a goodbye {of sorts}


I have been writing this blog post in my head for quite a while...

and if this computer screen was a piece of paper, these words would be smudged with a few tears...

but if life is a journey, and if i stay on the path that I'm meant to follow, then I find myself at a slight bend in the road.   a bend that seems to be leading me away from this blog. i guess to say it more clearly, i'm taking an extended blog/social media break

but maybe that road will curve again some day and i'll find myself back here again...

who knows?!  if i've learned one thing it's to never say never.

and if this seems a bit cryptic and mysterious, i'm sorry!  it's just too hard to explain, but no need to worry about me, everything's good, and i'll maybe explain a bit more yet since i'll be stopping in here for a month or so till all my current obligations are finished up.

and i want to give tribute to all you wonderful, splendifourous bloggy quilting folks out there.  i just never could have guessed at the generosity and inspiration that i would find...

but more on that later!

89 comments:

  1. We will miss you so much and I wish you the best in the near future!
    Susana

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  2. You and your work will be missed! Best wishes - Amanda

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  3. Jolene, I wish you all best for the near future. Hope to see you on the blog again, some day!

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  4. I have found great inspiration in your work and will miss you. I hope you will find pleasure in what you have desided to to, best wishes!

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  5. Thanks for the inspiration...all the best!

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  6. Jolene! You will be missed, holy cats! I always love your style and photography. There's a certain ease about it that I love. But I am glad to know that you are taking time away from blogging. I'm sure you have a mountain full of wonderful reasons. I know two very small but enthusiastic reasons why I should stop blogging, maybe I'll follow my gut one of these days...

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  7. I just found your blog and find so much inspiration. I hope the break is just what you need. Best wishes.

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  8. Thanks for all the inspiration along the way - I hope you realize what an inspiration your work is. I wish you the best.

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  9. Jolene, I love your work and your blog. I will definitely miss seeing you share your sewing in this space. That said, I have to say that I completely understand. I myself recently took a blogging break of three months. I have since returned, but my goals and intentions in blogging have drastically changed (and I confess I still have an almost-daily internal debate about continuing). There are so many great things about blogging--so much beauty and so many online friends I love so much--but at the same time, I do feel like I've witnessed a change in blogging in general over the years, and I'm not always convinced things are moving in a positive direction. (Sometimes I feel like it's all just getting too weird, or too fake, or...something. You know? I'm very conflicted.) Anyway, I just wanted to leave you a comment to say hello, say thank you, and send you my best wishes. Good luck to you in your future endeavors!!

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  10. I'll really miss reading your blog and gazing at your lovely work!! Thanks for the inspiration, and I hope to see you around in the future. Wishing you the best!

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  11. I love your work - you will certainly be missed!

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  12. I've been inspired by your work and will miss keeping up with it ~ all the best!

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  13. I had just recently found your blog and became a follower. I wish I had found you sooner, as I will really miss checking in and seeing what amazing stuff you have posted. Good Luck in all you do and I hope you come back soon. I will continue to watch for your return.

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  14. Thank you for sharing your creative genius with us! You have inspired many projects for me and I will continue to look through your beautiful pictures and words. You will be missed, but go forward with hope and happiness. Good luck with everything you are working on, and whenever you return I will be glad to hear from you again. All the best!

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  15. I will certainly miss your posts, as well. Just curious, but will you continue to post your gorgeous work on Flickr? No pressure, of course! I completely understand the need to take a break from blogging or social media in general. Best of luck and thanks for all that you've shared with us.

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  16. Thanks for all you've shared through your blog. We will miss you! Best wishes

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  17. Oh, Jolene, I will definitely miss seeing your gorgeous work! I sure hope all is well for you and your family. We will all still be here if/when you come back :)

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  18. Please know how much your work has inspired me. If I'm in a funk trying to decide what to do next, I will just look at your past works and find gobs of inspiration. I'm sending lots of thanks and best wishes for all you do.

    p.s. I'll keep your blog subscription, and maybe someday I'll be pleasantly surprised when you "pop" up.

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  19. :(
    I love your work and your blog, hope to see you again.
    Best wishes

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  20. oh, I am so sorry to hear that. YOur blog and quilts are probably my favorite right now. Good luck with your journey. It's totally okay to put a blog on the backburner.

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  21. I've always looked forward to your blog posts and seeing what beautiful creative things you have been up to - take a break, know that you are admired and loved. :) All the best to you and yours!

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  22. I'm pretty new here as well, but found your quilts and ideas to be so fresh and unlike many I've subscribed to in the past. I wish you well, much happiness and joy in your life.

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  23. It is very admirable to know what your priorities are and stick to them. You are a very talented quilter and photographer. All the best and I look forward to future bends in the road.

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  24. This is so interesting to me - many of us having trouble prioritizing when we may have started an online life to find community and to inspire and be inspired. I've thought a lot about all this having just started a blog. Now I wonder why and for who. Is it really for me? What satisfies my creative side and how do I pair that with my crazy-busy parenting life side? All the best to you - I have really enjoyed your blog - your quilts and their bright colors - and your photography of them.

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  25. Look at how many quilters were inspired by YOU (Granny Square fever). You will be missed.

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  26. I too will miss your blog, I love your work!! Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  27. You will be missed. I hope everything works out that you can share you work in the future.

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  28. As a relatively new quilter, your blog has been a constant source of inspiration. Your quilts are amazing and your tutorials are so helpful and appreciated. Wishing you all good things in your life.

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  29. I'm really, really, going to miss this blog. I travel here everyday looking for your wonderful creations. You have some serious creative talent. I don't often comment but I wanted to make sure you knew that I valued your writing and sharing! Blessings and success in all your new adventures.

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  30. Jolene your blog has always been one of my favorites - as you know when I told you that at the end of 2011! Your work is so inspiring. Best wishes!

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  31. Oh no! I only recently found your blog and was so excited to follow, I'm sorry to hear you'll be taking a break. I'm looking forward to browsing your archives though, I love your beautiful projects and photography. Wishing you all the best!

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  32. I love your blog, so I hope you pop back up after awhile.

    Thanks for thinking of all of us out there in blog land, but don't hesitate to put yourself first.

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  33. Jolene, you will surely be missed. Like so many who have already commented, I understand and wish you and your family many blessings as you journey together. I'll keep you in my reader, and perhaps someday will be pleasantly surprised to see a post from you. Please keep in touch. I'm still working on my postage stamp quilt - it's coming along so beautifully and I think of you whenever I look at all of the pretty fabrics in the blocks. I'll send you an email with some photos when it's all finished.

    Many hugs,

    Michelle

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  34. oh, I am so sad to see you go and please do come back if you ever feel the urge! your quilts and photos are so inspiring. I can totally relate to having to go though. Life is life and it is to be lived!!! xo Erin

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  35. Agree with everyone! Will your blog still be here to inspire us? (sorry if this is a dumb question, not very computer literate!)

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  36. I'll miss seeing new posts from you, but I hope there will be lots of good things going on during "radio silence". And maybe I'll cross my fingers that we'll see you back here sometime in the future. Best of luck!

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  37. I recently started following... And am most sad. But I do understand "life". May this time turn out to be worth something... Thank you for all your inspiration, I will quickly view/read your past entries.

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  38. Oh no Jolene, you will be missed! I hope you pop in from time to time. You are such an inspiration.

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  39. Jolene, you are so enormously talented and your quilts are such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your amazing gift with everyone. You will be missed, and I wish you all the very best in your life and your path.

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  40. I'll miss your bright, colorful and enabling posts! I've not commented often but trust me, I don't miss a post! Take care of you and hope to see you again!

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  41. Good luck with the future! Sometimes, you come to bends in the road. Sometimes, you get opportunities that mean letting go of other things. You are a beautiful, creative soul. You will find yourself where you need to be.

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  42. I just found your blog in the last month or so and have loved reading it and seeing your beautiful creations but, as a blogger myself, I completely understand taking a break. I do hope to see you back again someday and wish the best for you!

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  43. This totally bummed me out. I get it but still sucks for us that find so much inspiration in all that you do. I wish you all the luck and happiness in the world.

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  44. Follow your gut and take care!

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  45. Well, I just found you and now you're leaving. Pooh. But we all must do what's best for us. Take care, I've enjoyed reading your blog and I love your creativity. :)

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  46. Why must all good things end!!!! I draw great inspiration from you and your work will be sorely missed.

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  47. I have loved your blog and your beautiful quilts. As so many have said, I have found great inspiration in your work. Your eye for color and design is wonderful. I hope you find a way to come back to your blog from time to time. You will be missed!

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  48. Jolene- I'm so saddened to read this! I have learned a lot from you through your blog and leading our Joy circle. All best to you!

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  49. You will definitely be missed. Take care! We all understand, no explanation needed! You come first, that's all there is to it.

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  50. I am so glad I found your blog and have learnt so much from you.I wish you all the best and do what is best for you. Take care.

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  51. i am going to miss you terribly!

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  52. This is a bit sad, I have only just discovered your blog and I love it. Goodluck with whatever the future has instore for you.

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  53. Thanks for sharing your talent with us - You have inspired me so much. Wish you the best.

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  54. I hope this means you are pursuing interests that bring you happiness and personal satisfaction. I, like so many bloggers on the internet, have enjoyed reading your posts and taken inspiration from your work. May the new path you are taking bring you joy. I'll keep the kettle on in case you decide to stop by this path in your journey again.

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  55. You have been such a huge source of inspiration to me and I know, many others. Best wishes on wherever your path takes you.....

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  56. A new start!? Good luck on the new venture though I will miss your window on the world!

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  57. I will truly miss you and your inspiring posts, but fully understand the bend in the road thing. I hope all is well with you and hope to see you again in blogland. Thank you for all the inspiration!

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  58. Good Luck~ I will truly miss seeing your post and new works of art!

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  59. Hi Jolene. I'm not a quilting blogger (more life type blogger) but I've been reading your blog for several months--and maybe another one before that? I think I may have commented once or twice but I wanted to say again how beautiful I think your work is and that I hope this new path leads you to peace. I'll miss seeing your projects and your gorgeous pictures but wish you the best. :)

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  60. I'm new to your blog, but that doesn't mean I haven't realized what a treasure you are. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent, Jolene and I wish you all the best on this new path you're taking. Take care.

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  61. You will be missed for sure! Take care and be well. Hope to see you here again sometime soon.........

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  62. Bummer. I do understand, but I will sure miss you. I soooo looked forward to each and every post.Blessings on you and your new venture. Stop by sometime if you feel able.

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  63. your blog is one of my favorites. You are so talented and creative! Your quilts are amazing and inspiring! You will be missed but wishing you all the best in your endeavors!

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  64. Your posts always inspire me. You will be missed.

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  65. so sad to see you go...Like many others, I had just discovered your blog. And because of you, am all excited to start quilting!

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  66. I hated to read your post the other day you have been my inspiration for my 9 patch, granny square and swoon (top will be done this weekend).

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  67. I have read your blog for a while and received much inspiration from your beautiful quilts - even making two rainbow quilts like yours with plans for the granny square. Best of luck to you! I am sad you will be "offline," but understand!

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  68. I have loved reading your blog, and been very inspired by your beautiful quilts. You are a great designer, and also make fantastic versions of other designers patterns. I'll miss you, like so many others.
    Right now, I am busy making the Granny Square quilt. Wish you the best of luck in your new adventures, and hope to come across your creations at a later time, here on the blog, or maybe in a new book or something else?
    xoxo

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  69. Oh no! I was so sad when I read your post-- I have been following along with your blog for quite a while now, and I have been pretty much in love with everything you've done! Your quilts and photography really appeal to my aesthetic, and I always loved seeing what you were working on! I understand that life takes us all in different directions, and I wish you the best! And if you ever decide to check in again, I would love to hear about what you've been sewing :)

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  70. Oh, I will miss seeing your blog and do hope to see you back sometime, but I totally understand and hope your break gives you everything you need!

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  71. I just found your blog, but I'm sorry to read that you will read that you will be stopping. Your blog is very inspiring and you do wonderful work. I hope things go well for you in the future, and I'll check back periodically to see if you return.

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  72. I totally get it! Blogging takes up valuable time and it can be exhausting. I'll miss your blog...I'm fairly new to it. Your creativity has inspired me and I guess that's the best complement I can give you: You inspire me! Thank you for that. ;p

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  73. I really love your blog Jolene, like everyone else has already said, you are very inspiring. I hope your break brings you everyting you need, and I hope to see you back again sometime x

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  74. I will miss your blog... :( I LOVE your style and your work is so very inspiring! I don't blog - but i get wanting a break from social media, which is both a blessing and a curse. I've learned SO much from scouring the net & creative blogs - but I'm starting to see myself withdraw from the world around me (ie, my kids...) because of my need to constantly 'check in'. I wish you all the best - your work truly is beautiful.. :) For me, I think i'll go on a bit of a social media diet.. Spend more time playing pretend, instead of pretending i'm listening.. Take care & best wishes!

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  75. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work Jolene and all the best. Hope to see a block, or a quilt, or two show up on flickr from time to time. You're still the queen of white, in my books.

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  76. Oh, I'll miss your posts. I'm afraid I haven't commented very often, but I love both your projects and the beautiful photos of them you've been sharing with us. Thank you so much for all this beauty and inspiration and I hope you will come back some time. And in the meantime, enjoy your break.

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  77. Thank you for all your work on this blog, I love your quilting style.
    I will miss you, good luck , with whatever you do.

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  78. I just found your site and I'm so sad to hear you are leaving. Best of luck! Would you mind sharing the measurement of the shape you used to make the chevron? Is it a rhombus? This is seriously the cutest quilt I have seen! Modern yet sweet! You are very talented!

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  79. Having a crafty-related blog is certainly difficult when you have other priorities in life. I totally understand!!! I'm not sure why you are leaving obviously, but I hope it will mean great things for you. Thanks for being so inspiring! I have been pinning the heck out of your blog.

    XO

    Vanessa G.
    http://lellaboutique.blogspot.com

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  80. You will most definitely be missed. I've been thinking a lot about my own online presence and creative making lately, and I can totally understand the decision to step away. I did want to say that I LOVE the quilt you posted above. So simple and gorgeous!

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  81. I just found your amazing blog! You are very talented!

    Is there a pattern you used for this beautiful quilt? I'd love to make one for my baby girl!

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  82. I do not know how I possibly missed this post! You are one of my most favorite quilting inspirations. I hope you will be back because I will surely miss you!

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  83. We have a quote in a bulletin board in our house that says "sometimes you have to say no to the good things so you can say yes to the best things."

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  84. jolene, thanks for your inspiration! i think we all understand when life pulls us a different direction. blessings to you! :)

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