First, confessions. It's not Wednesday here yet. It's not even very late Tuesday night (when I usually write), so it feels weird to be writing already. We have some personal stuff going on tonight, so my quilty time is rather truncated today. Sigh. Anyway...
If you follow along over at Quilts for Cure, then you know we launched the #MoreThan4QAL today! Huzzah! If you don't know about Quilts for Cure, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that raises awareness about childhood cancer, honors past and present cancer fighters, provides kiddos in treatment with quilts, and fundraises for better treatments for a variety of pediatric cancer. This QAL is so named because there are nearly 16,000 children diagnosed with cancer in the US each year (and some of those cancers have a 0% survival rate), yet the National Cancer Institute gives only 3.7% of its annual funding to pediatric cancer research. This QAL protests that low number while also making gorgeous, fun quilts for kids currently in treatment. For the FREE pattern and more information, sign up for the Quilts for Cure Newsletter!
Now, that chill pill I mentioned. Did you see my Instagram post Monday night about feeling like my piecing mojo has been all out of whack? Well, Xanthe from WifeMade and I had a lovely chat as a result. First, she sent me over to read a new post on her blog about recovering sew-jo. It's brilliant, so you should CLICK HERE to check it out. I'll be right here when you finish. Wasn't that great?? I know, I know. Anyway, after reading her article, we talked about how I'd pretty much tried all of her ideas. Then it hit me: I bound FIVE QUILTS last week. FIVE. That's CRAZY. I realized that I needed to take a moment a bask in all that finished-ness and relax about the fact that I didn't do a whole lot of piecing last week (though I did also quilt that entire #MoreThan4QAL quilt which is pretty big). Oh, and I moved an Ikea cabinet into our bedroom (top of post) and filled it up with all the quilts I've finished the last few months (most of which will be donated next month). I realized that it's a lot easier to enjoy and admire the stacks when they are in the cabinet and not filling up my sewing room. ha! So, now that I've realized I should chillax about the mojo, I think I'll go do some improv piecing to really loosen up (this pro tip is from my follow up conversation with the lovely Cindy Grisdela).
Finally, time to get worked up again! Did y'all see that there's a quilting Facebook group that has pretty seriously violated the copyrights of several designers?? As a new designer and aspiring teacher myself, I take this seriously, and since Maddie Kertay at BadAss Quilter's Society was generous enough with her time to write this excellent article, titled "Are You an Accidental Thief?", the least I can do is share it and encourage you to read it. Please, please, please educate yourself about copyright law!
Happy Hump-day, Everyone! I hope you get in your sewing room for some creative time, and I hope I'll see you back here in a couple of days for FriYAY Friends. In the meanwhile, I'll see you on Instagram!
PS For another wonderful copyright article by Lori at The Inbox Jaunt, click HERE.