PURPOSE: My One Word for 2016

 
I've chosen One Word for several years now.
 
My past words were:
  • Believe
  • Create
  • Organize
  • Change
I've enjoyed and have benefitted from having one word to focus my thoughts and actions on for a full year. This year my chosen word is PURPOSE. I want to give purpose to every day, to every action, to every item I own and to the way I spend my free time.
 
So, I started looking around my sewing room to find "stuff" I could use to make my One Word into a small wall-hanging. I found my over-flowing stash of selvages. I've saved them all, knowing someday they'd have a purpose.
 
 
Heck, I even saved the clear container the selvages are stored in from being buried in the landfill!
I found it in the housekeeper's trash while in Breckenridge last year. It's an ice bucket for chilling wine and has a tiny chip in it. I looked at that baby and said,
"That has a purpose!" It sure did.
 
So, I started sewing selvages together. Enough of them to stitch my One Word to. That meant I'd need about 25".
 
 
Yes, even my One Word is made out of selvages! I twisted and turned and folded each long strip to form a letter, pinning as I went. I do wish I had picked a different color for the "O". That light green just doesn't show up well. With a blanket stitch, I sewed each letter down.
 
 
Next, I chose a few extra long selvages to add a border to the top and bottom.
 
 
 
I had this funky glittery fabric to use as a backing. It was one of those purchases from the clearance row, but have never used. Probably never will either. Ick.
It works for this project though.
Notice I made those nifty corner pockets on the back
for the dowel?
Then came the almighty binding. I even had a package of bright yellow pre-made binding in my stash that needed a purpose, so that was put to use.
 
 
Close-up of my corner pocket.
Hand-printed with the date and my initials.
 
 
The finishing touch was to use some of my mom's old, old buttons. I cannot remember a time that this button bin didn't exist. She always kept it in the kitchen, above the fridge.
I should've asked her why she kept it there,
but it's too  late now.
I sewed a variety of buttons to the letters to look like tacks. So even those dinosaur-age buttons have a purpose now. Mom would be happy!
 
 
 
All in all, I'm very happy with my little project and my
 One Word for 2016.
Now that I'm done, I suppose I should tackle a few closets. And a garage. Maybe under the bed. A couple dozen junk drawers. Heck, even my email inbox needs cleaning out.
 
 
What is your One Word for 2016?
 

Comments

  1. What a fantastic word and your mini quilt very much helps to define it! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts Word 16

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  2. My words are more motto this year... "USE IT" but in previous years including last year's "connections" I learned all aspects of a word.

    Simple Definition of purpose. : the reason why something is done or used : the aim or intention of something. : the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something. : the aim or goal of a person : what a person is trying to do

    It will be interesting to see what comes to you about the meaning this year. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  3. You are setting off with great purpose already Kathy! The mini you made all from things many might have thrown away is wonderful and says it all really. I wish you a very successful and purposeful year!

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  4. What a great mini quilt to keep your word in mind, and a great word in itself too. I especially love your use of the selvages!

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