Happy Old Year Ending (Wrap-up)

Happy Old Year Ending 2021

All the smartie pants people who Know Stuff say we’ll be shuffling through covid for quite some time, and that we just need to practice keeping going. So my usual at this time of year is a round-up of quilts, a way to say, well I wasn’t quite a total slouch in 2021. Evidence follows.

I made nineteen quilts:

Here’s the listing in my Quilt Index–300 Quilts. I thought the photo above of me at our Guild Meeting, wearing a mask and holding the 19th finish (A Tiny Spritz of Elements) was appropriate. We’re back to virtual meetings for the next three months with the Omicron Covid-19 outbreak.

I spent a lot of the time at the computer, writing up eleven new patterns. Sometimes I’d write a Pattern Lite pattern, then keep adding things until it became a full pattern. That happened with Flowering Snowball growing up into Blossom. Others were old patterns, previously released, that needed extensive revision and clarification.

I took only TWO loads to the thrift store, and then they wouldn’t accept a couple of pieces of small furniture. I cooked so much the first year of the pandemic, that I was more hit-and-miss this year, but still averaging 3-4 home-cooked meals a week. We are partial to Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and whatever can be found in the open-this-bag-and-cook-it aisle of the grocery store.

If I take into account all the “ifs” (Covid-19 rates, masking, health, how the world is turning), I’ll be at Road to take a class and see my quilts in January. Ditto for February’s QuiltCon in Phoenix. Beyond that, you’ll find me in my sewing room, stitching away, writing some more patterns, keeping a difficult balance.

If you are new to this blog, you can find out more about me by reading another Happy Old Year Ending post.

Happy 2022. Happy Quilting!

Love Calls Us to the Things of This World

BY RICHARD WILBUR

A favorite poem from grad school, it is thumbtacked over my washer. My wash doesn’t hang out on the lines between buildings, nor does it ever look like angels, but I think we all are trying to keep a difficult balance.

The eyes open to a cry of pulleys,
And spirited from sleep, the astounded soul   
Hangs for a moment bodiless and simple   
As false dawn.
                     Outside the open window   
The morning air is all awash with angels.

    Some are in bed-sheets, some are in blouses,   
Some are in smocks: but truly there they are.   
Now they are rising together in calm swells   
Of halcyon feeling, filling whatever they wear   
With the deep joy of their impersonal breathing;

    Now they are flying in place, conveying
The terrible speed of their omnipresence, moving   
And staying like white water; and now of a sudden   
They swoon down into so rapt a quiet
That nobody seems to be there.
                                             The soul shrinks

    From all that it is about to remember,
From the punctual rape of every blessèd day,
And cries,
               “Oh, let there be nothing on earth but laundry,   
Nothing but rosy hands in the rising steam
And clear dances done in the sight of heaven.”

    Yet, as the sun acknowledges
With a warm look the world’s hunks and colors,   
The soul descends once more in bitter love   
To accept the waking body, saying now
In a changed voice as the man yawns and rises,   
    “Bring them down from their ruddy gallows;
Let there be clean linen for the backs of thieves;   
Let lovers go fresh and sweet to be undone,   
And the heaviest nuns walk in a pure floating   
Of dark habits,
                      keeping their difficult balance.”

12 thoughts on “Happy Old Year Ending 2021

  1. Happy New Year! I do so enjoy following your adventures, and admire how productive you were last year. My non-profit quilt group gave away 880 quilts in 2021, even with limited numbers able to meet and tie – very proud of that group! I found this on a FB page called “Cosmic Dancer” and it spoke to me – thought you might like it.

    “the year is done. i spread the past three hundred sixty-five days before me on the living room carpet.
    here is the month i decided to shed everything not deeply committed to my dreams. the day i refused to be a victim to the self-pity. here is the week i slept in the garden. the spring i wrung the self-doubt by its neck. hung your kindness up. took down the calendar. the week i danced so hard my heart learned to float above water again. the summer i unscrewed all the mirrors from their walls. no longer needed to see myself to feel seen. combed the weight out of my hair.
    i fold the good days up and place them in my back pocket for safekeeping. draw the match. cremate the unnecessary. the light of the fire warms my toes. i pour myself a glass of warm water to cleanse myself for january. here I go. stronger and wiser into the new.”
    ~ Rupi Kaur
    Happy 2022!

  2. My finishes were 24, not bad for me. Some WIPs and some new projects. All fun and thanks to my wonderful Long arm quilter who frosts each of my quilts. Happy New Year Elizabeth, family and all of your followers.

  3. Elizabeth: Loved this post. Heavens to Betsy, you were quite productive. I enjoyed the poem, great visual images, profound ideas. Got back to my knitting project today and made a delicious tart with your lemons that I shared with some friends. Love, Susan Susan S. Rugh susanrugh@gmail.com

    On Sat, Jan 1, 2022 at 5:42 PM OccasionalPiece–Quilt! wrote:

    > Elizabeth E. posted: ” All the smartie pants people who Know Stuff say > we’ll be shuffling through covid for quite some time, and that we just need > to practice keeping going. So my usual at this time of year is a round-up > of quilts, a way to say, well I wasn’t quite a total sl” >

  4. Firstly, Happy New Year Elizabeth! 19 quilts- that’s very productive in my book, more than 50% more than me! I think “Sunny Flowers” is my favourite! And add all your pattern writing, zoom meetings and other obligations, I am super impressed! One area I can beat you at is the bag loads going to the thrift store. I’ve taken five in the last month alone…but moving house will do that, won’t it? Good luck travelling to The Road California. I hope you enjoy it!

  5. Happy New Year – and congratulations on navigating a difficult year with confidence. 2022 has to get better! You have accomplished so much with finishing so many beautiful quilts. Great to start the new year with poetry.

  6. I love that you are keeping a Quilt Index. I am too. You are farther ahead than I am with your quilt finishes, both this year, and the cumulative. The annual recap photo is a wonderful collage of your successful year.

  7. Way to go Elizabeth! You sure got a lot done. Even in a good year I’m pretty sure I never got that many quilts made. I actually can’t remember from year to year what I get finished and have never done the year end review. I guess I’m always looking forward to the next start and what’s been done in the past bleeds into itself. This year has definitely started off on the wrong foot for so many people we know that it will take some time before I feel ok about getting back to my daily life. It almost feels wrong to go about life as normal when it’s anything but for so many. We look for ways to help and I’m sure that will be ongoing as needs arise. Quilts may eventually play a role in that and will give me a reason and purpose to sew. Wishing you a most productive and satisfying 2022. Hugs.

  8. Thank you for introducing me to this beautiful poem. I have read other pieces by Wilbur, but this one deepened your column. Love and admiration, Christine

    On Sat, Jan 1, 2022 at 7:42 PM OccasionalPiece–Quilt! wrote:

    > Elizabeth E. posted: ” All the smartie pants people who Know Stuff say > we’ll be shuffling through covid for quite some time, and that we just need > to practice keeping going. So my usual at this time of year is a round-up > of quilts, a way to say, well I wasn’t quite a total sl” >

  9. You had a productive and creative year. As usual, I love reading your posts–there is always so much depth to them. Looking forward to 2022.

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