Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I’m Back!


Hello! I bet you didn’t expect to see me again, not after almost two year’s absence from Persnickety Quilts. I’m as surprised as you. Once I lost my blogging mojo, I didn’t expect to get it back.

You don’t need a tedious litany of what’s kept me from posting. Basically, I lost interest in quilting. Weird, huh, after almost 35 years! I stopped dreaming of quilts, stopped lusting after fabric, stopped reading quilt blogs. Worse yet, I didn’t even care that my passion had waned.

I hadn’t stopped creating all together, just changed my focus for awhile. A decades old project of collecting, restoring, and archiving family photos kept calling for my attention. While I was at it, I rejoined ancestry.com and developed several new branches of our family tree.

But in the back of my mind lay those quilts that I never got around to documenting. I began to see a correlation between the ancestry I’d been researching, and my quilts, which are certainly a big part of my personal history. It’s time to get their stories down on paper (or into cyberspace) for posterity.

A few friends have encouraged me to revive my blog and offered to help make it happen. The biggest obstacle to posting has always been photography. After all, what’s a quilt blog without pictures? My friend Linda is helping with day to day stuff, including photographing my lovely new blog header, while Sherry, at Simonetti Studios, is shooting each quilt’s official portrait. I'm so lucky to have their help and support.

Most of all, I want to assuage any concerns about my health. I’m still here, not necessarily "kicking" but relieved to say my Multiple Sclerosis seems to have stopped progressing. As long as my left hand works, I can use the computer, and reconnect with you!

If you’re new to Persnickety Quilts, I encourage you to read previous posts. They go back several years and can be accessed by clicking "Older Posts" at the bottom of each page. Most photos will enlarge with a click or double-click for more detail. Also, don’t be shy about leaving comments. You don’t need to create an account in order to respond, just sign in as “Anonymous” and include your name in your comment. 

It’s good to be back!

12 comments:

  1. Good Lord Almighty...I was just thinking about you. My mother fell out of her wheelchair and broke her neck in May..dead in a week. And finally I have been able to go through her poetry..ANd, there...sounding just like her..were your great poems....so glad you are still kicking and are back.

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  2. Diane! I am THRILLED to read your blog and even more thrilled to have reconnected after all these years. Looking forward to your next entry!

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  3. Diane, I am so happy to hear your MS is no longer progressing and that you still have the use of one hand. I hope you will share the "portraits" of your quilts as Sherry takes the photographs.

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  4. Good to find you here today. And happy to know you have found a connection between genealogy research snd documenting your quilts (so many stories in our stitching). One person I heard had even done an oral history for some of her quilts. Love the new header - beautiful!

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  5. Hi, Diane, nice to see you. I've lost my blogging mojo and haven't gotten that back yet, but am at least thinking about it. I went through a several month quilting desert myself, but am now sewing again. whew.

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  6. So thrilled to see you. I love your new header. It's so classic and fits you perfectly. It's great to know what you're up to and how you're doing and gosh, I'm just so happy you're here!!! I'm pretty much not blogging these days but now that you're here, who knows? You're darn inspiring that's for sure. Love, *karendianne.

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  7. Welcome back! I still don't have the desire to blog anymore, but the Piecemakers keep me motivated to sew.

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  8. Happy to help with my amateur photography skills! Glad I can contribute to your blog! -- Linda

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  9. I'm happy to read that you are back.

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