Merry Christmas, friends! Thank you to those who brought an old project or two to share with the group. It was fun to laugh together today. I kept trying to find a common thread in everyone's WIP's, and I'm not sure there was one. Many projects were begun early in our quilting lifetime, and we quickly surpassed the project for one reason or another, before it had been finished. Others just lost attention and interest. Some thought they had more to go than they actually do, which is great news! And still others didn't like where it was going and put it away, not ready to take the time to pull apart or begin again.
I think today reflected how quickly both the fabric world, and our lives change over the years. Different stages come up, and we become different people as each month and year turn over. We are each truly WIP's. I see many of you come here to find solace. Peace. Inspiration both in quilting and in life from each other. And I am glad for this. We have quilting WIP's because there are pieces of us that we like working on, and other parts we don't like about ourselves that we want to hide away. I hope that in 2015 you can feel, maybe because of our group, that all of your parts are welcome and needed. That some parts maybe don't help you and can be left behind for good, to make room for the better parts of us that need to be able to shine.
Thank you for sharing anything with us throughout 2014. I loved seeing all of it.
Carmen Geddes also shared her beautiful grids in class and in the store today. I love this idea of both making seams come together easier, and also having more freedom to design something pixelated. Carmen is an incredible quilter and teacher, so anytime you get a chance to learn from her, on and off the sewing machine, grab it up!
I hope at this time of year, each of you can feel the love and magic in your hearts that this season is supposed to be about. I know it can be a tender time in your lives, and also a stressful, hectic time. Savor the good, sweet moments and we look forward to seeing you next month and next year!