Happy New Year!
Isn't it heavenly to start with a clean slate?
Are you ready to do a fabric purge in your studio,
and put it all to good use?
A whole year of new starts, and fresh eyes toward our future is a gift. We stand on this exact spot, but recognize the opportunity less than we would like to admit. Many times it simply becomes routine with the New-Year's-Resolution-Thing. This time is different. I've taken the entire month of December to dream about what I was seeking in 2018. Nope, that's not a typo. How can you plan the year at hand by not looking further down the pike? Do you ever just get in your car and drive around and around? No. We plan destinations, and we determine the best routes. Energy is in limited supply.
For 2017, I made a road map. I am starting off by doing some unconventional things in my search for joyful work. The first thing on my plate is giving. There are many ways for a quilter to give back, but I'm focusing on just one today.
I have a goal of completing 5 quilts this month for giving. I won't be trying for fancy because these are meant to be warm, utility quilts, but instead adding something to each one that makes it personal to the family that will receive it. Mennonite Central Committee ships these quilts around the world to areas in need. Syria and Iraq are big concerns. The recommended size is 60" x 80", but can vary. Contact me for more information about donating to MCC Relief, if you'd like.
Along with creative quilting for charity, I'm going to be working on scrap management. That means digging through all those places I've stashed my little pieces, cutting them to usable sizes, and either storing or putting them to use. In order to keep myself motivated, I've committed to blog every day the month of January. It might be a small post with a new pull of fabric or an idea for a lively composition, but I'll be here. I'll also be continuing with the 100 Canadian Women and Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt. Those are like dessert sewing to me!
If you're also working on charity quilts this month, leave me a comment so I am aware. I have promised to limit my computer and social media time this month to concentrate on this project. Finished quilts will be on Second Chance Quilts on Pinterest, and if you'd like to be added as a poster there let me know. I'll add you, and you will have the freedom to post there indefinitely.
Personal Thoughts and Guidelines
1. Finished sizes of 60" x 80" to 70" x 90" are ideal.
2. I'll use polyester batting here instead of cotton like I usually do. The poly dries faster if it gets wet, and many of these quilts are covering people in adverse weather conditions. I'm even wondering about the usefulness of polar fleece as the batting and backing combined.
3. Sturdy over beautiful. Use a full 1/4" seam or more.
4. Add a love tag. Even listing your state and the US is something to give people an idea where a quilt comes from.
Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.
Let's go sew.