I have been looking back through this blog to see what 2023 quilting got accomplished. Honestly, I did not get as much done as I wanted or planned. Real life has constantly interrupted in 2022 and 2023, and they are years I hope never to repeat. Nor do I wish them on anyone else.
My 2023 quilting was slowed or stopped by this partial list:
- I lost my spouse of 39 years in April.
- A limb fell on my house during a severe storm and went through the kitchen roof right above my stove.
- Dealing with the house insurance and contractors took up about 4 months of time. It was certainly a learning experience.
- The 100+ year old beautiful maple tree that dropped the branch had to be cut down as it was discovered that the center was starting to rot.
- I have not mowed the lawn in many years as the spouse always did it. It took one time of trying to mow to discover that I was not strong enough to do the pull. A family friend helped me trade this mower for a self-propelled one that I can actually use.
- I had never used a weed wacker in my life, and of course the one here was too big for me to use. Another first for me was buying a smaller one and learning to use it.
- Selling the majority of his tools since I am not skilled that way and have no interest in learning to use them.
- Basic car maintenance and who to contact for help when the brakes went out in the truck.
- Did I mention cleaning out stuff? Going slowly through each room and deciding what stayed, what was trash or donation, and what could be sold. I am finally done with the first floor. Now to move on to the upstairs.
- Cleaning out has been a good excuse to really declutter and clean. Plus, I re-arranged the furniture and wall art/family photos so all are in new places.
- I have re-discovered that I enjoy thrifting.
- Several years ago, the spouse and I started combining flower beds to make for less weeding. This past summer has taught me that I will have to either combine more beds or get rid of a bunch of plants. I could not keep up with the weeding this year.
- My daughter has been slowly cleaning out the attic. Some of the boxes belong to her. Many of the boxes and items in the attic were his. I had no idea he was such a packrat. Something else to go through item by item.
- The pantry has been emptied, cleaned, and re-organized. All the food items that only he liked went to the local blessing box.
- I lost count of how many boxes were donated to Goodwill, or local people I knew could use those items.
- We did not like the same style of curtains. It was not worth the argument to me so what he wanted is what there was. I now have the curtains that I like.
- I will stop there – you get the idea.
In 2023, what did I get done quilt – wise?
I got the binding and tag on the Flock of Christmas Geese wall hanging.
These easy Christmas placemats got done in January. I fully intend to make more of these sets for other seasons, but I haven’t gotten them done yet. Added to the list for 2024 projects.
Finally, I got the binding and tag done on Piecing Together America. I was at a historical event in May demonstrating hand quilting. At the event, I put a for sale tag on this quilt and it sold for the asking amount.
My adventure in using rectangles in a quilt showed up in “Harvest Bounty“. This is wall hanging, but I have lots more pieces already cut for a much bigger quilt. Maybe in 2024…
Long May She Wave was small and should have been finished quickly, but it dragged on for a few years. But even small finishes are also a victory.
This Strip Quilt was started in 2019. I was so proud of myself when I put the last quilting stitch in this summer. It is bound and tagged, and it is done. Happy dance.
Patriotic was an easy quilt to do that took far longer to complete than it should have. But the point is that it is complete.
The pieces for Scrap Snowballs were cut in 2020 and finally the top was sewn together in 2023. The top is hanging neatly in the closet waiting its’ turn to go to the machine quilter.
I got the binding done on Prairie Meadow. And the counted cross stitch tag.
Tumbling Along is another scrap quilt that was cut during the COVID lockdown. I finally got it pieced this year. It is patiently waiting to go to the machine quilter.
I love blue and yellow together. This Sunshine & Shadow Triangles top was done while in Maine sewing with my good quilting friends. I wish I had bought more of the border fabric when I had a chance as it is so cute.
Chilhowie is the name of the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt for 2022/23. I started it with great expectations and just got stuck. Finally completed 9 blocks while sewing in Maine. Then made another 3 blocks once home. Now the blocks are waiting for sashing and borders. Well, it is progress from where it was this time last year…sigh…
My Thoughts for 2023:
Ok, I got more done than I thought for my 2023 quilting. But it wasn’t what I hoped or planned. But I will be satisfied with it as sometimes life just gets in the way of quilting.
The important thing is that I kept plodding along. Yes, I was much slower than a normal year. But I kept working at the ideas and pieces I had ready. The moral here is simply to keep trying. And enjoy the small successes.
Happy Quilting to all my readers. I hope 2024 is a productive year for all of us in terms of quilting.