After my Thoughts On Quilt Shows I realized something! Where has my reasoning gone? What have I been thinking? I have been there and already done that! In addition, after talking with my Quilting Angels, Jaydee, Jan, Gretchen and Gretchen’s Post about having someone quilt your quilts, I have made a decision that I think is the best for me!
I am basing my decision on looking back to 2013 when I did send quilts out to a quilter and was marked down on her quilting, but my scores were perfect. I do believe after that experience I had decided that I would do my own quilting and not pay just to please a Judge who probably never quilted a quilt in her life! I thank Laura for her comment on my post from yesterday. She forced me to remember how I felt when I realized that I had spent good money just for someone to not care enough to provide me her best work!
At the beginning of this month I had really begun to reduce any issues that would cause me to become stressed. One week ago someone was able to trigger a stressful event which cost me some restless sleep and concern. I had made an appointment with a quilter only for her to call me 3 weeks later and give me an unbelievable reason for not being able to do my quilts. I spent 2 days trying to find another quilter and let my mind go racing and get back on the stress train! This also cost me time in meeting my quilting goals. I was in a dither about spending so much money just to be competitive with others! WHAT WAS I THINKING?
But it was through this stress process that now, a week later, that I am waking up to the fact that the world and the quilting world has changed. If I wanted to be like others who are spending a ton of money to find the perfect quilter to quilt a pretty quilt and hope to gain that illusive Best of Show and Blue Ribbons, please count me out!
There is a process that has to take place before the show happens. This involves paperwork, cost to enter the show, and the cost to have the quilt quilted to meet a personal judgmental decision on one’s work by Judges or just quilt it myself and let the public enjoy my work! Then there is the time to take the quilt before the Show and return to pick it up. I have never entered a show where I would have to mail it. Do not trust the mail!
Looking back at a week-ago, I was happy, sleeping great, Diabetes was really doing good, and up jumped the devil and things started going South! I wonder if I will ever learn that stress is the thing that has caused most of my autoimmune problems? It certainly caused Diabetes to come knocking. They can play havoc with my days when I am stressed and it is no longer fun feeling so bad when I can prevent this from happening. I must realize that I can control stress in my life now – not someone else!
So to my quilting Angels (and I guess I need to thank the quilter who cancelled – she was extremely expensive) Jan, Jaydee, Gretchen, Laura, and my buddy of 39 years Wanda were trying to gently help me realize that I was happier last year when I was making quilts just to enjoy the process! Jaydee and Gretchen encourage me every day to enjoy the process and fire up that Handi Quilter and get my quilts completed. At the end of the day I can say that “I made this quilt” and it would be true!
What I have learned since I became involved in Guilds and Quilt Shows, politics play a much bigger role in a Quilt Guild than I EVER realized! I felt that women were there to share and help other quilters. But that is not the real world – heck I put up with that for 38 years. Maybe I need to be thankful that I do not fit in with a group of women who are ‘groupies’ and are envious of those who are better quilters! Who needs that in their lives?
I believe that with the years I have left in life I want to enjoy each day as it comes and make those quilts that I have always wanted to make without wanting to compete. Maybe I need to join Instagram to show my work – it is free!
I wish to thank all quilters to take the time to follow me on my journey and provide comments. I learn from each and everyone of you. I am beginning to think about all the quilts I have made and what to do with them after I am gone. I wonder if a Museum would want them, after all, Traditional quilters are soon to become a thing of the past if it has already not happened! LOL!
Have a wonderful week — ME? I will not enter anymore into Quilt Shows, but I will have a couple quilted with my new quilter Tammy! But no custom work – I would rather take the money and head to the Casino and have fun! After all, as Denzel Washington has said, “I never saw a U-Haul Trailer behind a Hearse” !