swimsuit cover-up that I loved, I made one myself. It topped the list of new tutorials in July.
I think you guys love Harry Potter as much as I do, as this Hogwarts House Notebooks tutorial was at the top of the list. How appropriate given Harry’s July birthday!
We had another tie in August, this Scrappy Strips Baby Quilt Tutorial.
and this Road Trip Pillow Case Tutorial.
You guys must have been thinking about Halloween early this year because these Floating Witch Hat Luminaries was tops for older projects (and stayed up there through Halloween).
After losing my small scissors too many times I finally made a Roll Up Sewing Machine Mat for myself and took the time to write up a tutorial to share with all of you.
Also early for Halloween, you guys loved these 15+ Halloween Porch Decorating Ideas post.
Our Halloween Haberdashery Quilt along and related posts stayed at the top of the favorite list for almost the whole month of October. With this post on tips for finishing a quilt the winner in the mix.
You moved on from Halloween quickly and started planning for Christmas and seemed to like my suggestions for 25+ Cute things to Sew for Christmas.
Maybe you were thinking about Christmas gifts? Since this Must Know Bag Making Tips & Tricks post did really well.
Turns out we had one more tie between this Merry Christmas Embroidery Hoop Pattern and
a simple tutorial for a Farmhouse Style hanging kitchen towel.
Several years ago I designed a series of Christmas Mason Jars. Each year you guys still seem to love them as the Elf Mason Jar Gift Idea was at the top of our analytics for most of December.
A few honorable mentions:
These projects were some of my favorites and just missed the top lists each month by a few visits.
So what’s in store for 2019? Well, lots more of the same with hopefully a bit more organization. Although I will say I feel like 2018 was a good year as far as content and consistency went.
New Block of the Month program coming this Month (it’s actually 6 blocks shared every other month).
So many Mermaid Fabric projects that your head will spin LOL!
A free printable each month (for our email list subscribers)
A free Cricut SVG file each month (for our email list subscribers)
Fox Farm Quilt Along coming in April, the quilt pattern is called “Let’s Stay Home” and I’m so excited to share it with you.
Several new Bag & Quilt PDF patterns.
I’m going to try to run more “series” posts since you guys all loved the Halloween Haberdashery Quilt along so much. If I can find more time (or clone myself) I hope to support those quilt and sew along with Facebook Groups for you to share your projects with each other.
That’s just a sampling! There is also a lot that will be going on behind the scenes as far as “structural” stuff goes, but I won’t bore you with those details!
Wishing all of you a Healthy and Happy 2019! Let the Making begin!