While I love taking care of my family, there are times that the stress of being mom, chauffeur, doctor, confidant, chef, maid, school teacher, etc. starts to get the best of me. Patience becomes a memory, encouragement becomes a dream, and peace evaporates in our household. It is ugly! I don’t even want to be around myself.
Over the years I have learned that I have to be creative on a regular basis to keep for loosing my mind. I always have a small project in my purse for waiting rooms. Those are nice, but sometimes I just need something more substantial.
My solution is usually a sewing day or two. I love to sew. I’m not even picky about what I am sewing, as long as I am creating something new. Mending is a whole other story. Yuck!!!
Two years I decided I wanted to make a quilt for each of my kids for their birthdays. My husband has some beautiful quilts from his grandmothers that he cherishes. I wanted to make something my kids could keep, not wear out or outgrow. It sounded like a great idea. If Scott’s grandmothers could make quilts for all the grandkids, surely I could make one for each of our kids.
Well, I forgot to take a few things into account. One, I was pregnant with our seventh child. Two, I had six children at home to care for. Three, we homeschool. I’m sure there are more, but that gives you the idea. Now that I think about it, Scott’s grandmothers made quilts after their kids were grown and on their own. I should have noticed that since they made quilts for the “grandkids.” Not being one to give up even when I should, I started sewing.
I am so glad that I did. I had to juggle my time a lot, but my stress level was much lower during the pregnancy. I didn’t get all the quilts made for last year’s birthdays, but I did finish three. This year I am hoping to finish the rest.
This is the first quilt I finished. I love it because I was able to incorporate appliques from Scott’s mom’s dress, and fabric from my dad’s shirts. Being able to wrap our new baby in a quilt that I made was so special.
The hat and boots were my “purse projects” during my pregnancy. I spent a lot of time in waiting rooms, so they were easy to finish.
My next quilt was for our oldest daughter. My dad called her his butterfly princess when she was born, so when I found the pattern I fell in love. It took several very late nights, but they were well spent. Even better, I got to learn a new technique, paper piecing, on this project.
My last quilting project was for our sweet fifth child. He has such is so laid-back and happy, but he is all boy. I wanted to make something fun, that would last for a long time. When I found this quilt, I knew it was perfect.
This is the heaviest quilt I have ever seen. It also took way more thread than any other project. I lost count at 17 spools of green.
My next project is for our first born son. He likes modern designs, so when I saw the Labyrinth Walk pattern on Pinterest, I knew it was perfect. I am ready to get sewing to have it ready for his birthday in July.
I know that taking time for things that I love is important for not only my emotional health, but also my physical health. Stress contributes to so many health concerns. I pray that you are able to find a balance in your life that allows you to recharge by doing something you love.