I decided to make a small table runner (12x28) for the swap that can be used in a number of ways, and found this cute & fast pattern. It takes 21 - 5" charms. I sorted through what I had, and came up with a nice variety that have a more Autumn feel from my perspective. Wonderful to use my stash. As I did the machine quilting grid over it, I was struck how much a wine color is in the squares I selected, and that blue. Placement was somewhat random and the more I tried to re-arrange that, the more it just needed to happen without a plan. Here's the link ~~ http://sewsweetness.com ~~ I put a simple wheat print on the back, which is also something we harvest in the Northern Hemisphere at fall.
Because this is really a seasonal holiday, making the simple runner felt more like a sacred act and that the cloth was suited for a daily altar. I could see a clear glass vase of fall leaves sitting on it, or a big golden candle. Once again, my work took on a prayerful attitude and intention.
I know that I am always so surprised when I open a package from someone and feel a connection to a person from some other country or state in the US. Its delightful, healing.
Another thing I know is that what I make can be simple, can be quick, can use up stash. Sometimes I get caught up in thinking what I make is not enough. Yet it is! It is my best in the moment and made with my good intention. How much better can it get?