Monday, January 1, 2018

Top 10 Blog Posts 2017

2017 has come to a close and like everyone else I have been looking back on the year.  I sorted through all the blog posts that have gone up over the last year to see what everyone was reading.  It serves a couple of purposes.  I like to be reminded that the work I have been putting into the blog actually gets read by others and I like to see what worked in the previous year.  So are you ready to see what others were reading?  Do you think your favorite post made the list?
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So I broke down the posts in the two main categories of the blog, quilting and vintage sewing machines.  So I took five from each category to make my top ten.  I had a couple of quilting posts go viral and I didn't want to drown out the sewing machines because of that.

2017 has been an interesting year.  I took a new direction in my videos doing short, no talking videos over the long drawn out talking videos.  I wasn't sure if I was on the right track but my video views say I am.  I also got faster internet so I'm excited to put more videos together in 2018.  I built, with lots of Paul's help, a new studio.  I love going down there and getting creative.  Just as 2017 was coming to a close we spent a lot of time in the hospital with my oldest grandson.  I had a sinking suspicion that something was wrong but in November it was just a gut feeling.  By mid-December, though I got a phone call at work, they were rushing him to the hospital.  I had to send out a quick email to let folks know that our weekly link party was off and ask for prayers.  I was overwhelmed by all of you who responded.  He has type 1 diabetes.  There's a slight learning curve for me cooking for him but nothing I can't tackle.  Paul has Celiac, another auto-immune disorder, so we are gluten-free already.  Paul and the middle grandson both have lactose issues and my father-in-law is vegetarian. I also grew up on the cardiac diet so restricted diets are nothing.  I just have to count up his carbs when he eats here.

Now it's time to see what happened on the blog in the last year.

10. Flying Geese Tutorial

The flying geese are still not one of my favorite blocks.  I don't know why but they are kind of a pain in my behind.  They are though a foundation block in quilting and we have to know how to make them.  I am looking at some new methods of doing them but need to make sure the math works for all sizes.


9. Preserving Finishes on Vintage Sewing Machines

No one wants to tear up the finish on their vintage sewing machines.  Some are more delicate than others but with Paul's tips the decals and finishes can be preserved as much as humanly possible.


8. How To Stabilize Your Quilting Ruler

This wasn't really a new blog post.  I've learned a lot over the life of this blog and this was one of the first blog posts.  It just was really bad.  I took what I now know and rewrote the post.  Obviously, it was something people wanted to know how to do, I hadn't been presenting in the right manner.  Someone recently pointed out on Facebook that if you knick yourself with the rotary cutter you can use the tape to take care of that too.


7. How To Prevent Foot Pedal Fires

I'm thrilled folks are reading this post.  As former firefighters, we've seen the devastation that fires can cause.  When it happened at our house we knew we had to share how we prevented it from being devastating.


6. How To Make A Pinwheel Block

The pinwheel block can be the bane of my existence.  I can't keep those blades going the right way.  Paul made fun of me for that until he finally showed me the trick of how to keep them all going the same way.  I'm hoping that little trick is what drew people back to this post time and time again.


5. Cleaning The Chrome On Vintage Sewing Machines

Paul grew up around motorcycles.  His parents still ride today.  That knowledge of how to get road grime off of motorcycles sure has paid off with the older sewing machines.  If there is an ounce of shine left in the chrome Paul can bring it out.


4. Large No Y-Seam Eight Point Star

This pattern was when I knew y'all are my people.  You hate y-seams as much as I do and you love great big blocks.  I love big blocks and I can not lie.  You don't have to make 500 of them for a quilt.  I get bored quickly so I don't want to make 6-inch blocks for a queen size quilt.


3. Cleaning The Inside of Sewing Machines

At this point, I knew there were a lot of people out there with old sewing machines that needed some love.  Our herd grows every month it seems.  There's always a machine that crosses our path that someone is going to toss in the trash.  I know that there are machines being saved daily thanks to the posts Paul did.  That makes us both so excited.


2. Magic 8 Half Square Triangle Method

This is our top quilting post of 2017.  It's also the very first post I ever had go viral.  It's probably why a lot of you are reading this now.  So many new people came because of this post and many of you have stuck around.  Who knew others needed to make lots of half square triangles at one time?


1. Busting Up the Rust

Our top post was how to get rid of rust.  I have seen too many people say a machine was headed to the trash because it was rusted.  Paul has unstuck a sewing machine I brought home that had sat outside in the Kansas weather for years.  If he can get all the rust out of that one so can you.


From the bottom of our hearts thank you for making 2017 the biggest year on the blog!  I'm amazed that 100s of people have shown up to the blog in the last year but completely blown away that it was actually 100s of thousands of people.  There aren't 100,000 people in my entire county!  It's mind-blowing to this small town girl.  I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for the blog, Paul and I, and all of you.

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Melissa Shields
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2 comments:

  1. Post #9 does not exist, about preserving finishes on your vintage machine. At least the link does not work. could you please direct me? Thank you.

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    1. https://www.quiltingroomwithmel.com/2016/12/preserve-vintage-sewing-machine-finishes.html?m=1

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