Thursday 31 December 2020

My 2020 Crafting Year in Review

Unlike many in this pandemic year, who had to work from home, or not work at all, as a Registered Nurse,  I continued to work throughout the year. So, I didn't have extra time to craft, but I did continue to pursue my hobbies as a way to keep my sanity in this crazy time. 

My first projects for the year were some Christmas-themed hot potholders

Next, I completed a couple of UFOs (unfinished objects), the About Town Ruana for my daughter, 
and this mystery afghan, which I picked up partly finished at a thrift store. 
Following this, I made Ingrid's Tulips for a friend who was going through cancer treatment. 
Next, I was able to take a couple of Helen Godden classes before the pandemic got into full swing and everything was shut down: the Couching class, 
and Flying Into Colours, where I painted and quilted. 
After the pandemic was into full swing, I started making masks for family, plus sold a few (I won't bore you by sharing pictures of all of them). 
I made a couple of panel quilts, Country Christmas, for my home, 
and Transform Me, for my nephew Peter. 
This is the first quilt in which I attempted trapunto - the word Transformers on the panel.
Then I needed to get some baby quilts made for some friends who had been my staff members at Extendicare. Exploring Space
Grand Adventures
and Chevron, 
plus A-Maze-Ing for one of my public health nurse co-workers. 
Following this, I was asked by a friend and former co-worker to make a healing quilt to wrap around grieving people. I call it Healing Love. She asked me to make it because she wanted someone that she knew would pray over it. 
This is my first quilt "for hire" and it's my own design. I haven't posted about it before as I intend to write up and publish the pattern for sale. If you're interested in the pattern, email me and I will let you know when I have the it available.
I moved onto a couple of UFOs that had been sitting around too long: a Christmas placemat set for my niece, Tara, 
and the Dinosaur Days quilt for my grandson. 
Somehow, I managed to fit in a few dishcloths. 
I decided to tackle one of my Craftsy courses and completed Practice Makes Perfect
Needing something a little less challenging, but still awesome looking, I made Fall Frolic for my nephew Andrew and his wife, Amanda.
I added a couple of Christmas projects and made up this Advent calendar panel for my daughter and grandson, 
and finally got the binding on the Christmas Medallion quilt
In a moment of insanity, I decided to do #modastitchpink for my niece Julie as a combination 50th birthday/Christmas gift. 
I actually managed to get it done by Christmas. 
Finally, on New Year's Eve, I finished Mistletoe and Lace
That's it, as far as I can recall, for finished projects. Of course, the Vintage Maple Leaf Quilt is still on the longarm, plus I have a few other quilt tops, and my standard list of WIPs and UFOs.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

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