Saturday, December 31, 2022

Best of 2022--End of Year Review

The end of another year is upon us, making this the perfect time for Cheryl's Best of 2022 Linky Party at Meadow Mist Designs, a chance to link up our top blog posts from the past year. Cheryl suggested some ways to choose our best posts such as most views, most comments, best tutorials, and favorite finishes. I'm going to include several of those suggestions. Each listing has a link back to my original blog post.

1. Most views: Rainbow LeMoyne Row Quilt
The blocks for this quilt were left over from a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project in 2014. I joined them into a quilt top last December, started quilting in January, 2022, and finished the quilt in early August.

37.5" x 42.75"

2a. Most comments (tie): Charm Baskets
Charm Baskets was one of my 2022 projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, based on the pattern by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts. The finished size of each block is 4", and I made 15 - 25 blocks each month in the assigned RSC color, ending up with over 200 blocks total. 215 of those blocks were arranged in a wash of color, then joined together into this delightful quilt top.

52.75" x 69"

2b. Most comments (tie): Rainbow Accordion
The Rainbow Accordion quilt was my first entry in the Project Quilting Challenge, Season 13, hosted by Kim Lapacek at Persimon Dreams. The challenge involves making a project in a week to fit the assigned theme. The theme for this quilt was "All the Colors." I love the 3-D look of it.

21" x 29"

3. Oldest UFO: Snail's Trail
This project dates back to 2001, and it feels so good to finally have this little quilt top together. The blocks are tiny (3.5" finished size) and were foundation pieced.

Snail's Trail quilt top
31" square

4. Learning something new: Artful Improv
I joined two quilt guilds this year, and have been fortunate to take multiple quilt workshops through them. One of the most interesting (and most challenging) was the Artful Improv class with Cindy Grisdela in October. This project was way outside my comfort zone, but I was happy with the result and look forward to more improv play.

26" x 31" 

5. Favorite finish: Boston Fiesta
This was another old UFO, started in 2005. The piecing was completed in 2015, but it was another few years before it got quilted. Then it hung around waiting for a binding, which finally happened this spring in order to enter it into a quilt show.

60" x 74"

6. A new goal: more FMQ on Juki
I've been wanting to get serious about finishing more quilts myself, and this summer I took the first step by purchasing a new machine. I bought a Juki J-150QVP, a straight-stitch industrial machine that can also switch over to free-motion quilting. It has a very large throat space between the needle and the machine, plus there is an extension table behind the machine which is wonderful for supporting a quilt during FMQ. I'm still getting used to the machine, and even needed to have one problem fixed recently, but I'm so happy to have upgraded my machine for FMQ.

Those are some of my quilting highlights from the past year. I'm still thinking about plans and goals for 2023, and I look forward to sharing many projects in the coming year. 

Linking up with:
Best of 2022 Linky Party at Meadow Mist Designs
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Happy New Year to all!

Julie in GA


  1. Have fun with your new machine! Your basket quilt is amazing! So many baskets!

  2. You finished some exceptional quilts this year, it's hard to pick a favorite. Congrats on finishing off some older projects along with some fun new challenges. Looking forward to hearing about your quilting adventures. I'm going to try my hand at that this year, so I may be hitting you up for tips. Happy New Year.

  3. Your Lemoyne Star quilt tempts me to dig out the Studio 360 ruler I bought and try again. I took a class for it and abandoned it when the results didn't meet my vision for the project. I love your design, though. You finished a lot of projects this year. I bought a Juki (different model) this year, too, but haven't had time or space to stitch with bit yet. Hopefully January will ueild more time for playing. Happy New Year.

  4. Congrats on such a productive 2023. I love all of the rainbow quilts. Thanks for linking up!

  5. It is always fun to finish older UFOs and they look great. Congrats on the new sewing machine, I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

  6. Those charm baskets are adorable! Congrats on your great finishes and all the best for 2023!

  7. That is a great recap! I love all of them!!!!


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