Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Heartful Month

I love hearts and have a soft spot for most things that are heart shaped. Thank goodness for February and Valentine's Day because it gives me a good excuse to indulge myself. I usually immerse myself in hearts and heartfelt thoughts all month long. 

I've been chastised for wearing my heart on my sleeve at times but ask me if I care. I do have a lot of heart-shaped jewelry and I wear it often (on my neck, and on my ears . . . ).  Perhaps that's what they meant?

I have more. And I know I will probably buy more. I can't resist a nice pair of silver heart-shaped earrings. Or a vintage locket. Or a bracelet with hearts on it. . . . Depending upon how you look at it, this is either ridiculous or pretty cool. Makes it easy for my family to always know what to get me for my birthday  . . . .

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart."   ~Helen Keller

 "Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go."  ~Louise Driscoll

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So - Happy February! To me, the whole month of February means Valentine's Day. If you haven't already heard, this month our small quilt challenge will be making something that celebrates hearts.  You can choose to do any kind of  Valentine's Day quilt you like. Go to the Facebook or Yahoo group pages for further instructions and join us. It's fun to see photos of what everyone comes up with. Make a quilt with appliqued hearts or make an embroidered hearts quilt or just a red and white quilt, as long as it has a hearts theme.

Perhaps there's a pattern you've always meant to make but never found the time? Maybe this is the year. Pick out some pretty fabric. Sew some squares or triangles together. Make something just for yourself. Put your heart into it.

"Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart." 

"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love." 
~ Wm.Wordsworth

"Above all else, guard your heart for everything you do flows from it."

Stop worrying about doing something GREAT. Focus on doing what is right in front of you - with GREAT LOVE. A quick read & a #freeprintable!:

"Let's all just be nice."


I'll be finished with all my book quilts next week (Yay!) and then maybe I can make something "heartful" myself.  

Also, don't forget - a week from today, on Saturday, Feb 13, I'll be at Ye Olde Schoolhouse Quilt Shop in historic Cedarburg, Wisconsin, celebrating. Hope to see some of you there.  I'll be the one wearing hearts (on her sleeves and everywhere else).

Happy St. Valentine's Month!



What are good words! It warmed my heart. Thanks for the post.

Leeanne said...

so many pretty hearts and wise words.

Shasta Matova said...

So many wonderful hearts! I really like hearts too. Working on my hearts project right now. Will the new book be big quilts or small ones?

moosecraft said...

Your words are so cute! Wearing one's heart on one's sleeve is a beautiful thing! :-) Love that pinwheel block!

marian said...

Kathy, thank you for such a beautiful heartfelt 'feel good' post. I'm happily working on a few scrappy hearts for this month's challenge :))

Jennifer M said...

Ohhhh so many pretties and wonderful words and statements of wisdom<3 I love your pinwheel block and jewelry, and that adorable little heart shaped needle book (photo with buttons)? I must know what that little heart shaped item is LOL! Kathy all of your things are wonderful and I can't wait for your book, but do hope you have the opportunity to make yourself something with hearts this month. I, like Marian, am working on some scrappy hearts and hope to share soon:)

farmhousequilter8 said...

Just found your blog but I have one of your books.
Is there a pattern for the fat heart needle keep. I love the fat heart.
Will be reading you from now on.
Paula in KY

Charlette said...

Suis désolée mais je ne parle pas l'anglais couramment mais j'adore ce que vous faites surtout les couettes pour poupée et je vais aller acheter u de vos livres..
A bientôt si vous voulez bien


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