Yesterday, I put all of the Christmas decorations away and now I feel like I’m ready for the New Year. I love fresh starts and new projects! Today, I have some 2022 project ideas to share with you, but first I’ll tell you about all the things happening in my small world.
I took a break from my sewing room during the holidays to spend time with my family. We had all four children, a spouse, and three grand children home for six days and some in and out for two weeks. It was so much fun, lots of high energy, runny noses and general chaos the whole time! Our kitchen was the center of activity – I spent a lot of time there making sure there was always food on hand. And I’m so thankful for dishwashers (human and automatic)!
We took advantage of one warm day and ventured to the beach (Natural Bridges in Northern California). We found a spot where the water from a creek flows to the ocean which was perfect for the kids to get their feet wet.
One thing I did before Christmas, was to make scarves for the adult family members. They were super simple with just one seam (which I could have avoided if I had bought the right amount of fabric) and stay stitching around the edges (which I frayed first). I used Mammoth Flannel by Robert Kaufman which is a beautiful, soft flannel that comes in a large assortment of colors.
I’m not making any big resolutions this year, but I always start off with the notion that I’ll be more organized. I’m trying out a new planner this year from Plum Paper (no affiliation). Their planners are fully customizable and you can personalize the front cover, too. I created a 2-page weekly layout that includes sections for “important this week”, “work to do”, “general to do”, “weekly menu”, “grateful for” and “notes”. I also added a section for blogging, fitness and reflection. You can choose the month you want to start with, the size of the planner, and a variety of layouts for the inside. They’re also fast – I ordered mine late in November and received it two weeks later.
I hope to keep Sundays as my main planning day for the week and fill in the major “to do” items then. It’s nice to have everything in one place for work, household, and personal stuff. Next on my list is a good book on organizational life habits, so if you have any recommendations please share in the comments.
My new pattern, Arrowstone, will release at the end of this month. I’ve been working on the cover quilt and it’s coming together nicely. There’s a lot of piecing for this, but it makes a beautiful quilt! I can’t wait to show you all of the beautiful versions made by my pattern testers.
2022 Project Ideas
Many people look for new projects to start at the beginning of the year. I have some ideas for you! I’ve come across several free block of the month programs that have just started. Maybe one of them will be just right for you.
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life has just started her A Quilting Life 2022 BOM with January’s free block. Sherri includes an instructional video, pdf pattern and two size options for the blocks. Patterns release on the first Thursday of the month.
Pat Sloan is hosting a weekly mystery sew along called Sweet Dreams. It runs from January 5, 2022 through May 11, 2022 and features all pieced blocks in a variety of sizes. Quilt size is 60 1/2″ x 72 1/2″.
If you have an abundant supply of scraps, you might consider this Scrappy Pineapple Sew Along at Gigi’s Thimble. Amber uses her paper-piecing papers to make each block, and it’s a great opportunity to learn a new skill. This quilt along starts on January 31, 2022, with one block per week for 36 weeks.
Riley Blake Designs is hosting a 2022 Block Challenge and this week kicks off with a Daisy Chain Block by Lori Holt. Each week a different Riley Blake designer will create a 10″ block pattern for a total of 16 blocks. This sew along will run through May of 2022.
That’s just a few of the many quilt alongs, sew alongs, and block of the month programs that are happening now. If you’re like me, you’ve got enough unfinished projects to keep you busy all year. If that’s the case, check out the 2022 UFO Challenge from All People Quilt. It’s a fun way to keep those UFO’s moving forward!