1. American Jane quilt scrappy, 2. Aneela Hoey quilt pink red aqua, 3. flag quilt, 4. Seaside Stars, 5. quilting close up FWQA quilt, 6. Retro Christmas, 7. Gratitude quilt fence, 8. Pyrex Daisy casserole lid, 9. halloween patchwork-001, 10. Crib quilts for Twins, 11. Art Gallery Fabrics Summerlove skirt, 12. Union Jack Quilt, 13. EZ Dresden Ruler Crib Quilt, 14. Reunion-Sweetwater-moda-quilt-brickyard, 15. scrappy modern quilt, 16. Freebird Half Square Triangles
It’s that time of year again. Time where quilt-bloggers everywhere ring out the old year, not with Ryan Seacrest and a glass ball in Times Square, but with a picture mosaic of a past year’s creative efforts. I have to admit, I kind of enjoy doing it and looking back on the year’s creations. Each project brings back memories of people and places and shows watched (and in the case this year, Olympic highlights) connected with it.
2012 was a crazy year for our family. I don’t usually go into a lot of behind the scenes action on this blog – mainly because I know you all have drama and chaos and busy-ness of your own and I don’t want to bore you with the minutia of ours. But then I worry that I create an image of me placidly sewing away in a tidy, sunny sewing room while children cheerfully breeze in and out keeping themselves blissfully entertained.
Let me state once and for all, our lives are very normal and average with people getting sick, cranky, hungry, and tired. My sewing space is generally always a mess and my sewing time comes in random snatches of time squeezed in between the regular rhythm of a house with four active kids. It’s how I choose to spend my free time.
On top of that this year my husband started a new job working for himself – which was a huge leap of faith and also required multiple weeks of doctor, dentist, eye-doctor, etc. visits before we lost the health care benefits associated with his old job. On top of that we had 4 extended family members live with us for 6 months, and my dad was diagnosed with cancer. It all felt a bit crazy at times. And I’ll be honest, my sewing is what kept me sane and grounded through a lot of it.
But a lot of good and happy memories came through those busy times, not to mention gratitude for family members we enjoy and who we’re so happy to have living closer to us, as well as good friends, our own relatively good health, and jobs. So thank you 2012. You stretched me, but I think I’m better for it. I’m curious – and a little trepidatious – to see what 2013 has in store, but I’ve learned that even with the curve-balls life throws, there is always something good to be gained.
Happy New Year to all of you!