I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to write this post, maybe because I’ve been trying to figure out how to put into words what’s been rattling around in my brain. So, here goes… Why, as quilters (and crafters in general), we do the things we do.
I’ve thought about the WHY behind many of my actions lately.
Why did I say yes to making that anniversary quilt with only 3 days to make it; start to finish, with many other projects on my “must-do” list?
Why did I give away that gorgeous fabric that I had been saving for that… (unknown) project that I’ve been meaning to get done?
Why did I spend all day talking to my girlfriend about fabric instead of actually making something with it?
The best (and only) reason I can come up with is… LOVE!
I give my time, my fabric, my creations and more of my time to people because I love them. I love the good works they do, I love that they love their families enough to want to give them my quilts, I love sharing the love of fabric.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a connection to an amazing lady. This lady gives in all the ways above (and more) to make quilts for Haiti. That forgotten country (except when the earth quakes or the hurricanes roar) that we visit-adjacent when we go on our winter holidays. This lady… Audrey, makes 100’s of quilts, by herself and sends them down with whomever will carry them in their luggage. She spends coutless hours piecing, basting and quilting (BY HAND) each quilt!
Some are tied comforters, so I guess that’s a bit easier. LOL!
I want to be like her some day.
I want to have the time (I certainly have the fabric) to make quilt after quilt for those I love and those I’ve never met. I want to give wholly from my heart just like she does.
My family would disagree with this post, saying I give lots of quilts away, and I do. I just don’t give enough away. I don’t make enough to give. Oh the plight of the maker… not enough hours in a day to make and make some more.
I’m betting you are just like me, feeling these same feelings and wishing for more hours to spread your love to others. That my friend, is why I like you so much! We are kindred spirits, you and I. So, let’s stop this nonsense of reading and writing words down on a screen, and get to our sewing machines, glue guns, yarn and paper to make!
Thanks for letting me rant on this.
I’d love to know what you’re working on right now to spread your love.
Till next time…