Greetings dear readers! In this post I am summarizing my quilting-related ”highlights” from 2021 and looking ahead to some ”hopes” for 2022. I believe it’s a good idea to periodically take stock and think about where one has been and where one is going. Time is precious and limited. Though there may be times when just drifting along is OK, at least for a while, it’s probably not the best strategy for being able to feel satisfied about our use of that precious time. These highlights are in no particular order.
I worked closely with Holly Knott as she revised my web site and this blog. Information was updated, several quilts were added to the galleries, and the overall look was improved after not having changed for 9 years. Holly was excellent, thoroughly professional, and a pleasure to work with!
I joined the Monthly Mini makers, hosted by Wendy at ”The Constant Quilter,” and enjoyed every minute of the time I spent making those minis! I somehow managed to get a mini done every month. Participation allowed me to try new ideas on a small scale, without making a big committment, e.g. trying out my first baskets and little trees. 5 of the new minis are now on the wall in my sewing room:
And here are 4 others:
I completed 2 donation quilts, one for my library’s silent auction fundraiser and one for my guild’s donation to a nursing home.
I completed 2 Coronavirus pandemic inspired quilts and my Red and White crib quilt:
I saw 2 great shows at the New England Quilt Museum, one of which included an exhibit of my friend Wendy Reed’s beautiful quilts and the other was an exhibit of fabulous Japanese quilts which I viewed with my friend Janet Elia.
I failed to get a photo of us at the exhibit, but here we are shopping!
I went with my friend Liz to the wonderful Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit ”Fabric of a Nation”:
I did 2 trunk shows in the fall and loved being in Rochester, NY and staying with fabulous host, Christine Wichert:
I was privileged to have Christine show me several of her pieces. Here’s one of her newest – all silk, of course! Just fabulous hand workmanship!:
And my guild – Cocheco Quilters – had a very successful in person show in October. A common theme in most of the above? Finally being able to be with other people, especially friends and family, because of the vaccine! After having to mostly isolate for a year, it felt so good to be able to be out again without the fear if becoming seriously ill.
What will 2022 bring to my quilting life? My working life before retirement was intense and filled with tight schedules and serious responsibilities. I’m thinking that this year I want to keep things more open-ended, but not ”drifting”🙂. I want to be free to EXPLORE and PLAY; try some new designs and maybe some new techniques. I also want to make PROGRESS on some long journey projects and perhaps even FINISH one or two. EXPLORE, PLAY, PROGRESS, FINISH – those are the words that will guide me this year.
I should be able to FINISH the ”Maple Leaf Rag” top and the ”Stormy Weather” top. I will FINISH ”Golden Glow” – just need the binding, label, and sleeve!
Since finishing the hand quilting on Golden Glow, I have returned to hand quilting ”Sweet Journeys”. I had only just begun to quilt it when I switched to Golden Glow so there’s a long way to go on this. Perhaps I can finish it this year? Maybe for the October Cocheco show?
I haven’t touched my ”Dutch Sunflowers” for many months and would like to get back to this one after I finish the MLR and SW tops:
Maybe I’ll make some progress on the HST Medallion and/or the Hexagon Stars projects:
Plus I want to EXPLORE new ideas! Without guilt for not working on already existing projects! I’m having fun with my new foundation paper pieced hexagons. I tried some ”black” blocks:
Next post I’ll share how I’m PLAYING with these blocks. I’m looking forward to CREATIVITY in 2022!
I also look forward to walking outdoors and studying and appreciating this beautiful planet. We had 6 inches of snow:
Many, many thanks to all my readers and commenters! Knowing you enjoy what I share keeps me going with the blog and helps to feed my creative spirit. I appreciate you so much!
My mantra in 2022 remains:
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi