I have an old quilt that my great grandma made. It's all torn and ratty but I love having it and keeping what's left of it safe. I love looking at the fabrics she used.
When I'm old, I'd like to have piles and piles of my own quilts. I want to look at the fabrics and remember this time in my life. And when I die, I want the quilts to go to people who will enjoy them, who will love looking at all the different fabrics, who will respect them and keep them safe.
I've been thinking about all the quilts I really, really want to make, the stacks of fabrics I've saved to use in a special quilt...someday. But what am I waiting for? I don't understand why I've spent most of my time NOT making my someday quilts, NOT using my someday fabrics.
It's easy to mix up priorities. Making decisions and following your dreams can be overwhelming...so overwhelming that we'd rather not start, we'd rather play it safe.
It reminds me of how my best friends Mike and Karrie started dating. After a very long time spent secretly (and then not so secretly) crushing on each other, Mike was cautious, he wanted to wait. He told Karrie that maybe they could go on a date someday. Karrie, pretending to misunderstand said "Sunday?" Karrie couldn't, wouldn't wait for someday. Their Sunday did come and a year later they were married.
I think of them when I put something off for someday. It's a wonderful lesson, one I've taken to heart many times. I know that someday doesn't always come. I try to plan for Sunday instead.
And so I've been thinking about quilts. If I want to have heirloom quilts someday, I need to start making them today. But what ARE my "Sunday" quilts? I'd never really thought about it before. It took me a while to decide...and the list may change...but for now, here are my top ten "Sunday" quilts:
Trip Around the World
Cathedral Window Quilt (I just want to own one someday...I know I will never have the patience to make one.)
Postage Stamp Quilt
Double Wedding Ring
Grandmother's Flower Garden
And, of course, my "Sunday" fabrics:
The Birds and the Bees
Far Far Away 2
Flea Market Fancy
My three bins of selvedges
I've already started cutting up Neptune to make a Trip Around the World quilt and I've ordered the Fons and Porter Hexagon Ruler so I can get started on cutting hexagons.
So, how about you? What are your Sunday quilts? Your Sunday fabrics? Maybe a non-quilting Sunday project/goal/dream? If you need any encouragement, you've come to the right place! I'm definitely going to need your encouragement. Let's help each other plan for Sunday today!