I am a fanatic, I know.
I am one of those people that take a lot of time to decide on an action, and then I dive in with both feet and head straight to the bottom of the lake. Many of my friends wonder aloud how I get so much done every day. The simple truth is that I don’t think about it. I plan and I do.
Take quilting… Two years ago I had never made a quilt in my life. I grew up with a crazy mom. SHE was the quilter, the seamstress. In a typical knee-jerk reaction to all she represented, I wanted nothing to do with a sewing machine or anything that represented her life choices.
Then after a life as an artist in theater, music, dance, and landscape painting, I discovered the world of Silk Painting fabric. That opened a new door to me. I began making simple art pieces – scarves, items of clothing, and etc.
From there it was really just a skip to Creating wall Tapestries of hand painted silk. Those led to more works of art that then had to be embroidered, and texture added with machine quilting.
Quilting added more definition and texture to the Tapestry as a whole.
Then my younger sister got me started with doing some quilting for her quilt projects – some placemats, then small quilts for her to sell, then larger quilts, and then I was hooked.
When I discovered the world of Long Arm Quilting, I knew I had found what I was looking for for the rest of my life. I am not so interested in the piecing of quilt tops, especially not traditional ones (although I happily do them for others, not for myself,) I really LOVE the process of quilting tops that others have created. I love the drawing with the needle. I love creating new patterns that compliment the quilt, and I really LIKE the solitude and the physical work.
Now two years later I have completed over 55 quilts for others. I am obsessed with getting my new long arm machine so that I can begin to work MORE for others. I am quilting now on my heavy duty Singer machine and it is a great machine for me. But doing a large quilt under a domestic sewing machine arm is really a pain! So much fabric to tug and turn and move. With the long arm you move the machine NOT the fabric!
(This Kingsized Tumbling block quilt took me 2 weeks to quilt alone do on the domestic machine…)
So day by day I am more grateful the universe for all that I have, all that I am and all that is coming to me! I know that I have many creative gifts to bring to others, and my obsession with service is ONE of them!
Create Beauty and fill the World with LOVE!