Looking back, looking forward

It’s traditional, isn’t it?

We bloggers tend to do a retrospective post at the end of the year, summarising what we’ve made or achieved in the past year. I tend not to do this so much any more; it began to feel like I was being a bit boastful, or a bit competitive. I didn’t want to feel disappointed with myself because I hadn’t made as many quilts, or garments, or… (fill in creative sewing activity here) as Blogger X. We all have different amounts of time, motivation, energy, money, fabric or space, and we each make according to our resources. Last year, I posted about how many metres of thread I’d used. That seemed like a fun and different thing to do, and didn’t create any direct comparison benchmarks.

This year, I kept my thread reels again. I’m purposely not looking at last year’s sum-up to see how much I used in 2017. Suffice to say that in 2018 I used 5km (3.1 miles) of thread. Is that a lot? I don’t know, but it’s a nice round figure πŸ™‚

I want to thank everyone who’s participated in making quilts to benefit Ovarian Cancer Australia, everyone who’s joined in with ScrapHappy to make something lovely or useful from unpromising scraps, and everyone who’s joined in the Footsquare Freestyle (FΒ²F) block swap collective to help friends create a beautiful quilt in their chosen colours. I want to thank friends and family who have given me an opportunity, a challenge and great motivation to make them a thing of beauty and a quilt to love, made especially for them. Thank you for coming along on my travels in the caravan and on the motorbike, for enjoying my weird, rampant and bug-ridden garden, and for listening when I indulged in a good rant about issues that set me alight. Let’s do it all again this year!Β I especially want to thank the Husband for enabling my creative habits, enjoying what I write and taking the trouble to find out what on earth I’m talking about when I speak Quilt.

Have a great 2019, y’all. Be kind to each other, and share pretty things. See you soon in Chiconia.Β 



48 thoughts on “Looking back, looking forward

  1. itwasjudith says:

    Have a healthy and joyful 2019 (in a new house)!

  2. and a big “thank you” to you – for your blog, for Scrap Happy, for inspiration and taking us along on your journey. Wishing you a wild, wonderful and creative 2019.

  3. You have given us so much.. Thank you. 2019 will be a most enjoyable year.

  4. craftycreeky says:

    Happy New Year πŸ™‚

  5. kathyreeves says:

    Happy New Year’s morning Kate!

  6. Emmely says:

    I think that is definitely a massive amount of thread! Best wishes for 2019!

  7. tialys says:

    Thank you for giving me some very good excuses to do more patchwork 😊

  8. Thank you for taking us along with you. Wishing you wonderful health, wildly inspiring ideas, and grand adventures in 2019.

  9. Joanne S says:

    Happy new Year to you and your’s! I’ve enjoyed Scrap Happy, thanks for including me. BTW, my art teacher friend reuses empty spools for print making classes.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re most welcome, and thank you! I have several spools onto which I wind ribbon scraps, leftover quilt binding and neatly trimmed selvedge. But sometimes you just have to throw something away…

  10. modflowers says:

    Happy New Year and all good wishes for a creative 2019!

  11. claire93 says:

    happy new year Kate. Here’s hoping the house move goes smoothly and it doesn’t take forever to get your new sewing room up & running!

    • katechiconi says:

      Amen to that! I’m going to have to pack very carefully so I can find and unpack quickly the things I’m going to need most urgently… I hope your year ahead is filled with creativity and contentment. Happy 2019!

  12. Dayphoto says:

    Happy New Year My Friend from way down Under. One of my daughters are now following your blog…we love what you do so much!

  13. Hugs and good wishes for 2019!

  14. anne54 says:

    Happy New Year to you dear Kate. I am looking forward to the creative outpourings from Chiconia in 2019….although Chiconia will be in a new place. Looking forward to our catch up in about a month.

    • katechiconi says:

      As I said at the time of an earlier move: Chiconia is where I am… I’m really looking forward to seeing you in February and hearing what you’re up to! Happy New Year, dear Anne!

  15. I love reading what’s been happening in Chiconia even though in a million years will I ever be able to speak Quilt… kudos to HoC though.

  16. JJ Crafts says:

    Counting your used thread reels is such a cool idea!

  17. Nanette says:

    Happy New Year Kate……may the threads in your life stay strong and supple and lead the way along many creative paths.

  18. Catherine says:

    All the best for for 2019. And 5km of thread sounds like a lot!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you, and to you too. 5km is quite a lot, when you think of it as a distance from point A to point B, but it’s actually not that many reels of thread when you use the big 800m ones like I do when making a quilt.

  19. nanacathy2 says:

    I want to thank you so much for inspiring me to try quilting, for saying yes to me being part of the ovarian quilt and for taking my rather botched effort and turning into something worthy of inclusion. And to say thank you for Scrap happy days, they make me so happy. I love the tales of your travels and your garden. In fact, just thank you for being a blogger. And Happy New Year.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh Cathy, what a lovely comment. It’s been a pleasure to have you along for the fun, and I absolutely loved your block, it’s one of my favourites on the quilt. A very happy New Year to you too, and may there be many more for all of us.

  20. KerryCan says:

    It’s funny–I like seeing the end-of-year project round-up posts that others do but, so far, I haven’t felt any desire to do my own. We had a very strict “no showing off!” mother–maybe that’s why! Your post has a lovely message–begin the new year by thinking of the good done for us in the last year. Happy new year, Kate!

  21. Oh, Kate! I’m glad I found a way to pop backwards. I have to do that a lot these days. I love the idea of keeping all the spools from the thread you use. Mine would be an inaccurate account as I rip out almost as many stitches as I put in. Maybe I would just divide the number of spools I have by half. πŸ™‚ You have never been boastful or competitive. You are just a generous, encouraging, and inspirational person. I love coming here to see what you are doing and learn something along the way. I wishing you this new year filled with continued creativity and adventures of every measure.

  22. rutigt says:

    Happy New Year!! And yes, I know we are in the middle of January, but the year is still new πŸ™‚ So let us all have a great sewing 2019!

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