Wrapping Up 2022
Early this year my parents had health issues that made them decide they could no longer live independently, and they asked me to find them a retirement home. They had lived in Dallas for almost 50 years, but I live 200 miles away in a rural area north of Houston, so just choosing a retirement home in Dallas would have been a huge undertaking, much less trying to visit them or coordinate their medical care afterward. So they kindly agreed to be the ones to change cities, and I was able to find them a nice community in the Houston area, close to me, but also close to doctors and hospitals.
Even with my sister’s help, getting them moved and selling their house was quite a task. They were just getting nicely settled in when my mom fell and broke her leg, and we had new issues to deal with. In the midst of this, my mother-in-law’s leased house was sold and she also had to move — thankfully I had kept all of the research I had done for my parents, and we helped my MIL find a good match. But it meant that she was downsizing from a 3 bedroom house into 2 rooms, and many more boxes of family mementos came to my house.
My sister also decided to join the rest of us in Houston, but she got Covid-19 for the first time, so she had to trust me to find a house for her! She moved on Labor Day weekend, which is always a hot and sweaty time in Texas.
Through all of this, my family and friends were so supportive, and my parents dealt with all of the stress graciously. And I was so grateful that my only task was the care of the older generation — unlike so many people, I was not also trying to hold down a job or raise kids through all of this.
But I tell you all of this, to say that throughout this year, I was especially grateful for all of your blogs! You gave me so many mental breaks and mini-vacations. I didn’t read every post, and I hardly commented, but I was so appreciative of the posts I read. Here are some of my favorite blogs and posts from this year:
- It is always refreshing to take a stroll through Claudia’s Sunday Evening Art Gallery
- Nana Cathy offers concise book recommendations that add books to my to-be-read list.
- Andrea writes on so many topics, and I love to follow the links in her Creative Juice round-ups, but the posts that “take me away” are her International Folk Dance posts, like this one about Polish dancing.
- I love Tierney’s quilts, and when she writes about going on a quilt retreat, I feel like I got to go along.
- Joanna’s quilts intrigue me with all their layers of interest. When I am making an art quilt, I do consider “What would Joanna do?” but then I usually add some beads anyway even though she suggests I refrain. 🙂
- Jean spins fine fibers, dyes it, weaves it into beautiful cloth, and then turns even the scraps into multifaceted works.
- Kate always inspires me to use up my scraps!
- Wendy posts so faithfully and provides a glimpse of a “pieceful” day.
- Alys, I think, has had a much harder year than I have, but she finds ways to share art and uplift her community.
- And I can always find a sense of quiet celebration of the simple life at Quimper Hittys.
- Mary posts bright and cheerful quilt designs that I add to my “to-be-quilted” list.
- Dawn makes a huge variety of blocks with precision. And she tats, too!
To me, any kind of sewing is a huge stress reliever, especially when I can combine a lot of donated fabric into a useful item. Often volunteers have cut these fabrics into squares and strips, but they are not very consistent in size or “raveliness,” and I am always relieved when I get them tamed. So I worked on these quilts whenever I could find some time.
So this year, I completed seven baby quilts. (I actually completed one of the multi-color I Spy quilts pictured below in 2021, but I also finished a pink quilt this year that I never got a picture of.)
Two more are just tops. Most of this fabric was donated; I would not choose cartoon kitties on my own. 🙂
I also did a few small projects — one chair seat made with paracord, three Christmas tree table runners, and three small art quilts for The Endeavourers online group.
So that wraps up my 2022, and I wish all of you a bright, happy, and calm 2023!
I like your quilted Delight!
Thank you so much, Laura Kate! I had fun making it and experimenting with textile paints and so on.
Honored to be mentioned and those are some lovely quilts you made in 2022!
With a year like yours, I’m surprised you found time to blog at all. I hope 2023 will be both more peaceful and filled with delight. Thank you for the link, and for the enjoyment I got from reading your blog this past year. I wish you and your family the best possible New Year.
Oh my, you have had quite the year of family changes. I’m so encouraged to hear how your parents understood and embraced their need for change; that makes all of that so much less stressful (but still stressful enough). It’s nice that you were able to help them. I’m delighted to be a part of your favorites, and now I have some new ones I need to check out. Happy New Year to you and your family!
Wow, you had a busy and productive year, facilitating three big moves and finishing a lot of quilts! Kudos! And thank you for the shout out. Love you, Gwen! I wish you a quiet and uneventful 2023.
Thanks, Andrea, a quiet and uneventful year sounds wonderful! Love you too!
Wow, your year has been eventful. I’m amazed you sewed as much as you did. Thanks for the mention and thanks for all the other intriguing links to follow. May your 2023 be less full of difficult decisions.
My goodness you had much on your plate this year! In spite of that, you still managed to make some beautiful quilts! High 5 Gwen! And thank you for being inspiration for all of us! May 2023 be full of color and happiness
Thank you, Dawn, that is a lovely wish!
Oh, what a busy stressful year you have had, I hope 2023 is quiet, calm and relaxing. How did you ever do all that work with everything else going on? It is amazing and the pieces are delightful. Thank you for including me in your list.
Thanks, Jean, you always inspire me!
Oh Oh Oh, what a year and you never complained once! and continued to soldier on giving us all kinds of food for thought with your beautiful creations. I too had to go thru something with my father 3 thousand miles away so I do know what you had to deal with and it ‘ain’t’ easy.
Happy New Year and be well. Looking foreward to your latest, best and brightest.
Thanks, Susan, for the nice words, and I can’t imagine having to arrange things for a parent at such a distance! I will continue to post if you will continue to comment! 🙂
You’ve accomplished a lot in what sounds like a challenging year! And I suppose you could “just say no” to the fabric “donations”, but what fun would that be? Happy new year!
You are right, I love the challenge of taking a mix of fabrics that I would never choose for myself, and seeing what I can do with it — or I should say, which Zippy Quilts pattern will be the best match? 🙂