Hang around the Amish long enough and you will soon find yourself gardening, cooking and quilting. Okay, maybe that’s just me. Isn’t it true though, that when you read about a group of people, it causes you to pause . . . and consider? A small garden is a lot of fun, especially the harvest. Cooking at home can be something you look forward to instead of a chore, and it’s usually less expensive than eating out. Then there’s the quilting . . .
The thing is that I’m a beginner! So my journey into the quilting world has been slow and full of missteps. Recently I attended my first quilting retreat, and now I’m officially hooked. Which doesn’t mean I know what I’m doing yet. I’m learning though. I thought I’d share a few of the things I’ve learned with you, because what you learn in quilting can often apply to other parts of your life.
- It’s okay to ask for help, and it’s much better than trying to figure it out on your own.
- A mistake is something you can learn to live with.
- Slower is better. It’s not a race!
- Each quilt is a “learning quilt,” but I can still share it with someone who would like the comfort of a homemade quilt.
- You’re not the first person to make that mistake, and you won’t be the last.
- Everyone’s final product looks different – the things you create reflect your personality.
- When you enjoy something, you find time for it.
In the last month I’ve taken off an entire week for a quilt retreat, given myself a “free day” to quilt and taken “quilt breaks” in the middle of the day. It’s fun for me, and it’s relaxing. When I’m at my sewing machine, I am not on my computer which is good for my eyes, my wrists and my shoulders. And when I’m quilting, I’m thinking about and praying for the person I plan to give the project to. (No worries, I’m still meeting my writing deadlines!)
One day perhaps I’ll be a professional quilter—maybe. Maybe not. But it’s not my skill that is so important. I certainly want to get better, but more than that I want to bless folks with something that I’ve created especially for them. Which is probably an attitude that I learned from the Amish.
What about you? Any special projects you’ve taken up lately?
I’d love to hear about them.