Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 is a Wrap

It's time for the annual 2013 project review. Looking at these finishes, I'll admit to feeling a little disappointed that I didn't complete more, especially the UFOs that remain on my "On the Horizon" list (a tab at the top).

By my calculations, breast cancer and peripheral vascular disease stole about ten weeks from my life. So, I'll blame my reduced productivity on those two physical challenges, and pray that 2014 is a much healthier year.

Here's a collage of the 11 quilts I completed. My favorite is Bloom - the middle bottom photo. I'm pretty happy with the hexagon quilts too. I'm officially hooked on hexies!

These are some of the other creations that came from my sewing room - pillows, bowl buddies, bags and totes, thread catchers, a table runner, an apron, an engineer cap, and ticker tape canvases. Two skirts and a dress aren't included in the collage.

So, perhaps not too shameful after all, considering...

I'm optimistic about 2014 since I already know some really good things lie ahead - the birth of a grandson; teaching beginner quiltmaking, and free motion quilting; giving presentations about modern quilting (if you're local, check my "Schedule" tab above); several articles in print in American Quilter magazine; and (hopefully) house guests, with all of them being first-time visitors.

Health wise, I definitely expect 2014 to be a better year. With God beside me, I'll trust and handle whatever might lie ahead. Praying for all good things for you, and me! Blessings on us, every one.

Happy New Year! Linda

20 comments:

  1. You have done an amazing job, all with such a positive attitude Linda! I love seeing what you have accomplished with skill and a smile! Here's to a wonderful and healthy 2014!

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  2. Happy New Year, Linda! Here's to your heath in the coming year! You have certainly made some lovely projects. And your bloom and hexagon quilts are expecially sweet! Interested in making an OBLONGAGON quilt in the new year? Looking forward to seeing what inspiring creations you have in store for us in 2014!

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  3. Wow, that's quite an impressive list. May 2014 be a more healthy year for you - and for us all.

    Best wishes from Jenny in New Zealand.

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  4. I think your finishes look wonderful and so colorful!! My prayers are for a very healthy 2014.

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  5. Don't be disappointed, you have achieved so much. Your time and energy in 2013 had to be shared between more events that you may have had listed in your calendar. Just enjoy. Happy New Year and wishes for very good health and happiness to you and your family.

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  6. I think you did pretty darn good for all the time you were off your feet Linda! And your schedule sounds like it's going to be not just busy, but fun....have a wonderful new year my friend. blessings, marlene

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  7. I think you did very well indeed and have a lot to show for. Wishing you all the best, especially good health and happiness, as well as plenty of time for sewing. xx

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  8. I'll say you accomplished quite a bit in 2013! Beautiful mosaics. Wishing you all the best in 2014!!!!

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  9. Linda, your work is so amazing. Anyone should be proud of these accomplishments but especially one dealing with the health issues you have faced this year. Blessings to you in 2014, my friend.

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  10. Dear Linda what a wonderful portfolio of quilts and you
    Have accomplished so much this year with your teaching and guilds even with all of your health problems this year. I sew admire you and all you do, may you and your husband have a Happy New Year. Blessings Sandra

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  11. Bloom is my favorite to but all of your posts/projects are inspirational. Thanks and Happy HEALTHY New Year to you!

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  12. All of your work is beautiful and so is your family.

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  13. Linda you have done so much! I wish you a great and healthy 2014! Glad to have you as friend!

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  14. You accomplished quite a lot!
    Keep on line dancing!!!

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  15. When seen all together like this, it's an impressive array of sewing you accomplished! Lovely work, and all the best to you for 2014!

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  16. Linda, you are such a dynamo!!!! I can't believe how much you got done in such a challenging year. And let me tell you, lady: I know me - if I'd been through what you had, there would have been a LOT more weeks lost and maybe all of 3 quilts finished. You're amazing. It's a really terrific set of finishes, too. And all the teaching you did. . . You can be darned proud of what you accomplished.

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  17. Linda, you have accomplished so much considering the year you've had health wise. And your creativity is so encouraging to me, but your attitude with LiFe and the path you've been given is so inspiring. Keep doing what you are doing, you are amazing ~
    :-}pokey

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  18. You accomplished a lot! You went away for some weeks too, didn't you? Breast cancer and vascular disease stole only 10 weeks of your life, not your life. HUGE positive! Blessings for 2014 for you and yours.

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  19. What an amazing array! Linda, anyone would have been proud to have achieved what you did in 2013, but knowing the challenges you've had to deal with makes this especially worthy of a "Hurrah!". Bloom is my favourite of your quilts too :-) I hope I can be more creative this year, inspired (as always!) by your work and faith.

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  20. Loved seeing your collages, and you and I have the same favorite quilt of yours.

    Your assessment about losing ten weeks of your life is a thoughtful way to consider our time on this earth and how we use it. "Stole" is the right word, as time is so precious to us. I felt better about my year after reading your thoughts about that--I too lost about 10 weeks due to foot surgery and that dang, horrible illness from mid-November through to the end of the year. So thank you for those thoughts. But in spite of that, we persevered, got quilts done and enjoyed our children and grandchildren. And that is the good measure of life, isn't it?

    I'm hoping that you'll have use of ALL your weeks this year!!

    Elizabeth

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