Not only are we celebrating a new year, but also coincidentally this is our 100th post here on the Quilting Arts blog! I never thought I’d have the perseverance to make it to 100 blog entries. Case in point: the fact that I have one diary I got in the ‘70s, and it’s the only diary I have written in from time
to time over the last 30 (+) years.
I got this diary in (I believe) 1978 at the ripe age of seven:
Instead of offering a dedication in the opening pages, I issue a threat:
(Confession to blog readers: I don’t have a big brother.)
A few entries for your amusement:
New Years Day, 1979 (I think):
Ironic how I have fashioned a successful career about people making things. (Take that, Lisa and Trina!)
My first (and you’ll understand why it was my last) musical review (c. 1978):
A few years later; I think I’m 11. (And Heather, if you are reading this, I sincerely apologize for the pun on your last name!)
I have a number of entries over the years comprised of highs and lows, from the ones I wrote the morning I found out my parents were divorcing to boy angst in high school and fun times in Manhattan during college. I imagine I’ll probably keep writing in this thing from time to time over the years when the mood strikes, and in the end, this little diary might be the most amusing relic I leave behind to others when it’s my time to depart on that great journey to the sky.
This is a bit Old Lang Syne of me, but some of the more memorable Quilting Arts blog posts:
Most popular (according to the stats):
Thermofax Screen Printing
One of the posts that elicited the most comments (me thinks people love free stuff):
Dog Days of Summer
A post that came from a very raw place (and I hesitated bringing this up again, but Virginia Spiegel is embarking on her last Fiber Arts for a Cause venture this year):
My proudest collaboration:
Why The Sopranos Quilt Didn't Get Made
The sweetest thing that ever happened to me as an editor:
Will, the kid who stole my heart
2009 Resolutions, and yes, a Giveaway!
Today while cleaning closets I discovered materials such as my Quilting Arts TV Series 300 TV segment items I never unpacked from last August. I have fabrics, books, and ephemera to give away to you!
To throw your name in the lottery for these random items, I am asking the cliché of all clichés: What’s your New Year’s Resolution? I invite you to post goals, too. Post your responses in the comments area. Comments close Monday, January 5, at 5:00 PM EST, and I will announce 10 winners on Tuesday.
My resolution for 2009 is easy: Keep it simple. That’s it, my lofty resolution for 2009. If I make my Sopranos quilt and other things come to fruition, that’s just icing on the cake, but those three simple words will be my mantra this next year.
What Else to Expect on the QA Blog in 2009
In 2009 you will see more frequent blog posts with upcoming fiber and collage events, call for entries for contests and exhibitions, quilting and collage techniques and projects, behind-the-scenes action at QA headquarters, guest interviews and guest bloggers, and breaking news at Quilting Arts. If there is something in particular you would like to see on the blog, please email me.
Happy New Year to everyone!