Wrapping up 2018
I did not get a whole lot of quilting done in 2018, but many of the things I did accomplish had been on my to-do list for a long time.
2018 was the year I finally joined an online quilting group, in this case, The Endeavourers, and here are the four small quilts I did for that group.
I also joined in with a more informal online group to celebrate ScrapHappy Day, the 15th of every month, and that was the impetus for me to finally finish this quilt, Chips and Salsa, that I had started in 2017. This was the only large quilt I made this year.
My older daughter loved it and took it home, so I am happy it has found its forever home already!
I made four lap quilts for Veterans’ Administration Hospital patients. One is way too plain to even take a picture of. But for the others, I finally made a sailboat and lighthouse quilt I bought the fabric for in 2010! And I used just a few of the red scraps I bought from a downsizing sale in January 2017.
And I finally treated myself to a new sewing machine —
These baby quilts were made in a more timely fashion — this post from KatyQuilts caught my eye in December of 2017, and I had these three pieced in February and finished in October. That is very rapid for me! 🙂
I did not do any weaving at all this year! But I did make 7 of these gift bags from designer fabric samples (that I rescued from a dumpster in 2017).
A few of the things I accomplished were ones I had no inkling about at the beginning of the year. While working on our family archive project, I found some wonderful primary sources about the textiles available in Ohio in the first half of the 19th century, and I did my part for textile history by typing them up. I started with the textile inventory of an ancestor, in an ordinary Ohio household from 1844. Then I found two estate inventories of Ohio shopkeepers in the early 1800s, Thomas Kincaid from 1838, and Jacob Weaver from 1847.
I also found out a friend of mine is an extraordinary cross-stitcher and author — Jo Lopianowski-Roberts. I was lucky enough to see her pieces in person and to conduct an interview with her.
Back in January, I picked “Quality” as my word of the year, and I made an acronym out of it:
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.
While I didn’t get as much done in any of these categories as I would have liked, one thing that really helped me stay on track was a bullet journal. I used a blank book, and divided each page into 4 sections — Quilting, Uploading, Art Journal, Yoga & Exercise. Then once a week I just noted what I had accomplished in each of those categories. It was interesting to track those activities, and to see that a busy week in one category correlated with a drop in the others.
I am still thinking about my word for 2019, but I plan to continue the bullet journal.
The news has been so bad these last few years; a lot of times I feel that the light nature of this blog is inappropriate. I don’t want it to seem like I am skimming over tragedies unaware, but I certainly don’t have any wisdom to add to the issues.
Connections through textiles across countries and across the centuries spark my curiosity and give me comfort, and I hope these posts do the same for you. Three years ago, listening to my old quilts whispering stories, I wrote a poem that still expresses my hopes for this blog:
Pull out all the colors
Blend the patterns bold and bright
Swap your scraps and stories
and slowly build the light.
Gather in a circle,
place your stitches next to mine.
We’ll pass on all the love we can,
our hands always intertwined.
Gwen Lanning, Textile Ranger