A few plans and a word for 2021

My Word for 2020 icon by Allison ReidMy word for 2020 was GROW. It was an extension of LEARN, the word I chose a few years earlier and of 2019’s word COMMUNITY. During 2020 I did GROW patchwork skills: curved piecing through making the Dear Dottie quilt; improving my understanding of colour by following the Quilter’s Color Quest (both the pattern and the Quest were creations of Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color); practising quilting; and learning hand turn applique. I also got my GROW on in other ways: more teaching; working at Purple Stitches (even being left for a few hours alone in the shop! That was scary but I did it!); grappling with technology – I’d have to say GROWth was rather patchy in this area – but I did manage to draw a quilt in Adobe Illustrator… and *most of the time* work the electronic till in the shop!

My word for 2021 is SHARE. I had a brain-storming session around everything New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting: this blog, the Facebook and Instagram pages, planning and teaching workshops, writing Sunrise Patchwork Patterns, selling on ETSY. It didn’t take too long for me to drill down to my WHY? Answer: The motivation that drives all these activities is the pleasure patchwork quilting brings me and the great satisfaction I gain from being with other patchwork quilters – online or in person – sharing skills and seeing creativity flourish.

I’ll be sticking with Saturday Quilting Bring & Share blog posts as they are an obvious place for sharing to happen – a weekly collection of clickable links to the inspiration provided by so many amazing quilty bloggers.

๐Ÿ™‚ In the spirit of sharing you may use the link below to download my newly updated list of blog linkups. I know there are many more linkups out there. Do you have a favourite that I’m missing? Share the blog site and linkup in the comments box at the bottom of this post. Thank you!

Blog Link Ups 2021 New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting


I also enjoy sharing tips and tutorials here on the blog so will do my best to produce more of those type of posts through the year. I’m also intending to up my game re. pattern writing. I have almost as many UFO patterns as I do quilts! Time to overcome my tech deficiencies and publish some more patterns. I have some ideas for new workshops – time to prepare those whilst social distancing restrictions remain in place.

So, onto to how I intend to be the active recipient of some of the sharing planned by other members of our Worldwide Quilting Community:

As the holiday season ends we know we enter that especially inspiring season of ‘sign up to Quilt-A-Longsย  and Block-Of-the-Months’ ๐Ÿ™‚ There is so much choice out there – so many creative people ready to share their designs and take us on a course filled with colour & fabric, techniques & tips…

I’ve decided to join in with three – crazy or what?

ONE: The Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2021. Having decided upon string blocks for my quilt it’s very appropriate that there is a string block tutorial over on the soscrappy blog – home of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I will be using the paper foundation technique to make my blocks. We don’t have telephone directories so I’m wondering whether to invest in a pack of really cheap, thin, photocopying paper or maybe use some of my stock of Carol Doak foundation paper?

Finding the pink strips in my box of string scraps.

English Country Garden Quilt Along 2021 MembershipTWO: I’ve signed up for English Country Garden Quilt Along being run by Alison Stothard of Hexadoodle Quilts. The QAL starts in February. Techniques to learn or improve include English Paper Piecing, Applique and Quilt-as-you-go. With live video tutorials, Q&A sessions and a Facebook group I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to learn from and enjoy the company of fellow patchwork quilters ๐Ÿ™‚

THREE: And I’ll be following along to the advice given by Yasmeen at Sand and Stars as she shares her love of needle turn applique.

Have you signed up for a QAL this year or are you running one? Let us know by adding a comment in the box at the end of this post. Thank you!


4 thoughts on “A few plans and a word for 2021

    • I hope so! If there’s one thing we learned from 2020 it must be not to rely too heavily on planning ahead! I have these projects in mind and will try and stay ‘in the moment’ whenever I get the chance to work on them ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. What a wonderful year is ahead of you! If you pick up a newspaper, you might consider using it. I give my newspaper an iron because it helps to set the ink so it doesn’t rub off on my fingers or my fabric. I like it because it is almost as thin as a phone book page. It is easy to tear and I’ve recycled! I may have to join you on the rainbow scrap challenge with strings. . .although, pink is not a color in my scrap bins!

    • Hi! Terry. Thanks for the newspaper idea. I will give that a try – maybe with some darker fabrics to begin with just in case that pesky newsprint does lift off the paper.
      I don’t think it’s a problem if there’s no pink in your rainbow – make the quilt anyway! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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