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Start in the Middle and Work Your Way Out


Start in the middle and work your way out is common quilting advice to help you both pin and sew your quilt. If you start pinning or sewing in the middle (instead of at one end), you don’t run as much risk of having your fabric clump together, or sag at the center, or shift so that the three layers no longer line up.


This is also good life advice as we start a new year.


Start with what you already know or are working on.


Want more peace? More love? More time with your family? Start your resolutions from inside that understanding.


Are you already enjoying yoga, sewing, running, breathing, baking, biking, jazzercise? Do you have a few good habits you want to continue? Build on what you have.


Self care really can be simple. Use whatever foundation you’ve built. (I know that you most certainly have something to start with) and enjoy your new calendar year!


Cute story to close: my sister sent me a photo of my 3-year-old nephew Gabriel walking up her front steps wearing a “2202” New Year’s Crown. That’s right. 2202. I am assuming that there was some unsupervised use of the glue sticks.


Hanbit and I have begun wishing each other a happy 2202. Time isn’t linear (in my worldview at least) so this is another perfect example of starting wherever you are.


Regardless of your location in space and time, whether you are walking up the steps to the threshold of 2202 or 2022 or some other era entirely, may you be peaceful, happy, and free.


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