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Quilting Haikus
Joyce Rodenhiser called my attention to a quilter named ReNae Merrill, who makes something called Haikuilts (Haiku
+ quilts).  What is a haikuilt?  It is a small art quilt that accompanies and expresses a haiku- the ancient Japanese
third.  For information on Renae's haikuilts, see her website at
Here are some of Renae's quilting haikus:

Tiny squares of love
My soul rings with every stitch
Flowers fill my heart

Too many pieces!!
Too much hair being pulled out!!
WOW!!  What a great quilt!!

Little girl dresses
Memories in every piece
Stitched by loving hands

Anyone want to try writing one?  Here's my attempt:

Beautiful fabric
Measure before you cut, then
Measure one more time!

-Dottie Macomber
Linda Anthony has developed a technique and the accompanying formulae for making narrow fabric wide enough
for a quilt back without the waste that usually results when two pieces are seamed together to make a backing.  This
tip will help you figure out how to make one piece of fabric wide enough for a 48" x 60" quilt using only one seam
and not having a bunch of fabric left over!  The link to Linda's instructions is below- give it a try!
Favorite Quilting Quotes
(from various and sometimes anonymous sources)
Sign seen recently in a sewing studio: "Yes, I really do need all this fabric!"

"There's no crying in quilting."  
Oh wait, that's baseball... (paraphrased from the movie, "A League of Their Own")

"If a fabric is still ugly, you didn't cut it into small enough pieces!"
-Quilter and Teacher, Bonnie Hunter

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep."
-Scott Adams, cartoonist and author
Favorite Quilting Tips
Is Marie Kondo Good for Quilts?
If you’ve heard of Marie Kondo or seen her shows about tidying up, and if you own a LOT of quilting “stuff”, you’ll appreciate the
sentiments in this post:

is marie kondo good for quilts?
June 21st, 2019
By guest blogger Teresa Duryea Wong on the Okan Arts blog

Marie Kondo is adorable. She sparkles. Marie is a tiny Japanese woman who wrote a tiny little book, The Life-changing Magic of
Tidying Up, that sold really big — over 10 million copies. Now she has a new Netflix series where she helps people “tidy up.”  Her
adorableness makes you want to cheer her on. Makes you want to sign up. Yes, I want a tidy life. Yes, I want to feel joy. Please,
Marie, just show me how!

Marie’s religion helps people decide what stuff to keep by deciding what “sparks joy” for them. If an item does not spark joy, get
rid of it she says. I embraced the concept. I cleaned my closet. I got rid of old stuff and donated it. I folded my jeans so they
stand up. I organized my shoes. It was joyful.  But after that, her joyful method met a spectacular collapse in my home. Marie, I
said, you are not touching my books and certainly not my quilts or my studio!

Can you imagine what would happen if she entered a home like mine with piles of old quilts? She’d ask, do these spark joy? And
of course, I’d say no. Joy is not the right feeling. I’d explain, these quilts were made by my grandmother, my great-grandmother.
These quilts once kept my family warm. Mothers made these quilts that for their children. These are a part of the people who
came before us. These do not spark joy. They take up space and collect dust. They are hard to store. But I keep them because
they spark something more important than joy. They spark memories. They are our history.

In her television show, Marie consistently encourages people to get rid of their books. She suggests they do not open the book,
just look at its cover and decide if it sparks joy. This is crazy. Getting rid of all my books would make me sad. Like old quilts,
books are hard to store and collect dust, but I keep them because of what they once meant to me. They represent literature and
learning. They do not spark joy. I keep them because I love them.

And what about our quilt studios and workspaces? Does your space have clutter? Mine does. Some days I wish it was less
cluttered, but I also believe that clutter can spark creativity. A dusty old object can spark inspiration. A shiny tool can spark
creativity. For example, I have over two dozen pairs of scissors. Do I need them all? Does each pair spark joy? No. They simply
have a job to do. But even my ordinary, utilitarian scissors can spark creativity. They are part of the process. They have nothing
to do with joy and everything to do with how I create.

And what about all that fabric? Like many of you, I have tons of fabric. There are days when it stresses me out because I feel
like I should be using it more quickly. But then those feelings pass, and I look at my stash and I am inspired. That’s the thing
about emotions, they change.

Cleaning might feel joyful for a moment. But it can go too far. Don’t break what isn’t broken. And so my dear adorable Marie, you
can have my closet, my jeans, my shoes, but you must stay away from the stuff that sparks my creativity — my books, my studio
and my quilts!