Keeping You in Stitches - Runners and Wall-hangings

Bill Locke
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Happy New Year, my quilty friends!

Here’s wishing you lots of joy and happiness – all that your life can hold. Actually, I read an article lately where a mom wished her son “enough”. That’s perhaps a wonderful way to wish my greetings to you.

I’ve been very blessed again this year. I know that they say that we should count our blessings, but I’ll simply recognize mine collectively because I don’t think that I could count them all.

Life is full of wonderful little surprises and treasures that we sometimes just don’t expect to pop into our daily routines.

Some of the things that I am thankful for:

a. Being a part of this wonderful, creative, quilting experience.

b. Have the possibility of being able to share with so many wonderful people who also are a part of this creative world. Our area has so much quilting and sewing talent, it’s just amazing to realize just how many of us are actually quilting/sewing. It’s just wonderful.

c. I am thankful to hear of the young people, the new generation of sewers, that are taking up the torch and learning how to sew and create with their machines.

d. For the wonderful designers of patterns and fabrics that keep such fun and exciting products coming our way so that we have so much fun.

I think that in general, one of the biggest blessings for which I have to be thankful is for the many little lessons that are hidden in my days, waiting to be discovered, and waiting to teach me something new.

So to all of the quilters out there, what are your New Year Resolutions? Are there some interesting Quilting Resolutions that I need to hear about?

I’m not really that much into the resolution thing; other than the fact that each year I aim to better myself generally, apply myself more effectively and aim to have an even bigger heart and deeper soul than the year before.

Well, it’s been a busy week my friends. I have been sewing, sewing, sewing, getting some projects completed that were kind of last minute gifts that I intended to complete earlier but didn’t get around to; items for my home that needed to be completed, etc. As I shared with you before, I’m not the one to get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all. I like to lay low and enjoy more of the joy of the season. I enjoy attending a program/service here and there; it really helps to put our minds into the right range of thought and to keep us grounded in the real Reason of the Season.

With regards to my quilting, perhaps in 2013, I will make a resolution to complete, slowly but surely, all of the UFO’s that I have left from this past year and other years past. But at the same time, you know what’ s going to happen – I’m going to be building a whole new batch of UFO’s from new projects. Remember, I believe that we all need to have a few UFO’s in our basket that we can just take up at any given time and work on without having to start something new. They are great for those times when we only have a few minutes to work on a project; especially if it’s handwork. So, it looks like I’ll never have an empty UFO basket, but then, would I want one? I’m afraid I wouldn’t. I’ll keep putting little things in there and get a surprise every time I reach down and pull one out and enjoy that particular project for a few moments still.

Here’s a photo of my snowman table runner, that some quilters have turned into wallhangings. I thought I’d share this one with you as inspiration for a Winter project. I’ll also add a photo of my little snowman wallhanging. Snowmen always seem to make it into my January projects, so I guess I’m going to have to see what other snowmen are waiting to be born in my studio. Please be sure to write and show me your new projects. I would love to hear about them. My email address is The little wallhanging can be adapted to any season – especially with small prints for different holidays or other events.

Well my quilty friends, I must once again bid you a fun and creative, and festive week. Enjoy time with your family and friends.

Go grab a cuppa and have some fun.

Happy Sewing and quilting. We’ll catch up again next week.

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