Dear Quilting Friends,
2013 is mere weeks away. I love the energy that comes alive in people as a new year approaches. There is HOPE for new beginnings, new STARTS where there had been failures and new IDEAS abound. This carries over into the quilting sphere as well. New projects, new goals, and new energy create excitement for quilters everywhere.
But can I share one thing with you?
I have noticed over the past year that the quilting blog community has been inundated with giveaways. I have almost written this post three times over the past 9 months. It seems *almost* every blogger has sponsors who are giving away this or that in return for this or that. Blog Hops provide endless possibilities for winning the next greatest fabric line, book or gadget. It seems that participation in just about any quilt-related activity also had some sort of prize or giveaway associated with it.
I have tired of the giveaways and prizes. I don't even read the posts on any blog (even my super favorites) that has the word 'Prize!', 'Giveaway!' or 'Sponsor' in it. Why?
I HAVE ENOUGH STUFF.
I HAVE SO MUCH STUFF!!!!
I have enough fabric. I have enough rulers. I have enough thread and gadgets. I have enough books and patterns.
These giveaways only leave me wanting more instead of using what I already have.
I believe all of this commercialization takes a bit of the joy out of quilting. I love to read quilting blogs for ideas, inspiration and a shared sense of community. I have seen less of these good qualities and more of the not so good qualities lately.
Where am I going with this?
I guess what I want to say is--I would like to make a new start in the quilting blog world for 2013. Let's turn from a world of 'got to have more' towards a world where we are so busy using the 953 fat quarters we already have that we don't have time to leave a comment for a 1 in 953 chance of winning more fat quarters.
I still believe that quilters are some of the most generous people out there--what else could explain the fact that Margaret's Hope Chest has given 1600 quilts away over the past 6 years without one single sponsor, giveaway, or prize for participation?
Our world is hurting and needs HOPE. The gift of a quilt can bring that to a life--I have seen it happen over and over. Don't lose sight of the real prize--make 2013 the year you use what you already have to serve others!
Blessings on your final days in 2012!
By the way, if you have a blog that is mostly giveaway free (I don't have a problem with an occasional giveaway) and supports the ideas that I have shared here--leave your link in the comments and I will add it my sidebar! It will be fun to watch our progress as we use what we have to serve others!