It is hard to believe that another Christmas has come and gone and it is even harder to believe that 2016 is coming to an end! Our boys are becoming young men and the hubs and I are noticing our own signs of aging. It sneaks up on you. It really does. Those things that you thought that “SOMEDAY” you would be or do…. those things that haven’t happened yet? Well, the time is now.
I am realizing that “someday” is now and there is no sense in waiting for the future. At the risk of sounding morbid, none of us knows what tomorrow holds. So whatever it is that you want or feel as though you have wanted to do… DO IT NOW! I’m not waiting anymore, if any of us have any doubts about this, look at the string of celebrity deaths that have occurred lately! It’s shocking! Some of these people in their 50’s, which, when you are in your 20’s seems old, I know, but it isn’t in all reality!
So you have a special dress you are waiting to wear? I say get it out and wear it now, create an event! Celebrate Monday, if nothing else comes to mind to celebrate. For me, I am pushing full steam ahead with my designs. Any rejection is just going to make me push harder. So all those textile companies out there, better watch for me, because I am coming.. whether you are ready or not!!!
The end of the year has been very busy for me. It has been full of awesome surprises as well as some very big disappointments. I am choosing to focus on the great things that have happened, and allow those icky disappointments to encourage me to try harder, create more and to also remind me that “nothing worthwhile comes easy.”
I participated in an Instagram Challenge in December. It was an advent calendar instagram challenge. The challenge was created by Four Corners Art Collective. This group of talented designers created prompts for December 1st- December 21st. It was loads of fun, and I am so grateful to all of them!
You can see all my renderings by clicking on my photo below, it will take you to my portfolio website.
Doing this challenge was a great exercise! You have to put your work out quickly and it needs to go out every day for 3 weeks.
On to another topic. I made a quilt for my sister-in-law Sheri. The last of the sister-in-laws to get the gift of a quilt for Christmas. She’s been waiting. Finally, her day came!
I went WAY off script with this one. I let all the fabric do the work for me. I chose bright solids and all the Cotton and Steel prints I had in my sewing room. I used them all!
I used my Accuquilt Go Cutter to cut lots and lots of triangles! It really does make cutting go faster.
In the picture below, I was trying to figure out how to put these half square triangles together. You can really see how the fabric is doing the work for me.
In this picture below you can see the quilt assembled and nearly ready for quilting.
I didn’t even start to think about what I was going to do for Sheri’s quilt until after Thanksgiving. When I finally had some kind of idea, I was overtaken by a dark cloud of depression. It usually comes on this time of year, when our days are shorter and there are a million things that need to be done before the holidays hit. I pushed through though. I would sew a little bit each day and luckily I finished up the binding on Christmas morning. Just in time!
Sheri’s finished quilt was created with many half square triangles and some solid 6.5″ x 6.5″ squares as well.
Sheri has had a hard year, in 2016. She had a huge family loss herself. I hope she knows that this quilt, as with all quilts I have made are more than just a quilt, it’s a hug as well!
Happy New Year to you all!