Sunday, January 1, 2023

Starting a new 2023 Create Daily tracker

Hello 2023!
On this first day of the week, of a new month, of the new year... it's time to recap the successes of the 2022 Create Daily tacker and start a new tracker for 2023. 

The 2022 Create Daily tracker is filled and completed.

As indicated by all the colorful squares on this calendar, 2022 was a year full of making. In addition to a successful Make Nine Challenge, I wanted to document the other creative projects that were part of the past 12 months:

  • 100 Day projects
  • Slow Fashion Challenge
  • September Textile Love
  • Print*Inktober
  • Carve December
  • quilt blocks for an animal shelter
  • teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School

Three 100 Day Projects

I participated in "The 100 Day Project" in two different disciplines:

  1. Daily stitching with found objects, and 
  2. Creating textures and patterns with hand-carved stamps

The 100 Day Project—Daily stitching with found objects.

Occasionally, slow drawing and watercolor were incorporated into the printed patterns from my hand-carved stamps.

The 100 Day Project—Textures and patterns with hand-carved stamps.

Another 100 day Challenge was the "100 Days 100 Blocks" Kinship SamplerThis is the third set of Kinship blocks I've pieced. Now I'm curious to see what the 2023 pattern will be.

100 Days 100 Blocks Kinship Sampler with Whimsy and Onyx fabrics from P&B Textiles.

Online Challenges

I participated in two online Challenges last year: the Slow Fashion Challenge, sponsored by Fashion Revolution. I learned a lot from this Challenge.

Slow Fashion Challenge 2022.

And, for the fifth year, I participated in September Textile Love, sponsored by Seam Collective. This Challenge is always inspiring!

Hand-carved stamps

After The 100 Days of Texture and Patterns with hand-carved stamps, I joined Print*Inktober and Carve December, sponsored by Balzer Designs. These are images from these online Challenges.

Stamps and printed images from Print*Inktober and Carve December. 

Slow stitching and patchwork by machine

It's nice to have portable hand stitching projects to take along when traveling! I worked on several embroidery and slow stitching pieces throughout the year. A few of these were stitch practices and a few are work that I plan to continue working on.

Hand stitching projects.

It was fun to machine piece a few quilt blocks for a charity fundraiser. Ten blocks were sent to the auction.

Patchwork blocks for a fundraiser.

One more kitty quilt was finished before "the ball dropped." It just had the binding that needed to be stitched down. 

Patchwork kitty quilt. Completed December 31, 2022.

One of our outside kitties gave the new quilt the "kitty approval."

Stan Leigh on the new kitty quilt.

Back in the classroom with Intro to Free-motion Quilting

Definitely, one of the highlights of 2022 was teaching a workshop at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. What a fabulous experience!

Teaching free-motion quilting at the John C. Campbell Folk School.

A new 2023 Create Daily tracker

I'm ready to hit it again in 2023! I'm using the same Create Daily tracker that I used in 2022. 

Create Daily tracker for 2023.

Let the new year begin!

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