Monday, December 26, 2022

Best of 2022!!

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 2022 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, Monday December 26th and will be open for one week ending on Sunday, January 1st.

This will be my 4th (consecutive) year of participation.  Those of you who have been following me for a while know that this year has been one of attempting to get the studio up and running (and only partially succeeding.)  I still managed to make a few things and write quite a number of posts.  (Not as many as usual, but I'm trying!)

Here is an overview of my productivity:

I completed 5 table toppers, 7 mini quilts, 2 quilted pin cushions, 1 table runners, 3 lap quilts of varying sizes, 1 quilted placemat, 9 quilted mug rugs, and 2 wall hangings, plus 2 other quilted items.  I also finished 2 large commission quilts, 4 donation quilts from tops pieced by others and quilted 4 quilts for my quilting friends on my APQS longarm quilting machine, which has limped along this year.  Unfortunately, it had a series of mysterious ailments throughout the year and it had made me skittish about "getting back on the horse."  (That being said, I am hoping for 1 more "friendly" quilting finish before the end of the year.)

Items made per month...

January - 3
February - 4
March - 4
April - 2
May - 5
June - 2
July - 1
August - 2
September - 2
October - 7
November - 4
December - 3

I made a total of 39 quilted items in 2022.  (15 of those were made as a result of Angela's Rainbow Scrap Challenge and/or in conjunction with my TABLE SCRAPS Challenge)  Not my most productive year (that was 2020), but still a respectable number of finishes.  If not for continuing my "seasonal" job throughout the year and the disaster area that my "new" studio has remained, I might have been finished more!  No worries!!!  I get another chance in 2023.  :o))

But my BEST posts??

I took a long and hard at the posts written in 2022, but choosing the BEST was quite a challenge...

Mine include...

Most modern finish - (2021) Positivity QAL Block Drive - The 1st Finish

Blocks by quilting friends. Pieced by MASQuilts, Quilted by Britt_Quilts. Bound by me.

Most comments (23) - January TABLE SCRAPS Challenge Link Party

Some Assembly Required

Rainbow, Baby!

Most views (417) - June TABLE SCRAPS Challenge Link Party

Bright/Dark BLUE Topper


Then we come to the 3-way tie for Favorite post - 

1. April 2022 - TABLE SCRAPS Challenge - Link Party

Famished Flamingo Quilted Placemat

2. Wonderful Wednesday - In the Studio

3. H2H 2022 - Final Link Party

Sunshine Cabin

(In no particular 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 2023 ABC (Table) SCRAPS Challenge!  You can find the full details HERE.  (Link coming soon. Spoiler Alert! Check back tomorrow.)

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


  1. This is a beautiful review, Joy! I really love that flamingo placemat! Your positivity quilt is also a favorite! I wish you a very Happy New Year and a year of wonderful quilty fun!

  2. Even though you feel like it wasn't your best year in the quilting studio, you finished an amazing amount of things, and they were fun and scrappy! I loved Rainbow Baby and also that pretty blue mini quilt in June. Looking forward to more fun in 2023!

  3. Yes, a wonderful selection of projects! Loving all your creativity & colour!

  4. Well done for the year & hope 2023 is just as good. Take care.

  5. A great variety of finishes achieved during the year. Well done.

  6. So much fun to see these favorites, Joy! Some years have definitely been more productive than others for me. I wish you the best in 2023.

  7. What a great year you had! I love to see this overview and what people loved and what you loved. Here's to a successful quilty 2023!

  8. Congratulations on finishing 39 quilty projects! Hope your long arm feels better next year and is up to par in all your new projects. Have a wonderful new year! ;^)

  9. OOh, this brought back some good memories of your quilting projects, starting with the memories of your block drive. Your colorful favorite finish makes me think of a festive New Year celebration, which I hope you will have. (And I have to laugh to think that my mind tried to set your list of quilting accomplishments--which were impressive indeed despite your challenges--to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas song while I was reading.)


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