I sold my Tin Lizzie, the long arm quilting machine.
I bought it with all good intentions of getting a lot of work done with it.
Instead, it really turned out to be just another place for me to pile up fabric, patterns, books, completed or nearly completed projects, magazines, notes to myself, you name it, it held a lot of piles!
Long arm machines are wonderful; don't get me wrong. But they're not wonderful if one doesn't use them for anything other than a rack.
My "Little Sister" in the quilt club, Mary Ann, bought it.
I am certain she will get much use out of it, which is better for all of us.
I always use my little table top Elna
She serves me well, and has many miles on her. I love that machine!! We know each other's temperaments, and get along quite nicely. Turning the music on, sitting at my Elna and creating something wonderful is about the best form of relaxation I get.
This is an end of an era for me. I can feel it. I can smell it, I can see it.
I am down-sizing.
Yes, I have finally reached that point in my life that, if I don't use it, I don't need it. Pass it on to someone who will get use out of it.
I have a new passion for quilting now. I want to make wall quilts from my photos of places I have been on my hikes around my beautiful scenic peninsula.
My eyes aren't what they used to be, so I am turning to art type of quilting. I want to get as many done as I can while I can still see to do them.
Ah yes. Another corner has passed in my life. My values have changed. My lifestyle itself has changed.
I am a much more simple person now that I am getting older.
That doesn't mean I am sedentary. No, not at all.
I still walk fast, exercise, laugh, get excited about stuff and have wonderful, FUN friends. I still travel to places I have yet to see. I still dance.
I am more concious of what I eat, and my taste buds have changed there, too.
I'm not big on red meats any more. Occassionally it is okay, but I prefer veggies and fruit and fish.
Life is good when I can part with "things" and "stuff" that I don't use. I don't need the ego boosters any more.
It is OKAY to let go. It is FREEDOM from WANT.
It is being happy being just who I am and what I do.
I like it this way!!
Of COURSE, I will continue QUILTING!!