Sunday, January 8, 2012

One Little Word...

Do you choose One Little Word to be your theme word for the year?  Last year my word was Simplicity ~ with all that was going on in 2011 with taking care of my dad and his affairs, working my "job that pays", and trying to grow Spring Water Designs, that word was a very appropriate thing for me to strive for.

This year I've chosen the word Enjoy as my word of inspiration.  I like to make an effort to do something that I enjoy every day, even if it's just a little thing.  I'm realizing how short and precious life really is (Ack ~ is that a symptom of old age?), and want to focus on enjoying all of my blessings.  So don't be surprised if you hear about a gillion little things that I enjoy this year...consider this your advanced warning :)

The Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge for us to make a small project or block using our theme word to help us keep it in focus throughout the year.  So I made this happy little Enjoy quiltlet using the Summer Song fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs (my all-time favorite bright fabrics), and it will hang in my sewing room and make me smile every time I walk in. (Even when it's messy!)  I tried something new to me with the free motion quilting ~ I'm getting better at just "doodling" and filling in an area with quilting stitches without planning it all out ahead of time and marking everything :)

Here are a few of the other Word quilts that were shared at our meeting today.  (More are in the works and will be shown at next month's meeting).  I was impressed and inspired by the thought that everyone put into their chosen words, and as always love the fabrics that were used!

Daniela chose the word Balance, a word that I actually pondered for my theme word and I can so relate to.  I loooove her border fabric and it's so perfect with her black/white letters!

 Laura chose Grow, and did this lovely tree quilt (How cool are those different colored leaves!).

Lainey chose Journey as her word for multiple reasons that fit her life this year.  You can see a better picture of her quilt and read about it here.  She paper pieced her letters, and the little wonky stars are a perfect touch...I always love the colors and fabrics that Lainey uses!

Heather made this little sweetie and will be "sewing seeds" in 2012 :)  You can read more about her project here on her blog.  Her chosen fabric was just perfect for this project, and don't you just love the font that she used for the word!

Finally, Maria made a larger quilt.  She chose the word Improve, and set out on a hunt for fabrics that represent things she wanted to improve on in 2012, and her quilt just kept growing.  I love how she has a significance to each focus fabric in the quilt making it a very personal keepsake to her. 

Have you chosen a theme word for 2012?  I'd love to hear


Pat said...

LOVE your word and love the quiltlet you made using your word!

ritainalaska said...

love all the words! my word for the year, perservere; at my age, one must perservere, just to make it through the year.

Rita said...

I love your word quilts. My word for this year is "content" all areas of my life. I have so many blessings in my life and am thankful for all of them.

Dawn said...

I love hearing your words, thanks for sharing! Very inspiring :)