I have more than a few New Year's resolutions this year, most stemming from the important realization that I do have the power to live the life I want. So this is my first-- when possible, choose to be happy. If it means appreciating the things I have or learning to let go and try something new, I am going to make a conscious effort to be happy more often than not. And in case I forget, I put it on a quilt to remind myself.
My other goals for 2012:
find homes for those orphan blocks
revisit awesome projects that got shelved for one reason or another
BUST MORE STASH
Here's hoping that 2012 brings happiness to everybody, at least most of the time..
If you've had a blog for over 8 years, then you may remember that wonderful time around 2010 of quilt blogging.. when there was such a positive energy floating around, just as the modern quilt guild movement got started (notice I didn't capitalize the guild, back then it was just a really good idea). Many bloggers who experienced that time have lamented over the years that blogging has changed, the community is gone, it's just not the same... and it's true. I'm sure blog posts have been written on it, this doesn't need to be another one. I do miss that era. But I also miss my own early days of blogging, back in 2006, when I was reading a whole bunch of really awesome craft and home blogs and I wanted to write! I wanted to say something and see if anybody out there would read it. And they did...
But in the beginning, it was mostly for me. To track my projects. To sort out my thoughts on trends and process. To record my journey. That's what I want t…
**ETA-- Check out my completed Travel Quilt #3 here**
I don't know about you, but I check my blogger stats a couple times a day. It's nice to see how readers find me, who has linked to me, and where they are. In the last week though, there's been a gap, a hole. I usually have at least a couple hits a week from readers in Japan, this week-- none. Of course with such tragedy, I can't expect them to take time out (and use valuable electricity) to check in on my little ol' blog here, but still, the absence makes me worry about them even more. I was thinking about how I can go back to posting more about quilts but still satisfy my need to talk about Japan..
Victoria took this great photo of me at her retreat last weekend and I've wanted to write a post about it, and then it clicked, "Oh Yeah~" let's go back to the quilt that started me off on my EPP obsession..
Here we go. Travel Quilt #1, aka "Ayane's Star"
See, I was going to J…
So what is Travel Quilt #4? How did it happen? Why did it stall?
Seeing as I've chosen this to be my bring along project for the foreseeable future, I thought I'd give a little backstory. Also, I got a new laptop and finally have wi-fi in the new house, so woohoo, time to blog.
I had about 2 stars left to piece on Travel Quilt #3 when I had a phone call with my London publishers setting the basis and rough synopsis for what would become Quilting on the Go. They wanted 10 projects but none that had been shown publicly before. 10 projects, English paper pieced, by hand.. in under 12 months. (timeline changed during, I think it was more like 15 months in the end). I knew I wanted a big star quilt in there and with their original guidelines, I couldn't use Travel Quilt #3. I had tons of ideas, so I decided to make a Trip Around the World variation with 2" diamonds. The color scheme came from my favorite scarf at the time (which sits in front of me now in a partial…