12 May, 2009

"Let's Talk" Tuesday...

You've seen her, maybe you are her, the knitter who sits at the quilt guild meetings with her needles flashing wildly; turning out gorgeous knitted socks, shawls and mittens.
Do you have a second passion, right behind quilting? What else has caught your attention and fuels the fires of creativity within you, is it scrap booking, crochet, embroidery, painting; all of the above?
I posted on Friday about attending a "Stamp Camp" with my daughter, she is a rubber stamp enthusiast and has created some breathtaking cards and gifts. I see her eyes light up when she talks about designer papers and new stamp sets. I can identify with that, it's the same excitement I feel about new fabric lines and quilt patterns. I could easily be lured over, I tend to lose myself in the aisles of our local rubber stamp store, the inks and glitters and embellishments are intoxicating but I know I don't have time for one more obsession. I wasn't going to get caught up in machine embroidery, no I wasn't! But, I fell in, head over heels. I have rationalized that by reminding myself it can be combined with quilting, and, in all honesty, I have done that and will do more in the future. So, what else is it for you? What else calls to you? What else is so seductive that it succeeds in taking you away from your quilts? I found a box on my doorstep Saturday when I returned home from the Capital City, it was the book and 200 feet of clothesline that I had ordered to make coiled fabric bowls and baskets! I tore into it like it was a box of cash. I spent hours poring over the book, planning my first project: a floor basket for Hannes' toys. This was an intentional diversion you realize, it's a catalyst for stash-reduction. That's my story, I'm sticking to it! Yes, I am.

...and sew, let's talk...
Life is Good!

18 comments:

quiltkeemosabe said...

Do we have to have just one alternate passion??? I mean really! The list is endless but I'll never be bored. Scattered definitely, but never bored. My motto: LIFE IS SHORT, START EVERYTHING!

Karen Newman Fridy said...

Quiltkeemosabe, I like the way you think!!

My other 'obsessions' are punchneedle and felting

*karendianne. said...

What a great question. I forgot it was LTT. I guess it would have to be crochet for me. I love yarn. I like mindless crochet. Nothing fancy, no intricate patterns for me. Just simple stitches. I save the detail work for quilting. I also happen to enjoy fabric baskets and books. I'm a book-a-holic!

paula, the quilter said...

I am that knitter who sits at guild and knits socks. Yes ma'm. I not only have a prodigious fabric stash but the yarn stash is in direct competition. To me, the knitting is highly portable, but like Karen Dianne, it needs to be mindless. If I get too fancy it is no longer that portable. Recently I have been dabbling in hand embroidery.

Domestic Designer said...

Knitting is definitely my other passion. I feel like I am in heaven in a knitting shop or a quilt shop. I get caught up in the colors in both spots and my head starts spinning with ideas! I love them both!

Quilt Memories said...

Reading is definitely a passion with me. I read everything I can find. If someone mentions a book that I haven't read, I immediately try to find it. I also like magazines, when at home I read the newspaper through and through.
I get to read more when we travel and I like that. My newest favorite books are Western Romances.

Grace said...

In my case Knitting is Passion #1, it eclipsed quilting when I was having trouble with my eyes. I still love quilting though I do tend to knit more, and I love following quilting blogs

Back in the day, I have done it all at one point or another, elaborate needlepoint, decadent counted cross stitch, bright and cheery crewel work, sewing clothes for myself and the kids, crocheting, felting, all the kitzy crafty workshops, but now its knitting that keeps me physically challenged!

Cathi said...

The garden....definitely the garden....something so peaceful about getting my hands dirty and talking to the plants (while I'm a'cussin' the deer and rabbits). And every spring watching with wonder while God performs his miracles yet again.

blushing rose said...

The only thing I am good at is needlepoint when it comes to any kind of stitchery/creations. You are so versatile ... envy over here.
TTFN ~ Marydon

julieQ said...

I used to love cross-stitch and sewing many of my own clothes...but when I rediscovered quilting, it was all over! I do love anything creative I can do with my hands.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Colors are my passion - and quilting is my vehicle for indulging in those glorious colors.

Photography and writing share the next level of passion with knitting a distant interest (despite the lure of those BEAUTIFUL yarns).

Mixed media and altered art are greatly appreciated ~ I've dabbled but now limit myself to savoring the work of others (my studio walls were closing in).

GREAT topic!!

Salem Stitcher said...

Rug hooking. I love rug hooking. I'm trying to behave myself though and not get so bogged down in rug hooking projects as I am with quilting projects. I only three rugs started right now....so it's sort of working!

Trudi said...

I confess, I can't knit to save my life! But the garden, well, that has to take second place for me, particularly my allotment, there's nothing nicer than home grown! I'll try most crafts, but nothing has dragged me away from quilting yet ... Grin

Quilting4U said...

Second to quilting for me, is cross-stitch. Of course, my grandkids passion is in a league all of its own!

Connie W said...

Oh yes I do, and it's called knitting. I get a high when pick up the needles and yarn. Can't explain it but I know it when it happens!

Barb said...

Hmmmmmmm second passion...does collecting fabric count as a passion ;>D? I do enjoy reading, it can be magazines, books (non-fiction), newspapers, blogs, I just enjoy reading what others write! However with my *Mac Deg* vision problem, reading is becoming more difficult, so I am becoming more limited with reading! Large print is a HUGE help when selecting books!

I would love to make my own cards to send, but I just don't have the confidence in my own designs... maybe if I were to just play with ideas (?)it would get easier...I have stamps, pads and the designer paper...but that is where it ends :<( !! Great "Let's Talk", topic for today!

quiltmom said...

Hi Debbie,
I have other interests and occasionally return to those things, but quilting remains my first passion. I do knit and bead fairly regularly around my quilting- I have also played with clay, made candles and crocheted. I like to have some things that make up more quickly than quilts because I have usually made large bed quilts.
Recently I have been doing beading- a good friend is into beading and she and I have spent some very enjoyable time making jewellry together. My mom is a stamper but I have totally resisted beginning yet another hobby LOL. I buy her things to do with stamping and she buys me beading things ( and sometimes fat quarters and such). The bottom line is that one can only have so many collections- so I have fabric and beads and one big bag full of wool.. What more could a girl want?
Happy Creating,
Anna

Loris said...

I was a total rubber stamp 'addict' before I bought my Bernina and took a quilting class. The stamps have faded way to the back ground now and mostly come out to make quilt labels.
Keep thinking I'll sell the stamps on Ebay!