Friday 31 December 2021

2021 - My quilting year in review

It's 31 December, so time for my end of year wrap up.  At the end of each year I like to look back on the goals I set myself at the start of the year.  

2021 finishes

My priorities for 2021 were:

1a, 1b, 1 c, 1d and e... Millefiori Quilts

I've done quite well on that goal.  My Raindrops are Falling on my Head quilt is just finished, and I'll blog about it soon. I've called this quilt Bollywood. You can see it in the background on this photo.

I also finished Dancing Cheek to Cheek, Bont en Blauw, and Fiesta Gitana - all from Millefiori Quilts 4.

Trans-Tasman Bubbles (Dancing Cheek to Cheek)

Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Bont en Blauw)

2. Topsy by Sheila Christensen

Finished, and gifted to our son for his 21st. I called this quilt Mirage and you can read about it here


3. Cross Country by Anna Maria Horner

Finished and now called Material Girl.  You can read about it here

Material Girl

4. Ballet with Kaffe Fassett

I finished my Ballet with Kaffe Fassett quilt in February 2021 and it hung in the Aotearoa Great New Zealand Quilt Show in Rotorua in May.  I've called my version "Fireworks". I love this quilt.  It took three years to finish, but the time spent getting it right was well worth it. You can read more about it here.


5. Neptune and the Mermaid by Wendy Whellum

This one is so close to finished.  I had to stop hand quilting it when my finger flared up in August, and I haven't got back to this since, but maybe it could be my first finish of 2022. My last blog post about this quilt was in April 2021 and you can read it here. It looks a lot better than this in real life!

Neptune and the Mermaid

6. Prize giving quilt

This one is still languishing in a box.  I think about it from time to time, but it hasn't seen any action in 2021.  

7. Smoyg by Yvette Stanton

It's finished! And just back from the framers.  This one will be hanging on the wall as soon as I take down our Christmas decorations.  You can read about my Smoyg here.

8. Pandemic Sampler by Long Dog Samper

Well, just as the Pandemic has dragged on, so has my cross stitch.  I lost a few months when my finger flared up, and I've been very careful with my hands since then.  So progress has been slow.  But I am 85% finished now, and I think I will make a new goal to finish it by Easter 2022.


Pandemic Sampler

9. Gingerbread Flower Shop by Victoria Sampler

I haven't made much progress on this one either.  I feel sad because Thea Dueck is retiring and there aren't go to be any more houses in the Gingerbread Village.  When I finish this one it will all be over.  Maybe that's why I'm stalling, because I don't want this lovely journey to end.  

Gingerbread Flower Shop

So that's what was on my list in January 2021.  I think I've done quite well.  

I did start something that wasn't on my list for 2021.  When New Zealand was thrown into a Delta snap lockdown in August 2021, I decided to start the Wendy Williams Tea Party block of the month that had been sitting in my stash for quite some time.  There's still plenty more to do on this one in 2022, but here's how it's looking right now. 

Tea Party block of the month

So, 2021 was a good year for finishes for me.  I got to work on lots of bright, colourful quilts, and I got to share my quilts with others at Rose City Quilters in Palmerston North, and Capital Quilters in Lower Hutt.  I also shared my embroidery with Wellington Embroiderers Guild when I was their guest speaker back in June. 

I'm already forming lists of what I want to work on in 2022, and I'll share that with you next week.  

Now it's time for the Peacock Party.  Feel free to link up a recent blog post below. 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Gretchen Weaver said...

I think all of your quilts finished in 2021 are beautiful, so colorful and happy! Your projects going into 2022 look like they're going to fit in with the rest of your quilts, beautiful! Your cross stitching is lovely, prettier than this pandemic has been. Your gingerbread houses always bring a smile to me at Christmas time, they're so cute! Hopefully 2022 be a good year with lots of happy stitching!!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

so many beautiful quilts I think you really out did yourself this year - I like the look of that Anna Marie Horner pattern

Marie said...

What a lovely year of quilting you have had Wendy. Here's hoping for a very healthy and happy New Year!

PaintedThread said...

Such amazing quilts. Love the cross stitch, too!

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Wendy, you've had an amazingly productive year. I hope that your finger gets better so that you can keep on going! Happy New Year!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Each one is so colorful and wonderful! Masterpieces! Thanks for sharing them on your blog with us this past year, and for hosting the link party, Wendy!!!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

These are all such beautiful quilts. I think my favorite is "Mirage". Your colorful quilts are so enjoyable. I also admire your needlework. Those designs are complex and require good vision to complete. I would be sad about the end of the village kits, too. You have done such a beautiful job on each and though your village will be "complete' it is bittersweet to see that adventure come to an end. Wishing you and your a wonderful 2022.

Cheryl said...

Congrats on a wonderful 2021, such great finishes! Happy New year and I hope 2022 is wonderful for you!

Dawn said...

What a year you have had. All of your quilts are just amazing! I especially love the Mirage quilt and your rendition of the Winding Ways design. All by hand -- I can't even imagine that. I can't wait to see what 2022 brings!