Friday, December 31, 2021

Best of 2021!!!

 Hello, quilting friends!!  If you are new to The Joyful Quilter, welcome.  If you have visited before, welcome back!  Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs is continuing her Best of... link party tradition.  Follow THIS LINK to see all of the wonderful bloggers who have joined in the fun.  Here is her lovely button:

To take part in the link party, participants were asked to write a blog post highlighting our "best" 5 posts from 2021 and join the linkup.  Cheryl suggested the following examples of posts to be included:

  • Posts with the most views
  • Posts with the most comments
  • Posts that provoked the best discussions
  • Posts showing your favorite finishes
  • Posts of your best tutorials
  • Posts that are simply your favorites
She said that this post is not only a great way to find new readers, it is also wonderful to be able to highlight some of your best posts for those readers who have joined your blog throughout the year."

The link party will open the day after Christmas, Sunday December 26th and will be open for one week ending on Sunday, January 2nd.

This will be my 3rd (consecutive) year of participation.  Those of you who have been following me for a while know that this year has been a doozy for our family.  Buying a new home and selling our old one has been the main focus in Joyful Quilterland  during the last half of 2021.  It made the first half of the year pale in comparison.  That being said, I have still managed to make a few things and write quite a number of posts.  (I'm a wordy girl. What can I say? LOL!)

Here is an overview of my productivity:

I completed 4 table toppers, 5 mini quilts, 7 quilted pin cushions, 3 table runners, 5 larger quilts of varying sizes, 1 quilted hot pad, 5 quilted mug rugs, 4 wall hangings, 1 quilted thread catcher, and finished 4 donation quilts from tops pieced by others .  All of these were made from my ever-growing stash of fabric scraps!  I also quilted 21 quilts on my APQS longarm quilting machine for my quilting friends, which screeched to a halt not long before the move and STILL has not resumed, as The Beast is in need of attention.  Unfortunately, I missed my window of opportunity for getting it repaired over the summer, but have an appointment the first week of the new year.

Items made per month...1 

January - 5
February - 5
March - 5
April - 6
May - 10
June - 2
July - 0
August - 0
September - 2
October - 2
November - 1
December - 1

I made a total of 39 quilted items in 2021.  (16 of those were made as a result of Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.)  Not my most productive year (that was last year), but still a respectable number of finishes.  If not for packing, the move and the disaster area that my studio has remained, I might have been on target to tie 2020's totals.  No worries!!!  2022 is on the way and it's filled with the promise of more opportunities for quilting.  :o))

But my BEST posts??

I took a long and hard at the posts written in 2021, but choosing the BEST was quite a challenge...

... Mine include...

Not technically done yet, as I couldn't decide on a finishing technique.

Favorite (and first) finish in the new house - The Birthday Quilt

LOVE that I can now do porch swing photos!

Most artistic finish, too.

It was a pleasure to see how excited one friend could be over such a small quilted gift.

The longarm used to earn its keep... SEW hoping that it will soon be back in working order!

Thanks for joining me in this review.  I'm glad that Cheryl organized a Link Party dedicated to reminding us to take another look at the blog posts we've written during the year.  Oh! Don't forget to check out my new 2022 TABLE SCRAPS Challenge!  You can find the condensed version of that information HERE.

Sharing with Alycia

Until next time...
Quilt the year away!!!


  1. You have been very productive this year! Beautiful quilts!!! I hop you longarm miss back soon. Happy New Year! ~Jeanne

  2. I love your porch swing quilt and photo! Yay for porch swings!!! So many good quilts and quilting fun on your blog always, Joy!!!

  3. Considering how much time the house selling and moving consumed and a new job, I think you had a very productive year. Mine pales in comparison, but a new year starts tomorrow, so for me, it's time for a reset. I'm impressed with the number of views your Tablescraps post garnered. Happy New Year.

  4. Hooray for porch swings! My favorite post of the year was the birthday quilt so I was glad you included it here!

  5. Wow I think you had a very productive year with so many fabulous projects especially considering how busy outside of quilting you were. I hope to join in on the Tablescrap challenge this year. My mind is a swirling with ideas. Lol. Have a happy new year.

  6. A very commendable effort despite your move.

  7. Love your little art scapes so cute but love your porch swing quilt too!

  8. Love your Seascape and the Salt and Sand Hop piece. Both are similar, yet different. You sewed sew much, even with the move. Here's wishing you good luck with all your upcoming quilting projects.

  9. What a great year!! Love all your favorites - and the porch swing photo!!! Happy New Year!!

  10. Those APQS machines are such workhorses. Is it going to your dealer for service or back to the factory in Iowa? I am sure she will come home good as new, ready to crank out hundreds more beautiful quilts for you! I'm amazed by how productive you were, especially moving house mid-year. Your seascape and birthday quilt are my favorites of the ones you've shown today. Happy New Year!

  11. Congrats on all of your finishes and your move. Happy New year and I hope 2022 is wonderful!


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