‘Tis the season

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy.
I woke and I saw that life is all service.
I served and I saw that service is joy.” 

― Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran’s words have been one of my favorite mantras for years. I first heard it in a workshop I took with author Tom Crum many, many years ago. It was probably one of the spurs that drove me to work with Tom for twenty-five years facilitating getting his work out in the world.

As the holiday season descended upon us, it felt only appropriate to me that one of my goals should be to complete another quilt top for Quilts Beyond Borders.  I mentioned in a post last October that Susan Schmidt, my region’s coordinator, had given me a huge bag of fabric cuttings, all from one manufacturer, and asked if I would like to try to ‘design’ a few quilts out of them. I had already sent Susan two quilts and what was left was an assortment of strips of varying widths and lengths that looked as though they were mainly selvedge strips, perhaps from backings that long-arm volunteers used in quilting tops. I emptied out the bag, cleared my design wall and started pinning up random pieces to confirm if there were enough for an actual quilt.


I could see that there were just enough if I was really careful in how I pieced the strips. So, for a few days, as I worked on other projects in my studio, I gradually rearranged my ‘raw material’ into a more pleasing layout.


I gave the project a working title of “Waste not, want not” as I stitched pieces together. There was a certain amount of pleasure in knowing that even the remnants of other donations were being sewn together to give someone a gift of warmth in this holiday season. Hats off to this wonderful organization that provides comfort and support to those in need throughout the year.

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  1. A fun quilt that will warm another… lovely! Happy Holidays, Judy!

  2. It’s looking beautiful and I’m sure whomever gets it will love it.

  3. Beautiful, Judy. It makes me happy to look at it. Happy Holidays!

  4. Judy, I was so excited to get your quilt top, it is beautiful! I am grateful you are a part of our group and share your gifts and talents with the children we serve. There is joy in thinking of our quits thousands of miles away wrapped around children to give them warmth, comfort and love. The growth of our group, the special friendships I have made with you and other quilters and what we are doing for children is truly a great thing. Our group provided 379 quilts this year and our organization as a whole over 1700, what an amazing thing! You are a blessing to me and thanks again for all the beautiful quilts you have made.

  5. wishing you all a very happy Christmas Judy…especially your two little princesses xxx

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