I enjoy going to the library or book stores to look at quilt books and magazines. At the end of 2017, I was lucky to run across a book by Sandy Gilreath, 52 Tuesdays~A Quilt Journal.
I love to journal, and this idea of recording events, thoughts and special moments in a fabric journal really interested me. In the Final Thoughts section at the end of the book, Sandy Gilreath encourages the reader and quilters to try her idea of a fabric journal.
I am very happy I decided to do this project, starting on the first Friday of 2018. My concern was that I might not stick with the project. But each week, I found it exciting to record special moments, people, and events in the form of a hexagon quilt block.
My plan was to make this project a learning process. I tried new things and practiced skills such as thread sketching, fabric painting, and FMQ. Because I was learning, the quilt is not perfect, but I am happy with the results.
Today was a rainy day…perfect for hand-stitching the blocks together. As I looked at the finished quilt, I thought of the story behind each block. 2018 was a blessed and very good year. I am thankful.