Monday, January 23, 2017

my word for the year

For the past few years I have chosen a word for the year. Sometimes it almost seems like the word picks me, if you know what I mean. Last year my word was give. It was pretty amazing to see how that played out through the year in both my and my husband's life, in big and small ways.
This year my word is kindness. It didn't seem nearly as heavy a few weeks ago when I chose it, but today it certainly does. This will be quilted and turned into a pillow cover. It will be a good daily reminder to me to be kind... to my kids, to my husband, to everyone. The world certainly needs more of it.
 
I drafted the letters in Illustrator, then used that as a loose guideline as I pieced them. I had to make the k twice because it was a little tricky. :) I love how the letters came out... I think they have the perfect amount of wonkiness! The letters are made from strips that finish at 1/2" wide (thus the wonkiness). The background is a black and white polka dot from Riley Blake.
 
I'm looking forward to finishing this one up!
 
Happy Monday to you!

26 comments:

Cheryl said...

this is my word too, as we could all use more of it. Yours looks lovely.

Nana said...

What a cute way to make sure that each morning you would wake with a gentle reminder!! Maybe we all could benefit from trying this.

Bernie Kringel said...

What a lovely word to choose for this year. :-)

Annie said...

I love the idea of a word for the year - Kindness is indeed an important one -

grammajudyb said...

I love this idea of a pillow cover with your word on it. I'm not familiar with Illustrator and I am not too sure about piecing my word, but I could certainly do mine using applique. Great idea! Another project to add to my list! HA!

claudia said...

Great word, great piecing!

Vonda said...

I've also been given a word for the year the past three years. It's truly amazing how God uses that discipline to influence my life. I love the word pillow idea; I may have to borrow that. Blessings to you as your spread kindness throughout your year.

Hedy Hahn said...

Kindness is a lovely word and we (the US) are going to need more of it. My word is adapt and so far, it's perfect for me.

Unknown said...

I love the polka-dots: quilt and socks! Great idea to quilt your word. Brava, bravissima!

Susan Morgan said...

I love the idea of a single word. Simple and Strong one step one person and one word can all make the difference in our day and our world. I thought about this for a long time before landing on my word for the year. Intention. By definition it is the act instance of determining mentally upon action or result. My intention is to make positive difference each and every day. Thanks for the inspiration to put my word into something tangible.

Suzanne said...

Your pillow is much better than a post it note. You have just challenged me to find a better way to bring my word into view.

Rebecca Grace said...

Well, Amen to that! I love your idea of a new word to express a theme you want to develop throughout the year in your art and in your relationships. And the pillow cover is really cute!

KaHolly said...

Excellent choice! And you are creating a wonderful reminder! XO

Ginger Marien said...

Love your idea and this years choice is so great. Our lives could all use the giving and getting of more kindness.

Preeti Harris said...

Thank you, Amanda Jean. We (especially at this time) cannot have enough reminders about the need for kindness.

Susan Young said...

Good choice and good work
(First time comment from a very long time fan!)

Chris said...

Good word choice. May the year be filled with kindness for all of us!

Heidi Staples said...

Such a lovely reminder to see every day!

Tammy Stack said...

best wishes with your goal. we all could use and give kindness every day.
thank you

Susan Jonsson said...

You are so right....Kindness....the world could use some. Thanks for sharing. You've done an amazing job of piecing.

Karen said...

Everything feels a little raw right now. Kindness is exactly what is needed. Each. And. Every. Day. Thank you!

Carole said...

Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all used Kindness more. great word, and I love the letters. Thanks for sharing.

Georgia Girl Quilts said...

'KIndness' is the perfect word for 2017. And this will make a fantastic pillow!

Jeanice Shelley said...

Love this!! Any chance it will become a pattern? Thanks for sharing

Abby / Linda said...

Agreed! In our current culture, we could all use a little more kindness!

Emma said...

Love this, looking forward to seeing more of your kindness works throughout the year, agree with Georgia girl it would look great as a pillow , a little kindness goes a long way