I love the month of November. It’s a beautiful time of the year with all the gorgeous fall colors. Plus I love Thanksgiving, and not just for the feast! Taking time to really count my blessings and give thanks for the wonderful things in my life is eye opening and rejuvenating. Today I’m grateful to be hopping on tour with the Sew Thankful Tour hosted by Sewing by Ti.
As I thought about what I wanted this post to focus on, I kept thinking about the importance of giving back and sharing my talents. Sewing is really a labor of love and being able to share that love is a gift. Some of the ladies in my church formed a quilting group. They get together once a month to tie quilts and donate to children in need. I’ve been attending the monthly meeting for a couple of years now. I’ve never considered myself a “quilter” but I can manage to tie a square knot and be useful. Several months ago I realized there was only one lady, Bessie, who was making all the quilts on her own for the rest of the group to tie. (About 4-5 a month!) So a few months ago, I decided to make a quilt to bring. I talked with Bessie about my plan, and she was so thrilled! She loves quilting, but she spent so much time making these charity quilts that she wasn’t having time to finish her own projects. Bessie invited me over to her house so she could teach me some quilting basics. I was excited to learn some new skills and be able to be of greater service. That was a few months ago. Since then, I’ve made 5 quilts to donate and I’ve found a new friend in Bessie. We are an unlikely pair as there is about a 50 year age gap between us. Bessie has taught me so much and she is so encouraging. My quilts are far from perfect but she always acts like they are the most beautiful thing she has ever seen, which gives me confidence to just keep trying. I am so grateful for my friendship with Bessie, my growing sewing skills, and the opportunity to serve others!
I didn’t take any fabulous pictures of my quilts, but I’ll include the quick pictures I took on my phone.
Week of November 6th: