2021 In Review

My focus this year was to play with my longarm and get 3 tubs of quilt tops to finished stage. How did I do?

As we all know, finishing every project is the perfect way to live out our quilty life, but we all know that starting new projects is what brings that spark of joy. This year I not only started projects, but each of these was finished right down to the last stitch of the binding and labels going on.

I took part in these Blog Hops and had so much fun creating the projects.

I even managed to take part in some QAL’s and Linky Parties which really helped me stay on track!

I enjoy testing patterns for some of my favourite designers and for The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Many of these are now in my To Be Quilted Pile since I can only play with my longarm when I can get away to the studio. Here are some of the fun projects I tested this year.:

There were many projects I made just for the fun of it. There were those DrEAMI projects. There were some projects that I enjoyed making so much that I had to make them again (and again). There were the scrappy quilts I made to keep myself calm while under Evacuation Alert which came to be finished and donated to people who lost their homes and everything in it to wildfires this year. I stretched myself again and kept trying to improve my appliqué skills and had fun creating some new treat bags for some grands and great grands.

I managed to finish some beautiful quilt tops that were donated to me by Denise along with several of my own and sent them on to Victoria’s Quilts Canada, some local charities and to the Quilts for Lytton Wildfire Victims. It’s difficult having my longarm at a studio 5 hours drive one way from where I live, but I try to get there as often as possible and try to make the most of my time there.

I finished up the last couple of months of the year feeling as if my sewjo had deserted me, but pulled it together enough to create 47 little gifts to donate to a local organization that makes up Christmas hampers for low income seniors and families. The need had tripled this year and the members of my Guild donated 2 huge boxes of goodies: everything from crocheted dishcloths to quilts.

We all thought 2020 was a difficult year to endure, but in so many ways 2021 was worse. The yo yo effect of being in lockdown, things opening up and then back in to tight restrictions was hard on morale but we did survive and can only hope 2022 will be better, right?!?

In the meantime I wish send you all my wishes for you to have a very Merry Christmas filled with love, laughter, time with family and friends and plenty of good food. 🥳 I hope the New Year brings you all good health, happiness and prosperity.

Thank you for spending some of your time with me in 2021 and I’m looking forward to sharing many new adventures with you in 2022. 🎄☃️😉

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