And as they say, the rest is history.
|My First Quilt|
I was hooked.
It was perfect timing because my husband was starting his third year of medical school and was gone a lot. I began to have many nights alone and then it turned into many weeks alone as he would have to travel considerable distances for rural rotations. Instead of moping alone at night, I was sewing. I was being productive and rejuvenated through creating.
People often ask me how I find the time to sew with so many littles underfoot. First, my answer is practical. I sew once they are in bed. But ultimately, after a rambling of why they don't have enough time to do or learn x, y, or z....my hardcore answer comes out:
1. I find that people generally do what they really want to do.
2. If you truly want to do something, you will strive to make time for it.
3. Usually that involves giving up something else.
For me, I do have a full plate with all the family demands, including homeschooling. However, if I was honest with myself, I was completely wasting my nighttime hours in surfing the internet. I don't watch much T.V. and I rarely turn it on, so that was not an issue for me. So, ultimately, my habits changed because I wanted to quilt more than I wanted to get online and read in the evening.
I am always amazed at how much I can accomplish if I turn off the computer or other media. (They are such time-suckers!) Equally I am amazed and grateful at what I have accomplished and am humbled to think if I hadn't changed my habits...I'd still have nothing to show for it, despite being "so busy" with "no free-time." No, I had no free-time. I was using it ALL up
doing nothing being exhausted after the kids went to bed!
I couldn't lie to myself that reading blogs and thinking about all the cool projects I could do one day was really being productively busy. It was just a distraction that left me empty. I traded that time and made the time to sew.
That said, I don't sew every night. Sometimes I'm just too tired and choose to waste my time. However, I am rarely happy with that choice once it's over and done. And sometimes when I'm super tired, I go and quilt anyway and usually in about ten minutes I'm always glad I did.
And sometimes, I just go and pet my fabric.
And a few other tidbits...
- I also pretend to have a farm with chickens. No goats, yet.
- My house is full of books and fabric.
- I love everything birth related and thoroughly enjoyed giving birth to all five of my children. Seriously.
- I'm a Mormon. (You can learn more here.)
- Homemaking is my real passion. Not my real talent, but I work hard at it.
- I appreciate many styles of quilts from traditional to modern, in fabrics, designs and color palettes.
- I'm 26 years old.
- I have a particular love for scrap quilts and batik fabrics.
- I keep this blog to keep a record of what I create, make friends, and share with family what I have created.