We began 2017 with resolutions, with resolve, with determined energy to complete projects we’d begun, to use up some of our coveted stash. Our Great UFO Challenge 2017 continues and we have been gratified by the numbers of completed projects many of you have shared with us these past four months! For those of you signed up for our Challenge, we have put your name in the popcorn box for our quarterly drawing. We’re pleased to share that Julie Kastl was our first winner! Julie receives a $10 JLC Gift Certificate for her diligence and participation. We draw the number for each month on the 15th…that is the project you should pull from its hiding place to work on. So far Projects #7, #9 and #6 and #2 (April) have been drawn. How are YOU doing on your list?In the Spring each year, as I write this editorial, I love to talk about new beginnings. This year, spring has seemed to be filled with more rain than usual…perhaps symbolic of my heartache. I thought I might reference the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still…but it didn’t stand still on February 6th, it plummeted through space and left an enormous hole where my sister and business partner had been! Suddenly, the person who had shared my entire life with me had gone.I am grateful for my Faith. I am grateful for the gift of love our parents bestowed on us. I know not every family has the strong foundation our parents set for us, nor the threads of love, friendship and devotion we have had woven into our very being. As the autumn of my life comes more quickly than expected, it provides an opportunity to reinforce my love of life, my appreciation of every moment, my appreciation and gratitude for friends and family who have surrounded us with love, friendship and energy. The contacts throughout the years from our long careers at OSU and then the quilting industry are countless and precious! Every person who walks through the doors of JLC is a gift. The smiles and joy that fill our theatre have long been true gifts, and both Janni and I have appreciated and cherished them all! As long as the doors of JanniLou Creations remain open, (and know that I expect that to be a long time!) Janni will continue to be a part of the spirit and passion she and I have had for quilting and this old Waucomah Movie Theatre. Her presence is so strong, don’t be surprised if you expect to see her standing at her work station, or sitting at her machine. Please speak openly sharing your memories of her. She knows she is missed. Her journey was peaceful.