People can be cruel. It's a fact of life. Competition and jealousy brings it out. I know because as a twin, I was competing before I was even born, so yes, it starts from day one, or even before. I'm fortunate to have loving parents who taught me not to be cruel. I do think it's something you have to learn, to NOT be cruel and competitive and jealous. I still am learning.
As a quilter, I often get compliments about my work. But I also get the occasional cruel remark. This makes me feel bad, so I thought I'd share some reasons why I quilt.
First of all, I do NOT quilt because "I have nothing better to do", or "have too much time on my hands". I am NOT setting back the feminist movement. I do NOT have more time (as in a snarky "It sure must be nice to have so much time...") than anyone else. Like everyone else, I make choices about how I use my time. I am NOT doing something frivolous that is without worth. Why do people say these things?
I quilt because as a wife and mother, it's about the only work I do on a (somewhat) daily basis that STAYS done, unlike the dishes, the food I cook, the floors and bathrooms that I clean, the laundry and yard work that I do. It's concrete.
I quilt because I CAN show it to people.
I quilt because I love playing with colors and fabric.
I quilt because these fabrics take up very little space and can easily be moved and stored if needed.
I quilt because it makes me happy.
I quilt because it adds beauty to a world that can get pretty ugly (see above).
I quilt because a quilt is comfort, and provides comfort and shows that you care.
I quilt because it forces me to slow down, and meditate on what is important.
I quilt because it nourishes my soul and brain in ways that I can't even explain. It's like mental medicine for me.
I quilt to express myself.
I blog about quilting because I meet other people from around the world who understand these things.