I love new beginnings.
Every December, after Christmas, I sit down with my journal and think forward to the new year. I am not really into the New Year’s resolution thing. It just doesn’t work for me. But what I have found effective is goal-setting.
In the front of every journal are the goals I set for myself. It’s my hope to accomplish every goal before the year is done. To help me do that, I put my goals right in front of my calendar for 2020, so every time I look at my calendar, those goals are looking right back at me.
2019 was an exhausting year, and one goal I made for myself was to invest more time in the things that recharge me. I want to have less screen time and spend more time in my creative space. So I started the year working on a wonderful project that I’m so excited to share with you.
This project actually started in 1955. I came across it in 2019. She’s a 1955 Singer sewing machine that I found discarded at a thrift store in a nearby city. Sadly, it seems that she wasn’t used to her fullest capacity. To my surprise, she was in amazing condition and all she needed was a little oil in her joints.
Once I got her going, I realized she’d be the perfect companion to join my husband, my dog and me on our quick new year’s trip to warmer weather. I set a challenge for her to see if she was up for the task: I wanted to put together the blocks for a charity quilt in under a week.
Before we left, I spent several hours cutting all the pieces for the inaugural quilt. In total, there were 630 pieces to cut and organize. It was honestly so exciting because I had been thinking about this project for several months. It felt so good to finally cut into fabric and see it come together.
When we arrived at our home away from home, I couldn’t be more thrilled to find the perfect spot to get my new gal all set up. She felt right at home. Throughout the week, as I meditated on my goals, I steadily worked on the 42 blocks that would come together to make this quilt.
Stitch by stitch, the blocks looked more like what I saw in my head. And little by little, purpose was breathed into my new year.
When it was time to pack up, I had a much better idea of what I wanted to get out of the new year, and I had 35 blocks that will come together to make a quilt.
For now, I dream of who will get it. I know this quilt will be with her for many, many years. I hope that it’s a glimmer of hope despite the circumstances she can’t control. I hope that it does what quilts do – wrap her up in warmth and love with a soft embrace.
I hope that it’s part of her journey into a new beginning, just like it was part of my journey into a new year.