Tuesday, June 12, 2018

midweek mindset . . .

I started this blog in September, 2003 . . . nearly FIFTEEN years ago!  I got to looking at the posts in that first year (late in the year), and realized there were only three; and two of those were in the same day.  LOL!  I was determined to do at least that many posts in 2018 (hence *this* post).  But I really do enjoy blogging.  I enjoy writing.  Early on my blog was a place to journal.  What I was studying for Sunday School or in my quiet time, what was going on in my life, and even diet and exercise.  One of my favorites, though, is my second ever post, on the first day of the blog . . . this one.  I go back and re-read that one frequently, just because I miss my grandpa and I when we moved to the RV, I gifted the particular gadget I refer to, to Jocelyn.  Wish I'd put pics on the blog back then -- but it may have been before we had a digital camera!
Here's a pic from Etsy -- this is exactly what it looked like.  Cool, huh?

Anyway, the blog evolved.  I started using it for quilting and chronicling my quilting journey.  It really stepped up in 2010 . . . especially after the accident. I was non-weight bearing for a lot of the next two years, and blogging was how I spent a good portion of my time (that's when I found other quilting blogs; a whole new community).  My second ankle surgery was in 2012 (which was also the year I set my record number of posts per year).  And then in 2015, I went back to work full-time . . . and it seems it's all gone downhill from there.  :)

Still . . . here I am, tenaciously hanging in there.  Because, like I've already said, I enjoy writing. And I like being able to look back and not have to do so in book (journals) and to be able to use labels and the search function! Ha!  

I've been working on a guild challenge project -- which I can't really share or talk about, because one of the rules is that it has to be SECRET.
Which drives me crazy, because I've had SUCH fun with this project and I can't wait to unveil it!  The theme is "Stitchin' the Blues"  We can only use blue and/or white fabrics, the finished project must be square/rectangular (no odd shapes), with a minimum size of 18" by 18" and a maximum size of 36" by 36". The show isn't until our July 19 guild meeting, but I'm having a bit of shoulder surgery on June 26, so I've got to be finished well ahead of that. I'm nearly there!

In the meantime, I've continued to work on my hexie flower quilt (initially introduced in theory, here).  
I only have 99 more hexies to baste before I can start whipping them together!

I also was gifted a sweet little pattern, and some fun prints, at our last Stitcher's meeting.  
Put 'em together and what have you got?
A fun little happy for a happy little butterfly-loving girl.  :)

And a new book . . .
Loving the sweet designs in these pages and making plans for some late summer stitching!

Still hanging in there?  I appreciate it!  Have a great rest of the week -- I'll post another "A Quilter's Journey" later on this week.

:)

8 expressed . . .:

Denise :) said...

You know you're a quilter when the only scraps under your dining room table are fabric! :)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

It's no fun working on something that you can't share about. I didn't know about the car accident (had to search your blog), since I'd just started blogging that year, and hadn't found you yet.

Sarah said...

So fun reading about the beginning of your blog! I've never seen such a pastry cloth - attaching it to the counter would be very helpful.

Pamela said...

Your hexagons look great. Isn't it fun to go back and read the beginning?

Janet O. said...

I love seeing you posting again, Denise! And I enjoyed going back to your blogging roots.
What a clever pastry cloth. I thought my MIL had every kitchen gadget known to man, but we didn't find a pastry cloth of that nature as we cleaned out her kitchen.
I actually worked on a hexie project on my way home from Oregon today. Good thing Sarah has already commented. She might have keeled over if she read that I had worked on hexies. :)
What a pretty butterfly mat.
Oh, and I enjoyed your post about Barbara. I read it on my phone while traveling, but the page wouldn't fully load to allow me to comment.

Kate said...

Glad to see you back to blogging a bit. Even if you enjoy it, it does take time and that seems to be the one thing many of us just don't have as much of as we'd like. So we just do what we can on that front. It's fun to go back to the early posts in a blog and then think about all the fun people you've "met" because of the blog. Enjoy your blue project stitching. Looking forward to checking out the final product in July.

Vireya said...

Fifteen years is a lot of blogging! A lot can change in that many years, and it is nice to have the record to look back on.

I'm looking forward to seeing that hexie quilt come together!

Quilter Kathy said...

So glad you're back! Love the hexies!