Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 is a Wrap

Instead of showing (again) everything I made, I decided to write a 2014 wrap-up, mostly for the blog book I have printed each year from these posts.

2014 saw me making, and blogging about:
  • 12 quilts (Click on "2014 Quilts" tab to see them all.)
  • 12 bee/gift blocks
  • 7 skirts
  • 6 placemats
  • 4 shorts for little boys
  • 4 tote/bags
  • 3 pillows
  • 3 thread catchers
  • 3 pin cushions
  • 3 tops for myself
  • 2 sewing machine covers
  • 1 re-covered office chair
  • 1 shorts for myself
  • 1 little boy's pj's
  • 1 toy dog
Given that I also taught quilting classes, attend frequent quilting meet-ups, line dance at least three times a week, and attend Bible study and a stitchery group, I'm satisfied with what I accomplished.

Throughout 2014, I remembered my word-of-the-year, "perspective" that I managed to sew into a quilt back.

did keep a good perspective on life as I spent time with family, remained active, and continued quilting. I didn't allow continuing health concerns to drag me down. In the past 12 months I had five catheterization procedures on the femoral arteries in both legs - three on the left leg alone. An anticipated sixth procedure, a re-catheterization of my 60 percent blocked right femoral artery, hasn't yet happened and will be checked again in March, 2015. In any case, the future looks bright related to breast cancer and PAD. I do continue to feel blessed.

Reflecting on 2014 has made me consider what 2015 has in store, and what word I'll choose to take into it. I'm most aware that I am simply grateful for the life I've been given, and the blessings I receive. How can I not be?! So my 2015 word is "thankful" and stems from this Bible verse:

...give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. - Thessalonians 5:18

So whatever 2015 brings, I will strive to be thankful. Whether it's an outpouring of blessings, or an unexpected event, I will be thankful. Linda

“When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” ~ Tecumseh


  1. I just know 2015 is going to be a fantastic year! I wish you many happy days sewing and a healthy happy new year!

  2. Great job Linda! We do indeed have lots to be thankful for... I am going to keep a gratitude journal this year, to keep things in 'perspective'! Happy New Year to you! May 2015 bring health, happiness and love!

  3. So well said. I love that verse too. I think you will have a lot to be thankful for in 2015.

  4. Happy New Year, Linda....what a great post! I'm thankful for you!

  5. I love your word "Perspective", sometimes it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. I know that 2015 will be wonderful for you in quilting, health and family. Love reading your thoughts and keeping up with your amazing quilt art.

  6. Pretty amazing year, I'd say! Wishing you a healthier, happy new year!

  7. You OWNED your word for 2014!! Great choice for a new word! Happy New Year, Linda.

  8. so many fabulous projects accomplished ! hope 2015 is a really wonderful year for you and thankful is a great word for the year !

  9. Congratulations on a wonderful year of achievements! It must be a great feeling to have lived out your word for the year while you accomplished so much xxx

  10. What a great word for your year and the bible verse is something to remember everyday. Loved reading your post a lot of thought and refection in there.

    1. Thanks, Heather! I much prefer choosing a word-of-the-year than attempting to make resolutions. And yes, it does take a bit of reflecting to choose the right word. Now to implement it... I'm thankful for a person like you who makes positive comments about my posts!

  11. You had great accomplishments in 2014 and knowing you, 2015 will be even better. Your word for the year is a great one. I enjoy reading your blog and you always motivate me in some way after reading your thoughts. I am thankful that I found your blog and that we are 'blogging friends". Best wishes to you in 2015.

  12. You have done more than well Linda! Congratulations. I wish you a happy, healthy and blessed New Year and look forward to accompany you though 2015 via your lovely blog.

  13. Happy New Year Linda! I hope 2015 brings you good health and much happiness. You accomplished quite a bit in 2014! I look forward to meeting you soon at QuiltCon!

  14. Loved reading this post Linda. You definitely got a lot accomplished. My word is basically the same. Grateful. Centering my prayer life on being grateful each and every single day.

  15. Happy New Year! I'm glad to have found you on Instagram and now here on your lovely blog. I love your idea of picking a word for the year and am going to copy you on that. I'm giving myself a week to choose a word.
    I'm very interested in your comment about printing a book each year of your blog posts. Do you do that with a Snapfish or Shutterfly type site? Is there an easy way to transfer the posts. Perhaps you have already written about this. If so, will you direct me to that? Thanks so much!

  16. Thankful is one of my favorite words, too, so consider me *thankful* to have found you as a quilty friend and partner-in-quilt crime. I love reading your blog, and am looking forward to meeting you at QuiltCon! So *thankful* that your health is stable and that the legs are still kicking it up at your line dancing. You do amaze!


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