I have also learned about your pain.
I have learned that you have Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and like me... Ankylosis Spondylitis.
I have learned that sometimes the pain is not physical but, emotional.
Yet, here we are... quilting through the pain.
For me, quilting helps take the pain away. Quilting takes my mind to another place where pain is a distant memory. Only when I take a break do I realize, WOW I hurt.
I have seen a lot of posts recently about quilts being "good enough" or being too easy. I hope you will remember from this day forward...
Your quilt is perfect in every single way. Every quilt you make is a true masterpiece. Your quilt is a work of art. You sat through the pain to create something from your heart. Whether it took you 2 hours or 2 years... it was still made by YOU. It was made with love and it is PERFECT. It is a true treasure that everyone around you will love and adore because YOU took the time to make it.
The only quilt police out there is you. So go easy on yourself and be proud of everything you create.
One more thing to remember, you are not quilting through the pain by yourself. We are all in this together!
What a great post! And so true. I've just sent off three quilts to Japan, and let me tell you, they are not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination. But like most of us, we make our quilts to offer comfort, not prizes.
What a wonderful and moving post!
What an inspiration you are!! I think I will spend the day quilting!! I hope all quilters can be encouraged with words like this!!
Shawna you couldn't of said it any better, I also have chronic pain, osteoarithis and four differant spine diseases so I know about pain.Even though I am in pain like this my sister inlaw is dyeing from cancer and I am trying to make her time here alittle bit better by makeing her A photo quilt I have never made before and scared to pieces it won't come out good but ,Im sure she isnt going to inspect it, but she will be so grateful to have that to hold on to when her time comes. After spilling my guts I guess I better get busy on it. Thanks fo listening and yes we are all in this together!!! Erin Wilson and Thank You so much!!!
Thank you everyone for your beautiful words. Erin, you have brought me to tears :( You are right. She won't care what it will look like. She will just love that you made it for her. I can feel the love already that you are putting into that quilt and I know that she will as well!!!
good way to look at it..
People choose each day what their life is going to be, by either having a positive attitude, or a negative one. My motto is ~ Have The Day Of Your Choice ~ I believe that we can choose to be happy in spite of all the negatives, or choose to let the negatives run our lives. So who wants a nice tall glass of lemonade? :)
It seems like we are often our own worst critics, doesn't it? I subscribe to the 35mph rule....hang the quilt on porch & drive by at 35mph, if you can't see a problem then---then there IS no problem! It's PERFECT!!!
Besides, how could any creation so full of love not be perfect?
My is all emotional but sometime becomes physical. Sewing = Happiness for me anyway.
I appreciate this. I am a beginner, very beginner. I usual stitch apparel, but I really like quilting. In recent months, my hands ache. I appreciate the validation you provide.
You inspired me to write my own struggle with perfection... see here:
I love you. I love her. Talk about being the luckiest lady on the Earth with such phenominal women in my life. I am truly blessed.
True that! Another great way to loose yourself in quilting is reading other's stories through blogs - and there is a great growing collection of quilting and sewing bloggers over at www.WeAllSew.com!
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