No apologies, just "write"

So you might have noticed I’ve been gone for a while … having fun with our grandkids mostly. They range in age from 13 to 5 to 3 years old, down to Little P who has somehow managed reach 9 months already. We put way more than 2000 miles on the car in the past 3 weeks. And yes, it was all worth absolutely every minute of the beautiful racket (with credit to Mary Chapin Carpenter for the phrase, which captures the wild joy of kids at play).

Now it’s finally time to be just me again, which includes looking back on last year and looking forward to the year ahead. The first post of 2017 included a list of past resolutions and an overly optimistic new resolution (at the end of this post):

2013 – Create

2014 – Blog
2015 – Stitch
2016 – Remember 
2017 – Enjoy 
In hindsight, I would rename my resolution for 2017 “Imagine Peace” for the project that ultimately reached over 70 individuals in six countries and twenty states …

There was also the completion of two projects from the previous year: Land of Flood and Drought 2016

and Remember 2016

Followed by new grandchild projects like this pillow …
and these nursery wall hangings …
for the arrival of Sweet P in April …

I surprised myself by actually finishing a new bag made from linen shirt plackets

while only making a start on The Land as the Crow Flies

and the Pojagi-inspired Peace Pin Project Shawl

Fortunately, I can also report the actual completion of the pennon for Mo’s Dream, seen here in a picture from her blog It’s Crow Time

And in spite of the two projects-pending above, I started yet another in December to commemorate our 40th wedding anniversary (which has since passed, but the project is yet to be completed) …

Which brings me to here and now: the year 2018 and my resolve to “Write” … which will include sending “real” mail to kindred spirits in recognition of how much I appreciated the “real” mail that arrived in my mailbox last year … a continuation of the Peace Pin Project Shawl, which will most likely be renamed the Commonplace Shawl as I intend to stitch words and phrases that I wish to recall in the coming year … a book for our grandkids tentatively titled Moon Myth … and last, but far from least, continued posting here on the blog.
So belated best wishes to all for the new year ahead … may it prove memorable in all the best ways possible. However it turns out in the end, though, I am grateful for your presence along the way.

Be it resolved

First and foremost, best wishes to all for a peaceful new year. After taking a week off from blogging and commenting, I’m ready to begin anew.

In the past, I’ve used this time to do a “Year in Review”
and acknowledge the blog community
However, since this year has been a daily exercise in remembering, I’m ready to look forward for a change.
So I’ll continue to honor New Year’s resolutions past …
2013 – Create
2014 – Blog
2015 – Stitch
2016 – Remember 
by adding a new one-word resolution:
2017 – Enjoy!
To that end, I plan to be:
Finishing Remember 2016 …

Quilting the Land of Flood and Drought – 2016 …

Creating a new book for our grandkids entitled Moondance …

Honoring our roots and branches with a new patch project …

Telling the stories behind the people and places and objects that have filled our lives with such happiness while welcoming a new granddaughter into our midst.
Being open to whatever might come our way … because my life is a true collaboration that wouldn’t be complete without Don. We are beginning our 40th year of married life and there isn’t another time or place that we’d rather be than here and now.
In short, the plan is to thoroughly enjoy life and all it has to offer. 
I hope you’ll join us from time to time along the way.

– Remember

For the past several years I have chosen one-word “resolutions” for the new year ahead: Create (2012), Blog (2013) and Stitch (2014). Easy to remember, flexible in their application, and ultimately successful, they have been gratifying. More to the point, they have become lifelong habits. Stitch even became a new index term in 2015, replacing the more traditional term Needlework in recognition of my journey toward new forms of creative expression as documented in the examples below.

So picking the word for 2016 should have been easy, right? Not so much. There are so many things I want to do: learn to draw (better), organize photographs (finally), start some of the many project ideas that have accumulated (maybe even finish some others), and gracefully enter the next decade of my life (yes, I will turn 60 just before the summer solstice).

Today the word for 2016 finally came to me: Remember

Remember to create, blog, and/or stitch every day … remember the good times from the past 59 years … remember to have fun … remember to organize the pictures … remember to celebrate what has already been accomplished.

Therefore, without further ado, I will begin remembering with a look back at what I stitched in 2015, some done, some not, but all of it a wonderful learning experience (with thanks to Jude Hill for pointing out that I “Learn by Playing”).

The new year began with the completion of several Christmas presents
(note: the pictures have links to posts related to the making of each cloth) …

Close Your Eyes I for Jackson
Close Your Eyes II for Griffin


Triangulation for Don

Don and I collaborated on a number of his assemblages, including this homage to Pueblo kachinas …

One of many pieces inspired by our travels in New Mexico
Sash details

A series of explorations into Jude Hill’s techniques resulted in the Table Series as they all ended up serving time in the dining room …

Tea dyed linen
Rust dyed from a cheese grater


Linen cloth weaving, ultimately lichen dyed
The Turquoise Trail, another New Mexico memory piece

Dyeing was a major component of the year and was a contender for 2016 word of the year …

Dramatic results from Thimble Flowers that later faded away

Gifts also figured into the year …

Blue Heron … a 70th birthday gift
7809 Orisha … 
a housewarming gift from the Kitchen Towel Series

Some projects got started, but then were put aside …

Austin Skyline
Armadillo Road

Rightly making way for more important projects …

Hearts for Charleston
By the Bridges II

While the peace flag made in 2014 made its way to India Flint’s Solace Project in Australia …

Sew/Sow Peace, end of 3rd row/beginning of 4th row

Last, but far from least, I began the Patchplay series of posts that documented the development of my own take on traditional patchwork …

Beginning to put it all together

Embellishing with hand-drawn stitch


Becoming The Land of Flood and Drought

There was more, enough to fill a year’s worth of blog posts (128 and counting) with some left over to begin the new year (Christmas presents and more of Don’s assemblages from the Porch Series chief among them). But I’m going to stop here so I can get ready to go out and celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary … another remembrance.