Since that moment, things have changed - how and what I quilt, how I spend my free time, how wide my circle of fellow-quilters.
Socken - my first use of solids
When it comes right down to the nitty-gritty, in the 4 years since I began blogging, I have:
- curated a fairly modern stash, where before I only had ‘project leftovers’
- incorporated fabrics other than quilting cotton into my work
- created a workable dedicated sewing space that even has a design wall, something I had no idea had value
- upgraded to a sewing machine that gave me machine quilting capability
- shown my work in a variety of real-life settings and even entered quilt contests
- become active in a modern quilt guild, where ‘modern’ was something I barely knew existed before
- moved beyond sewing from a pattern – though I still love them – to creating my own designs, even sharing some as tutorials
- been known to cut fabric without a ruler . . . improv was not a word in my vocabulary back then
- expanded my presence in social media . . . starting a blog was huge then . . . now A Quilter's Table is on Pinterest, facebook, Instagram
Mini-X - my 1st tutorial
And then there’s you.
None of the above would have been half as meaningful, as fulfilling, without you. The affirmation you’ve given has made me believe I was capable of things I would never have considered. You have encouraged me to think outside the box I knew to a place where just about anything can happen. You've made it all downright fun, and I am so eager to see where this journey takes me next.
Mango - the first quilt of my own design
I'll confess I've looked back and read my posts marking each year of blogging, and it really touched me to see how many of you have been with me from the start. That says a lot about the camaraderie and support we find in each other, and honestly, it's at the crux of why this blogging thing is so rewarding to me. If we weren't in this together, I'm not sure I'd enjoy it quite so much.
So thank you for being here day in and day out. And thank you for all you do to make creating one of the most satisfying things I'm about.
I hope you'll mark the occasion with me as I offer a little giveaway. Just leave a comment on this post and on Monday, I'll choose a random winner to receive a $40 credit to fabricBUBB , a shop with beautiful modern fabrics and terrific customer service. It may be a small way of showing my appreciation, but it's heart-felt nonetheless. This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!