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A Quilters Resolve - Resolutions for 2011

Itís that time of year when we all look deep into our navels and contemplate the possibilities of the year in front of us. As quilters, we are always optimistic for the present and the future and this is echoed in our hopes and dreams.

Throughout my life, I have attempted to set goals for myself at the beginning of new times, not only new years, but after childbirth, the advent of my children commencing their school life and the completion of their school years and the beginning of ďmy timeĒ following their flight from the nest.

I am somewhat proud to say that I have achieved some of the goals I have set, and I think equally proud that I havenít. It shows that Iím human and susceptible to lifeís unexpected and unpredictable bolts from the blue.

With 2011 almost upon us, I have written a poem that reflects (tongue in cheek) my resolutions for my quilting life in 2011. I hope you enjoy it.



A Quilters Resolve


The holidays are past
A New Year at last
Time to resolve my intent for the year
Twelve months of plans
To do with my hands
Achieving goals with good cheer

My stash it has grown
In brights, whites and tones
Itís threatening to overpower.
I resolve not to splurge
Ignoring the urge
Instead, Iíll take a cold shower

I have purchased some tools
That state ďstress free for foolsĒ
But are still in their wrapping, ignored
I resolve to attempt
To use as theyíre meant
Not simply acquired and then stored

My library of quilt books
Not there just for looks
Lies idle, and I full of guilt
I resolve to absorb
All interesting words
And put them to use in my quilts

My cottons and threads
Blue, greens, blacks and reds
Are a gnarled, knotted mess in the tin
I resolve to unravel
Even delay any travel
Until theyíre as neat as a pin

But what of my projects
All works in progress
They await my attention and time
I resolve to apply
My keen hand and eye
And complete them by end of 09

As long as Iím itching
I resolve to keep stitching
Creating heirlooms as I go
Each available hour
Within all my power
Iíll design, quilt, thread, stitch and sew

© Judie Bellingham 2010

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