Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Year of Challenges, A Year of Miracles...


..and even a year of quilting adventures, learning, and great fun!  I'm not sure what I would have done without the opportunities to express myself through my blogs, my crafts, and my quilting art.

Thanks to all of you who came here to share, to read, to merge your hearts with mine.....as I walked this journey....day by day, piece by peace.

All I had to do was click my heels, blink twice..and I just went over 4,000,000 views!  It was a very challenging year.....but just to know that many people came here and shared their love of quilting with me.... is awesome!

Many, many blessings to all of you in this coming new year!

And yes, I've originally published a bit early for New Year's Eve...but it's already arrived half a globe away ;)

(((Happiest of New Years!!!)))
                               

shown above:
Some (but not all) of my finished projects for 2012:

baby quilts, 17 art quilts, two pillowcases and 3 senior bibs for a local care home, gifts and donations of 8 different "kitchen quilts" or potholders and mitts, a new meditation stool cover,  a multitude of small projects like bookmarks, business cards, mug rugs, coasters, breast cancer awareness pockets for Melanie Testa, my own quilting carry bag, and a praying for a miracle heart shaped pillow.  Plus three prayer flags that have flown in the Oceanside Museum of Art for all of November and December of this year!  And boy, did all of that flying help..miracles abound!

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AAQI January 2013 Auction for Alzheimer's Research Funding!!!!

12,230 - Well, Hello Kitty!

 I am so blessed to have another quilt in the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)
January Auction. The bidding runs from Jan. 1-Jan10th. All profits from the sale of my quilts go towards Alzheiemer's research funding. Please bid and (perhaps even win) my small format art quilt! 

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Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her Heartbreak to Hope life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska with her AAQI Quilting. Michele is best known for sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and for inspiring others to see beyond their own personal challenges and to join in her AAQI  Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)  We change ourselves, and our world.....one little quilt at a time!

18 comments:

  1. You have been such a trooper this year! Love all your beautiful quilts. Congrats on having yet another one in the monthly auction.
    Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful new year!

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    1. Oh, Annie..what a year, indeed! And I thank you SO much for stopping by, leaving a comment and noticing that I will be part of the monthly auction 'next year'. I'm still typing 2012 on all of my Jan. 1st posts...oh dear!

      May this year be easier on all of us!!

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  2. Michele, qué cantidad de trabajos tan lindos hiciste este año.
    Espero que el 2013 sea bien bueno para ti y tu familia con mucho amor, salud, sonrisas y buenos momentos. Un beso

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    1. Thank you so very much! You are such a dear reader and I am so very happy that you found my blog and leave such precious comments. I love reading about all that you write, and do, too!

      ¡Gracias mucho! Eres un lector querido y estoy muy feliz de que haya encontrado mi blog y dejar comentarios tan preciosos. Me encanta leer sobre todo lo que se escribe y lo hacen, también!

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  3. Happy New Year, dear Michele! Wishing you all of God's richest blessings for 2013~

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    1. Thank you so very, very much, dear Mrs. G. I am open to receiving all of the blessings and all of the riches that are mine to claim with gratitude! Such a year and so many challenges..a lot of lessons learned and much strength grown!

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  4. Happy New Year -- here's wishing you another year of miracles and adventures!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, dear Lynne. You are a friend that can always be counted on to truly 'get it'!

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  5. Dear, dear friend. Happy New year to you. Wishing you all the best 2013 has to offer. And many, many happy hours of quilting. (Still quilting here, every free minutes I have.) Hugs and love

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    1. Oh dear, dear Scrappy! What a blessing to hear from you again. I think of you and yours so often. Many prayers and blessings being sent your way as well!

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  6. How many projects!!!...congratulations for your constance....I wish you a Happy New Year 2013 and so many projects too...!!!

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    1. Thank you so very much, Minerva! I love having you stop by and truly appreciate your leaving a comment so much!

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  7. Happy New Year dear friend. Hope 2013 brings you lots and lots of joy. You need a year off! Hugs xx

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  8. Wow! Congratulations. Most impressive! I hope 2013 brings you lots of creativity and joy! Hugs, Karen

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    1. Thanks so very much, Karen! When you have a challenging year, the creative flow sends so much healing energy back in and the support of others is such balm to the heart! Having special readers like you makes a huge difference in so many ways! So, thank you so much for reading and even more for taking the time to leave a comments. Appreciate the hug from the heart!

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  9. Dear Michele I wish you a Happy New Year 2013.
    ciao Linda

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    1. Thank you, thank you! I love your blog and all of the beauty of your travels and projects! May your own year be filled with great creativity, as well!

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  10. Wishing you a wonderful New Year, Michelle, with blessings galore and lots of stamina. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments this year that come from your warm heart!

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