#SOL22: Holidays

Reminiscing … filling in memories. Laughter. Love. The joy. And then the physical gatherings wherever we find ourselves on our travel day(s).

Before the stories and the face-to-face gatherings, there was some prep work. Some planning. Some decisions. Some organization. I’ve discovered that I’m not as efficient as I’d like to be in recording my work. That fits into my planning as I consider my #OLW for 2023. But more on that during my next post.

One of my first quilting projects for 2022 was working with these squares, literally as a square of 4, a vertical line of 4, and as individual squares. It’s not a color that I would traditionally think of. Maybe that’s why it fascinated me!

And then smaller items in the form of stars in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Over 30 total ornaments!

And then with some help from a friend, I worked with some embroidered blocks. Two very different looks with the same squares that were very fun to assemble. (Although my pictures don’t do either justice)

And of course, a more traditional look for a quilt of valor.

These are just a few of the gifts from 2022 that showcase a range of thinking differently about the same items from small two inch ornaments to quilts. Still learning as I’m about to enter year three of sewing and quilting.

When do you move out of novice to comfortably achieving your goals? And how do you celebrate your growth? Do you branch out to harder, less typical projects? Do you seek out new challenges?

I’m thinking about my quilting goals for 2023. What do I want to accomplish? What will my plan look like?


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4 responses

  1. Fran, you are a talented quilter! Such beauty in design – and such heart in making them, especially as gifts. I haven’t ever ventured beyond tshirt quilts and rag quilts. I admire your dedication and need more goal setting like you are doing! Thank you for showing us the photos of your fabulous quilts!

  2. Kim, wow! T shirt quilts are a lot of work! I haven’t attempted one!
    So much fun and love in hand crafted gifts.

  3. Fran, I am so glad you took time away from the sewing machine to record all you sewed this year. WOW!!! I love ALL the photos.

    Maybe add to your 2023 list to bring a quilted ornament as a gift when the Slicers gather in Ohio!! (selfish-plea!) Can’t wait to read next week to read your reflection about Be Patient and to discover your 2023 word.

  4. Fran, you have had a busy and productive year. I can’t help but think how your trying new and different color combinations and projects is like students trying new and different styles of writing. You had the help of friends guiding you through something new and students have teachers as their guides. Hope 2023 continues to see you grow with new projects.

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