Friday, January 1, 2021

Goodbye 2020 - Hello 2021

Here's to a great 2021 with lots of creativity.

I can't say that my sewing room is perfectly's tidy-ish.  LOL  But I can say that all my UFOs are finished, more or less.


I had a self-imposed deadline of December 31 to quilt my pile of quilt tops.  All ten tops are now quilted!  I still need to add the binding (which are all made) to them.  Since this is my sewing space, I'm calling those UFOs now finished.  😉  The bindings will be added in the coming week.

I gave away a UFO that was partially pieced to a guild mate, and she finished it the next day.  Clearly it went to someone who could appreciate and love it.

I decided not to complete the 2017 Milky Way Sampler -- I only made two blocks.  Why did I decide to make a paper pieced pattern back then when I had no love for paper piecing?

I also decided not to complete the Sewcial Bee Sampler.  I pieced my 12 finished blocks.  This is one of the ten tops I quilted.  Stay tuned for a post on that finish.

And yet another project I've decided to end before it's actually finished -- Stellar Stars 2018 Block of the Month.  I won this pattern in a giveaway, which included the fabric and thread.  I ran out of the background fabric and wasn't able to find it in Canada (too costly to order from the US).  This is a very old UFO, and I'm ready for it to be done.  So I need to figure out a layout that works with the blocks I have finished to date.

That leaves two remaining UFOs -- two temperature quilts.  Temperature Quilt 2020 is half done - I have pieced January to June.  I got out of the daily habit of making each block, and then before you knew it, I was behind.  And I'm still working on Temperature Quilt 2019.  I didn't consider the best way to piece this, and so I am struggling with piecing the long columns for each month to the previous month.  These are not priority projects, and they'll get done eventually.

Current Projects

I have five current projects on the go:

Morewood Mystery QAL - This QAL started back in July 2020 and will finish up in April.  I am current with the instructions and think that we'll begin piecing the top this month.

Bokeh QAL - I'll be sewing along with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  My fabrics are chosen, and I'm ready for the cutting instructions which will be released next week.

Exploding Hearts QAL - This is another QAL that starts next week, hosted by Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts.  I washed my fabrics today, and I'll be using my Accuquilt to cut the pieces.

2021 Monthly Color Challenge - I'm sewing along once again with Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  I'll be blogging along with Jen, with January and August being my months.

Stay at Home Round Robin - Gail @ Quilting Gail is hosting another Stay at Home Round Robin, and I'm one of the bloggers involved.

I'm not going to make any goals for 2021, other than that I plan to quilt all finished tops as quickly as possible and to only make things that make me happy.  Happy New Year.


  1. WOW! No UFOs I can see you doing a happy dance around your sewing room!

  2. You have been productive - congrats on getting through all those UFOs!! I’m also doing the Bokeh QAL and I’m really excited about it. Happy 2021 Anja!

  3. Goodness Anja! What a productive quilter you are. I read about the machine giving you issues toward the end of all that quilting. Well, no wonder - it is exhausted! I like your goals (or lack there of) for 2021. Make things that make you happy. Why would someone make anything other than that?? :-)

  4. Hi Anja,
    You got a LOT of quilting done! I'm always amazed at what you accomplish ... especially when I consider that you work full time!
    I love your goals for 2021! They are perfect!
    Happy Quilting! :-)

  5. I’m exhausted just reading all that you accomplished. You have been a busy lady. Could you send me a picture of the background fabric for the Stellar Stars and I’ll check my stash. Take care and Happy New Year.

  6. You must be doing a happy dance...finishing all those tops! I love the decisions you made...plenty of other fun things to do. Can’t wait to see those new ones you are working on.

  7. A clean sewing room and finished UFOs sounds so nice. A fresh way to start the year. Good luck with your 2021 goals.

  8. Wow, no UFOs is amazing! Congratulations! And good for you for deciding which projects you weren't excited about and quitting those. Happy New Year!

  9. Looks like some do-able, move on, excellent goals. No UFOs....wonder if I'll ever feel that feeling!


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