Saturday, June 02, 2018

been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time . . .

For my blog, that is. And while I'll make no excuses for the absence, I do miss blogging. So I thought perhaps a little 'refreshing' and clean-up might be in order (though I haven't posted in seven months, I *do* use my blog for the links and to reminisce). And then it looked so clean and pretty I thought it maybe needed a new post. Ha.

This past guild year (our guild year runs from September to August) has marked our guild's 30th anniversary. The theme our president selected for the year was "A Quilter's Journey" and we've had a lot of fun tying the theme into all of our activities. My position this year has been to document (in our newsletter, The Fanfare) different aspects of a quilter's journey. It's been fun and I've enjoyed writing the articles . . . and thought it might be fun to share them here. So that's what I'm going to do, starting today, and then (perhaps) once a week until they're all shared.

But first, I feel I need to share the one-year journey of the littlest of my grandchildren littles:
Edith Rose turned ONE on April 20th. Isn't she a dear little dolly??! 

My new blog header is actually the header I developed for my newsletter article (except I've changed the words, of course). What can I say? I liked it! Anyway, without further ado . . .

From the quilter who’s stitched hundreds of quilts over the years, to the quilter who’s just purchased her first fat quarter, there is commonality . . . a bond that stretches unseen, but is definitely felt. Quilters all have a story to tell: Why did you start quilting and what made you continue?

For some it was the desire to create. For some it was a gift from a quilting mother or grandmother, who passed along their love and knowledge from an early age. For some it was the desire to be a part of a group. And for some, what started out as a desire to make a simple baby gift turned into a passion to make ‘quilts for everyone’! 

Some of us get hooked on the gadgetry, some of us have a secret (or not-so-secret) passion for fabric collecting, and some of us have stacks of patterns that would rival the stock of Fons & Porter! (Lord help my husband the families of those quilters who do all three!) We collect quilting magazines, subscribe to quilter’s blogs, we watch Bonnie Hunter on her webcam, join our local quilting guild, spend hours shop hopping the online quilt shops, take classes (and fondle fabrics – one of my favorite pastimes) at our local quilt shops (LQS), and spend hours (and lots of $$$) at quilt shows, near and far. 

We find niches of quilting that appeal to us more than another. Do you applique? Machine or hand? Needle-turned or rough edge? Machine quilting versus hand quilting? If you machine quilt, is it on your sewing machine or a quilting machine? Straight line or free motion? Do you wash your fabric before using it? Do you use precuts? There are miniature quilts—which differ from small quilts—and crazy quilts; embroidered quilts, redwork quilts, and two-color quilts. Do you go strictly by a pattern, or do you embellish upon it? Do you create your own patterns? For some stitching on the binding is their favorite part; for others, it’s a nightmare! 

From beginner to seasoned quilter, one thing is certain: everyone has a quilter’s journey story. And everyone’s story is unique. As we celebrate Heritage Quilters of Huntsville’s 30th anniversary over the next year, we’ll highlight some of these stories, sharing the passion and joys, the highs and the lows, the triumphant finishes and the UFOs. We’ll look back on the changes in quilt-making over the past thirty years, and look forward to expectations for the coming years. We’ll smile and nod in agreement and enjoy the camaraderie that we love to share. We’ll celebrate our craft and get to know one another even better.

My name is Denise and I’m a quilter. :) 

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Kris said...

YAY!!! So happy to see this beautiful new post!! You have been dearly missed!! Love your new header and what isn't to absolutely love about that dear little dolly!!

Needled Mom said...

So nice to see you back again. Edith is a doll. Time flies so quickly.

I’m looking forward to the future posts with the year’s letters.

Lyndsey said...

Wow that is spooky. On Friday I was telling my husband you hadn't posted in ages and I wondered how you were doing and then there is a post from you. Great to hear from you again and Edith is gorgeous. Loved your post and looking forward to reading some of the journeys.

Kate said...

Love your redesigned blog page. Welcome back! Sounds like a very interesting set of posts are coming this way.

Sarah said...

Welcome back!!!! But really, not a single hexie mention in your great article? Looking forward to reading the other articles. xoxoxoxo

Linda in Calif. said...

I just had a feeling you would be back. I've been checking on your blog periodically to see. Yes, I remember little Edith - she was born right after my granddaughter Elora. Edith is looking very pretty!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Welcome back to blogging! I hope we hear from you much more often.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

It is nice to see you back Denise! I think it gets harder and harder to follow all of our favorite blogs anymore. So many are using FB and Instagram, I still love blogging!