#SOLSC21: Making

What do you make?

Reading? Writing? Meals? Gifts? Recreating?

Last year at this time I was working on my first quilt top and a flood of memories resurfaced with some included in this post. That first quilt was for a very special birthday boy and as I created, I realized that many of my sewing skills were extinct.

From a self-assessment, I worked on sewing straight lines. The type of fabric mattered. So did the thread. And then all the possible dials on the sewing machine including the tension between the thread from the spool and the thread from the bobbin. And yet I practiced. I persevered. I was willing to put in the time to improve. I was willing to develop my own learning progression. I was willing to be vulnerable.

Like life, tools matter in order to make sure that the threads are interlocking.

Whether glow in the dark dinosaurs . . . Quilt number 1.

Or elephants . . . Quilt number 2 in progress.

My year has been filled with growth.

No artificial, meaningless numbers.

No arbitrary sequence to follow.

Voice and choice in what I was interested in.

Branching out to follow my passions in small ways (60+ table runners).

The pleasure of gifting.

The pride in creating.

The knowledge that I can!

No deficit thinking here!

When have you put off something new because of uncertainty or fear? When did you know that you COULD do it? What new work do you plan to take on?


Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March. Check out the writers and readers here.

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15 responses

  1. Fran, When my girls were little, I sewed and smocked and made lots of precious dresses. Now I have a girl grand! This summer I plan to pull it all out again. Fingers crossed I can remember something! Your post is encouraging. Your quilts are wonderful! I may be calling you for advice. I think the first thing I need to do is get my machine in for service. It’s been dormant too long.

    1. Dormant, I know the feeling. I never sewed during my son’s thirty years. So much fun to create by choice. Think of once a year pictures of all your grands . . . could be vests for the boys and a fancy for the girl. So much fun to try it all out when they are little! You will have no trouble remembering!

  2. Oh, Fran, love the quilts! This is a perfect post – just the right amount of writing, questioning, photos, and love. What great fun! Thank you!

  3. It’s both the process as well as the product that is important here. You have captured the feelings of determination and satisfaction so well. Thanks for sharing the end (or in-process) results. They are amazing!

    1. I think there is more in life that celebrates process and product that perhaps we don’t notice. You are welcome

  4. Fran, I think you make a good point of how important it is for us to set our own goals and then do what is needed to achieve them. Failure is a part of learning and sometimes a more driving force than success the first time out.

    1. Yes. Our response to Failure a la Colleen Cruz matters. Do we rip out the errors? Or figure out a cover up?

      Empowering ourselves through goal setting is critical

  5. No arbitrary sequence to follow — this REALLY resonates. Let’s shape the lives we want, even after things go back to ‘normal.’ What remains? TY for this. I LOVE quilts!! They tell their own beautiful stories, crooked lines and all…

    1. Yes, let’s not get stuck in the old and comfortable. Instead let’s focus on both what we want and need.

  6. Wow – it has been a year! I think you know me well enough to know my issue is NOT taking on new things. It’s getting excited about, jumping into and loving too many things. Your reflection on gifting is powerful — I think we have all gifted in one way or another this past year. I hope we take the time to reflect upon this and even thank those who gifted us.

  7. Fran, I always love hearing about and seeing your quilt masterpieces. My mother was a fabulous sewer and taught me. I chose to develop other passions when growing up. My camera, glue gun, and writing tools become companions. Making is a part of me as it was with my mother. I am so glad that your year has been filled with growth and giving.

    1. Holding onto hope, growing and giving as strengths from 2020.

  8. I started quilting 20 years ago when I was a stay-at-home mom. It helped me keep my sanity. It still does. (I’m glad that you are finding joy from it too!) Recently, I started training to be a life coach. I was thrown into the cyclone of the unknown as I learned something new. Sometimes, it is excruciating as it calls forward all of my vulnerabilities. But It reminds me of how important it is to have a beginner’s mindset and when I remember this, I enjoy it and learn so much more.

    1. Yes to the importance of a beginner’s mindset! We need to remember that!

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