So much has happened in the last year, almost all of it good. I have learned so much and done a lot of things I never thought I would. Most importantly, I have made some good friends, and wouldn't you know--they all like talking about fabric, thread, color, and quilting!
|Vin du Jour|
Happy things from this year:
** The incredible creative people I've met and learned from.
** My sewing in general has become more organized and more focused. Planning for blog posts tends to focus the brain on what needs to be finished!
** Discovering new blogs from all over the world through link-ups and seeing projects from many different perspectives.
** The comments I've gotten, most of them very positive and encouraging. Thanks everyone!
** New pattern designs I would never have heard of without blogs.
** Same with fabric! Plus, I've found out about many great new places to shop for this fabulous fabric.
**Trying new things, like crumb blocks and walking-foot quilting.
**Inspiration and motivation from the quilting community every day.
**The quilts! (All photos in this post are quilts from the past year.)
|Afternoon on the Porch|
And some challenges:
** Photos. This has been the biggest challenge for me in writing this blog. A new camera might help (mine is from 2004), but in reality I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to photos. Happy to take any advice!
**Spam commenters. Go away!
** The whole 'no-reply' thing and other computer issues. I thought I was pretty computer savvy, but some things have truly stumped me.
** Hmmm, I can't really think of anything else that's negative!
So, let me say thank you to everyone for stopping by to read this little blog, leaving comments, and making me feel like cutting up fabric, playing with color, sewing every day, and having strange threads on all my clothes is totally normal and even something to be encouraged. I can't even tell you what that's meant to me. You've made my day!
As a more tangible thank you, how about a fun giveaway? I have these to give away to TWO lucky winners:
Sorry, this giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Barb and Viridian!
Again, thanks to everyone for this past year. I've been both humbled and gratified since I first pressed that "publish" button a year ago, and I certainly plan on continuing for a while. (And we'll remain a 'non-profit,' too! No ads!)
Happy sewing everyone!
Linking with Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday.