I have decided this year I am not playing. Not joining swaps, or round robins, or other group projects. Picture a spoiled six year old pouting and stamping her foot! Somewhere there exists a picture of me in that pose, but I couldn't find it. I admit it, I was that child. I bet all who have spent time with me are shocked.
Anyway, the reason I'm holding my breath and saying no is that for years I have been putting projects I want to do just for the fun of it on the back burner. You know how it goes- I'll do that one as soon as I get the calendar quilt made, or as soon as I finish the challenge, or that quilt for so-and-so's birthday. So this year I am going to get them out and do them. Just for me. Selfish quilter year. Think I'll actually do it?
I got a small start on it Monday. I got out Pat Ferguson's "Zen Quilting Workbook", which I bought over a year ago, and made this little quilt!
For those who don't know, zentangle is an art form created by graphic artists Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts. I started doing it about 5 years ago. I have always doodled, but this is a little more than that. And I believe practicing the repetitive patterns involved in doing it has improved my free motion quilting! I was not surprised to see people making quilts using this technique!
Some of the lines and darker areas are colored in with the same pigma pen used to create the original.
I don't know what I will do with them, but I will do more of this- maybe on some of the beautiful hand dyed and painted fabrics I just can't bear to cut into.
The "green" tip this week involves sharing. Do you read a lot of magazines? Get sucked into buying it at the grocery store when you picked it up to pass time in line? Tear out a recipe pr two and the rest goes into the recycle bin ( I hope). Before you toss that magazine, why not share it? My local library has a collection box for sharing them, as does the college where I work. Give them to your child's (or grandchild's) teacher for use in art projects or other classroom assignments. Take them to a senior center or assisted living facility. Get the most out of them before they get recycled!
I am grateful for:
Eating real food again
An exciting Superbowl game
Knowing when to ask for help
How much my boss appreciates the very little things I do
Settling on a plan