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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Goals for 2022?

It's always fun to start a new year with goals, promises and inspirational words. It's also Great Fun to start a new year with new projects.
I've decided to use January this year to have a bit of a catch up and tidy up before my new aspirations take over. Believe me, I have several new starts and projects on my mind but, just right now, the urge to clear my mind (and desk) of the old stuff is strongest. 
So at this stage I am thinking that February will be my January (haha I don't think that even makes sense but it'll do!)

Just before the old year clicked over I made the final basket block for my Basket-case quilt. I had decided 7x7 to be a good size for this quilt and this was block #49. 
This has been an evening stitching project and I wanted to finish it to make way for other projects.
While I'm satisfied for now to just have the blocks made, I'm quietly playing with sashing ideas. I have in mind a low volume type print so I have to wait and see if it looks as good in real life as it does in my mind.
But I couldn't resist one last block the other night - this will be my label —
A big thankyou to Michelle (Rag Tag-stitchin') for the basket block template and inspiration for this fun project.

Another project I wanted to the 49-blocks-and-done stage was one I haven't even blogged about yet!
This quilt is called Star Pop by Emily Dennis of Quilty Love.
The minute I saw the pattern I wanted to make it, and I have used it as a leader-ender project and also as a scrap-buster. 
The background fabric I have used is a leftover piece of wide backing. It was fabulous quality and even though I did have to buy a little more to complete the blocks, I was happy to do so. 
There's an A and a B block which fit together to form this —
Evidence of 49 blocks sewn —
(Please excuse Nigel's tail - impossible to crop out!)

Flicking through my photos the other day, I came across this one, of a mug rug I made to go with a Christmas gift. A fun design called Snow Globe by The Crafty Nomad.
I would have liked to make more of these but didn't have many fabrics I could fussy cut for the centre. Next Christmas maybe!

'til next time,
happy stitches,

22 comments:

Michelle Ridgway said...

I am still dithering with last year's left overs. Your baskets look wonderful,and LOVE the label! Your other starry project is lovely too! The snow globe is too cute....love it!

Maria said...

Great to clear the deck before you make a new start for the year…
Your Baskets are lovely and a light smashing should like great…
Great progress with the Starry Blocks….
The snow globe is very cute…

Jenny said...

Star Pop is certainly an interesting block. Love those baskets, Michelle's pattern has been on my must do one day list for a while. I've plenty of UFOs to keep me busy, but I'm starting a couple of RSC projects too.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love that snow globe - I have very few fabrics that I could fussy cut - I just don't buy them

Darlene of Creative Latitude said...

Beautiful projects which look like fun to make and even more fun to enjoy once finished. Great goals!

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Lovely basket blocks--I keep thinking I want to do one of those--the thing is--I do have a basket one in blocks--just need to stitch them together!!!
and those new looking star blocks are different and really make an interesting design--
and I do love the snowglobe one--
hugs, di

Fiona said...

Love your beautiful baskets.... adn that star pattern is very clever and effective. Love the little snowglobe.... cute as. An appropriate fussy cut globe is essential
Hugz

jude's page said...

Sounds like a good plan to clear the decks before you start for the year, but I think I might not start for a whole year if I tried to do that!!

cityquilter grace said...

very nice projects and the gnome is adorable! i think we keep missing each other on chooky's zoom but maybe next time?

Needled Mom said...

The baskets are such a great appliqué project. The star blocks are great too, but I love those snow globes.

Janet O. said...

That is going to be a great basket quilt, however you decide to set them.
Love those star blocks. Very unique construction--and very effective!
Such a cute snow globe! I hope you find more fabric that will work. Maybe a snowman? Hmmm--I have a couple of snowman fabrics. I should probably just send them to you, as I doubt I would ever get anything made with them.

Susan said...

Love the star blocks - but the snow globe is especially cute. I like to get organised in January too - and I did make a list - but not much else - still catching up with last year!

Sandra Walker said...

It is a great idea to clean up some of those 2021 projects before jumping into new ones. I actually have done a decent job; my last new project started in '21 is on the longarm! We won't talk about the decades of UFOs still waiting however! Leader/ender projects are wonderful aren't they? Love the star block in rectangles, very clever!

Karen S said...

I agree that catching up is probably a good approach.
The baskets are looking lovely and I do like the star blocks. I am going to look that one up.
I am more than happy to put January back to February.
Love the fussy cutting in the snow globe.

Preeti said...

Oh Raewyn, it makes complete sense. I have the experience of Sunday crowding into my Monday more often than I 'd like to admit. Those baskets are cute but they appeared like bibs to me. The star blocks are lovely. Wishing you lots of sewing time and plenty of creativity. Hugs.

dq said...

Holy Cow, you made so many Star Pop blocks. I am glad you posted about this beauty!!

kiwikid said...

Love the snow globe! Well done with the baskets, good to have a finish to start the year! The Star Pop blocks look amazing.

Angie said...

Raewyn - "February will be my January" - I think that makes perfect sense! I always feel that January catches me by surprise, so having a whole month to get ready for January - I love it!

ButterZ said...

That’s a great star block and a cute mug rug

Narelle said...

Your mug rug is a great idea and adorable :)
Great to finish up your blocks...I look forward to seeing how they go together.

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