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2017 Best 9

When I saw this tag last year I really wanted to participate, but unfortunately I was no where close to providing 9 photos. For me, 2016 was a rough year, filled with new responsibilities, new relationships, and personal and medical issues.

For those who don't know, I ended 2016 by seeking help for crippling anxiety and some depression sprinkled on for good measure. It was a year of surviving and just getting through the day. Now, looking back, 2017 has been the year of healing.

Returning to quilting has been a big part of the healing process and learning to love my craft again. So I'm insanely happy to be able to participate in this year's best 9 of 2017!!

A good chunk of my best 9 has been for various Instagram swaps from the first half of the year. What better way to get your sewjo going again than diving into the awesome, inspiring, and supportive community of Instagram swaps?

I'm so happy for how my swapping turned out (even if some of them were a little late...…
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I'm most creative in a panic

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I received my partners information over the weekend and have been quietly stalking her and hunting for ideas. She's a swap veteran and has therefor provided me with tons of information to go on and a super stocked Pinterest to scour over.

To my partner, if you visit this blog: I'm sorry if my information was lacking! Please forgive this newbie, I hope to be able to provide you with more info over the coming days. But note I am super easy to please :)

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Can't keep me down!

Three months into blogging and I've already broken my promise to write once a week!  But it's not entirely my fault, the universe seems to have been out to get me the last two weeks! A combination of work and illness have kept me away from my sewing machine and my lovely projects.

First, I had two of my teammates at work leave for a week long conference.  We're in the middle of a giant redesign and we are the only three people responsible for design implementation support (technical talk for telling the developers and analysts what it's all supposed to look like).  Most of my working hours were spent answering emails and talking to developers.  I would leave to eat dinner only to return back to work when no one was around to bother me so I could actually get stuff done!

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