I am really finding out what my daily quilting does for me because I am not doing any right now. What do you gain from quilting? These are the things I treasure:
**The challenge. There is always something to challenge our capabilities. There is something new to learn. There is something new to try. There is something to think about and puzzle out.
**I love the opportunity to be creative. Design a quilt. Design a quilting pattern. Choose colors. Figure out how to put a quilt together both design-wise and technical-wise.
**Many quilting tasks require repetition where you have to pay attention with some intensity. Even monotonus tasks leave me more relaxed when I finish. The satisfaction of progress is a real upper. As you go over the same thing time and time again your mind has time to wander and think about things in your life to the music of the motor.
**There is pleasure and happiness in finishing a task or completing a quilt. I love to go back to look at what I have done. Sometimes I see things that need fixing, but mostly it is gratifying to see something accomplished and looking pretty.
You have heard it before: Work on a quilt and say goodbye you your therapist. Works for me!
The quilt below is sitting on my machine waiting for attention. I turned it over and the light from the window highlighted the texture of the quilting. The other side has color, but the back is different sort of vision. On the front some of the quilting doesn't show much, but the back says it all.
|Quilting from the back.|