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Opening My Vault of Happiness

My favorite part of a meal is dessert. There’s rarely a nutritional benefit; it’s sole purpose is delight!

Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert. - B. C. Forbes

I also welcome other things and experiences into my life for the sheer happiness they bring: flowers growing outside the door, a dog’s wagging tail, the organic fragrance of trees and ferns growing in a park, and the sound of rain falling on the roof.

Happiness in Small Packages

I have a narrow cupboard with four shelves that I recently dubbed my Vault of Happiness.* Each shelf contains soft, colorful fabrics that I purchased to make quilts. Just opening the door to reveal the slightly disheveled piles makes me smile.

Stacks of Fabric waiting for my attention

This little stack of fabric brings happiness because I appreciate the fabric designers’ creativity, the hand of the cloth, and the carefully bundled packages of fabric artfully tied with a bow.

Happiness in Sharing

Simply admiring my fabric stash isn’t enough. Ultimately I pull it out, cut it up, and stitch it together into a quilt. I enjoy the process, methodically working my way through the steps of a pattern. Often I think about the recipient of the quilt and pray God’s blessing over them.

A quilt is a blanket of love.

Last week I opened my Vault of Happiness to share it with my niece. I pulled out stacks of folded fabric that I thought she’d like and let her choose pieces for her first projects. Apparently she is a dog-lover like her auntie because every fabric she chose was printed with a dog motif.

Double happiness when a hobby is shared

Our happiness multiplies when we can share something we enjoy and light the spark in another person.

Happiness Is a Warm Blanket

Are you a fan of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip? If so, I’m sure you’re familiar with Linus, the young boy who always clutches his security blanket. (Bonus points if you know the one time he lets it fall.)

The image of Linus finding comfort from his blanket is a fitting logo for Project Linus, a nonprofit organization with the mission to “provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers.”

Would you like to get involved with Project Linus? For the first time I’m joining a mystery quilt challenge — Exploring the World with Ethan — to benefit Project Linus.  By donating $15 to Project Linus (I designated my local chapter: Greater Twin Cities Area), I’ll receive clues over an eight-week period to construct a quilt. Then in January I’ll post a photo of my completed quilt to the Project Linus website and ask people to vote for their favorite quilt by making a donation to Project Linus.

It’s a fun way to increase awareness and involvement with Project Linus while positively impacting the lives of children with a tangible gift.

If you’re already involved with Project Linus or want to join in the mystery quilt challenge, please let me know! I’d love to multiply our happiness by encouraging each other in this adventure to spread happiness.

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* Thank you, Susan Ache, also known as @yardgrl60 on Instagram, whom I credit for the phrase “Vault of Happiness.” Susan uses the phrase to describe her cupboard full of quilts.

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  1. What a lovely way to think about your fabric cupboard, Tracie. I don’t share your creative ability for quilt making (yet!), but I am encouraged to see what I have in the house that is essentially my “vault of happiness.”

    p.s. I remembered Linus sharing his blanket with Charlie Brown, but had to look up your specific reference. 😉

    • I would include a few special books in my Vault of Happiness, too. There are lots of simple things that add to my sense of well-being and joy throughout the day. (By the way, Project Linus accepts all types of blankets and afghans if you ever want to crochet a blanket for someone.)

  2. I was wondering where you came up with the Vault of Happiness idea. I love it! I saw the Project Linus info, but hadn’t read up on it yet. I’ll have to give it some thought! Nice post — I love that you shared your love of sewing with your niece!

  3. Hi Tracie, I met you through Wendy at the MN quilt show. I love your Vault of Happiness. I have made and donated many a quilt to Project Linus over the years. So rewarding to do that:)

    • Hi, Vicki! Thanks for dropping by — it was fun to meet you at the MN quilt show. My mom’s quilt group donates to the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. Do you have a Project Linus Chapter in Rochester?

  4. Patrice Blaeser

    August 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Tracie – you are so inspiring. I want to do the mystery quilt and hope my sew machine is back from the fixit shop soon. I have donated many fleece tie blankets to a cause similar to Project Linus. In fact I once organized an effort to do this at work and we got 45 of them done in the course of the day. Our blankets along with a small stuffed animal went to local police departments. They are used when children are taken out of homes In traumatic situations to provide comfort and care. The children keep the blankets and plush toy, so the police are always (sadly) needing more. I love your vault of happiness. That is how I feel about my canning cupboard when it is filled with jams, jellies, salsas, chutneys etc. lots of work to fill the shelves but so much joy in the process.

    • Patrice, That’s so cool that you organized a blanket drive! I wondered if the Apple Valley police would need blankets, and the fleece ones are perfect.

  5. “Vault of Happiness” is such a great name for your fabric stash! I love the photo of your niece sewing. You’re helping her develop skills early to find her own door to the Vault 🙂

    I sew frequently for Project Linus. It’s a great organization! I’m so glad Wendy linked to you so I could find your blog. I’m going to follow you via email.

    • Louise, thanks for introducing yourself through Wendy! I’ve learned through her how encouraging the online quilt community is. It’s great to connect with you!

  6. Just popped over from Pieceful thoughts to say ‘Hello’. There can never be enough happiness in the world.

    • Kate, thanks for stopping by! It’s helpful to share happy things in the midst of so much tragedy around the world, and especially in Texas now.

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