A New Year’s Quilt

Oh, merriness!

Did you have a good holiday? Was it terrible? Did people fight or did people laugh? Some of both, maybe? Did you eat too much or did you practice some “noImgoodthanks” on some days? Did you find a balance or did you need to say to heck with balance? Did you sew or was your sewing machine dark?

No matter what you did or didn’t do, I hope that you had at least one moment in the past week that made you go, “You know, this place is a pretty nice place to be, sometimes…”

In the spirit of the “Why Don’t You…” column in Quilty magazine — Jan/Feb 2013 issue to hit newsstands SO SOON!!! — I was thinking about the idea of a New Year’s Quilt. What if you did one? What if you made a quilt every year in the first month of the year and it was…a vote of confidence. A goal, immortalized in fabric. Just an idea. Or a gift.

What’s she sewing? Maybe it’s a New Year’s Quilt.

This is a painting by Edmund Blair Leighton. Thanks, EBL. Can I get a copy?

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Mary Fons hails from a prominent quilt mafia family. A professional writer and performer, Mary co-hosted the nationally-airing PBS program "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting" along with her mom, famed quilter and educator Marianne Fons. In 2010, Mary began hosting Quilty, an online show offered weekly on QNNtv.com. In 2012, Mary became editor of Quilty magazine. She holds a Theater Arts BA from the University of Iowa.

10 thoughts on “A New Year’s Quilt

  1. I was just watching the latest Quilty episode and wondering when the magazine would come out when I saw this post go up. I am very excited there will be several issues of Quilty magazine in 2013 and even more excited to hear it hits the newsstands soon. I am very eager to read it!

  2. My ‘first quilt of the year’ agenda changed suddenly yesterday, when I found out that a family from church had lost everything last week in a house fire, including a beloved pet. My agenda is now to make 2 quilts for the teen and pre-teen daughters, so they can have something of their own to hold onto as the family begins to rebuild their lives.

  3. i have a wedding signarture quilt to finish for my son and daughter in law .. so that is my first project of 2013. plus i saw a quilt in a issue i want to make..

  4. Just watching the show on PBS, Marianne mentioned her Grandmother saying New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the year. My grandmother insisted on cleaning house as thoroughly as possible Dec. 31st. The house had to be clean the first day of the year, but sewing is more fun!

  5. Dear Mary,
    I can relate to having a “happy moment”. Being in a boot for achilles
    tendon repair for 2 months, I have not been to my sewing room. I
    made it up to the 2nd floor (nobody watching) and sat down by my
    sewing machine…yesterday.I had this wonderful feeling of “being home”, happy just looking at all the quilting fabric…almost laughing.
    I said to myself,”I miss this!” I have all the magazines of Fons &
    Porter from 2001 on, and Quilty too. Quilty is so upbeat! Love your
    enthusiasm and young approach. 7/11 I’ll be 77. Happy Quilter.

  6. Wearing a boot for 2 months kept me from 2nd floor sewing room.
    Yesterday I sat down in front of my machine ,looking at stacks of
    fabric. I looked at a bookcase of all the F & P magazines with sticky
    notes, and wondered how do you make so many quilts? Love the
    enthusiam in your Quilty issues. Keep up the good work!

  7. My first quilt of the year is a retirement signature quilt. I confess that I have not worked on my quilts in some time…I foolishly let the seriousness of life get in the way, and forgot how relaxing and refreshing it is to spend time quilting. It’s your “fault” by the way…I stumbled upon Quilty one day, and watching you have so much fun…I remembered what I was missing! Thank you for bringing the fun of quilting and giving back into my sewing room!

  8. I made a promise last year to finish all the quilt tops that were ready to be quilted . I had fifteen tops. I almost made it, so January 2013 I am finishing my fifteen quilt, hand quilted, machine pieced. Oophs I had to squeeze in a twin size quilt for my 5 year old niece in cold Michigan weather. Now I can go back to finishing my who knows how many half, 1/4 , UOF blocks. I just love quilting, contenment. I still work 50 hour weeks in between the threads. Retirement 2 1/2 years away.
    whew. happy quilting. really enjoy Quilty with Mary and Mary Ann, but do miss Liz. These are talented ladies

  9. Actually attempted to make 4 quilts for Christmas gifts to all 4 of my sons’ significant others (2 wives, a fianc and a girlfriend). I DID IT! Now I just finished a “Princess-themed” quilt for a friend’s granddaughter who was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma (with a pretty good prognosis, thankfully).