Friday, February 20, 2015

The Reason I Quilt


Warning – long post (rant), but I’ll throw some quilty pictures in to keep your interest.

Well, let’s start with my morning… I work 10 hour days so I can have Thursdays off to quilt. We have our 4 year old grandson (joy of my life!) overnight on Wednesdays. He has autism and his sleep patterns are often “out of whack” so we like to give the kids one night a week to get a good night’s sleep. I usually take him to school on Thursday morning and then come home to a fun filled day of quilting (after errands). This Thursday they had a progress evaluation scheduled so he got to stay at Nana’s until my son picked him up at 10:00.
(our cherub with Grampa - sorry, but at least there is a quilt in the picture)

Next I had go to our cable/internet provider’s office to update out “plan”. But, just as I opened the garage door, the street plow went by (oh yes, more snow on Wednesday night – actually it is getting to the point if I wake up and it’s NOT snowing I do the happy dance), and blocked off my driveway. Our plowman is under the delusion that we are retired and do not need to be plowed out until after noon. Normally I would just bully my through, but the snowbanks are so high that I cannot see if someone is coming down our street and I do NOT want to get stuck at the end of the driveway AGAIN. So… I tried the telephone method. TWO hours later, I think I resolved that issue and all I have to do is take back a piece of equipment – NOT today!

 (a charm quilt I made with over 1000 different feedsacks)

So, now it is noon. I go to get the mail and “oh boy” there is our Sears bill WITHOUT the $188.00 credit it was supposed to have on it. I looked at the phone and considered getting a glass of wine! No, just relax, this one won’t take as long. I was right, only an hour an 45 minutes!

(center of a quilt I made with those wonderful Roberta Horton homespuns)

So, now it is almost 2:00 and I haven’t taken a stitch. I look around the sewing room at the 12 projects I thought I would get done today and decide to prioritize. I should do my double pink “Stars in a Time Warp”, but I am teaching a potholder quilt class next Saturday so I really need to work on some applique samples. I did some cutting and basting and said to heck with it.



 I really NEED to quilt. There is something about putting that little needle in my hand and rocking it through the quilt top that really relaxes me.

That is the reason I quilt!


People are always telling me, “Oh I wouldn’t have the patience to do all that hand quilting”. My response is, “I don’t have the patience NOT to”! I think we will all agree that the hardest part of quilting is finding the time to do it! 

22 comments:

  1. What a day you had! I completely agree about the handquilting (or other handwork) being so relaxing.....and therefore not testing my patience! To me, machine-quilting is what would require Patience! Small quilts are fine but I would not enjoy wrestling with a large quilt on my machine! Don't put away the shovel yet.....heard that more snow is coming this weekend!

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    1. We don't say the snow word anymore just argh! Love your stars Cyndi, can't wait to see them in person!

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  2. great post - Your charm quilt is amazing. I'm like you - I can't not quilt. I laugh when people ask me "so, are you still quilting?"....you get it.

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    1. And I get your Johnny Cash tag thing. Why do I feel like I have to keep every cute thing??

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  3. Great quilty pictures and your Stars In A Time Warp are looking fabulous, too! I'm jealous that you live close to The Busy Thimble, LOL!

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    1. Yes, I am fortunate to have Cyndi less than an hour away!

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  4. Oh I think you nailed the reason most of us quilt.:) I hope your day got a lot better.:) Loved seeing your wonderful quilts!

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    1. It did get better Audrey, thanks! Sometimes we just need to rant to realize how lucky we are!

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  5. I know exactly how you feel. I had to stop and hand quilt the other day because all the applique was catching up with me. Feel sorry for those that have not discovered quilting.

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    1. Oh yes, we are definitely kindred spirits!

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  6. I'm sure everyone who reads your blog can relate to your reasons for quilting - we're all in the same boat!

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    1. Yes, we are lucky to have quilty bloggers who understand!

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  7. I agree with Gayle ^.....love your photos, quilts and musings. I have lots of those days. Every night while in bed reading, I think about how much I will get done the next day. Never happens. I get things done, but not always quilting and not always very much of anything.

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    1. It does interrupt sleep sometimes doesn't it? Why do we always feel we can get more done than we actually do, and why do we get upset when time flies by so quickly??

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  8. The Roberta Horton plaids quilt is wonderful. I wonder if those plaids are still sold. I used to purchase them but that was a long time ago.

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    1. Actually they are not manufactured any more but I can sometimes find them in backrooms of quilt shops.

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  9. Sorry your day was filled with hassles! YeS! Somedays you just have to stop and stitch. Hope next week is better. I bet your class was awesome!

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  10. Your post touch all of us. Quilting is just part of us. The Roberta Horton appliqué is so joyful. Thanks for taking some of your time that you could have been quilting to share your day.

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    1. Thanks Kyle. I don't like to rant but it does help when others understand. Have a great day.

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  11. I totally agree! Its about sanity!!

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