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I planned for 2022 to be a year in survival mode. I started out the year strong with a new gratitude practice and leaned into playing with color and exploring with mixed media. In February, I started a 100-day mixed media project.

In 2022, I gave twice as many lectures and taught twice as many workshops. Thank you to everyone who took a class with me or attended a lecture, and I hope to be coming your way soon, virtually or in-person. If your guild or group hasn't scheduled with me, there are opportunities for you to sign up as an individual for live virtual workshops with me.

The goal I wrote down in last year's post was to get back to sending newsletters regularly. I sent 21 newsletters in 2022. This was after just two in 2020 and four in 2021. It's been great to keep in touch with folks and I really appreciate when people reply to my newsletters to ask questions or share something that is inspiring them. If you don't already receive my newsletter, please subscribe here to stay in touch.

Looking forward to 2023, I'm adding two brand new workshops to my lineup: How Do I Spell That? Improv Pieced Letters and Improv Triangles 4 Ways. I'm excited for more ways to play with improv with my students. (Be sure you're on my newsletter list so you're first to hear about registering for these live virtual workshops which will be held in May!)


I'm also really excited about teaching All About Angles: A Planned Improv Approach to Quilt Design at Empty Spools Seminars during Session 4 in April. Registration is open now for this in-person event.

All About Angles: A Planned Improv Approach to Quilt DesignSarah comes at quilt making from a perspective of planned improv and an opportunity to play. She will start each day with a demonstration, introducing the initial parameters of this pieced improv technique, followed by design variations. Students can choose to work in a small series or on one larger composition. Sarah’s instruction will include lessons on color and value, and discussions will include free motion quilting and finishing ideas.

A big goal for 2023 is to purchase a longarm machine. There is a list of home projects that need to fall into place to create the space for the new machine, so we'll be working out way through that list. I'm thinking Fall for the new machine - happy future birthday to me!

Tomorrow I'll be starting a practice of 15 minutes of sewing a day (unless I'm traveling). My sewjo has been a bit lacking. I've found through numerous 100 day projects that 15 minutes a day is a good goal for me... some days it feels like a chore, and others it is the springboard for much more time in the studio.

January 1 is the kickoff to the 14th season of Project QUILTING. I've been participating since season 8. Last year I made tiny little artist trading cards for each challenge. If you haven't joined the series of one-week challenges I hope you'll check it out. The community is wonderful (and there are prizes!). Be sure to ping me with a link to check out your projects or tag me if you share on social. I'd love to see what you create!

I hope your 2023 is peaceful and you are surrounded by beauty and creativity.

I'm linking up with Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl for her #2023PlanningParty.

I share my work over on Instagram @sarahgoerquilts. Here are my top nine posts (based on "likes") from the year. My year of sewing was grounded in community, with many of these posts being about bee blocks. It's fitting that the post about my mom is in the center as the grief of losing her filled the majority of 2022 for me.

1. Bee blocks created for me

2. Two Color Sash created for Elizabeth

3. Throwback to one of my mini blocks from the 2020 mini series sew along

4. "H" from "hope" block created for E. A.

5. Remembering my mom

6. Ladder block created for Allie

7. One of my five completed Project QUILTING projects from 2022

8. Space dust block created for Sarah

9. My favorite new class to teach - Building an Improv Toolbox

 

You can view past Top Nines for 2018, 20192020, and 2021. Thanks for visiting!

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Keeping with the tradition for me to share my top five blog posts of the year and link them up to Cheryl's Best of... blog post, here they are.

Top Five 2022 Posts

  1. Project QUILTING 13.1: All the Colors - 911 pageviews
  2. Teal TGIFF - 888 pageviews
  3. Quilts Unscripted Bee Quilts - 879 pageviews
  4. Prism Play: Connections - 769 pageviews
  5. Improv Two Color Sash Bee "Block" - 658 pageviews

Visit my Best of 2015, Best of 2016Best of 2017Best of 2018Best of 2019Best of 2020, and Best of 2021.

I'm linking up to Cheryl's Best of 2022 Linky Party.

If you'd like to keep up with what I'm up to, be sure you sign up for my newsletter. I include color and design inspiration from around the web as well as info about what I'm working on and where I'll be teaching.

And FYI, Season 14 of Project QUILTING starts January 1st!