Mid-Year Review

It’s a little early for a mid-year review, but I thought it would make an easy way for me to reconnect here. After a ten-day road trip for family celebrations, I’ve lost my habit of reading and posting. (If I’ve missed big milestones in your life or making, feel free to post links in comments so I can catch up with you!)

In fact, it’s not just the last few weeks, but all year I’ve been slack in posting and less present for reading. (Honestly, that’s okay. We all get to be here just as much as works for us, including me.) One of the things that means is that I haven’t shared a lot of the projects I’ve worked on. That makes it harder for me to keep track, too! So I made a list.

Finished:
1. Fierce Little Bear
2. VA hospital quilt
3. VA hospital quilt
4. Charlotte’s Kitty — the only one I’ve shown you completed
5. This Old House
6. Georgia’s graduation quilt
7. Workshop landscape quilt

All but finished:
8. Fiesta! — I’ll get the binding done today

And then there are a number of works in progress, with varying levels of completion:
1. Resist
2. The Green Man
3. Rooster
4. Claddagh Ring
5. Tatters
6. Snowflake concepts

All of my works in progress are part of my “course work” to learn some methods to tell stories with my quilts. Though stories can be told in many ways, all of these projects focus on using words and pictures for that.

There’s been other stuff, too. For instance, early in the year I submitted a couple of designs to magazines to publish as patterns. (They weren’t accepted.) I might do that again; I might not. So I’ve had enough to do. Ultimately, though, I’d like to share a few of the quilts I’ve finished and talk a bit more about process for them. And I want to comment on some of the applique options I’m trying in my art/story quilt work. Now that I’ve broken ice again here (or is it more like clearing the throat?) I can work through some of that.

This is enough for now. I hope you all have a terrific, productive week. Again, please feel free to link some of your cool stuff for me in comments. I’d love to see what you’re working on, too!

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20 thoughts on “Mid-Year Review

  1. katechiconi

    It’s good to hear that you’ve been absent from the blogosphere for happy reasons. Now we’ll just wait patiently till you have the time to show us all those lovely projects… 🙂

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  2. piecefulwendy

    Funny, as I was reading your comment on my blog, I was thinking I needed to go to your blog and catch up, since I hadn’t seen yours in my feed. It’s so easy to put undo stress on ourselves thinking we need to write a post. Taking a break now and then is a good thing. It helps clear the mind. You’ve been very productive in your down time, which is really good to see!

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      Good luck. I haven’t done any Judy Niemeyer patterns. A friend of mine has done several and kind of has the system down, so she actually can get A LOT done at a retreat. I’d still be reading directions. 🙂

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  3. TextileRanger

    I have hardly accomplished anything this year, but yesterday I started back on track, basting a quilt while listening to the Just Wanna Quilt podcast with your interview! So interesting! You all covered so many topics. It made the basting fly by. I will be listening to lots more of those episodes while I give myself a Quilt Camp Staycation this week.

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      1. TextileRanger

        One of the episodes I listened to was Mr. Fortunato, I think his name was, who is the 4th generation of his family to run a fabric company. Then today I was ordering quilt backings, and saw fabric from “Henry Glass” and “Studio E,” and recognized those fabric lines from that podcast episode!

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  4. jeanswenson

    Funny timing – I was just on your blog yesterday, wondering where you were hiding and what you were up to 😉 — so glad you were enjoying other life distractions!

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  5. Chela's Colchas y Mas

    It is good to hear from you again. I am looking forward to seeing your work, especially The Green Man and the Rooster. I am just working on small projects, trying to learn new things. I really have no direction at this point…just having fun.

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  6. snarkyquilter

    Here I thought you were doing a social media cleanse. Now that everyone has experienced the life changing magic of tidying up, they are breaking up with or taking a break from the internet.

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    1. Melanie McNeil Post author

      No, I do take breaks from social media in various ways and degrees, and I certainly take breaks from the drumbeat of the news. When we travel I can spend a number of days offline. But in general, I have an ongoing relationship with all of it! 🙂

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  7. KerryCan

    Count me as another who wondered where you were! I didn’t exactly worry, though, because I figured you were off, enjoying summer. I share your struggle with blogging right now–I’m having to choose between reading and writing blogs and doing other work important to me . . . and the other stuff seems to be winning! It’s good to hear from you and know all is well!

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  8. tierneycreates

    There is definitely more in life than posting to our blogs and keeping up on reading other blogs. I am glad you are out there having life adventures. Sure you missed that several of us won the lottery and were giving $10,000 to the first 5 people to reply to our posts…ha! How adventurous you submitted designs to magazines – very cool!

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