Word Of The Year 2022 And Recap

At the start of the year I like to look back at last year’s word before living this year’s word.

Last year my word was CHOOSE. I wanted to be more deliberate about what I included in my life and what I let go. But those words, they have their own ideas.

I learned there isn’t always a right or wrong choice. Choices are simply different. Different choices take you down different paths, and sometimes both paths lead to the same destination. It comes down to what you want to experience along the way and who you want to share the ride. CHOOSE made for an interesting year.

My word for 2022 is FIND. I wanted a word that would lead me back to who I really am, the things I love and a lot more joy. There have been times in my life when I took a hard look at my circumstances and wondered how in the world I got there. Other times I’ve known exactly how it happened.

The destination is still in sight, but I’m feeling the need for a course correction. The phrase “attitude adjustment” comes to mind. Do I need to get over myself? Maybe. Do I need to get out of my own way. Definitely.

I can’t wait to see where FIND takes me.

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Sunday Stash January 16, 2022

No change in the numbers.

Work continues on the challenge quilt. Once I sew sections together I will post pictures.

I had a couple Zoom meetings this week, which gave me opportunities to do hand work.

It’s meant to look like a Christmas cookie when finished. The stitching goes faster now that I’m past all the tiny chain stitches.

Fabric In: 0.5yards

Fabric Out: 0 yards

Net Fabric In: 0.5 yards

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Sunday Stash January 9, 2022

No change in the numbers.

For all the time spent on projects, I have little to show for it.

Nothing outside of the sewing room went as planned and the possibility exists this week will be more of the same.

I’m over it.

When life moves beyond annoying I hole up in the sewing room. For now I’m working on this.

Maybe I can cut a deal with the Universe to turn this train around and still spend time in the sewing room.

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Fabric Out: 0 yards

Net Fabric In: 0.5 yards

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New Year, New Plan, OMG

Like everyone else, I ended last year thinking about plans for this year. 2021 was not a prolific year in the sewing room. I spent far more time stitching and finished a lot of projects as compared to prior years.

I’m not a fast sewer or stitcher. I’m usually one of the last people to finish in class. I rarely have extended for creative hobbies.

That said, I will continue to have a Short List but a much smaller one. My goals this year are to use what I have, finish what I’ve started and do the things that have lived on my wish list far too long. I want to get back to the techniques I love and maybe learn something new. I’m ditching the long lists and categories. I’ll go where it takes me.

The first Short List project is a challenge quilt for my Art Quilt Group. The goal is to get our quilts juried into the AQS Ultimate Guild Challenge this year. That quilt needs to be done by the end of February.

The second Short List project is the felt ornament that gave me so much grief I bailed and did something else for the Needle Arts Guild’s ornament exchange. I don’t know why they even bothered with instructions on really old patterns. The directions never seem to produce the desired results. This project has been on my list for years, and I will figure it out.

The ornament will be my OMG for January, linking to Elm Street Quilts.

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Sunday Stash January 2, 2022

Welcome to the first stash report of 2022.

Just yesterday I was thinking no one would have additions this week with only one day in this report. So what did I do this morning?

I don’t think I’ve ever bought fabric so quick into the new year.

I spent Friday working on my design for the challenge quilt. It has a tight deadline, and the right fabric would save me some time. Hard to believe I found it at Walmart while getting groceries.

No fabric out this year, but I finished a small piece New Year’s Eve.

I think it could use something more, which I may add later if I figure out what that is. I’ll do a separate post about the purpose and process for this quilt as it was a “play” piece.

2021

Fabric In: 29.5 yards

Fabric Out: 12.375 yards

Net Fabric In: 17.125 yards

2022

Fabric In: 0.5yards

Fabric Out: 0 yards

Net Fabric In: 0.5 yards

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December 2021 OMG Finish

I chose finishing a cross stitch towel as my OMG for December. It wasn’t done by Christmas, but shortly after.

A member of my Needle Arts Guild passed away suddenly this year. Her family let the Guild members take whatever they wanted from her stash. I took this towel and one magazine. I’m pleased to have finished it in the same year it came in.

I’m linking to Elm Street Quilts for the OMG finish party.

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Sunday Stash December 26, 2021

The last stash report of 2021. Unbelievable. I’ll list final numbers for 2021 in next week’s report but don’t expect much change.

I thought I’d spend more time in the sewing room this week, but things didn’t work out that way. I’ve been playing again, using a rubbing plate (right) to create a stencil (top) and then stencilling with paint (bottom).

Fun, and done with a purpose in mind.

Fabric In: 29.5 yards

Fabric Out: 12.125 yards

Net Fabric In: 17.375 yards

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Small Steps

Sometimes it’s all you can do to make a little progress on a project.

This morning I managed fabric selection for the bag.

The fabric on the left came from my Guild’s fabric sale a few months ago. The others have aged.

This year many of my projects included recent acquisitions. Although I find a stash useful, I have to question the wisdom of a large stash. If I use only the recent buys, there isn’t much hope for the stuff I bought a long time ago.

Time will tell. I’ll give it another year and see how it goes.

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Sunday Stash December 19, 2021

No change in the numbers.

I need a mindless sewing project, something to pick at when time allows.

Here’s my choice.

According to the tag on the pattern, I bought it a couple years ago at the thrift. I haven’t gotten around to fabric selection, but whatever I choose needs to go with a black zipper. That’s the only color zipper I have that’s long enough.

Fabric In: 29.5 yards

Fabric Out: 12.125 yards

Net Fabric In: 17.375 yards

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Fallback Position

With a lot going on at work and the holidays around the corner, creative time is limited. I tend to wok on projects I don’t have to think about.

I need to stitch two more leaves, but started the outlining so I could break it up.

This will be my go to project until I’m off work later next week. If the stitch gods smile on me I’ll finish it this month.

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