Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Reunited and Happy 2016.

Dear Blog,
I am writing this letter because I miss you. I miss posting my finishes. I miss checking in with my works in progress. I miss being connected. I am writing this letter because I didn't know how to come back after being gone for so long. I didn't know how to catch up with the months that we missed. There have been ups and downs. Incredible things have happened and then, I didn't blog. I am so sorry. I am writing this letter because I want to come back to you.

Let me start with a bulleted list of the THINGS that have happened in since I have been gone. I do my best work in lists.

1. I turned 30. This is a big milestone. I am out of my twenties. Time to adult like a pro (higher level amateur?).

2. We bought a house. It is nearly a hundred years old and was under renovation when we bought it. That all means that less than two weeks after my 30th birthday Derek and I moved out of our rental and into a storage unit/friend's house. The friend's house was nice, but the experience was simultaneously the worst and scariest thing I have ever done. The house is pretty much done now (if a hundred year old house is ever really done). It is now glorious and feels like one of the best decisions we have ever made since we decided to get commit ourselves to each other (5 years ago this year!).

3. My job got so stressful. It also got more rewarding. Probably related.

4. I have the best sewing room in the world now. Sorry other sewing rooms out there. Mine is the bomb (also sorry it is not pictured, might need to be the subject of another post and some camera time).

5. I finished some of my favorite quilts ever and then, just like that, I lost all my creativity. I think the energy went straight into the house and the job. It took several months and some real work to find my creative fire again. I only have photos of six finished quilts from 2016 (mostly terrible photos), but I think upon my current count I have actually finished at least ten. That is certainly less than last year, but pretty decent for a year where we moved and I have had been more busy at work than ever before. The real shame is that I have only blogged about three of these! I am so sorry blog.

I am going to stop my list there. I feel like a I need a fresh start. I might try to blog about some of the missing finishes, but I know you will understand if I let them go and free myself from that burden. It is a new year, we are finally living in our new house, and it is time to come back together.

Reunited and it feels so good.

Love and kisses,

PS - No resolutions or words right now. I am just so happy to be here and I just want to enjoy this year and see where this trip around the sun takes me. I know you understand.


  1. What a wonderful, eventful year for you!! Love your new, old house :) Looking forward to seeing your quilting room! I can't remember he last time I blogged...I miss it. Welcome back to blog land :-)))

  2. I cannot imagine making 10 quilts and working - much less moving - much less buying a house! Congratulations on everything. Rewards don't generally come without stress - it's all in how we handle get. Looking forward to 2016.

  3. Yeah, it's strange how blogging has such an inspirational and connective power, and yet, it falls to the wayside when life presents itself. However, I think you underestimate the amount of work you did last year! I love the BAcon Punk quilt--hands down, one of my favorites (of anyone's blog!). You managed to get a lot done last year all-around (read: with BALANCE) and that's no easy feat. Your quilting has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years--it's an amazing ride you're taking me on, and I'm really enjoying the scenery ♥

  4. Welcome back! Many of us find juggling the blogging and the real life stuff a challenge! Congrats on the lovely home....we'll be here when you can stop in. :)

  5. Good to have you back, with all the challenges, at least you know we're still here. Congrats on all wonderful things!!

  6. Welcome back after such a busy year! Congrats on your new house, that's such a big change! I love the clamshell quilt you made, those color are lovely. :)

  7. Woohoo, you're back!!! I can't speak for your blog, but you've been missed!! Welcome to your 30s, your new home, and a new year! And welcome back :)

  8. The house looks great. Congratulations. Love your word quilt

  9. Well, happy birthday! My big 3-0 is in one month exactly, and my husband and I will celebrate our 5th anniversary this year too! Congratulations on the house, it looks incredible. I thoroughly adore your Tangible Record quilt, amazing. Good luck with your blogging, I'm counting myself as doing alright if I remember once a month to pop onto mine. Looking forward to photos of the sewing studio!
    brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

  10. Happy New Year and welcome back. Looking forward to a house and sewing room tour.

  11. The quilts are really cool. The could end up being a nice decorative addition to some of the rooms in the home. Nailing a quilt to the ceiling and allowing it to hang has a nice look. As long as the quilt matches the style of the rest of the interior, it should fit and work nicely. Give it a try!

    Joshua Reynolds @ Bullseye Siding


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