Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving Wishes

I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! 

It's been some year, huh? Instead of focusing on all the negative things that have disrupted life and made things a little more difficult this past year +, I keep trying to remind myself of all of the blessings and abundance that surrounds me. When I'm thankful, I open myself up to finding joy and focus on appreciating goodness whenever and wherever it appears.

It's also been quite a year with the Schoolgirl Sampler sew along. I so enjoyed seeing all of your finished quilts. Something to be grateful for! I know that quilt kept many of you busy and distracted this year. There'll be more quilting fun next year and I'm looking forward to having you join me in sewing a few more projects in 2022. I'll be hosting a new Sew Along in my Facebook group using English paper piecing to make a hexagon quilt. 

You'll have a choice to make one of the two hexagon quilts from my books (or both!) or a different one of your choosing. One is the Hexagon Flowers quilt from that oldie but goodie book - The Civil War Sewing Circle. This book, unfortunately, is out of print but I know some of you have it. If you don't already have a copy, there are some floating around or - you can buy the digital version (on sale now!) from my publisher.  This is always a great option for out-of-print books and international members who would like to join us but can't easily get copies. 


The other quilt that some will be making is the Hexagon Garden quilt from my book Small & Scrappy. I have copies of this book available on my website and Etsy shop.  You can find it online or on Amazon as well. 

Some of you have already made these quilts years ago (I know, I know, The CWSC is an old book, LOL, but still one of my favorites and my newer followers haven't done any of the quilts from it . . . ). Also, if you don't have either of the books, no worries - you can still join in and sew some hexagons and put them together any way you please. This time, why not just make a different hexie project? Make up your own design if you don't care for mine. I'll be making something a little different myself, based on an antique hexagon quilt I saw online. Join us. It'll be fun and relaxing and a great way to start off the new year. Like gratitude, sewing by hand can be meditative as well. 

Although we'll begin this sew along in January, for those who are new to English paper piecing, I'll give some instructions to make the hexagons and flowers in the FB group after the Thanksgiving weekend. There'll also be some tips and a list of supplies you'll need so you can prepare a little before January comes or maybe even put some items on your Christmas list. 

I hope some of you will participate and have fun making a small project with me. The rules will be posted in the group and I'll try to remember to post some info here too for those of you who can't do Facebook. 

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! Thanks again to all of you who have supported me so much over the years through this blog, my books and clubs and my small quilt groups so I can do what I love and hopefully pass a tiny bit of inspiration along to you. You are all really special to me and I'm grateful for the many friends I've made on my quilting journey.

Sending wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!


quiltgrannie said...

Kathy, I have such fond memories of all the fun I have had since finding your group so many years ago. I will continue to be blessed with your creativity and all the friendships I have gained through the years and look forward to many more. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

Karen said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

QuiltGranma said...

Thank you for your darling books filled with precious little quilts for my inspiration. I love them and the stories you put in them.

Connie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you. I have had the Civil War Sewing Club since it came out and look at it often. It is just comforting to read the stories and see the cute blocks. My Great Grandmother, Nancy James, actually had stories that she lived through during the Civil War. And, she was still alive when I was a little girl. I have a quilt that she made. I plan to make the hexagon flower doll quilt and I am glad you will be including the instructions or guidelines in this email website since I am not on Facebook. Thanks again Kathy.
Connie in Ohio

Pamela said...

I enjoy the hexi's and have done numerous. Love seeing others pieces. Your blog is inspirational.

Quilting Moesje said...

I'm happy to join recent the fb group ( yours:0)) and now enjoy reading this blog ( again) too...
Thanks for sharing, inspiring and the story's behind the quilts, home etc...
My first quiltbook is from you :0)

Love Simone