Happy New Year! Yes, it’s that time again; where we look back and reflect on the good times as well as play woulda, coulda, shoulda. Then we make our resolutions only to have them become a far away memory by February. I don’t know about you but I’ve long since given up on New Year’s resolutions. Who needs the pressure! By the end of January I was beating myself up because I hadn’t done enough to change the world. So I haven’t made one for many years.
But there’s something about this year that’s making me want to make a “strong suggestion” to myself this year. You get to that point where you realize you have a whole lot more years behind you than you have in front of you. And I want to spend those years healthier than I am now. I have no real health issues and I want to keep it that way! This is the year that I hope to lose those crummy 15 pounds I’ve been playing with the past few years, eat a healthier diet (bye-bye processed food…except wine ) and maybe actually exercise! OMG…I said the “E” word! I’m also looking into yoga. Not promising anything. Not “resolving” anything. Just strongly suggesting to myself that this is the year I take control of me. Those in my house can come along for the ride if they dare!
We saw the movie “Lincoln” last night (short review–great movie..go see it!) and at one point toward the end, Abe turns to his wife and says “We need to try to be happier.” And that will be my mantra this year…I need to try to be happier. I’m not terribly unhappy, but I could be happier. And it’s my goal to do just that! Fortunately, quilting makes me happy!
I’ve been working on a quilt for MiniQuilter for over two years. Took me forever because it was hand-embroidered. The top is finally put together and it’s awaiting quilting.
She loves the 30s fabrics and this quilt pattern was perfect for them. I was originally going to send the quilt out to be quilted, but I think Grandma should quilt it. So that is my goal. And I DO resolve to finish this quilt!
I can’t give her this quilt until I make one for her brother. (Good thing I only have two grandchildren!) I’ve been looking for a pattern for a quilt for MarioFan without much luck. I was in the grocery store with my husband and thumbed through McCall’s American Loves Scrap Quilts and there it was! Paper Chain!
I think it’s a perfect pattern for a boy’s quilt. The picture of the finished quilt is a page from the magazine and the block is my test block. It went together really well and pretty quickly. I’m thinking I want to make it basically in blues and browns with a little bit of green and/or red. I’m kind of excited! The new year needs a new project! And I resolve to finish this one also!