It's true - I'd rather be quilting than just about anything else. That wasn't always the case, however.
I attended a quilting class at my church about 8 years ago but it didn't 'take'. I found it frustrating and unfulfilling and ended up giving my orphan sampler blocks to a quilter neighbor when we moved away. Fast forward a few years to when my daughter took a basic sewing class, completely messing up the tension on my Singer Featherweight in the process. While it was being repaired, my sweet husband decided that it was time for me to have a more modern machine and we purchased a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire. And because I felt guilty leaving an expensive machine on the shelf in the closet, I decided to try quilting again.
I turned to the internet this time and through blogs, tutorials and youtube videos found a more modern style of quilting that spoke to me. I was blessed with a good friend who quilted and encouraged my budding efforts. (Thanks Lucy!) And I had just learned that mastering anything takes about 10,000 hours of practice. So I decided to just relax, enjoy the learning process and see where the first 9,999 hours took me!
I love that quilting entails creation- the act of taking materials (literally) and bringing something new and beautiful into existence. It gives me a thrill every time I finish a quilt.
I also love that a making a quilt is creating something permanent. My husband's job requires us to move frequently so my life often has a very transient and temporary feel to it. And being the mom and chief home manager for a large family means that a lot of my daily tasks are cyclical. Laundry and grocery shopping never stay done. So as silly as it sounds, I love that once I make a quilt, it stays made!
So I love to quilt. But my biggest creative accomplishment (and one that I hope will be permanent, both is this life and beyond it) will always be this bunch:
I'm getting to that stage where the older birds are leaving my nest. I'm continually amazed at what wonderful people I was a part of creating! Even that crazy littlest one with the goofy grin!
I hope you find some inspiration, some joy and a bit of beauty here in my little blog as I share my creating. Welcome!