I have recently decided that my one and only true passion is Quilting. I have been quilting for about 8 years. And, while I’ve always loved it, it wasn’t until the past few months that I realized that I really would love to make it my full time career.
So, to go back a little…
I attended the University of Texas and studied Architecture. Since I was about 13 years old, I thought that was what I wanted to do with my life. I thought architecture was the perfect union of art, design and… and…, I’m not quite sure how to describe it. Something like logic, or practicality, or math. I guess it is art that you can to some extent learn. A certain about of talent is required if you want to truly be a great architect, but most of it can be learned.
So, I’m going along in school and things are good. I’m doing pretty well at my major classes. hee, I can’t say the same for history and philosophy ๐ I don’t have the incredible talent of some of my classmates but I’m not one of the poor slobs with no talent at all. Those are the people that just got clobbered every time we had a project design review. I got clobbered a few times, like everyone, but for the most part, my reviews go pretty well, (and sometimes great.)
Then one year I’m home for Christmas break with absolutely nothing to do. (Home is in the middle of nowhere on my parent’s ranch.) I’m bored and I decide to look through my mom’s many craft books for something to do and she had this book on quilting. She never made a quilt, ever, but she had the book. It sounded interesting so I pick out a pattern, go through mom’s fabric scraps, find her quilt making tools (remember, she never made a quilt but she has everything) and go to it.
Well, that was it. I was in love. I finished that quilt and gave it to a good friend when she graduated from UT. In some ways I’m glad I gave it to her because I don’t have to see how bad it is now. ๐ But, I also wish I still had it just to remember the beginning and to keep it out of other people’s hands.
Since then, I have continued to build my quilting skills and my dream fabric stash. I hope some day I can find a way to support myself with my quilting.