My father is a very spiritual man and every Thanksgiving we join hands and state what we are grateful for. If you haven't prepared ahead of time you end up mumbling something like, My family, which everyone else at the table has already said. It doesn't mean that I am not grateful for my family, I am. But this year I plan to declare that I am grateful for Quilters.
I am grateful for Quilters on so many levels. In my past I have learned so many tips from quilters both about quilting and life. I have had quilters show me how to do a technique in wonderful classes. These talented women are not buying luxury vehicles from teaching these classes, they are sharing their passion for the good of the rest of us.
I am also grateful for Quilters for the compassionate people they are. In classes and workshops I have been invited along to lunch when I am there alone. I have had quilters share fabric, thread, rulers and wisdom as we sew by each other. I've been hugged by quilters when we share stories of our lives.
Most of all I am grateful for the Quilters who read this blog and contribute to the discussion both here and on my Facebook page as well as the Twilter buds on Twitter. Just one example is that I have white socks because of one quilter and compression socks because of another who cared enough about my goofy feet to give me excellent advice.
I am also in the process of solving my Longarm tension problems because of DVD another quilter clued me into. I have books for my granddaughter and myself recommended by quilters. Another quilter found me a picture of Maya Angelou's quilt I mentioned in a post.
People have picked up that while I love to eat, I am not nuts about producing it. Quilters tolerate my love of coffee and tea as well as my not being one to savor wine with them. Quilters celebrate chocolate with me and it's all without judgement, just accepting me for the quilter that I am.
When my family suffered heart ache I had wonderful messages and one generous and compassionate quilter even sent my daughter a book and remembrances of all the babies in her life. I will never forget that.
When I was going to Cuba, a quilter put me in touch with someone to give me advice. I have been offered a place to stay near the Sisters, Oregon show and seen pictures of wonderful projects quilters have finished.
Quilters have welcomed me into their lives, I've even broken bread with one and will soon meet another. The response to this blog and my posts has been life altering.
Thank you all so much! Not only have you made me a better person and quilter but I am all set with my Thanksgiving contribution.
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If you enjoy this post about gratitude for quilters you should read this other gratitude post.