Four years ago today I wrote my first blog post. Actually I wrote four posts in the same day. I was excited both about blogging and about quilting. My first post was about this quilt. I remember buying and reading Denyse Schmidt's book along with a couple of the Gee's Bend books. I loved the look of that improvised log cabin block, but I was dismayed by the templates in the book. I wanted to improvise. I took the advice of one of the Gee's Bend quilters, "just let it go," she said, "the quilt will take you where it wants to go." I did and I haven't looked back since. I thought that a log cabin block would look more modern if I stretched it out, so instead of a square I made it a rectangle.
I've never celebrated a blogiversary before. They didn't seem important. For some reason this year it feels significant. Maybe it's all the changes in my life these days.
One thing I do know is that I haven't blogged for four years alone. You have a been a part of this adventure. Many of you have been with me every step of the way. Your comments, advice, questions, support and even your challenges have helped me get where I am today and I can't tell you how much I appreciate that you are a part of my life. Many of you are now friends in real life. A special thanks to Sherri who left the first comment on my blog. A bit of encouragement, even from a stranger, can change a life.
So, let's celebrate. It's no fun to celebrate for one day so I'm dragging it out for the whole month. I'm declaring January reader appreciation month on the Tallgrass Prairie. I'm planning some surprises, possibly a challenge (does the word Spring have meaning for any of you?) and I have some special friends that are planning to do some really nice things for all of you. Spread the word and tell everyone you know! Let the party begin!