“I don’t know what to do with you.”
“You’re not behaving the way you should.”
“You’re not turning out according to my plans for you. I don’t want you to become a delinquent (UFO), but this is for your own good (and my sanity)”:
#1 – This quilt has to be put in timeout!
“I loved these fabrics when I picked them out at the quilt shop, but now”:
#2 – They are not playing well together!
“It may be time to revisit #1 and put it in time out, or maybe we could discuss”:
#3 – What can be done to compromise?
“That’s a great question and often the right one to prevent further problems. But if the colors are really fighting I may need to yell”:
#4 – You’re too loud and you’re not listening.
“Perhaps if I hadn’t yelled things would improve, because”:
#5 – When I’m calm the situation usually resolves itself much better.
“When this doesn’t work, I can always go back to #1.” 😄
“Of all of these, my favorite analogy is”:
#6 – They cause me to smile and make my heart sing – or even giggle!
I know you’ve seen that last one recently, but it is a great segue into some photos I received from my recent Snow People Table Topper class at Sew Much More in Waukesha (this quilt is a repeat, but “tis the season” 😁).
I share many techniques, but the unique one is that the “batting” inside the quilt is white fleece, and it peeks through the top fabric to make the faces.
I always ask the students to send me a photo of their finished projects and this time – Sandy did! All the way from Florida!
In the class I give the students instructions on how to “make faces”, but I leave the actual expressions up to them. In my quilt I hand blanket stitched the noses on, but the mouths were free-motion machine thread painted. Sandy was more comfortable making her faces by hand and they made me smile!
Quilts, children, and snowmen can certainly make winter – and life – more fun!
A very happy and blessed New Year to you and your family!