For me, today is a time to think and reflect. One year ago today, I lost one of my closest quilting friends in a sudden and tragic accident. I still miss her, and it has been odd to go to my guild meetings knowing that she will not be there. She was wonderful with my children and very encouraging of their quilting. I feel there is so much I could say, but at the same time don't know how to explain how much she meant to me. I think of her often when I am in quilting.
Around this time last year too, I had some very good friends leave at my work for better positions elsewhere within the company. It was hard to be without them, but we have kept in touch and I have made stronger bonds with others at my job. Just recently, my position was declared redunant but I have been given another position which I have never done before, in the same company . I am excited and scared at the same time. My old position was a huge part of who I am. It was my passion and not just a job. Change though is not always a bad thing, and I have much more support than I ever thought possible.
So for me this is going to be a year of new beginnings and possibilites. This quilt I bought in June with birthday money. I was told it was bought at an antique auction. It was basted and given batting by the person who had bought it, and she had stenciled on some quilting designs. She decided that she was not going to get it done, so she sold it through my LGQ shop. I happened to be there later in the day when she brought it in. I got it for an extremely low price and as part of my new beginnings I am hoping to vastly improve my hand quilting, and taking my time enjoying it. I have gratitude for everything I do have, and I am excited to see what my future will bring.