Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve Dreams


It's New Year's Eve and I'm dreaming of places far away, yet so dear, and near to my heart.

So much has happened in just one year, I look back on it all, all of those Stitches in Memory and Time, and it's almost unbelievable. I am so grateful for the time I was able to spend with my mother and father last year, even the challenges, my terrible broken wrist, and resulting alien encounters, and my sad loss of my father.

If I hadn't broken my wrist, needed the surgery there in Alaska, I wouldn't have had all of those extra months with him! If my mother hadn't developed blood clots, I wouldn't have flown back to Juneau to be with both of them again..just one month before my dad passed away!

With all of the challenges, so much good and so much gratitude in spite of them. And yes, four trips to Alaska was both incredibly expensive and challenging... but it was a time and a place that I can never have, again.

I learned so much about myself this past year. Learned that I am capable...physically, emotionally, and spiritually, of so much more than even I thought I was. I learned that I can do and be the things and the person that I want, and need to be in this life time and not waste it any more than I have to.

I am thankful that my life wasn't any harder than it needed to be. Thankful that I still could enjoy family, and friends, and my hobbies and passions that mean so much to me.

I am so thankful for all of you, for having this blog as my fulcrum point for connecting, and for all of the laughter therapy and friendships that all of you given to me. Such a wonderful gift!

And today...tonight, on New Year's Eve...I offer all of you "Twilight Dreams." My 11th art quilt donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilts Initiative ...during 2010... as part of my AAQI Liberated Quilters Challenge to myself, and all of you....and my Quilt #11 in Finn's New Year's Eve Quilt Challenge during these past two months....'Twilight Dreams.' 11:11 good luck numbers!

Finn's New Year's Eve Quilt Challenge November and December 2010:
Quilt #11: Twilight Dreams, shown above
Quilt #10:Far, Far, Away
Quilt #9:Green and Scrappy Love
Quilt #7 and #8: Follow Your Heart 1 and 2
Quilt #6: Stringing Along
Quilt #5: Within the Depths
Quilt #4: Irish Eyes
Quilt #3: Under the Pines
Quilt #2: Hope and Remembrance
Quilt #1 Hop to It!

Finn's New Year's Eve Small Projects Challenge:
Small Project #14: Mulled Wine Mug Mat
Small Project #11-13: Two pillowcases and a senior bib
Small Project #10:Follow Your Heart Potholder
Small Projects #2-9: sr bib, potholders and a bag
Small Project #1: Get Well Postcard

Liberated Quilting Challenge: Our AAQI Challenge Quilts January 2011 Update

Sold quilts #6165 We still have more! http://fb.me/RP7DnWk1 via Facebook

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Sold quilts #6165

Michele Bilyeu quilts for AAQI..the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Won't you please join us? :)

6 comments:

  1. What a wonderful perspective you have on this past year.

    I too am greatful for all of my blogging friends....they have brought such deminsion to my life.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  2. Anonymous7:08 AM

    I am so inspired by you. Just had to say that and wish you a most happy new year!

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  3. It is beautiful. Love the butterfly. I hope 2011 is incredibly boring for you! In a good way of course!

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  4. I too am inspired by you. Those challenges are what make us who we are today. Sometimes they are worse than we'd ever think we could handle and yet we handle them. I've seen you handle yours with grace. It's been beautiful to watch and has made me look at myself and see if I can do the same in the struggles we have. I hope I can.

    Happy New Year friend. Hugs and love

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  5. It's a good thing when we can look back at our selves with contentment and knowing that we are empowered to embrace life in it's many variations. Wishing you a calmer 2011, yet may you continue to grow with grace. Jane

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  6. Your kindness, caring and generous nature inspires me. I hope this will be a better year for you.

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.