Well, here I am . . . writing my first blog post and feeling pretty nervous about it. Thoughts are racing . . . Who do I think I am to blog about quilting? Will anyone actually read this? What is compelling me to do this? Is this silly? But just as those negative thoughts hammer me, I can boldly answer them.
I am a quilter. I have been quilting for over 20 years. I love fabric, and quilting books, and notions, and pretty spools of thread, and gadgets, and patterns, and pin cushions, and quilting lingo, and most especially . . . the friendships that are formed through a shared passion for quilting. I follow other quilters on Instagram and Facebook to be inspired and to be part of the joy and camaraderie people find in sharing their passion. So yes, I have something to share, and I bet somebody will enjoy it!
My father is entering the end stage of Alzheimer's disease. It's a sad, tough business to witness. After visiting him yesterday, I walked to my car feeling the warmth of the early summer sunshine, with the scent of lilacs in the air, and I thought how lucky I am. I am here. I am able. I can pursue my passions and I am lucky for it. When I was young, my dad often said to me, "Run fast, jump high, do good!" Years later, he repeated that mantra to my children. We were and are a sports minded family, but we all know Grandpa's go-to line meant a lot more. It meant get after it . . . pursue your passions . . . do your best.
I will close with a photo of my dad holding a small quilt I made for him years ago. Thanks, Dad, for always pushing me to go for it.
Thanks for listening (reading)! Here's hoping you'll get carried away quilting often!