2016 Year-End Review-A wild ride!
This year has been more than intense, filled with successes and failures but mostly very, very filled. In a nutshell:
-I have tried new-to-me techniques: pojagi and acid dyeing organza. I have not yet completed projects with these techniques but oh do I have plans!
-My work has been accepted into 2 prestigious shows:
My Corner of the World, an international SAQA exhibit currently on display at the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Quilts=Art=Quilts, in Auburn, New York
–My son was married in October in Chicago!
-I survived a whole house remodel that began in January and concluded in June
-I moved twice as a result. Yes, every stinking thing was moved, tossed, temporarily stored or sold.
-I got a new car, perfect for my travels for teaching.
-My article on Cutwork was published in the now-defunct Quilter’s Newsletter. And whodathunk that such a venerable mainstay magazine would fold?
-I taught for 3 days at Pokey Bolton’s inaugural debut of the amazing Craft Napa. Look at that cast of instructors!
-I had a blast visiting 13 guilds, taught at Chicago International Quilt Show and taught 14 times locally at 4 shops.
-I was co-featured with HansPeter Ueltschi, owner of BERNINA with my Trunk Show.
-I purchased a new sewing machine, a limited edition Rose Gold BERNINA 765.
-I attended a variety of quilt shows both local as well as QuiltCon (here and here).
-Became a BERNINA Ambassador and attended my first Reunion.
-I somehow completed 3 quilts:
“Y 92“, juried into Pokey Bolton’s Tribute for Yvonne Porcella
“187 Bald Men in the Rain”, a 12″ x 12″ piece I contributed to the SAQA Auction fundraiser and it sold for $1,000!
Plus, my SAQA Trunk Show donation quilt, just completed and not yet written about.
And literally in the past 2 weeks Two BIG Things happened that I will tell you about as it is appropriate. 2017 is fully booked and much of 2018 is spoken for. I am blessed.
Thank you dear readers for following along with me on my wild journey. I truly get excited with every comment, rejoice when I see many followers read my posts. This blog is a joy for me. Thank you to each one of you! I think 2017 is going to be even more wild.
I’m linking up to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday where all the good links are!
Nancy Turbitt says
Wow! Is your head spinning yet? Such a busy year! Can’t wait to hear your new announcements! Wishing you continued success in 2017 and beyond.
Um yes, my head IS spinning! Thank you for your kind words. I do hope to be able to produce more art next year though–hah!
Jollyne Toste says
Congratulations Jenny on a wonderful year!
Thank-you for teaching an excellent class at The Cotton Patch in Lafayette.
I’m not quite skipping but I am shuffling a bit faster with skills that your instruction, encouragement and lots of practice have fostered. I look forward to another year of FMQ fun!!!
Oh that is good news to hear Jollyne-you know you CAN free motion quilt! I love to hear the feedback. You know you have lifetime access to me for questions, to brag, etc.
Nancy Kursrwicz says
Happy New Year Jenny! Thank you for all your posts. I delight in reading about your journeys.
Oh thank you for saying so Nancy-I am glad to share my journey and love to hear that you enjoy the read. Happy New Year!
Martha Ginn says
Jenny, I loved reading about your amazingly packed year! Congratulations on these achieving these milestones and meeting challenges. You’ve inspired me to look at my entire year in a different light, concentrating on the many good outcomes rather than remembering the chaos along the way! We can look forward to an even better 2017.
Thank you Martha. I get distressed over all the people calling 2016 a horrible year based on larger events beyond individual control. I am thankful beyond all of these achievements-my health, my family, my freedom, my faith, my energy, that there are people that want to take my classes, the guilds and shops that hire me, the people who inspire me, the people who read and respond to my blog, my country, my neighbors…..
Oh, Jenny! What an exciting year you’ve had. I still remember being a student im the first class you ever taught. You have truly “come a long way, baby!” Here’s to a joyful & productive 2017.
Oops, I see a typo! I remember being a student in the first class you ever taught!
Well that means a lot to me Marcia! I absolutely remember that class and all three of my students that were kind enough to take it! Oh I laugh to think… There is no where for new teachers to train other than in the classroom!
judy Warner says
Makes me tired just reading! So happy for you, Jenny, that you are achieving the success you wished for!
Thank you Judy! Some of this exceeded what I wished for:-))
Sally Strait says
What a delightful read you bring to all of us who follow you. Thanks
Aw thank you Sally! I am so glad you enjoy it and left a note! Happy New Year.
Barbara Black says
I’d say you had a rockin’ good year! Here’s to the next!
Thank you Barbara! I hope I get to see you in Houston in 2017.
Margaret Blank says
Like Judy W., I am breathless reading about your wonderful year. Congratulations on all fronts! And…now viewers in Thunder Bay, Ontario are enjoying My Corner of the World — there till January 17…and who knows where after that! Such a privilege to attend the Opening in Stratford and brag on you and your beautiful contribution to that exhibit! Hugs and Happy New Year!
Thank you Margaret! Of course I did not include all the bad stuff in there… I look forward to seeing your work post-SAQA Regional Rep!
Deb Thuman says
Congratulations on so many accomplishments! Remodeling requires adaptability. I remember when we redid the bathroom. I found myself rejoicing over little things – I finally have a faucet…… The renovations look wonderful.
I need to force myself to work on machine quilting. My FMQ is not great because I don’t practice and I don’t practice because my FMQ is not great.
Really Deb, in a way, a whole house remodel may be in some ways easier than a step-by-step remodel. We just moved out and lived our normal lives. As to the FMQ, please, persevere! You have to accept less-than-perfect work on your way to beautiful work. It’s just how it works. Just keep going. You absolutely can do this. Anyone can do this with some practice. Please write me if you have questions. Keep going!
Susan Griffith says
Congratulations on a great year. I was privileged to see your Quilts=Art=Quilts entry in person. It was breathtaking. I enjoy following your work.
Oh thank you Susan-I wish I could have seen the exhibit. There were so many incredible artists in that show-I was very proud to be included. Thank you for your comment!
WOW Jenny what a lot you crammed into that year, well done on all of it, this year looks to be about the same business for you and as you already have 2018 booked, what more can I say but WOW again. You go girl….
Thank you Janet! It’s going to be an even wilder year but hey, that’s what I signed up for!