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#SOLSC21: Making

What do you make?

Reading? Writing? Meals? Gifts? Recreating?

Last year at this time I was working on my first quilt top and a flood of memories resurfaced with some included in this post. That first quilt was for a very special birthday boy and as I created, I realized that many of my sewing skills were extinct.

From a self-assessment, I worked on sewing straight lines. The type of fabric mattered. So did the thread. And then all the possible dials on the sewing machine including the tension between the thread from the spool and the thread from the bobbin. And yet I practiced. I persevered. I was willing to put in the time to improve. I was willing to develop my own learning progression. I was willing to be vulnerable.

Like life, tools matter in order to make sure that the threads are interlocking.

Whether glow in the dark dinosaurs . . . Quilt number 1.

Or elephants . . . Quilt number 2 in progress.

My year has been filled with growth.

No artificial, meaningless numbers.

No arbitrary sequence to follow.

Voice and choice in what I was interested in.

Branching out to follow my passions in small ways (60+ table runners).

The pleasure of gifting.

The pride in creating.

The knowledge that I can!

No deficit thinking here!

When have you put off something new because of uncertainty or fear? When did you know that you COULD do it? What new work do you plan to take on?


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#SOL20: Idea Generation

Where do ideas come from?

Today they began with the headlines:

13 middle school teachers in quarantine.

Phased-in hybrid model

Haze over Iowa is smoke from California wildfires.

Normal average temperature is 83 degrees. Current high 90s are well above the average.

Two cooling centers open because of the heat.

167 homes in Cedar Rapids still without electricity two weeks after the derecho.

What process?

Rehearsal. Monday night thinking of topics as the evening wears down.

Last night it was cheers of personal success as I considered the next seasonal six items completed and ready for quilting.  With a September first deadline in my head, I feel “ahead” of the game. Timelines matter in a process that involves design, execution (doing the work) cutting-sewing-trimming-ironing, redesign, assembling the layers, quilting, binding, and celebrating.

An idea not fully completed was discarded because

these images from last week linger in my mind . . .

As they stare directly at me

Daring me to move

Even a muscle

Will make that tail flip up

Exposing its whiteness

Then disappearing

Into the timber.

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A buck and a doe near the driveway


Paying attention to their surroundings

Observant. Responsive. Ever vigilant.

What will you pay attention to today?

What ideas or images will linger in your mind? 

How will you honor a variety of “processes”?

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this weekly forum. Check out the writers and readers here.

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