HQAL: November Thank You to Wishing You Good Will and the HQAL Crafters

Three weeks has past since my last post on my progress with Wishing You Good Will. She is a true beauty with 35 double wedding ring rings to quilt. Taking a quick look back at my posts for August I had noted that I had completed 9 of the 35 rings (having begun this journey in January)

With thankfulness I can post I have now completed 16 of her beautiful rings. I am so amazed at the progress made.



Feeling like I have been hand quilting this at a snail’s pace, moving backwards at times, I am filled with gratitude for Good Will. She has given me hours of reflection and quiet solitude. She has seen the snows of past February cleansing her soiled and stained face. She has delighted in the return of spring renewed and anxious for the buds to bloom. The hot sun of August warmed and comforted her tears of memories past. And here we are coming to the end of a year ….

I am filled with gratitude and thankfulness for finding and joining this HQAL, for the woman and quilts I have had the honor of following. You have encouraged me and renewed my commitment to this craft of hand quilting. You have brought Good Will into the forefront of my life with so many lessons learned from her after sitting on the shelf for years untouched. You have reminded me that we all need to be loved and touched, hugged, appreciated for our inner beauty. Cared for, encouraged, complimented, questioned, shown interest, pushed. There is an accountability not only to the group to report on my progress but an accountability to the quilt herself. To finish her story…….

Good Will was tossed aside, left, abandoned….I know it sounds a little far fetched and perhaps silly but when I think of my project in human terms it transcends its bounded fabrics and wraps her lessons into the fabric of my life. She reminds me to check in on friends, question, encourage, show interest in their inner lives to bring out their inner beauty to make our world just a little more meaningful.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for this HQAL, all the wonderful projects and people I have met along the way.


This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebConnieSusan,  NanetteSassy , EdithSharonKarrin, and Gretchen





12 thoughts on “HQAL: November Thank You to Wishing You Good Will and the HQAL Crafters

  1. kathyreeves November 18, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Sharon, that is some exquisite writing! Beautiful thoughts approaching this Thanksgiving! Good Will is nearly half quilted, that is wonderful, especially since there were some lean months during the good weather.😉 I am so happy to have gotten to know you through HQAL, and to share our mutual love of fiber and hand stitches!


  2. nwpaintedlady November 18, 2018 / 5:16 pm

    Thank you Kathy for the kind words. I feel the same way and thank you for all the encouragement.


  3. Deb November 18, 2018 / 8:59 pm

    So beautifully written! Quilts and friends are truly precious,and I’m glad to have you as a blogging friend!

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    • nwpaintedlady November 18, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      Thank you Deb…Quilts and Friends; I love that my quilting blogging friend 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. dezertsuz November 19, 2018 / 5:46 am

    Thank you so much for your sweet post. Your quilt is just beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

    • nwpaintedlady November 19, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      Thank you Sue and Happy Thanksgiving to you. It’s been a true blessing to have met you this year through our love of quilts, genealogy and faith.


      • dezertsuz November 19, 2018 / 5:06 pm

        It has been a blessing! We do have much in common. =)


  5. Karrin L. Capps Hurd November 19, 2018 / 6:22 am

    Great work, thanks so much for your lovely post!

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  6. KerryCan November 21, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    Wow! What a great post! I think you’ve summed up how a lot of us feel about the HQAL (even lapsed members, like me!) And I love your look back over the year and where you and Good Will have been together. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • nwpaintedlady November 21, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      Thank you Kerry for your kind words and letting me know I am not alone in my thinking! TY for all your encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving to you!


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