I’ve read a couple of blog comments lately that have really made me stop and think. Do you quilt because you love the process or because you love the finished quilts? Do you painstakingly and lovingly stitch every stitch by hand, or do you stitch it all on a machine so that you can quickly have a finished quilt and move on to the next project? I suspect there are as many answers to this question as there are quilters. Personally, I wouldn’t be making quilts if everything were done by hand. I don’t have the skill or the patience. I do enjoy the whole process, however, except for maybe choosing fabrics. Don’t get me wrong - I love buying fabric, I just have a hard time choosing what should go together to make the pattern that I’ve chosen.. I’m assuming I’ll get better with more experience. I like cutting, ironing, piecing, pinning, quilting, and even sewing down the bindings. I’ve always got two or ten more projects in my mind, however, so sometimes I’m impatient to move on to the next project. When I first started, I thought I should only work on one project at a time. I quickly changed my mind about that! Now, when I get inspired, I think I should jump on that inspiration and get a top done, and then I can go back and finish it later, as long as it doesn’t languish in the UFO pile too long. That way, when I want to sew, I can choose between machine work and hand work. Some nights I just want to sit in front of the TV, but I like to keep my hands busy.
I’m also into instant gratification. If I don’t see results in a short amount of time, I lose motivation. So I would have to say that actually putting the blocks together is my favorite part. What do you enjoy the most?
I’ve also read a comment about what makes a good blog. Again, I think there are hundreds of different opinions on that. The main reason I started a blog was just because I want to learn how to do more things on the computer. I was thrilled when I got my first comment and then a follower or two. I didn’t expect that anyone would actually read it! I’ve learned a lot, and made a lot of new friends along the way. I now have friends in Australia, Wales, Scotland, and Greece just to name a few. Hey Di – check out my new header!!
When I read the blogs of others, I’m always looking for inspiration. I’m inspired by the writing, the photography, the humor, the quilts, the kindness, the friendship, and the community. Sometimes I just have time to read a few of my favorites, and some nights I blog hop all over the world and back. So if you’ve taken time to read this rambling all the way to the end, I appreciate it. If you quickly linked to another blog, that’s okay, too. If you’re wondering if I’m ever going to end it, you’re in luck!
Living life with an attitude of gratitude…….Sunny