As you may remember, I retired at the end of 2017. I shut down my business, ended my online store, quit sending out the newsletter, and stopped teaching. All in all, it was a great decision. I’m loving retirement!
I have more time with that adorable grandchild (who just turned four), and I have more time to quilt! Far less stress in my life, too. I used to panic if I had more than 30 emails in my inbox. I read and responded to them all, of course, but those with a to-do component stayed there until I could check them off the list and clear them out. A quick check reveals I have 269 emails. Just sitting there. And I’m OK with that. I know. I can hardly believe it myself!
In the last year I started attending my guild meetings again. OK, most of them—the ones with speakers. I also joined a guild about an hour south of me and I am enjoying that group of quilters very much as well.
I made a bunch of quilt tops this past year, finished five charity quilts (little ones), gave away two quilts to new grandnieces…
… and quilted 30 tissue box covers for holiday gifts.
I also made a quilt to cover the fire place. (Long story shortened: we didn’t use the fireplace because it was too drafty. So, several years ago, I covered the opening with Styrofoam insulation boards and duct tape. I stretched a piece of fabric over the last insulation board and called it good. It was something less than charming. Far less. I got really tired of that fabric. Here’s what it looks like now.)
There were also three trips to Paducah for National Quilt Museum board meetings, a trip to see family in Florida (with a quick visit to see the Mouse)…..
…a quilting retreat, and two trips overseas. It was a great year!
Oh! I also learned how to make felt Christmas tree ornaments out of felt! (The first one pictured is the Winky Wonky Donkey, from the book of the same name.) You gotta watch the video. (Go to the bathroom first.) You can order the book through my affiliate link, just click HERE. (I do earn from qualified purchases you might make.)
I made about 30 ornaments all together, and all by hand. Quite the learning curve, but lots of fun.
I thought for sure I would have made a dent in my UFO’s in the last 12 months. Sadly, I just created more of them! Apparently, starting new projects makes me really happy!
My friend Marsha McCloskey just informed me that whatever one does on the first day of the new year predisposes one to continue that activity in all the days that follow. What a lovely thought. I’m going to sew all day long tomorrow.
I hope 2019 brings you love, peace, joy, good health, and prosperity for you, your family, and for all those you care about.
Happy New Year!