All I can say is Wow. On my first big trip to the quilt exhibit in New York, I still jerk when I realize that I made it as a finalist, did I do that.
It’s all true, now I’ve been to New York, I stood with others who were also winners, it was so exciting. To know a million people will see my quilt is amazing. I’ve been a quilter for many years, I’ve just always enjoyed cutting up fabric and sewing it back together again. That was enough for me, until I read in the magazine,(American Patchwork and Quilting) that there was a competition.
Not only was it a competition, but it involved trains, I love trains. My father drove a train. I would enter this competition in honor of my Dad. And so it was. When I heard I was a finalist in the first round I was blown away. It was all I could think about. When I received the
mail that said I was a finalist and my quilt would be hanging on display in the Grand Central Terminal I knew I had to go. What an exciting time it was, so inspiring to see it, to know that it was my creation. All the hours and the hard work that went into it had paid off.
To be a part of this competition does inspire me to do great things, and it has already begun. I made a beautiful quilt for a veteran in the Army. I haven’t met this man yet, but I do hope to some day when he comes to Michigan for a visit. After a conversation with his mom, I knew that a Veteran’s Pride quilt was meant for him. Quilting seems to have a way of bringing things full circle, it makes life complete, it’s fulfilling not only to the giver but the one who is giving.
Quilts will always be a part of my life and knowing they make others happy makes them even more special.
Work is work, its always there, but there are different kinds of work, happy work, silly work, you get the idea. Then there is working to pay the bills, thats right, we must pay the bills. I belong to a stitching group, I’ve been away from it for awhile because I’m working. Recently my days have changed, for the time being, I’m stitching again, it’s nice to be back, see the familiar faces, catch up on the news with everyone and sew.
I shared with them all about my Grand Central quilt, winning is something that happens many ways. I entered the challenge, but I did not need to be the big winner to feel like a winner. I’m one of 18 finalists. I’m blessed to be a finalist, my quilt is hanging in Grand Central Station, it doesn’t get much better than that. The theme of the quilt is the station, trains, clocks, I must say it is beautiful.
I can’t wait to see it, I’ll be going there next week with my daughter in law, it’s going to be fabulous. Because of my love of all things
quilts, I’ve started writing a book, it’s about quilting, family, friends, life and more. One chapter at a time, it will be work, but the kind that really doesn’t feel like work, just the sheer joy of writing.
Have a blessed day, enjoy it wherever you are.