In reviewing my posts for 2017 for my top 12 favorites, I realized how much my focus has been narrowing in the arts.
I spend much of my time either quilting, Bible journaling or lettering. The two latter are relatively new focus areas for me and encompas the wider skills of drawing, using different supplies, and even online teaching!
In the area of quilting, this year, I completed 22 projects start-to-finish and also pieced 4 tops for baby quilts from blocks embroidered by my Mom. 15 of my quilts were for charities (11 to the hospital, 4 to a pregnancy center). 3 of the quilts were ones I kept, 2 were for family and 2 for children in crisis.
I put three of my quilt finishes in this year-end roundup. These were all my own designs:
From a panel print, I fussy-cut the bird blocks and then made paper-pieced birdhouses to alternate with them. This is a wall hanging I kept.
The second is also from a panel print which I joined with black sashing to coordinating fabrics. This lap quilt went to the hospital.
The third quilt in my hit parade is another wall hanging that I made for me. All of the blocks are paper pieced. Many of the blocks and the overall design of the quilt are my original designs. It all started as a way to use up the three snowmen blocks!
I do less and less cardmaking as I get involved with other arts and crafts, but I did take an online cardmaking class this year where the theme was 'rainbow techniques'. Of the 28 cards made for that class, this is my favorite:
I did two random crafts that I ran across and had to try. This one was in a magazine: (yes, those are snowmen made of buttons)
And this one was from Etsy: (maker was trying to sell them so I had to figure out my own directions)
The Bible journaling I started in the fall of 2016 is a way to meditate on scriptures using art and creative lettering. I completed 56 pages in my Bible this year. I work in black pen and colored pencils.
In the course of this, my drawing skills have improved vastly! Here are three pages that are my favorites from the year, all entailing original artwork:
I joined a Facebook group on Creative Bible Journaling partway through the year and soon became involved in the Lettering Lodge there, which focuses on learning new lettering styles. In the past few months, I have become co-staff of that area and have been teaching some week-long online lettering lessons for people to use in their own Bibles.
These are some of the lettering classes I have taught:
(An entirely original font)
(adapted from a VERY old book on lettering)
(Adapted and combined two styles to mimic the illuminated manuscripts we saw at The Getty Center in L.A.)
In the process of learning new lettering styles I started branching out into other materials, as well. I have recently begun practicing with brush markers and did this piece combined with original art, also in brush marker:
So, there you have it - a baker's dozen of my favorite arts and crafts from 2017.
Since I am so immersed in all of these areas (except the button craft and wine-glass candleholders), I expect that 2018 will yield more of the same.