Any Creative Dream Can Be Yours if You Just Believe and Move Forward — If Only a Little at a Time.
HopeWhen my husband and I were told that the cancer he had been battling had returned, slow stitching got me through it. It was at that time I began to my quilt, HOPE. We were staying in a hotel in Durham and I didn’t have one sewing supply with me during this stressful time. I knew where the closest Hancock Fabrics was located, so I picked up some fabric remnants and needle and thread to keep me sane. This was supposed to be a one-time, short trip to a fabric store for a small project. Back at the hotel room , we had to wait for him to have yet more tests the next day. Instead of fuming in anger at him and the BEAST, we call cancer, I began to sew the quilt. The quilt started out as black and grey and pretty dark in color and tone. Like my mood, it represented my anger and fear.
I scrounged around the hotel for the leaf shapes I used for the quilt. I literally used leaves from the ground that I found outside of the hotel for my patterns, but after I finished the background, things were looking up and he began to feel better, That’s when I added a Big yellow sunflower in the middle of the quilt…each stitch a prayer for better things ahead. It was slow stitching through a spiritual experience, as Mark talks about in his Slow Stitching webinars and lectures.
“The quilt started out as black and grey and pretty dark in color and tone. Like my mood, it represented my anger and fear.”Stitching for me is therapy. Sewing is therapy, too. If I could not sew or be creative they would have to lock me away somewhere. It’s how I have learned to process my feelings. I’m a professional quilter and the struggle to earn a living at what I do is worth it because I cannot survive any other way. I worked on HOPE until all hours of the night, again in waiting room after waiting room over the next days, sharing it with other people who were going thru the pains and trials of life that my husband and I were going through. to read the rest visit the link below....you will be glad you did. Have a blessed day !