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.
1. purple quilt full, 2. summer go anywhere bag, 3. Rainbow Connection Quilt, 4. Multi Hexagon flowers
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!