Word of the Year for 2018
As I sat down to plan for this coming year, my Word of the Year popped into my head unbidden, and it was “Quality.”
When it comes to quilts, I have always loved to improvise, just start somewhere near the middle and add various fabrics all around —
— and I know that since my quilts are usually for donations, they may get some hard wear, and not be treasured by their recipients, so I haven’t agonized over details. I quilt them enough to stay together, but I don’t do beautiful intricate stitching.
But this year I think it is time to pay more attention to measuring and stitching more precisely. I admire the work of so many of you, especially Kerry, Doreen, and Melanie, Lucie, Elizabeth, and Katy, and the way you create heirloom-level textiles. You (and others) have inspired me to work to a higher standard.
And, as usual, I have made this word into an acronym to help me focus. Since we all seem to make that perennial resolution to finish up all our Works-in-Progress, my first instinct was to have it stand for Quilt Up All Leftover [projects] In This Year.
But we all know that is not going to happen. And I wanted to incorporate more priorities into my focus word, so I came up with this version:
Uploading (more of my pictures, and the family archive materials)
Art Journal and Archives
Layers of —
Interest – My role model here is Joanna — she finds such a variety of ways to mix interesting fabrics, shapes, and details into quilts that hold my attention.
Thread Sketching – I have received lots of different kinds of thread and I want to make the most of it!
Yoga – for my flexibility and circulation, I really need to get back into doing yoga almost every day.
I am looking forward to a productive and connected year! Happy New Year everybody!