Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
As a single mom I've had a job for as long as I can remember. Always so busy every single day. This year I find myself at home with a reasonably easy daily routine and plenty of time on my hands. So what do I do? I become a member of this website and join in on every "swap" I see! Charm swaps, FQ swaps, and the most fun....quilt block swaps. I am currently involved in three quilt block swaps and one FQ swap! That's just this week! Who knows what I'll join tomorrow. But I love them! I love having projects with deadlines and the fact that each project is so theme specific. It's wonderful practice for someone such as myself; someone who is learning all the different styles of quilting. As far as fabric swapping goes I can say by now that I can tell if it's a Moda just by the plush feel of the fabric when I open that wonderful treat I get in my mailbox. Because ultimately it's all about getting stuff in the mail for me! I love it! I love going to the mailbox and seeing that special envelope...it's always so recognizable. Those envelopes have the feel of too much tape (I have used bandage tape before, my mom and me were at her doctor's office and I needed tape....) and also a nice flexibility that regular mail doesn't have. Even my boyfriend gets a little excited to see what we get!
Speaking of what we get, it's always so wonderful. Receiving samples of what other quilters can do or getting fabrics from others is a physical token of the kinship we share on this website. I see a lot of the same folks on various swaps and I feel like they're my friends by now. ( Carol, Viki, Melanie, Rogue..you know who you are :) ) I actually know their tastes and preferences. We have communicated beyond the realms of cyberspace...into our homes with tangible proof of our friendship. That's important to someone who is confined to a smaller world than they used to be in. I get out enough and see my friends but it's nice to belong to this community as well; especially those times when I'm confined to my mother's bedside. You guys have no idea how much you fill my days up sometimes. I belong to the group "Swapping Is Fun for Everyone" but it should be called "Swapping is Soul Food" because that's what it is. I'm totally addicted and I look forward to seeing you guys in future swaps.