A lot of people like to decide on a ‘word’ each year to help keep them focused on a particular goal. I have decided to join in the fun this year and to celebrate my word – I made a quilt! My word is:
When I get in to something it seems to consume my life. A few years ago I managed to lose a significant amount of weight … but that’s all I did. I was at the gym almost everyday and I barely took any time to create. Lately I’ve been consumed with quilting and creating and my health has gone by the wayside. This year my goal is to find a balance between the two. I want to still create but I need to put my health back on the spectrum as well.Not only do I have to get my quilting world and my health in balance, but let’s not forget the family and orchard elements of my life as well. The quilt I made is a symbol of all those things. I used Inktense colored pencils to create a little art quilt that I’m hanging right above my work station. Of course – there is the word ‘balance’ on it. The tree in the quilt is a symbol of balance (and of course it works well since I have an apple orchard). I added other little images throughout – thread and a quilt (quilting world), scales (balance), an apple (orchard), heart (love/family), barbell (health) That squiggley thing represents my family and the arrows represent the ups and downs life brings … like sick kiddo’s when that’s the last thing you need! I messed up quilting the tree ‘leaves’ above and I honestly considered ripping it out to fix it (which is weird because I never usually worry about things like that). But I decided against it because I like that it is a mistake – I’m sure on my journey to balance I will loose my way but as you can see in the rest of the leaves – I found my way back. To border my drawing – I took little strips of fabric that I saved from squaring up strips. I stitched these down randomly with a black zigzag stitch. I love how it created a nest around the quilt and gave a wonky way of balancing it out. Also – you can still see some of the white fabric the quilt started with which represents the beginning of the journey. Do you have a word for 2015?