Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Christmas if you were celebrating last week. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to share today’s post, my Quilting Life Year in Review: 2020 Quilts & Projects. I’ve been doing these year in review round-up style posts for several years now here on the blog. But this year I had so many ideas to share that I taped a special podcast/video to share some of my thoughts on the importance of a year-end review as well as to give you ideas to ponder for your own review in preparation for imagining your 2021 Quilting Life.
Year in Review: 2020 Quilts & Projects
The other evening I went over all of my 2020 Quilts & Projects. And while there are many I can’t share yet because they will be published at different times throughout 2021…there are many I’ve shared throughout this year. In a nutshell, my year boils down to:
- 30 finished quilts (lap or larger)
- 8 pillows
- 2 Mug Rugs
- 15+ Pot Holders
- 3 Sew Together Bags
- 8 Table Runners
- 3 Zipper Pouches
- 1 Large Project Bag
- Several other small projects
More From 2020
I was also able to begin and complete my Quilting Life Planner in 2020 and also create some things I’ll be sharing in the future 🙂 Our Summer Sweet and Balboa fabric collections shipped in 2020, and Happy Days will ship in 2021. We’ve also completed two additional fabric collections we will be sharing in 2021. Finally, Chelsi and I began the Quilting Life podcast, and I taped a lot of videos for my YouTube channel since all of my traveling and teaching engagements were cancelled.
Year End Review
I’ve been doing year-end reviews in a personal way for as far back as I can remember. And I remember how excited I was to begin publishing yearly quilting and sewing year-in-review posts after I began blogging. It’s always a highlight of my year to look back before looking forward. I hope you’ll enjoy the conversation I filmed on this topic–you can enjoy it on our Podcast platforms or on the YouTube channel here. I’ll list all of the topics I shared below (all of my answers to these questions are shared in the podcast/video).
Year End Review Questions
Think about the following questions before you set quilting and sewing goals for the new year (you can also adapt these ideas to your personal life):
- What was your favorite finish in 2020?
- Are there certain kind of projects do you want to do more of in 2021?
- What types of projects do you want to do less of in 2021?
- Is there a challenge project you’d like to do?
- Consider making a list of things “about you” as a quilter (I got this idea from this great blog post from The Modern Mrs. Darcy).
- What does your quilting life need right now?
- Can you think of satisfying mini projects to make in 2021?
- What areas do I need help with to have my best year quilting in 2021?
So, I hope these ideas will help you as you look over the past year and prepare to make goals for 2021. Next Monday Chelsi and I will air our 2021 Goals Podcast episode, and we’ll be sharing our 2021 goals along with tips and ideas. As always, if you have any questions for the podcast, please email.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading and following along this year. I’m truly grateful for your kind words and support. Here’s looking towards a fantastic 2021–happy quilting, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Barbara Jones says
Hello Sherri, Your daily posts are generally read before I actually start my day, I.e. read email while my body gets ready for a new day. You always offer useful ideas that are presented in a fun and easy to understand style. Fun fact, I like to sew bare footed, as that gives me a better feel for my machine. I see from your picture, so do you! Are we in an exclusive club, or are they other Bare Foot Wonders out there too??? Happiness for the future.
Karen S says
Thanks for all your inspiration to us out here in quilting land. Happy 2021!
Can I still get the kit for the block of the month for 2021
Amy O says
Sherri & Chelsi,
I just love everything you do from your pattern, fabric lines, podcasts, you are great inspiration. Looking forward to 2021!
Amy O says
Sherri & Chelsi,
I just love everything you do from your patterns, fabric lines & podcasts. You are great inspiration. Looking forward to 2021!
Jane McDaniel says
Loved your Year in review. I participated in your free sew along for the first time and loved watching my quilt come together. I love all the red/white/blue quilts you have shared with us this year, so I took a page out of your book and made my sew along in these colors. It came out so pretty and I’m looking forward to having it on my couch this summer!! Thanks for all the great content – your videos, podcasts, and blogs helped fill my quarantine with wonderful inspiration. While 2020 was rough, my silver lining is that I rediscovered my love of quilting and sharpened my skills with a couple of fantastic sew alongs. Goal #1 for 2021 is WIP clean up, I was a little too inspired in 2020 LOL.
I just found your Summer Sweet collection at a quilt shop I visited in Colorado and I had to pick it up! I can’t wait to get started on my new projects for 2021.
Louise Ryan Granger says
Hello Sherri, I have a quick question for you. Twenty members of my quilting guild bought the Gelato Quilt pattern No. 184. In your instructions for the Center Star. You mention that you pressed the seams opened. We are questioning the following, should we press the seams opened or use the Bloc_Loc rulers to trim our HST’s. A few members have aleady have the Bloc-Loc rulers. Please let me know if there is a specific reason for the opened seams. Thank you very! We will try to send jphotos of all our Gelatos once finished.
sherri McConnell says
I generally press open so the quilt is more flat…but using the BlocLoc rulers is fine…there just may be a bit more bulk in some areas. Can’t wait to see the pictures of your quilts!
Beth Shreve says
LOVED your year in review………………Your year end review questions have given me ideas to reflect on, and also taken away the stress of a “goal finish date”!!!! I have listened to your podcast twice already!
Thank you so much Sherri for taking the time to share your passion for all projects fabric!!!!! Happy New Year!
Kathy Oneill says
How can I purchase the scrappy sail boat pattern shown. It would be perfect for the boy baby quilt I need to make. Thanks for your reply! Kathy
sherri McConnell says
There is a link to the pattern in the show notes post 🙂