Hello, friends! It’s always kind of bittersweet to write the final blog post of the year: Normally there are lots of fond reflections on travel and gathering of which there was little this year. However, I’m ever an optimist and do feel blessed to have been surrounded by close family and to have had a few precious visits with family and friends who live further away. It makes sense this year to write this post with a Happy New Year: Looking Ahead perspective.
Happy New Year: Looking Ahead
It seems that today the entire world is most definitely united in the wish for a beautiful 2021 and full of hope for the possibility which must surely be just around the corner. While I always look forward to looking back, making plans, and setting goals–I do so this year with a new outlook. I will definitely be more focused on enjoying the moment rather than crossing things off a list. I’ll try to improve habits and not worry as much about how much I complete. I’ll try to find joy in the every day simple things.
I’m passionate about how important it is to do a yearly review–primarily to celebrate our accomplishments and wins. I did complete a yearly review recently for my quilting life. (You can see more about that in this post, and also watch the video I taped on that topic). And I’ve also been working on a yearly review for my personal life. Now the fun begins in making plans for 2021. I’ll finish putting away the Christmas decor later today and then set to work making goals for the new year.
2021: What’s Ahead
A lot of plans for 2021 are already in process. There will be new fabric collections, new patterns, new published quilts and projects. And yes, there will be more sew alongs and YouTube videos, more Instagram posts, and more sharing. As all of these things come along, my primary goal is to enjoy the journey and the process while being truly grateful that I not only love creating but am blessed to be able to have it as an integral part of my life. It’s this gratitude and joy in the process that I also hope to share with you each step of the way.
I’ve said it several times throughout this season, but today more than ever I’m feeling gratitude for your kindness. For the nice comments and emails which so many of you go out of your way to write. For thank you’s and for suggestions for improvement. I appreciate them all.
Happy New Year’s, and Happy quilting!
Joanna McMurry says
Happy New Year Sherri! I found your blog and podcast this past summer and have really enjoyed it! You and Chelsi are a breathe of fresh air and I love your patterns and fabric. I am looking for toward all you will be sharing with us in 2021! I wish you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year!
Pamela Liebold says
Happy New Year to both you and Chelsi! I so enjoy reading your blog and watching your videos. They are my ray of sunshine during this dark time. I share my morning coffee break with your You Tube channel, podcast, or blog. Thank you for all you both are doing. I feel 2021 will be a much better year for us all.
Carol Banks says
Sherri, loved today’s post. Could you possibly provide a list of the books you showed today? You and Chelsi are my new soul mates. HAPPY NEW YEAR
Marsha Gibbons says
Happy New Year!! I look forward to your daily posts and read each one. I save your videos for lunch!! I accidentally bought two copies of your latest book and I will give one to my granddaughter….eventually. She is 8 years old and I gave her her first sewing machine for Christmas. It’s a Janome Arctic Ice and she is loving it. She has no clue how to use it so it will be an adventure. It is a nice litte machine for a beginner. Plus it is a bright, beautiful aqua color!! I will let her know about your videols as well. I am hopeful to find a local sewing class for her when this pandemic dies down.. Needless to say, you have a lot to do with my passion for quilting!!
victoria s diotte says
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU BOTH!
I have written to you for very specific advice on one of your quilts and you were gracious, helpful and prompt!!! These traits are in short supply and I really appreciated the personal touch. I finished the quilt in time to enjoy it for Christmas and that was because of your assistance.
Your videos and ideas are a breath of fresh air. I watch them often and always learn something.
Thanks for the beautiful fabrics, patterns and inspiration!
Here’s to a fresh start and a healthy New Year.
With great admiration and appreciation.
Victoria in Northern California
Happy New Year Sherri. I love all of your work, tutorials and your blog. Looking forward to see what you have in store for us for 2021!
Happy New Year Sherri! Thanks for all your YouTube videos, Podcasts and Blog! I really look forward to all of them! Have a wonderful end of 2020 with your family and cheers to 2021! ♥️?
Karen Gardner says
Happy New Year, Sherri & Chelsea! Your blog brightens my day and brings inspiration. Thank you for your designs, your guidance, and your creativity that you share with all of us.
Lissa Rogers says
Thanks dear Sherri! Your blog is one of the very first Quilting blogs I started to follow 8+ years ago. I appreciate all you do to share helps, ideas sew alongs and so many great resources. Thanks for your generosity and sharing your talents with us! Happiest of New Years???
Sharon F says
Happy New Year, Sherri! Your blog is on my must read list, and I have enjoyed your podcasts too. I’m looking forward to making a couple of the quilts from your Labor of Love book, hopefully next year.
Kay Welch says
Thank you for all of the inspiration you share all year. I especially enjoy your Saturday Seven. Here’s to a better 2021 for us all – Happy new Year!
Lisa C says
Sherri, Happy New Year to both you and Chelsi! I truly enjoy all of your posts, projects and of course your videos! I look forward to all you share in 2021! God Bless!
Your blog in my inbox brightens every morning of every day in this difficult year; I look forward to your company each morning. I love the podcasts, the beautiful patterns, your book (which I have dog-eared to pieces marking the patterns to try) and your YouTube tutorials. I made your Tree of Life pattern (all with tiny leftover HST’s from a snowballed table runner) into a pillow for Christmas and two of your other patterns for pillows as well–all to give as gifts and the recipients were delighted! I also made three of your table runners–every pattern was easy, well thought-out and beautiful when completed. Thank you for the inspiration and making my year go by creatively.
Lori Collins says
Happy New Year!???
Thanks for all the great content in your blog and YouTube!
I’ve loved your fabrics and your tutorials this year!!
Can’t wait to see more from you in 2021!
Hi Cherie, just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your posts, podcasts and videos. You are a breath of fresh air, your positive personality has helped me during this crummy year. Thank you for doing your Saturday sevens, I look forward to it weekly. I hope you have a very healthy and happy 2021.
Sincerely, Marlene Martin
Happy new year Sherri, thank you for your beautiful posts. They give me inspiration and I so enjoy seeing your beautiful sewing room!
Sherri – thank you so much for all of the fabulous tutorials, patterns, fabric you’ve given us this year. I have liked all of your patterns and especially your small projects. Also, your organization videos have been really helpful. And, I appreciate your free content too, so generous. I look forward to your Saturday seven and your podcasts with your daughter – you are both a class act! It’s been a really tough year for me and you’ve been a creative bright spot for me. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next year!
Ali Barnes says
Happy New Year! I have to tell you, I made a quilt for my sister for Christmas (and she loved it!). I’m still kind of new, so when it came to binding I watched your tutorial and it was just what I needed! I snuggled in to do the hand sewing part while I watched you and Chelsi on YouTube. I love watching you two, it’s like visiting with friends! Here’s to a wonderful 2021!!!
Debbie Jeter says
I started quilting soon after I retired from teaching six years ago. I found your blog soon after that. I have followed you faithfully and have most of your collections and many of your patterns. I find your block of the month and other posts most interesting and what I don’t have time to do now, I save for later. I will never catch up. But I enjoy planning, or hoping to get to it.
Happy New Year.
Elaine Heinrich says
Happy New Year to you and Chelsi and wishing you all good things for 2021!
I personal want to thank you for sharing yourselves with me and all you creativity. You are an inspiration to my quilting journey and I love your fabrics and patterns. Looking forward to what you have planned for the new year.
Carol Jensen says
Happy New Year Sherri and Chelsi! I discovered your site this past year, and I have enjoyed your videos, blog posts, and podcasts. Your site is a great source of inspiration for me. I loved making your potholders, quilted Christmas tree ornaments, and a zipper pouch during the past few weeks to give as Christmas gifts. Thank your for sharing your wonderful ideas!