Monday, 2 January 2012


In January, I wrote a blog post but never pushed the `post` button.

February was the month I celebrated my 11th wedding anniversary.

and I found the courage to push that button.

My mother visited in March and Japan was tested to her limit.

Origami cranes for Japan
Terror came to the streets of Marrakech in April when a bomb exploded in a cafe and we hopped over to the Lakes to celebrate my mum`s big `0` birthday

In May we had the joy of celebrating Zaki`s 3rd birthday, we returned to England and the sadness of having to say goodbye to Granny Anna

June was the month that I had my first giveaway to celebrate my 100th post and finished my first quilt of the year.

In July we went on holiday!

and in August we celebrated my birthday, my husband`s as he turned 40, we fasted and we sweltered in temperatures hitting the mid forties C.

After months of temperatures obliterating any chance of sewing, September brought a new chapter in blogging and I started quilting again.  I began my first and favourite QAL - The Across the Seas QAL and started making this quilt top...

...Zaki returned to school

...and I had a giveaway to celebrate my 100th follower!

In October, my mum visited and I finished this quilt which now lives happily in Paris.

November turned out to be my most productive month of the year including another quilt finish...

...and a Christmas tablerunner headed off to Alberta, Canada...

and I was super excited to see it featured in a mosaic on the Fat Quarterly blog`s `Merry Christmas` post here!

December came and went quickly with few blog posts and fewer makes. I visited Paris, came `home` for Christmas and spent the week after Christmas feeling really sick with a stomach virus.  I`m better now and looking forward to a new year.  A chance to do better and be better.

I may even have a finish to show you tomorrow!

Again, I hopelessly behind. I can`t hope to catch up on a week`s blog reading so please be patient with me if I haven`t been to visit in a while. I will.  I promise! 


Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Love the recap Annabella. :) Glad you are feeling better! So glad to have met you this year.

Ellie said...

What an interesting year you have had. I bet your glad you hit the post button way back in february. I know I was glad when I plucked up the courage :)
Sorry you were poorly between Christmas and New Year and glad you are feeling better now.
Really pleased to have made contact with you :))

miamihoney said...

Great recap...especially since I only found your blog this past fall. Life seems so interesting when you bullet the big stuff. Looking forward to the New Year!

Katy Cameron said...

Love your year in review, so colourful! Hope you have a fabulous 2012 :o)

Leanne said...

A lot happened in your year, thank you for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos. I'm glad to see the origami cranes.

Sarah said...

Happy New Year! :-)

nicolette at dutchcomfort said...

Wonderful to see your year in photo’s! Lovely warm and sunny pictures!

lou lou said...

Miss Annabella

You - hopelessly behind! Aren't you talking about me!!

I feel 'bloggers friend guilt' having not been to your blog as I would have LOVED to have been.

Wishing you Mr Rich Pattern (or can I call him Mr Rich for short) and Zaki a wonderful start to the year and may it flow so smoothly for you for months to come.


Have a wonderful day,

loulou, from hereiamloulou blog


Flying Blind... said...

Lovely post, here's to a wonderful 2012 in makes, words and pictures x

Jan Perry said...

SO glad you pushed that button ! A sad year for the family, but also so many positives. You have achieved so much. So much colour and creativity !
See you very soon.
Jan xxxxx

Cindy said...

What an amazing year you've had!

No way that you're 11 years married. You look WAY too young for that nonsense :)

Catherine said...

what a great post! Looking forward to seeing your finish and I hope you're feeling better

Pat said...

Great year! I'm looking forward to "visiting" you throughout 2012!

Judith, Belfast said...

Happy New Year to you Annabella! Wishing you a healthy and creative 2012! Jxo

susan said...

Sorry for my delayed reading of your blog post. I didn't realise just how far behind in my blog reading I was! Glad you are feeling better and hope that you get your finish! Happy New Year Annabella!