Thursday, March 12, 2009

Working for My Habit

I work, and occasionally teach, at a local quilt shop.

One of the running jokes amongst the employees and customers is "we work for our habit". Our habit being: quilting, sewing, and wool work. And for those who knit and/or cross-stitch.

It's an all encompassing passion for many of us. We eat, sleep, and BREATHE our choice of craft.

We spend hours agonizing over fabric choices...patterns...fabrics to go with patterns...handiwork...You name it and we're probably stressing about it.

But none of us would give it up for anything in the world. I know for me, it's WHO I am. A quilter. I do wool work and cross-stitching. I have even recently branched out into making purses and the like. But I am still a quilter at heart.

About this time every year, I take a break, for about a month or so, from quilting. Well, piecing large projects. I do a lot of quick things that make me FEEL like I'm accomplishing something.

See, every Xmas I become "temporarily" insane. I always ended up deciding that I just HAVE to make 1/2 a dozen quilts for Xmas gifts. Then, inevitably, I end up taking on the unexpected (and last minute) commission quilts.

Why??? Who knows...like I said, I become crazy. Then by January, I'm so burnt out that I don't even want to THINK about choosing/making a quilt.

So, I'm making purses and various accessories; tablerunners; and back to wool-work.

But back to the shop...it's nice to see that I'm not the only lunatic out there. To be able to share my love of quilting and various crafts with like-minded women (and the occasional man) is a joy.

If anyone out there can relate and DOES "work for their habit", I'd love to hear from you. We addicts need to stick together! Strength in numbers. :)