I chose "balance" for my word because I'm always striving to keep the various aspects of my life balanced. Not necessarily succeeding, but striving! :)
I have a box full of leftover strips and random pieces conveniently located under my sewing table, so I pulled exclusively (and pretty blindly!) from that. I wanted to create a busy, uneven stripe look.
I went from here:
Where it sat on my design wall for a week--should I add a border? What color? Should it be pieced? Did I have time to play around with borders? Was that a crash and a cry from the kids' room, and should I check it out, or stay in my studio and assume everything is fine? Did my email just ping? Ten more work emails to deal with before we leave on vacation tomorrow. (Are you starting to see why I chose the word I did?!)
This morning, with the end of the month deadline looming, I jumped in. Cheery gold letters, because I want balance to be a happy thing, not a threat. Tilted stacked letters, because it adds humor to the idea of achieving balance. Gold thread straight quilting lines because I do love straight quilting, and I'm often too chicken to use bright colors on bigger quilts--perfect to try it here.
And the binding and flange? Proof that I'm learning balance. I participated in the Challenge, found my 15 minutes to play on several days to make it happen, but didn't make myself crazy by trying to figure out a border. At the same time, I couldn't just leave it with no border and only binding, so I added in the flange. Hooray for compromise! (With 5 year old and 2.5 year old boys at home who seem to constantly bicker, perhaps that should be my word next year...)
Fun challenge! And I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's word and interpretation!
p.s. Have to share one more thing...my almost 5 year old has taken up quite an interest in quilting, which I love. He likes to pick out fabric and decide how big of a piece we'll use and where it will go, and then we sew on the machine together. Here are his latest four blocks; I think he's got a future in making fabric, don't you?!