Other than family, HeartStrings has been my major focus for the last 7 years. As I quilted this top today and as we begin our 8th year, I though about how my attitudes have changed. There will always be more need for quilts than can be met and there were years that I felt overwhelmed by the task of meeting as many of those needs as I could but a couple years ago, on the edge of burning out, I took a small step back. I stopped accepting non HeartStrings tops to quilt and donate and I allowed myself more time for my own quilting. In spite of that last year I quilted, tied, and donated more quilts than ever yet I felt less stressed about it. It just happened to work out that way.
Here’s the HeartStrings top quilted today – it’s one I brought home to finish from the last WI/MN sew-in. Quilted with my more linear variation of the Pajama Quilter’s Fern Ziggle. This is #2 of 9 HeartStrings donation tops that are on my list to be quilted by the end of February. A very doable goal even with the amount of travel planned.
A little closer …
Before I left for GA, I sent out one of my donation quilts to someone in need, a complete stranger. Most of the time I never know where my quilts end up but I had a lovely thank you email – with photos of the recipient – that showed me once again how much a quilt can comfort someone going through difficult times.
My life is full right now with family, travel, other volunteer opportunities, and my obsession with knitting to the point that sometimes quilting takes a back seat both in my life and here on the blog. I’m OK with that but don’t worry, I’ll continue to make and donate quilts – it’s how I personally make a difference in people’s lives.