January 10, 2022: Highlights and Hopes

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

17 thoughts on “January 10, 2022: Highlights and Hopes

  1. acityquilter January 10, 2022 / 2:07 pm

    love seeing snow on stone walls…on my car not so much…LOL….very nice retrospective post and future plans photos…you are so right, time is precious and fleeting…

    • gladiporsche January 14, 2022 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks Grace!

  2. Laurie Mosley January 10, 2022 / 4:08 pm

    I continue to enjoy your blog so much! I’m trying to be more organized with my work and you are a great inspiration. I read one of your reading suggestions “The Winter Soldier” and really enjoyed it, so I checked out another of his books “The Piano Tuner”. Please keep sharing good books with us.

    • gladiporsche January 14, 2022 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you Laurie. It always makes me happy whenever I hear that I inspire someone – such a profound compliment! I will definitely continue to share book recommendations too! “The Piano Tuner” is on my list to read – my husband read it and recommended it!

  3. Kyle January 10, 2022 / 10:09 pm

    Love the combination of play and explore and balance it with progress and finish. A wonderful recap of a creative year. I hadn’t realized the background you used for Sweet Journeys. I love it. I think I have a small piece of it. It’s a great reminder for me to step out of the expected.

    • gladiporsche January 14, 2022 / 10:31 pm

      Thanks Kyle! I really do like those 4 words to keep me going this year. That background fabric is by Barbara Brackman and came out in 1999! I loved it so much that I bought 5 yards of it without a specific plan for it and used some in another project as well. Very rare for me to buy that much of any fabric!

  4. Pat in WNY January 10, 2022 / 11:40 pm

    Sweet Dreams is such a gorgeous quilt, looking forward along with you to seeing it finished.

    • gladiporsche January 14, 2022 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks Pat! I have one other quilt top waiting for hand quilting (Time of Plenty) and it was a hard decision whether to go with that one or Sweet Journeys, but SJ has been waiting longer so it got the nod😊.

  5. Shasta January 11, 2022 / 1:56 pm

    You’ve had a great quilting year. All of your quilts are so beautiful. I too was enjoying playing last year and am hoping to be a little bit more focused and choosy in what quilts I pick up to work on this year.

    • gladiporsche January 14, 2022 / 10:35 pm

      Thanks so much Shasta! I hope all your quilting wishes for this year come true!😊

  6. marissthequilter January 12, 2022 / 8:16 am

    That’s a fine set of words for your year’s endeavours. But, my goodness, what you achieved last year is truly remarkable. Congratulations.
    The idea of play (rather than work) when making quilts is essential, I think. I keep being reminded of the importance of play (for example, this morning while reading chapter nine of The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron). And then your post confirmed this ‘philosophy’ a short while later.
    Enjoy the snow!

    • gladiporsche January 14, 2022 / 10:39 pm

      Thanks Mariss. I agree with you 100% that play is a critical part of the creative process even though we call the “products” of our play our “work”!😊

  7. barbvedder January 12, 2022 / 2:49 pm

    Your 2021 review is incredible! What a wonderful year of quilting and quilty adventures.
    I’m so happy we finally met in real life at the NEQM.
    I look forward to watching your progress in 2022.
    thanks for the inspiration

    • gladiporsche January 14, 2022 / 10:44 pm

      Thank you Barb! Happy to meet you too and so looking forward to seeing your exhibit at NEQM!!

  8. audrey January 12, 2022 / 10:34 pm

    So fun to read through your review of the past year. Your quilts are so lovely and it’s a joy to follow along with your adventures!:)

    • gladiporsche January 14, 2022 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you Audrey!

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