Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Looking back at 2014, welcoming in 2015

I've been a bit quite on the blogging front for the last few weeks. Many of you know that I suffer from CFS and the last month has been very rough. So here's hoping for a better 2015!

Square Spiral - 2014

So as 2014 draws to a close, I thought I would take a little look back at the year and it's quilts.

Fracture 2014

2014 has been a year of contrast; a year of ending and beginning; a year of significant loss and significant gains, a year of major change.

Sidetracked 2014

I have had to face the fact that illness is long term and life changing. I have lost my job, my income, my career, much of my social life and many friends. I have had to accept a life at a much slower pace and that there are many things that I can no longer do at the moment and everything I do manage takes soooo much longer to complete.

Learning Curves in 9 Squares - 2014

It is also the year I decided to take my quilting seriously. For the first time ever, I started to enter quilt shows and in 2014 I have won 5 ribbons, including a first and second category placement and one for machine quilting.

Black on white, White on black - 2014

It has also been my first year of serious blogging. I have discovered a whole new community that I never knew existed. I have seen thousands of quilts and textile art that have thrilled and inspired. I have also formed some wonderful 'quilting buddies'.

Cosmic Split 2014

As well as following others on their quilting journey, I love getting to know others, seeing where they live and learning a bit about other countries and cultures. Thanks to Google Earth, I can even get an idea of what the countryside looks like in their part of the world. So, if you do visit regularly - do let me know where you live so I can look you up!

Going to Pieces 2014

In the UK it has also been a year of many mild and sunny days - and quilting in the garden!!

Round the Bend in 12 Squares

I wish you all a happy, healthy and quilt productive 2015!

Thanks for visiting and all your comments and encouragement throughout the year.

Hilary Florence

Please find below a list of linky parties. I may not link with all of the every week, but with some of them most weeks. Please go and have a look at some of the other wonderful quilts and quilters there.

Linky Tuesday at Free motion by  the river­­­­ @ http://www.conniekresin.com/
WIP Wednesday at freshly pieced   @   http://www.freshlypieced.com/
WIP Wednesday at TN + TN  @  http://needleandthreadnetwork.blogspot.ca/
I Quilt Thursdays @ http://prettybobbins.com/
Off the wall Fridays @ http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.co.uk/


  1. Your work is beautiful, Hilary. I hope that 2015 brings you improved health and much happiness.

  2. Hope your New Year brings you better health.
    I live in Tucson, Arizona and luv the almost year round sunshine very much.
    I read your blogs faithfully and enjoy your quilting tremendously.
    Congratulations on your wins - you deserve them.

  3. sorry to read you have been poorly wishing you better health in 2015. I so enjoyed watching you on the quilting projects. Here in Leeds we ad snow on boxing day and it is still lying about i the garden hoping for milder weather do not like this cold at all

  4. You had great accomplishments in your quilting this year! I hope 2015 brings you better health. I am sure there are great things awaiting your quilting adventure in 2015!

  5. I had to look up CFS--doesn't sound pretty. You have lost a lot, but also accomplished a lot. You speak of first year for taking quilting seriously--but I'm guessing you've been quilting for quite a while. Your work is beautiful and inspires me to keep forging into new quilting design. BTW I'm in Portland OR. knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

  6. Hilary: From you quilting buddy in Texas, I am wishing you all the best for the coming year. I will continue to pray that your health improves and I will continue to be in awe of your truly beautiful talent. I for one am so thankful that you have chosen to share your quilt journey with us. You inspire me in ways you can never even imagine! Teresa

  7. I stumbled on your blog, added it to my blog feed, read it most days (some days I skip them all!!!). You are finding new pathways to success and accomplishments, so you are moving forward!!! A good way to be going... To a better 2015 in all regards!

  8. Love your quilts. They are just so beautiful! And I am looking forward to what you come up with this year! Wishing you a very happy new year!

  9. Thanks for taking us through your quilt journey for the last year. I'm so sorry to hear about your CFS. It must be so hard to deal with, but you are doing amazing things anyway, so keep up the good work when you can and don't be too hard on yourself.
    Wishing you a better 2015, health wise and a happy, creative New Year!
    Your blog buddy in Connecticut.

  10. It was with great pleasure that I've looked again at your gorgeous creations. My favorites are Cosmic Split and Going to Pieces. So beautiful. Your work is so inspiring!

  11. I always love your quilts, you stitching is so amazing and inspiring. Wishing you better health in 2015.

  12. Your square spiral quilt is stunning! You are an excellent quilter! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I am amazed at the beautiful stitching that you have produced while dealing with CFS. I hope 2015 good health and a lot more of those ribbons and prizes. I love 'Sidetracked'.