The lone quilter
October 10, 2015 § 18 Comments
Going back to school as an adult later in life is not easy. I have been so busy! And I need to learn how to study all over again. I also miss my sewing machine.
I thought I would pop in for a moment and chat about this portion of a statement in a book that I recently read,
“at many times along the way we will feel the inevitable loneliness that comes with doing good work: [ ] the artist who works alone on a quilt that in the end will be enjoyed by many, but no one will fully appreciate the lonely hours of tedious work that lies behind the completed project.”
The author was talking about the necessary time spent alone to improve & perfect a task or job. He listed athlete, teacher, business owner, artist & quilter as examples of people who out of necessity spend time alone to improve their game, instruction, business or craft. I wonder if he consulted any quilters about how they feel about their time spent making a quilt?
I rarely find that time alone to be lonely. While working alone I am not lonely. As an introvert, I use that time to think, listen, process and renew my energy. Sometimes just the process of strip sewing pieces of fabric together is just what I need to de-stress and relax. Without that time spent alone I tend to feel rushed, tired and grumpy.
What about you? Do you find time spent sewing alone refreshing? Or do you feel lonely?
The photos are from a trip we took to Whistler, BC back in September. It was gorgeous up in the mountains! I want to go back!