Do You Love Your Stuff?January 12, 2007
Jane Ann had a very interesting post earlier this week and I am going to
steal her topic ummm, expand on her comments and questions. “Do You Love Your Stuff?”, she asked. ” Do you love your creations or are you happy to see them go?”
I must answer that, for the most part, I am happy to see my quilts go out the door to new homes. I do realize that if I kept everything that I ever made there would be no room for me, let alone my family, in the house. But I think that there is more to it than that. The joy in quilting for me comes in the process; actually sitting down and doing the work, seeing it all come together. Looking at them is fun, talking about them is fun. But doing the work is what I live for. And when a project is done it no longer holds that joy for me. I am already thinking about the next project or, more likely, I’ve already started the next project. And I am ready to push the old project aside to work on the next.
That said, I must admit that there are a few “milestone” and “personal” pieces that I will not let go of. The cross stitch wallhanging that took me 7 years to finish would be one of those. The first quilt I finished on the quilting machine would be another. My kids’ Christmas stockings, of course, would be some more that will never go out of the door.
To close, I want to share a story with you about my daughter. She has definately become attached to “her” quilt. She often comes into my sewing room early in the morning, curls up and sleeps for a few minutes while I work. Well, one morning I grabbed the closest quilt, which didn’t happen to be “her quilt” to covered her up. She immediately sat up and said, “NO! Not that quilt!”, with a look on her face like I had betrayed her to the enemy! I have a feeling Christina’s quilt will not be going out the door anytime soon either!