This is a thimble-ful of information of all I have done in the last week or so ... quilt four customer quilts; teach a class; work at The Country Loft; help a sweet friend finish a quilt she started two years ago for her mom; dorm marathon shop with my daughter (twice!); bake my brains out in the high heat from the last few days; help son work out heavy life issues ... on top of my normal life!
Instead of looking at all of this like my life is a chore, I choose instead to see it this way ...
Point #1. I have a longarm quilting machine that I absolutely love, love, love! Every time I have the opportunity to quilt a quilt for a customer/friend I am thankful I made the decision to buy my Innova quilting machine! I stand at that machine and work my magic and in the process, stitch by stitch, I pour my life and soul into every quilt I stitch. Sound a little dramatic? ... well it is therapy for me ... and anyone that quilts in any form, knows what I'm talking about.
Point #2: How many people get to do what they love in life and make money from it? I often fret about teaching because it is a lot of work ... there is the prep beforehand ... making the quilt, figuring out the supply requirements, writing a pattern, printing the pattern, etc., etc. There is definitely not the monetary reward equal to the time ... BUT and this is a huge but ... when I teach other people what I love to do and the hobby that has really fulfilled me as a person, wife, mother, friend ... the rewards I get from teaching are much greater than any $$$ I could make ... and that is okay by me! I had the privilege of teaching three people last week how to quilt ... that's three more converts ... wahoo!
I'm going to continue this post into another day ... after not hearing from me in over a week, I don't want to wear you out in one sitting! I do hope you're enjoying the rest of your summer ... the long, hot days of August always remind me of being a kid and squeezing all the fun out of those last weeks of summer ... sun, water, fresh air, family ... enjoy!!!