Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ending the year with JOY

I've actually finished the patching of Remember 2016 ...


All that remains is to hang it out on the next sunny day to celebrate it in its wholeness. But for now, there's some catching up to do on the final patches.

December 24 Star of wonder


December 28 Centerpiece (I know, I skipped December 25-27, but those were the last patches I made, so I'm saving them for last)


December 29 Wylie words


December 30 What 39 years together looks like


December 31 I did it!


And finally, ending the year with ...


using the last of the pre-made patches which, of course, fit perfectly into the last remaining space.

December 25 The beginning of JOY


December 26 In the midst of JOY


and December 27 Complete JOY


It's been an amazing journey, one filled with laughter and tears, almost 10,000 miles in the air and countless more spent on the road. I learned much and was grateful for the presence of the Kindred Spirits who came by and cheered me on.

There is still backing and stitching to do, but for now I'm calling Remember 2016 done and moving on to Enjoy 2017.


15 comments:

Mo Crow said...

a fine finish !

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

this would be so so Satisfying. I'm HAPPY!

Liz Ackert said...

Mo and Grace - You as much as anyone have been faithful companions on the journey. It's fair to say I couldn't have done it without you.

handstories said...

OH! Just so very Swell- All of it- cloth, words and the beautiful spirit within it all! Congrats.

Liz Ackert said...

Hazel ... your little boat sat to starboard and oversaw it all. Thank you for your inspiration!

Susan McQuade said...

Ah, Liz - what an accomplishment. Still count it as a privilege to have
had a tactile and memorable meeting with this journey cloth. Thank
you for bringing it with you that day. You are a blessing to me.

Liz Ackert said...

Sue - Thank you ... that was indeed a very special day for me, too. Blessings to you and happy stitches until we meet again.

Hunter said...

What a great project. It fascinates me. Your "printing" is so amazing.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful project.

Hunter

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Hunter ... I had a good chuckle reading about your snow adventures in New Jersey this morning (when I too was awake in the middle of the night).

My lettering has changed quite a bit over the past three years since I discovered Jude Hill at Spirit Cloth. I credit her with giving me the courage to trust my own hand and recently Don commented that I seem to have found my way. To see more, click the "Lettering" link in the Index.

Dana said...

Congratulations Liz, on a beautiful finish to an inspiring project. There are so many patches that have spoken to me through this year. I hope you will get endless enjoyment from this unique record of your life.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Dana ... I wish I'd had a camera at hand when two of my grandkids were climbing over the almost-complete cloth calling out, "There's my paisley," and "here's my shirt." They "get it" ... and that makes every stitch worth taking!

jude said...

i love that it's a pillow. to lean on.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Jude ... for everything

ARTISUN said...

What an amazing journey Liz, and what discipline you have. I admire you so very much. And the cloth is so joy. My eyes and heart love it!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Deb ... as I read your blog post today, I realized how much practice went into this cloth and how much I have learned from that