Monday, June 11, 2018

Back in the Saddle Again

It's hard to believe that the original incarnation of "the cranky quilter" began in 2009.  I had been laid off from my job and was running my own little graphic design business.  With way too much time on my hands, I started this blog and two others.  I really enjoyed sharing my experiences and love/hate relationship with quilting and the quilting world, and others seemed to enjoy it as well.  My followers were growing, and I made it into Quilter's Home magazine's list of top 50 quilting blogs.  I was riding high!

Then, as it usually does, life started throwing pebbles at me, then rocks, then boulders, and finally grenades.  It was getting more and more difficult for me to commit to blogging on a daily basis, or a weekly one, and eventually it became years.  I missed it, but then I had more important things to deal with so something had to go.  Unfortunately, it was my blogging life.

I could describe to you the last ten years of my life, but I don't want to whine because I know there are so many people out there who have had much worse times than me.  The worst was that I lost my father to Alzheimer's in 2014. and my older brother to a massive heart attack in 2017. 

The thing that helped me through all of this was my creative spark. It was how I coped with Dad's death.  I offered to create a video for the service and sat in front of my computer for days going through pictures, picking out songs, and crying  my eyes out.  My family thought I was remarkably calm, but they didn't know how much I sobbed, and how my heart broke while I was creating that video.  I'm so glad I did it as it's now a comfort but at the time, if it wasn't that I felt Dad in the room with me, I don't think I could have gotten through it.  Selecting just the right photo, the right music, and timing everything just right soothed me.  Once again, making something helped me cope.

It's that spark within us that makes us who we are and what we miss the most about the people we love who have passed on.  I realize now, more than ever, that doing what you love as much as you can is the only way to squeeze the most out of your life.  It's important for the soul.

My last post was almost 3 years ago.  I've tried to start up again multiple times, but something always happened that made it difficult, and at times impossible.  A year ago my husband got a job in another state and we had to move.  Two months ago we finally moved into our new house and things are settling down so I can blog again.

I think it's about time!  And, thank goodness that whoever took my domain name after I let it lapse, gave it up just in time for me to get it, the cranky quilter returns!

I've tucked away all of the old posts, but if there is one you really want to see, let me know and I'll publish it again.  I'm planning on revisiting many of those posts, and showing you what actually ended up happening to some of those projects I showed you. Fortunately for me, I didn't stop quilting when I stopped blogging.  I still love it as much as ever, although my perspectives have changed a lot, as has the whole quilting world.  Lots to discuss and whine about, the crankiness will never die!

There is also a massive development that I will begin blogging about soon.  Here's a hint:

Happy Stitching! 


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