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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Thank You 2011

Oh my, 2011 - you treated me good!  What a year.  I've met so many wonderful friends.  I had so many incredible things happen:  Three art shows, three art awards, a scholarship, patterns published plus a cover feature (thank you ANPT magazine), teaching opportunities, public speaking, commissions, and acceptance into a curated Fine Craft exhibit.  My head is spinning. 

Bloom 2011, in progress.

Owl Boxes quilt (sold)

another Owls quilt - auctioned

yup.  ANOTHER owl quilt.  Is there a pattern here??

HSTs = for Jesica's quilt, all her late grandmother's fabrics

my 3CS thread sketching tutorial

Mandy's Wall Quilt - all from her children's cloth carriers and booties

Kate's commissioned wallhanging

UFO

the cover shot : )  Summer issue.

oh gee - the paper too!  I almost forgot.  : )

lots and lots of fibre art, prairie inspired.  Free machine and hand stitched.

I made and received dozens of postcards.  'My Happy Place' pictured above.

I learned some formal embroidery.  I made tutorials.  I joined a guild.

I made my first wearable art and entered it into a Quilt Show.

Winter Comes at Night, 2011 (sold)


As for 2012, my calendar is booked FULL for the first six or twelve months.  : )  Seriously.  Year of the Dragon?  No kidding.

Winter Dress - embroidery work in progress.

I am so grateful  - for all the support I've received from friends, guild members, mentors, and bloggers across the country.  I'm grateful for the internet.  I never thought I'd say that, but the exposure online has opened so many doors for me.  Still, when it comes right down to it, I thank the local 'prairie lovers' for connecting with and appreciating my work.  It's pretty incredible to sell half of a show via facebook before the art even makes it onto the gallery walls.  It's been a lot of hard work, but so worth it.  Someone told me if you love the prairies, it will love you back.  (awe!)  It must be true.


Hands down, the best moment was when I discovered a collection of used dryer sheets that my husband has been collecting for me in the laundry room.  He commented on the sky in one of my pieces a long time ago.  I told him that dryer sheets make the best clouds.  I had no idea he was collecting a stash for me.  That's some sweet support for the in-house fibre artist, isn't it!?

cheese cloth makes great clouds too...  Poles Along Highway 7 (in progress)

Happy 2012 everyone!  I hope you leave 2011 with no regrets.
   

11 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

It's been a wild ride keeping up with you all year! I'm so proud of you!!! Wishing you a healthy, happy and incredibly creative 2012.
Stay inspired!
Michelle

Ellie said...

Wow, you have had quite a wonderful year haven't you. You totally deserve all the great things as you work so hard at everything you do.
Hope 2012 is just as great for you.
Have a Happy New Year when it comes :))

Anonymous said...

happy new year, monika! i simply cannot believe how much you have learned, and done, and accomplished this last year! the mind boggles at thoughts of what you might accomplish in another year! and thank you for letting us come along on your wild ride!
cheers!
molly

HollyM said...

Wow, what an amazing list of achievements! You've had a very creative year.
I look forward to seeing what will come in 2012.

Leanne said...

It is great fun to watch and be inspired by your creativity and energy! I expect you are right about the prairies, I sure love them too! All the best for the new year, I look forward to seeing what you share next.

Karen said...

Monika, you bring such pleasure to others with your work, your enthusiasm, and you candid and honest words. Your growth this past year brings to mind my favourite quote from Anais Nin, "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Continued success in 2012; I can't wait to see what's next! ~Karen

queenopearls said...

Monika, Happiest New Year to you and yours. Karen said it best, so I'll just tell you one of my favorite quotes: "If I could give you but one gift, it would be to see yourself as others see you, so you would know how truly wonderful you are."~ Anon.
Joy to all,
Christina in Cleveland

PrairiePeasant said...

Congratulations on an amazing year! I'm so happy to have discovered you this past year. All the best for 2012!

occasionalpiece said...

Lovely post--I so enjoyed reviewing your year of accomplishments with you. Lots to be happy and proud of, and I'm glad your beautiful art is becoming well known around the world.

I wish you a very happy new year!

Elizabeth E.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

I have so enjoyed watching your year unfold and it's been great to get to know you!! We must do a running thing again this spring and I so wish you every amazing thing in the New Year as well!!

Jackie said...

And dont forget to enter the NJS=)

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