6 Weeks of Play - my Gift to Myself!


You may not have noticed, but 6 weeks from today is January 1st!  And that day is important because???  Well, apart from the obvious - feasting, visiting, hangovers, resolutions -  it marks new beginnings. But let me back up a bit here. 

Lately my favorite words have become "What If".  Those two little words are popping into my head so often lately.  What if I take the same old (boring) highway to town - OR -  What If I take the back roads?  What if I sit and knit socks endlessly, - OR -  What If I try lace shawls (a good decision BTW).  What If I walk the same route with The Critter every day, in a hurry to get home, - OR - What If I take a sketch book and just stop and sketch something?  What if I spend my evening watching old television on Netflix, - OR - What If I look for new techniques on YouTube?  (FYI, this Jane Dunnewold video had me meserized for a while, the first time I watched , and the second, and the third):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8wkFSIBHJQ )

So here's the ultimate BIG question.  WHAT IF I never, ever made another New York Beauty quilt block? 

I've been making New York Beauty blocks ever since the day I watched Karen K. Stone on "Simply Quilts" back in about 2001.  That's about 15 years of New York Beauties.  I don't even want to think about how many that is. And I could literally do them in my sleep.  Problem is, it's getting harder and harder to drag myself to work these days.  So, What If? How many more passions are there out there waiting to be discovered?  What If I just quit? 

Well, If I'm being honest, I don't know if I could.  Beauties have been too much a part of my life to go cold turkey. 

BUT, I could do 6 weeks.

So here's the deal.  For the next 6 weeks, I am not going to make a New York Beauty block.  I will dye, bleach, manipulate, improvise, experiment, applique, scrap piece, and just plain have fun.  This is a gift I'm giving to me. 

And on January 1st, 2017, I will take a long hard look at the situation and make some decisions. 

Over the next 6 weeks, I plan to document my journey here.  Stay tuned. 

The quilt top pictured at the top of this post is on my design wall right now.  For 3 days I've tried to get myself to finish it.  Maybe I'll do it next year.  Or, What If it just becomes a reminder of a previous life?

What amazing, incredible, outstanding, exciting, unforgettable gift have you given to yourself?

- Maggie


What if.....I'd say the quilt

What if.....I'd say the quilt world would miss the beauty of your beauties.....they are all so...hmmm....beautiful! I understand burn out & a change is as good as a rest but know whatever you do will be..hmmm. beautiful. Good luck!

Awwww, thanks, Marie! If

Awwww, thanks, Marie! Your comment means so much to me and it brought a tear to my eye. If nothing else, I think I'll enjoy my time to play.

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