Monday, December 10, 2018

Hello Again!

It's been a long time since I've posted on this blog.  
I've missed reading your stories and writing my own. 

Over the past two years, I've been spending more time on professional skills
and less time on everything else, including social media.

I've still found a little time to sew, and I've posted my quilts on Instagram.  
IG posting is much quicker, but it just isn't as satisfying.

It's the relationships and conversations around quilt-making 
that make me feel good, and this is where they happen.

SO, I'm back!

Briefly, here are a few things I've been doing since I last posted.
I'll come back and tell the stories later, one by one.  



I'm still working on these EPP stars.  
It's my travel project, and I've been finding fun photo opportunities on the road.  



I'm still using up orphan blocks and using Word Play words in quilts.  



I made another corduroy quilt top, in time for 11/11/18, 
Corduroy Appreciation Day.



I made string-pieced quilt top, this one based on one made in 1920 by an unknown maker 
and shown in Gwen Marston's Liberated String Quilts book.



I made a wool quilt, with wool from many sources, old and new.



I contemplated what to do with all of these quilts.  This is only half the stack!
They all went back into the closet.



And I found this heart reaching out to me on the path to my backyard.

Weirdly, coming back to this blog, where I've met and come to love so many of you,
it feels like coming home.  
Thank you for being here and welcoming me back.
I'll see you again soon!


46 comments:

mckie2 said...

Glad you're back. Missed seeing what you were up to. I don't IG. Like the cow - thought it was real for a moment. Ha! Susan

Nancy said...

How delightful to see that you're posting again! Looking forward to more posts and seeing your wonderful quilts.

Dorothy Finley said...

And even those of us in your "neighborhood" have missed you posting about your latest and best :-)

Deb Oldenburg said...

missed your postings so much welcome back ...love your quilts

Frog Quilter said...

Welcome back nifty, I missed you.

Chris said...

Hello!!! So happy to read a new post! Love your new quilts, especially the string pieced one. You’ve also got me thinking about digging into my orphan block box! Looking forward to hearing more stories. You’re right, that’s what it’s all about .Welcome back to blogland!

The Cozy Quilter said...

So glad to see you are back. I’m inspired by your liberated quilts. I went to the last three Beaver Island Quilt retreats and really miss going each fall.

christine said...

Welcome back! It is great to see your quilts with fabrics other than cotton. Love the last photo... I wonder where it is calling you? Is it calling me to a new panther?

Julierose said...

Lovely quilts all!! But Moderation is just so funny ...glad you're back with us--hugs, Julierose

Marty Mason said...

What a delight to see you again. Oh, so right you are....IG just doesn't give that feel good feeling that explanations and how-tos and wherefores do.

Quiltdivajulie said...

SO happy to find your latest post - and I agree completely that blogging and the relationships we create here are vastly more satisfying and meaningful than any of the other platforms. WELCOME BACK! and I'm elated to know that all of those quilts went back into the closet (I hated to think of you giving them away). Hugs to you!!

audrey said...

And Hello to you too! I have so missed the stories behind your wonderful quilts. Had to go track you down on IG just to see the newest ones! There's just something about your quilts that make my heart sing.:)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Welcome back! LOVE the cow and quilt photo! Nice quilts.

em's scrapbag said...

Cool heart! I've been playing with improv hearts recently. Love all your beautiful quilts. The progress of your stars looks great on the cow. :)

Ann said...

I'm delighted you're blogging again. I try instagram but feel the same way. There's no replacement for the discussions we can have on blogs. So much more satisfying.

EYSchmitt said...

Love your quilts! I would also love to see full shots of all the quilts in those stacks! They look fun and lively!

Jessalyn Matthews Frank said...

Have missed your posts and projects! Glad you're back--especially since I don't IG. I am a fan of your colorful "nifty" style and am glad to see your new quilts. Great cow pic!

janequiltsslowly said...

Yay! I was so happy to see this in my 'IN BOX'!!! I love the stripes in your string quilt and 'Moderation'. I just adore word play quilts (one of my favorite books)! Welcome Back.

earthmotherwithin said...

Welcome back! I love the kinds of quilts you do! Much thanks for the inspiration of that red star quilt...and the scrappy one...hope to see more of your work.

Cathy said...

I've been inspired by your quilts but don't believe I've ever left a comment before to tell you that so thought I would let you know that now that you are back. I don't go to instagram - just blogs. So welcome back to blog land.

PatSloan said...

Telling our stories with photos and captions is so fulfilling. I hope your training was exciting this year!

Sandradny said...

What lovely pictures and quilts -- welcome back!

gayle said...

Missed you! I'm so glad you're back!

Judith said...

Two years, really?! Glad that your back! Just love your quilts. Lovend the corduroy, it it gorgeous. Enjoy the season and as you van see, Many of us are happy you’re back!

Barb said...

great to see a post - love the cow photo!
xo

Jane Holbrook said...

Thank you for taking the time to blog. I am so happy to read your latest! You are so inspiring. The red star quilt on the cow was a great color play, so fun! I also love the blog list on the side bar.

Marie said...

Welcome back! It looks like you have had lots of fun in your absence (love the photo with the cow). As usual, so much to enjoy in your post.

Mystic Quilter said...

So very, very happy to see you back on your blog!! Your quilt on the cow is a super photo, good job she stayed still long enough for you to get the shot and rescue the quilt. Nice stack of quilts, not surprised you put them back in the closet!

abelian said...

Welcome back! Missed you, but kept your site in my Feedly list, and kept hoping. Dot

bumblebee53 said...

I changed my google account name so you may not recognize or remember me - but i am so THRILLED you are back in blogland! Your artistry and your quilts are my all time favorites! i never use my gmail account so i may not get any follow up comments but know that you have many faithful followers, and I'm one of them! (and i can't get IG on this old computer so am thrilled I can see your gorgeous lively quilts again. Welcome back home!

Julie Fukuda said...

Your posts are always worth waiting for. I'm finding life sometimes gets in the way. I had to smile over the pile of quilts because I just moved a similar pile today. Please keep on going at any speed that suits.

Katell said...

Welcome back to Blogland LeeAnn! Even if it is not the quickest social media, it is still my favorite, whatever the frequency of your posts.
I am always so impressed by your creativity, thank you for sharing!

Kristine said...

I am happy for your come back !

Janet said...

I have to say that we speak the same language as far as quilts are concerned. "Liberated Quilts" by Gwen changed my life as a quilter. You're very inspirational and I'm glad you're back to blogging.

Sujata Shah said...

I was just about to reply to your email but then I realized, I hadn't been here yet! So glad you decided to tell your stories again. I can't wait to read more about these quilts. email to follow!

Hilacha (loose strand) said...

Welcome back!!!
Love to see your colourful quilts, whether laid on a cow or not!
Hugs from this side of the Atlantic.

Marge said...

It was so wonderful to see a post from you. I'm always inspired by the uniqueness of your quilts. I enjoy your use of color and fabric, and I look forward to reading your blog again. Thank you!

betty prins said...

So glad you are back..oh how i love you'r quilts! It makes me look in an other way to fabric and the use of woll and corduroy..i follow you on Insta, but of isn't the same as jogging!

betty prins said...

I mean blogging..

Kaja said...

Hooray and welcome back! Instagram is a good way to keep track but nothing beats a good blogpost. I have admired these quilts on IG so now I can look forward to hearing their stories.

Cotton Farmer said...

Oh, how sweet! Instagram is so easy to post to, but the community created in blogland is a stronger bond, I think. Something about not being instant, maybe being more thought filled, is nice. I look forward to seeing more posts here, and perhaps someday I'll get my accounts all straightened out. For right now, though, I post as "cotton farmer", using my husband's account. You know me as margaret.andrews or margaretandrews.8000 on Instagram. 😏 Welcome back! And I do love your epp on the cow!

Linda in NC said...

How great to see you posting again and for the peek at what you've been working on. I enjoy seeing your work as it's full of personality and joyfulness; it encourages me to pursue my own quilting voice. Thank you!

Vesuviusmama said...

Hello, again! So great to see all the fun things you've been working on since you've been gone. Hope to see more!

Sue said...

You were truly missed...Glad you are doing what you want to do!
Hugs,
Sue

Sharon said...

I've missed your posts! IG just isn't the same. It's kind of like fast food, when what you really want is a true home-made meal. I'm trying to get back to my blog too, because I've really missed the blogging community.

I love your quilts! They really make my heart happy. The cow photo is fun! But my fave quilts are your scrappy, random blocks and of course the Word Play words!

Welcome back, and happy New Year!

Helen said...

Delighted to hear, my dear! Social media doesn’t convey the intimacy shared by fellow quilters as blogs can and do. Your fan forever.