It is with rather a lot of trepidation, but also some excitement that I finally start a blog. I've been blogging in my head for over 6 months now, mainly because I write a lot of newsy emails to friends out West, and I see the potential for a blog. The title came from an email I wrote to my brother, where I reflected upon things I'd learned (i.e. what was going on in my melon...) during a year of changes, one of which was the official onset of menopause. Another major change was that I relocated to Kingsville, Ontario, from Sherwood Park, Alberta, just over a year ago. I actually MADE the blog in February of this year, but never went anywhere with it. Time and fear were the two main opponents to this venture. However, because I have finally finished a quilt top (as of yesterday!) that has taken me 8 years to complete, (7 of which it spent sitting in a drawer) I've decided I should share that experience in a blog, as well as my journey on my Avanté which I purchased in January.
I should say that before I posted this, it sat unpublished for several days. However, I've learned especially throughout this past year of huge life changes for me, that the Universe gives you what you need, and so I thank people like Leah Day and Angela Walters, and blogs such as North Shore Days, Red Pepper Quilts, Cluck Cluck Sew, Pile O' Fabric, and many others whose blogs I've read...
What struck me as I read these blogs, finally pushing me to just get over myself and post something, was the sense of community, the sharing, the friendships and connections I've felt through reading and subscribing to just a very few. The excitement, the renewed passion these women have stirred up inside me is quite amazing. I think it's a genuine love of quilting, a need to share one's accomplishments, moan about issues, not a need to brag or boast, yet getting the pats on the back sure do feel good I'm sure...the encouragements, compliments, advice, care...wow, I'm awed. Most of the blogs I've found have been through
Leah Day's link-up on Fridays, and as you know, one leads to another, and another... If you have not heard of Leah, then
google her right NOW! She is one of the most amazing young women I have
ever encountered in the quilt world, generous with her knowledge and
expertise beyond belief. I hope to meet her one day. :-)
Anyhow, I guess I am going to hit "Publish" (it took me the past 15 minutes to figure out how to upload that quilt picture! Thank goodness for Blogger Help! And "Choose File"...duh!! I will post the pictures and story of why it took so long for me to finish this quilt top (hint: striped border with 400+ dumb Prairie Point instructions...)
Thank you for reading!