Monday, January 2, 2023

Design Wall Monday - January 2, 2023

 Good Morning Quilters!

2023 is here, and with it comes new hope and encouragement about completing UFOs.  My thoughts on approaching challenges in 2023 is:

Simplify and Innovate  Treat everyone (including self) with kindness.

2022 was a year of finishing so many of my UFOs, and making great progress on others.  It was a great encouagement for me to see some finishes.  Last week, I counted up the remaining boxes of UFO projects, and it is still a daunting list.  But since great progress was made last year, great progress can be made this year too!

 I know, I know, there is always the disclaimer in the investment ads:  “Past Performance Is Not Indicative of Future Results” — a disclosure based on SEC Rule 156.   But I think, with UFOs, an emphasis on finishing them has had great results last year, and I can do it again this year.

Two recent finishes (or almost finishes) are happening right now.  (1)  My version of Jane Stickle’s 1863 quilt is ready to send to my long arm quilter.  I showed you a picture (Here)  When it returns, I will add binding and a label.  It’s one of my oldest UFOs….started when the 9-11-2001 tradegy happened.

(2)  A redwork “penny square” quilt that has 64 squares plus a vine/flower border.  The center 64 squares were trimmed to size, assembled, and the borders were trimmed to final size this last week.  I have decided to add the borders to the quilt before I finish designing the pattern for the border corners.  Something simple is planned.  

This project is maybe my oldest UFO.  My friend Dee and I saw it in a booth in Paducah during the big quilt show there, back when I lived in St. Louis, MO.  I bought the pattern there.   We moved away from St. Louis in 2003, and it was way before that.  When we saw the quilt, Dee said she would embroider some squares to help me and she did.  Thank you Dee!  Dee’s cat “Max”, and my dog at the time “Sally”, each have their own block in the quilt. 

I think Dee and I are like the two friends in these two blocks of little girls.  She is so dear to me; I think of her as an extra sister.


One other thing I made this week was a snowman.  We’ve had such deep snow and then the temperature rose to 40 degrees, making the snow just right for building a snowman.  I couldn’t resist, as you know I love snowmen!  

Well, one new goal for me in the new year is to make a written list of what I hope to accomplish each week.  I will be making a small “goals” post on Tuesdays, linking up with the To Do Tuesday linky party.  The host of that linky party is changing to Carol (of this week, and I will link to her blog when I post on Tuesdays.  I am great at making lists, but being accountable and reporting results each week will be new to me.  

What are your recent finishes or new starts as the new year begins?  I am looking forward to seeing and reading about them.  Please join in our Design Wall Mondays linky party below and show us what’s happening.  Thank you for participating.  Design Wall Mondays is going to be terrific in 2023!  

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Gretchen Weaver said...

Your snowman is cute, we didn't get that much snow so no snowmen here! The redwork quilt is so cute! I look forward to seeing this one quilted and shown at retreat in April. I hope making weekly lists helps keep you on task, happy stitching!

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

Big accomplishment to get a Dear Jane quilt to the quilter!!! And your embroidery quilt is just the sweetest thing, with some many sweet thoughts tied to it, Judy!!! Looking UFO great!!!

Kate said...

Love the snowman! Glad you took some time to have some fun in the snow. Good luck with your goals this year. I'm a big fan of just making progress, the finishes will come in time. Congrats on making so much progress on your oldest UFOs.

maggie fellow said...

you really did get ufos done last year and you can again. Great inspiration

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

I love that snowman! we rarely ever get enough snow to make one

Quilter Kathy said...

Well done on the snowman AND the UFOs!
I adore your redwork blocks! This is such a stitching treasure!
Thank you for hosting the Monday link ups - it does help me to keep on track!

LA Paylor said...

I keep trying to make lists but lose them before they solve my problems!
I love snowmen or snowwomen too. We just got another 3" last night in Colorado, it's headed east probably
I would like to finish some UFO's this year too, but mostly want to just enjoy sewing whether it's a finish or blocks, or an art quilt or handwork.
The ufo's get pushed back

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Happy New Year , Judy. Your redwork quilt is looking amazing. I am looking forward to seeing your progress throughout the new year. Woo hoo on making great progress on your UFOs in 2022. Wishing you the most blessed and productive new year.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Love the Redwork and the REAL Snowman! Hugs and Happy New Year

Carol Andrews said...

Happy New Year Judy. 🥳 Working on clearing out those UFOS is a great goal! I love your snowman, can’t remember the last time I built one, my dealing with snow entails shovelling; lots and lots of shovelling 😉. Thank you for mentioning my hosting TDT! I’m looking forward to seeing you there 😁

Andree G. Faubert said...

Hi Judy, good luck with your two oldest UFOs. It will be great to have them done. All the best for the new year!

Jennifer said...

I really like your mindset of continuing to make progress - I’ve slowly whittled down my ufo list over the years and am down to 9. I have one of the older ones out now and hope to slice a few more off the list this year. Love your embroidered blocks and your snowman!