Quilting and A Life Lesson

I’m sure you’re wondering how quilting and a life lesson go together. 

Well, here’s the thing. Our dear friends got married last October. She requested that I make them a king size quilt for a wedding gift. I’d never made a quilt but I’m overly confident in my learning ability when it comes to crafty things and since I can sew I told her if she bought the materials I’d make it. 

Turns out, it was a much bigger project than I anticipated. 

My goal was to be finished by their first wedding anniversary. I didn’t realize that was a totally unrealistic timeline considering the fact that I could only work on it during the times our toddler was asleep. 

Fast forward to now and I’m still not finished. Not even close. 

It is such a time consuming thing to do. So many steps. And planning. Precision. It’ll be a beautiful thing when it’s done, but man…so many hours of my life have been put into this. 

It would be so easy to get overwhelmed and quit. Don’t get me wrong, there have been times I considered giving her cash for the materials she purchased, buying them a cast iron skillet and calling it good. But that’s not what I promised I’d do. 

So I take a step back, take a deep breath and work on it in small bits. One step at a time isn’t overwhelming and when I prioritize my time it’s a lot easier. Slow progress is still progress. 

That’s the life lesson right there…slow progress is still progress. 

There are some seasons that are so good and laid back. Other seasons feel like you’re white knuckling the wheel and just trying to get through it. 

In those seasons, give yourself permission to take a step back, take a deep breath and take it one day at a time. Heck, one hour or one minute at a time if you really need to.

And that’s how making a quilt taught me a huge life lesson.

Life isn’t a race, it’s a marathon.

Pace yourself. Hunker down and rest when you need to. Because slow progress is still progress. 

image of white quilt on a bed with window in background and title text how quilting taught me a life lesson over the image

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