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Another Era of My life is Over

Thursday, April 21, 2011

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!!
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NOTFATCAT 5/7/2011 7:27PM

    Good for you!
I am in the same downsizing and reassessing mode.
In fact, Saturday is a big garage sale here.

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GRANDMACOO 4/22/2011 5:47PM

    I guess I'm not ready to downsize yet.....I looked at that quilting machine and turned green with envy! LOL! Of course, I have no room for it, but it's something I would love to have. I look forward to the day I can part with more things and feel okay with it. sigh....

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KINSBAILE 4/22/2011 8:16AM

    Good job realizing what is is and what is not is not. emoticon

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MAMASUDS 4/21/2011 4:44PM

    A little back to basics would be good for all of us. Simplify, simplify, simplify, - being a child of the 80's this is not an easy task for me. I have to check my progress regularly. Thanks for the reminder - just in time for spring cleaning!

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/21/2011 12:37PM

    Thank you for posting this--I was a wee bit worried when I saw your 'feed' this morning, but I didn't think you were going to really quit quilting. I need your help with those quilt tops, you know!

Downsizing is a good thing that I'm slowly working on as well; letting go of things we no longer need or use and blessing others (who WILL use them) is wise. I think of all the 'stuff' we had to go through after my mother and mother-in-law passed away, and I shudder to think what my daughter would have to deal with if something happened to me before I purge a whole bunch. Time to get to it!

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