Last night I was looking through The Uncommon Quilter by Jeanne Williamson again. This book was what originally inspired me to think in terms of a long term project like ours in the first place. I loved that she didn’t make excuses for not finding the time to sit a make a tiny quilt each week, and that she set rules for herself that made this even more doable. For example she “could not throw out the original piece and start over with a new one if I didn’t like how it was turning out. I would not obsess over the aesthetic of the piece- the goal was to create.” I know if I allowed myself a “start over” I would ironically never really get “started”. Her goal was to create, as ours is here. She has an interesting You Tube video of one of her small quilts coming together, which gives an idea of the randomness of the process. The photo above is one of my favorite pieces in the book. I tend to be such a clean-lined girl, and always looking for symmetry and balance when I craft. Perhaps its time to change my own rules up a bit.
I have been thinking about “new” in terms of this month’s theme in so many different ways this week. Did you know that it snowed for the first time in living memory in Baghdad this morning? Talk about something new! I know what a sense of quiet and calm snow can bring to us here, I wonder what it felt like there… watching that snow fall?
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