"Hi. My name is Teresa, and I'm a quilt-a-holic." (this is where you would say, "Hi Teresa - welcome!").
If there was a 12-step program for quilters, I would need to be at every meeting - and I would probably take a little hand-sewing with me. I know people don't take alcohol to AA meetings or Chinese take-out food to Overeaters Anonymous meetings, but I'm so used to taking a little something to keep my fingers engaged when I go to a church, community, school, or other meeting. (I actually was at an OA meeting once where someone tried to deliver a pizza, as a mistake or a prank...that was WEIRD!)
Maybe there could be a quilter's "Serenity Prayer" - God, grant me the serenity to finish the project I am currently working on, the courage to start a new project, and the wisdom to know the difference.
I love everything about quilting...the fabric, the books, the tools, the patterns, the magazines, the blogs, the bees, the shows, the guilds, the shops, and the quilting friends I've made. And I love every step of the process of making a quilt. When I'm not quilting, I'm thinking about a project...when I am quilting, I am thinking about my next project.
When I started many years ago, I learned the process for very unselfish reasons...my grandmother quilted and I wanted to continue the family tradition. There are still unselfish reasons for doing it, but now I confess that I do it because I've got to! It feeds my soul and allows me a place where I feel like I can let my inner child run crazy!
So I know I'm not alone...can I get an "Amen!" or an "I hear ya, sister!!" I have to believe this addiction is OK. It is so soothing and has gotten me through both good and bad times. I love the idea of making and giving such a warm, loving, creative, and comforting, yet practical gift. And I love quilts surrounding my family in my house...on walls, on beds, on ladders, actually everywhere.
There. I feel better. Confession is good for the soul. Now to go do some actual sewing!