Thursday, July 16, 2015
Coming Home to Quilting
This has happened to me several times in the 40+ years I've been a quilter. When I went off to college, started one of several careers, had a child, and started my own graphic design business. During those times my life was so full, and I was often so exhausted that the thought of pulling out my sewing machine and digging through my quilting fabric overwhelmed me.
I've never stopped loving the art of quilting, or even all of the steps involved. Sometimes I feel like I've put off starting a new project because I enjoyed the anticipation of working on a quilt almost as much as actually doing it.
I've also been fortunate in that my career path as been more art oriented in the last 10 years so I've been able to express myself through art, even though it wasn't quilting. My creative side was satisfied.
However, I have never loved any creative activity more than quilting, It's the whole package. I get to play with color and pattern, with the added bonus of dimension. There is nothing like a quilt, and nothing more satisfying then the process of creating one. I've missed it.
I've also missed the community of quilters. My other endeavors were business oriented. Designing websites and graphics, creating packaging and label designs, dealing with printers and web hosts and learning the new language of coding. It could be exciting and challenging, but a lot of the joy was missing.
Since I've been on extended hiatus, a lot has changed in the quilting world. I've kept up by reading quilting magazines, and visiting quilt stores when I have the chance, (we don't have any nearby), so I'm somewhat familiar with the changes. It's amazing that our quilting community has so many dimensions. The traditional hand pieced quilts I learned to make are now a rarity. Art quilting and currently "Modern" quilting are all the rage. The skills of long arm and other machine quilters fill me with admiration and quite frankly, give me a headache! So many new things to learn and explore, and discuss on this blog.
I was timid about starting it up again, but then I realized that having been away for a while I would have a different perspective that might be interesting to other quilters. And, frankly, when I encounter something new and/or different writing about it helps me process it better.
I've lived long enough to know that you can't go home again. It's never the same, particularly when you've been away for a while. I suspect that my re-entry into the quilting world will bring many surprises, some good, some not so good, but then, that's life!
I'm looking forward to jumping back into the art form I've loved since I was a young teenager. It may take me a while to get back into the swing of things, but I plan to post at least a couple of times a week until those creative juices really start flowing and I can get back up to at least a short post every day.