This was a really good week.
It doesn't get any better than 7 out of 7 days. Of course, last week was a holiday, so I had more time to play than usual.
In addition to trying to find time to sew, this year was supposed to be about improving my creativity, well at least inspiring it anyway. I'm using an Internet article, "A 12-Step Quide to Fostering Your Creativity" to explore that topic. Step 7 is to get involved in a good cause. The thought here is by working where you are needed and appreciated helps you feel better about yourself, thus producing better work as a result.
One of my volunteer quilting efforts was to make a quilt for Drama Teen's school auction. It turned out to be a real learning experience for me. My initial vision was simple, easy and fast. That's not what ended up getting made. The first requested change was the inclusion of a tree somewhere in the design. That the first of many deer in the headlights moments with this project. I don't applique and had absolutely zero interest in learning how (No offense to those who love it. I love the look of applique quilts, just not enough to do it myself.) After a session with the Internet, I approached the art teacher about the kids making a tree for the center of the quilt. Then I hit the parents up for photos of the kids at school and at school activities to go around the center panel. When I showed the finished quilt to the kids, there was quite a scramble to find themselves in the pictures. It ended up getting bought by a the parents of a young lady who was willing to give up her allowance for the next year if she could have that quilt. It didn't raise as much money as I had hoped, but it was definitely a learning experience. And the reaction of the kids to the quilt was just so worth it.
Have you ever made a quilt to raise money for one of your kid's activities or to support a local cause? Was it a good experience or one you've sworn never to repeat?
Hope the last 7 days have been productive ones for you. Link up below to share how your sewing went the last week.
2. Julie in GA