Each new year, Victoria at 15 Minutes Play puts out a word challenge--pick a word and then make it into a quilt.
Last year my word was Balance.
This year I chose Savor.
Because I often feel I'm quilting on a deadline--related to either when a project needs to be done, or when I have to stop sewing to make dinner, entertain the kids, go to bed... It's too easy to sew rushed and focus only on the end result, rather than enjoying the process as I go.
So for 2015, I will savor my time quilting. I will stop and smell the roses, to use a tired cliche, and pay attention to what I'm working on rather than just how close I am to finishing.
(Well, except for when I'm handstitching a binding on. At that point, I'm ALL about the finish line!)
A little bit about the techniques I used here. I pulled out a bunch of orange scraps to create some monochromatic made fabric. I did applique last year, so I wanted to try a new and different technique for the letters this year, and freehand stitched cursive seemed like a good idea. I wrote the word on the orange fabric with a washable fabric marker, pinned the fabric to batting, and started stitching with my free motion foot. I used four or five different blues, ranging from sky blue to navy, and traced the word multiple times with each color. I wouldn't say I'm in love with the final result, but I'm glad I tried a new technique!