Another Scrap Box Dumped
"The End (of the Year) is coming! The End (of the Year) is coming!" If you heard this, and you only had one quilt to make before the End, what would you make?
Seriously, if you only had one more quilt to make
EVER, what would you make?
I have been asking myself these kind of strange, but revealing questions all month long. The posts about "My 10 Best...", "My Sewing Goals for 2017", "What I Did Wrong In..." have been prolific in Blogland. I tried to write one myself more than a dozen times. It didn't work for me. It all became very personal, and my quilting/sewing/blogging goals became intertwined with "Why are you here?" and "Who are you?" This has been a frustrating month at best, but I am finding some clarity.
I Know the Answer to the $64,000 Question
The big question people ask quilting bloggers about quilting is, "Is it your hobby or your job?" Of course, the word "jobby" comes in, and if you google that one it's not always a nice thing. It's taken me a while--years, to realize that quilting is neither of those for me. It's my life. Its the reason I wake up each morning. From the moment my feet hit the floor, my brain is in quilting mode, and I feel the excitement of creativity. Creativity brings me joy!
If I Could Only Make One More Quilt...
It would be a scrap quilt. Don't ask me to explain how, but nothing makes me happier. Mismatched fabrics, improvisational piecing, and no real rules mean it's more a work of art than a quilt. Your eyes can't take it all in at once. They move across the quilt seeing separate elements each time. Quilting like this brings me such deep joy it goes beyond words. I would make a quilt from scraps.
I have more to share with you on the subject of making goals, plans, and lists, but today is not the time. I'm off to meet a quilty friend for coffee.
I have several quilts newly started this weekend, all involving scraps. The one above was made with 3.5" strips, sewn like a jelly roll, and improvisationally pieced to make the correct dimensions. I will quilt and finish it this week, and start another. My fabric stacks are out of control, and this is a good way to make charity quilts. Mennonite Central Committee collects quilts that they send to areas in need, and one of my goals for the new year is to make several. It brings me joy.
When I'm considering my goals for this next year, this is the question I will be asking of each:
Does this bring JOY?
It may be just for me, or maybe only for others,
but it must pass this test.
"Oh, Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat,
Where have you been?"
While sewing in my kitchen, this sweet thing came to take a look at me. She just popped up while I was looking down, and then stayed several minutes to watch me. Cats have their own mind, and I love their independent spirit. If only they didn't make we sneeze and wheeze, the Doxies would be sharing their happy home with one or two.
Now let me ask you to leave a comment here for all our curious minds who wonder~
If you could only make ONE MORE QUILT,
what would you make?
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.