|Image shamelessy borrowed from Quilting Jet girl and Red Delicious Life!|
|My Happy mosiac from 2014|
A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Ella & Nestas Little Room
Fluffy Sheep Quilting
Neros Patch & Post
Sew Fresh Quilts
Things do change - change is inevitable! I know there are less bloggers overall writing regular updates and a lot of people are having lots of fun on Instagram. We talk about this from time to time (most recently Rachel's post @Stiched in Color) but I can honestly say that most of the blogs I follow and the bloggers I consider friends and must not miss are very active. So much so if I miss a weeks reading I have over 100 missed posts in my feedly feed!
I feel guilty sometimes not being able to leave a comment on all the blogs I read. I even save some for later to deliberately come back to if I am reading on my phone or my iPad but I seldom do go back. Bad, bad follower. I am rubbish at writing comments with my phone and I have a nice phone - I really just prefer the laptop keyboard. My ancient Mac has a lovely keyboard and I am dreading the day it dies on me!
Someone I admire for always supporting us with comments and encouraging participation is Yvonne @ Quilting JetGirl. Yvonne's commitment to her blog, support of QAL's and new bloggers and thought provoking topics give so much back to our community I wanted to follow Diana's lead and thank Yvonne for all the support since I first met her on the 2013 new bloggers hop! Diana's post Aspire to Inspire has had me thinking of how I've been inspired by others and how I can give back.
So instead of telling you 7 new things you might not know about me this post has become a thank you and also a confession of sorts on how I probably could give back more.
|Evolution quilt with strips from Massdrop fabric purchase and background from LQS|
In the comments in that post there were lots of ideas on how we could come together more for our craft and the quilting industry. Some enduring themes seem to come around like being more welcoming at our guilds regardless of age and taste - I know we are fighting human nature in that it is natural to form groups and cliques but its not easy being new. Our hobby is expensive, fabric is not cheap (about $18 a yard here in Ireland) nor are good sewing machines and some had the idea of making a welcome package for young or new quilters. I love this idea and think it is a very fun way to pay it forward! Our guild is starting back in September so I'll be hoping to give back offline as well as online. Welcoming the new, encouraging and supporting our corner of blogland and thanking those that inspire, that to me, make for one lovely blog! I hope you will spread the joy by visiting those blogs in the links above and join me in thanking them and you all for reading, commenting and sharing over these past 4 years! Thanks a million!
PS: Pets on Quilts voting is open over at LilyPad Quilting! We're sharing the joy celebrating the furballs are there are prizes to be won so please click on the button!