Friday 1 January 2021

The best of 2020 - a review.

 2020 was an interesting year. It was running along quite smoothly and then in march it all went down hill as covid 19 infected more people and the numbers of people in hospital and dying was going really high. Since then it's been a bit of a roller coaster ride but here we are at the start of a New Year, ready as always to face whatever life throws at us. Working from home and teaching university students on line was very tiring and with all 4 of us working from home I'm surprised we didn't have any major arguments. The pandemic actually increased my available sewing time as I no longer had a commute each day. We also got to know our local area much better as we took our exercise locally rather than travelling. There is hope for 2021 as we have two vaccines that have been approved for use here in the UK and other countries are also approving vaccines. It's going to take time to vaccinate people and during that time we will remain vulnerable so we need to follow the rules, wear our masks, wash our hands regularly and make space for people. We all need to stay positive and enjoy our lives within the restrictions. For me that means staying home and sewing.

Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is running her Best of 2020 link party. I love taking part in the round up of the year and also visiting other blogs and seeing their best moments of the year. So here goes for my round up .

1. Most viewed post.

This was a post on a Sunday in June titled a stitch here and there. I try and link my Sunday post with Kathy from  Kathy's Quilts for her Slow Sunday Stitching.  The post covered several different projects I was working on, my crocheted granny squares, a block for the Austen Family Album quilt, the hexie bag for Katy and Charlotte the bag lady. I chose the photo of completed Charlotte to share here.

2. The most comments.

This post was for a blog hop Hello Fall organised by Carla from Creatin' in the sticks I really do love Autumn because of the colours and I also love the blog hops that Carol and Carla organise. For this one I used autumnal colours to create a chair tidy so I don't lose my scissors and other sewing items when sitting stitching in an evening. I'm so glad I made it. I can put whatever I'm working on in the pocket if I need to answer the door or make a drink and Scamp and Picasso won't have made a mess of it whilst I'm gone.

3. My favourite finishes of 2020

I have two favourite finishes. One was my Christmas quilt. I was going to have this quilt on the back of the settee over the Christmas period but it ended up on Lucy's bed.

The other quilt is the rainbow batik quilt.

4.Favourite visit post.

I like to post about our trips away and I get many comments from people about enjoying the British countryside and history.  A post that got a lot of views and comments was about our trip to Dartmoor. This was back in August and the weather was really good, warm and sunny

We are hoping we will be able to visit again this year.

5. Welcome to a new member of the family.

We welcomed a new family member in the form of a kitten called Rothko. Katy, our older daughter and her partner Olly moved flats and are now able to have a pet. A few days after moving in they collected little Rothko. Katy named our elderly cat when we got him from Battersea cats and dogs home. She seems to be going on the theme of artists names.

When we are able to visit them I'll have to update his photo.

I'm linking this post with Cheryl for her Best of 2020 link party. Go and check out some of the links. I've already visited some but still need to visit several more. It's not too late to add your link since it doesn't close until January 2nd.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Years.

Take care and stay safe.



  1. Your embroidered Lady is very cute! And your Xmas quilt is a nice balance of red and green, very cheerful! I definitely enjoy your travel posts. A good year in review despite Covid. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  2. So nice as always, to read your posts. Your Christmas quilt is gorgeous, and that little kitten, so sweet!

  3. Great finishes and the kitten is so cute! Thanks for linking up and happy new year!

  4. Enjoyed seeing the recap and remembering all the lovely things you made in 2020. At least Covid couldn't stop your creativity.