Shorting my binding, miscalculating my quilting plan, taking a slice out of my hand again... not my finest moments: ) But then there are the happy memories stitched in to every one of my quilts. Endless hours happily spent sewing together small pieces of fabric while watching chick flicks, road trips and football games made bearable with hand quilting, the joy of pouring over every square inch of a finished quilt while hand tacking the binding. It's all good!
The more I thought about it I realized there are so many other reasons! I bother because... I like having things that are exactly the way I wanted them because I made them that way. I know that every handmade gift/card/jar of pickles I give includes the love I put it in to making it (not to mention DNA). So my kids understand that holidays and gifts aren't just about making another trip to the mall. I need one thing in my life that is completely under my control. And even, what else would I do with my free time?
But the biggest reason I bother is simply for the joy of creating something. Having a vision of how something could look and then making it happen. Taking an idea and turning it in to something tangible. Turning a random stack of fabrics in to a beautiful quilt... Making something delicious from what's fresh at the Farmer's Market... Knitting up socks that fit and make me smile...
I bother because I need to create things that are uniquely me!
Happy Valentine's Day!!!