“I love beginnings. If I were in charge of calendars, every day would be January 1.” ―Jerry Spinelli
With every illegal firecracker that was popped in my neighborhood on New Year’s Eve, I felt a sense of release. 2020 is finally over. Here’s to a new beginning, every day.
Christmas was different, but I still had special time with my three sons and their families. It was just what I needed to re-energize for the new year.
If anyone walked into my sewing room today, they would not believe the time I had spent cleaning and organizing. 🙂 It has been a fun three days, starting new projects and just playing with fabric. The first thing I made was a simple little bookmark made from fabric crumbs. I just couldn’t throw out the bin of crumbs just yet.
My sister, Emma, gave me the book, Birds, by Carme Lemniscates. The illustrations are lovely, and the author’s message is inspirational. I started thinking of making something with birds, and then I remembered a post by Mary, (Zippy Quilts). Mary is a great source of inspiration and information. She posted about making a refrigerator quilt, and I thought this would be a perfect year long project. For the introductory block of the year, I appliqued a selfie of me dancing with birds. It will serve as a reminder to enjoy the moments each day brings. I chose to make my blocks 9 inch square. For the January block, I appliqued a bluebird, as a symbol of joy and happiness. Making these blocks will hopefully provide me the opportunity to try new things, and practice skills such as free motion quilting.
Mary also gave me the idea about making a temperature quilt. The pattern is by Canuck Quilter. I cut and organized the fabric in December, and I started making the January strip on the first of the month. We are having some cold mornings and mild afternoons. Hopefully, we will have enough of a winter, and a cool spring, before the quilt becomes solid red and orange with our Texas heat.
Another year long project I started is Stitch-a-Day embroidery. I did something similar last year, and I found it very relaxing. Sara Barnes has a post about this activity. I also stitched a cat in a four inch hoop.
When I was cleaning out bins, I found a book on inchies that my friend had given me. It is entitled, Inchies, edited by Peggy Donda-Kobert. There were directions for making an inchie cube that I thought was cute. I had some swatches of silk that I used for making the inchies.
When I was with my youngest grandson, I was delighted to see how he loves books. He points to the pictures as we read to him. I made him a fabric book using a panel by Henry Glass. My grandson loves to dance to music, so I was listening to Raffi as I was making the book. As a mother, grandmother, and teacher, I highly recommend Raffi!
I love looking through craft books and viewing tutorials. I saw an embroidered messenger pigeon, that had a ribbon tied to its neck to hold messages. I liked the idea, but decided to make a fabric pigeon instead. My friend, Nancy, had made me a fabric bird and I used it as a reference. I drew a picture of a pigeon and used batting to stuff it. The messenger bag was made from scraps of felt. I thought this would be a cute way to send a message to my grandchildren.
A project I have not started yet is one that involves felting. I ordered a felting beginners kit. The needles look scary. I need to see some more tutorials before I start.
Oh, I have something awesome in my sewing room that is going to improve my ironing capabilities. My DIL made me a quilter’s ironing board. She followed the tutorial by Matt Jordan. It is the best thing ever! I don’t mean to brag, but I am blessed to have the best DIL’s ever. One gave me the cutest inspirational bird set. The Guide Birds are a reminder of renewal and celebration. I also got a Women Power coffee cup. My other DIL crocheted a super soft blankie that I use to get comfy on my recliner. It is more than these thoughtful gifts that make them so special. They are loving and strong women.
2021 is only three days young. I am hopeful that this will be a year of renewal, health, peace, and love.